VEE JAY PICTURE SLEEVES AND 45 SINGLES
VEE JAY 498

LABEL VARIATION CODE NUMBERS AND PRESSING INFORMATION EXCERPTED FROM "SONGS, PICTURES AND STORIES OF THE FABULOUS BEATLES RECORDS ON VEE JAY", BY BRUCE SPIZER.

FORMAT CODES:
OSC - ORIGINAL STOCK COPY

THE PHOTOGRAPHS DISPLAYED IN THIS SECTION ARE THE ACTUAL IMAGES OF THE ITEMS.
 
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VEE-JAY 498
RELEASED: 2/20/63

"BEATTLES" (TWO-T), RAREST VERSION: "#498"


THE FIRST RECORD RELEASED IN THE UNITED STATES TO BEAR THE BEATLES NAME WAS VJ 498, WHICH WAS RELEASED ON OR ABOUT FEBRUARY 20, 1963.

VEE-JAY WASN'T QUITE SURE WHAT IT HAD WITH THE BEATLES, AND INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, VEE-JAY DID NOT EVEN KNOW HOW TO SPELL THE GROUP'S NAME. ALL INITIAL ISSUES OF THE RECORD ADDED AN EXTRA "T" TO THE NAME. IT IS THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER AS COLLECTORS ARE ATTRACTED TO THE NOVELTY OF THE MISSPELLED NAME, AND TO THE RECORD'S STATUS AS THE FIRST BEATLES RECORD ISSUED IN THE U.S.

OF THE THREE MISSPELLED LABEL VARIATIONS, THIS ONE WHICH HAS THE "#" SIGN PRECEDING THE RECORD NUMBER IS THE RAREST OF ALL.

ACCOMPANIED BY ITS OWN ORIGINAL VEE-JAY 1963 GENERIC SLEEVE.

CONDITION: NM (-)
ITEM#: PR554
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VEE-JAY 498
RELEASED: 2/20/63

"BEATLES" CORRECTED (ONE-T), RAREST VERSION: " #498 "
COLORBAND WITH OVAL LOGO.

THE FIRST RECORD RELEASED IN THE UNITED STATES TO BEAR THE BEATLES NAME WAS VJ 498, WHICH WAS RELEASED ON OR ABOUT FEBRUARY 20, 1963.

VEE-JAY WASN'T QUITE SURE WHAT IT HAD WITH THE BEATLES, AND INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, VEE-JAY DID NOT EVEN KNOW HOW TO SPELL THE GROUP'S NAME. ALL INITIAL ISSUES OF THE RECORD ADDED AN EXTRA "T" TO THE NAME.

VEE-JAY EVENTUALLY REALIZED ITS MISTAKE OF MISSPELLING THE GROUP'S NAME, SO THE NEXT ISSUE OF THE RECORD CORRECTED THE ERROR. THIS LABEL VARIATION IS THE RAREST OF ALL VEE-JAY 498 CORRECTED LABELS, WHICH HAS THE "#" SIGN PRECEDING THE RECORD NUMBER, AND A CRUDE ATTEMPT TO FIX THE MISSPELLED NAME.

ACCOMPANIED BY ITS OWN ORIGINAL VEE-JAY 1963 GENERIC SLEEVE.

CONDITION: NM
ITEM#: PR553
PRICE: ------



 
   

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VEE-JAY 498, OSC
RELEASED: 2/20/63
VJ 498.01, SPIZER

"BEATTLES" (TWO-T) VERY FIRST LABEL VARIATION ISSUED
WITH OVAL LOGO AND COLORBAND, THIN FONTS


(ACTUAL SCANS)

THE FIRST RECORD RELEASED IN THE UNITED STATES TO BEAR THE BEATLES NAME WAS VJ 498, WHICH WAS RELEASED ON OR ABOUT FEBRUARY 20, 1963.

VEE-JAY WASN'T QUITE SURE WHAT IT HAD WITH THE BEATLES, AND INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, VEE-JAY DID NOT EVEN KNOW HOW TO SPELL THE GROUP'S NAME. ALL INITIAL ISSUES OF THE RECORD ADDED AN EXTRA "T" TO THE NAME. IT IS THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER AS COLLECTORS ARE ATTRACTED TO THE NOVELTY OF THE MISSPELLED NAME, AND TO THE RECORD'S STATUS AS THE FIRST BEATLES RECORD ISSUED IN THE U.S.

THERE WERE THREE LABEL VARIATIONS OF THE "DOUBLE T" VEE-JAY 498, AND THIS PARTICULAR VARIATION WAS THE VERY FIRST ISSUED.

ACCOMPANIED BY ITS OWN ORIGINAL VEE-JAY 1963 GENERIC SLEEVE.

CONDITION: VG+++
ITEM#: S580
PRICE: ------


 
   
 

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VEE-JAY 498, OSC
RELEASED: 2/20/63
VJ 498.05, SPIZER

"BEATLES" CORRECTED (ONE-T)
COLORBAND WITH OVAL LOGO, THICK FONT PRINT, MONARCH PRESSING.

(ACTUAL SCANS)

SHORTLY AFTER THE RELEASE OF THE DOUBLE "T" ERROR IN THE GROUP'S NAME, VEE-JAY REALIZED THE ERROR (AND SOARING SALES), CORRECTED THE GROUP'S NAME ON THE LABELS, HENCE THIS NEXT LABEL VARIATION WITH THE CORRECTED SPELLING OF THE "BEATLES" ON THEIR FIRST 45.

THIS RARITY IS IN MAJESTIC NEAR MINT CONDITION, AND APPEARS UNPLAYED. THE APPEARANCE OF THE VINYL IS GLEAMING AND SHIMMERING, RETAINING A DEEP SHEEN TO THE GROOVES ON BOTH SIDES. THE LABELS ARE BOLD AND VIBRANT, GRADING AN EQUAL NEAR MINT AS WELL.

ACCOMPANIED BY ITS OWN ORIGINAL VEE-JAY 1963 GENERIC SLEEVE.

CONDITION: NM
ITEM#: S543
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VEE JAY 498, OSC
RELEASED: 2/20/63
VJ 498.06, SPIZER

(COLORBAND & BRACKETS). THICK FONT PRINT.
"BEATLES" (ONE-T).

(ACTUAL SCANS)

SHORTLY AFTER THE RELEASE OF THE "DOUBLE T" ERROR IN THE GROUP'S NAME, VEE-JAY REALIZED THE ERROR (AND SOARING SALES), CORRECTED THE GROUP'S NAME ON THE LABELS, HENCE THIS NEXT LABEL VARIATION WITH THE CORRECTED SPELLING OF THE "BEATLES" ON THEIR FIRST 45 !

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT LESS THAN 7,500 COPIES IN TOTAL OF ALL THE LABEL VARIATIONS OF VJ498 WERE PRESSED. THIS INCLUDES OVAL OR BRACKETS LABELS AND THE DOUBLE "T" OR ONE "T" IN THE GROUP'S NAME. THIS "BRACKETS" 498 BACKDROP VARIATION WERE FIRST PRINTED BY IVY HILL LITHOGRAPH CORP. IN GREAT NECK, NEW YORK, IN JANUARY 1964. THE RECORD WAS PRESSED BY MONARCH.

YET, WHAT IS A MOST VITAL STATISTIC IS THAT A REVIEW OF INVOICE SUMMARY SHEETS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1964 INDICATES THAT ONLY 1,650 COPIES OF THE BRACKETS LABEL VARIATION WERE PRESSED AND SOLD IN EARLY MARCH 1964 !!!

SO IT SHOULD COME BY NO SURPRISE THAT ALL VERSIONS OF THIS RECORD ARE QUITE SCARCE, AND THESE LABELS WITH THE CORRECTED SPELLING OF THE GROUP'S NAME ARE FEW AND MUCH FARTHER BETWEEN THE MISSPELLED LABELS !!

THE CONDITION OF THIS RARITY IS TRULY STELLAR ALL THE WAY, SO CLOSE TO PERFECTION AND GRADED AT A SPARKLING MINT MINUS. IT GLISTENS AND APPEARS THIS RECORD HAS NOT BEEN PLAYED, AND IF SO, PERHAPS ONCE ! THE LABELS ARE EQUALLY FANTASTIC, DEEP AND RICH - AND THE SILVER PRINT FONT IS CLEAR AND CRISP !

ACCOMPANIED BY ITS OWN ORIGINAL VEEJAY 1963 GENERIC SLEEVE.

CONDITION: M-
ITEM#: S906
PRICE: ---


 
   
  BEATLES CHRISTMAS PICTURE SLEEVE  
   

  BEATLES CHRISTMAS
RELEASED: CHRISTMAS SEASON 1964, PS
VJ RX.S (SPIZER)

(ACTUAL SCANS)

IN OCTOBER OF 1964, VEE-JAY PREPARED A SPECIAL PICTURE SLEEVE FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON, PAIRING IT WITH THE FOUR BEATLES SINGLES ORIGINALLY ISSUED IN EARLY 1964. THE CHRISTMAS SLEEVE WAS CREATED TO ENCOURAGE DISTRIBUTORS TO PLACE LARGE ORDERS OF BEATLES SINGLES PRIOR TO VEE-JAY LOSING ITS RIGHTS TO SELL BEATLES PRODUCT.

CRISP & CLEAN, BRAND NEW ! UNUSED, UN-CIRCULATED. ACQUIRED FROM FORMER VEE-JAY EMPLOYEE DIRECTLY FROM SHIPPING BOX OF 25 SLEEVES.

CONDITION: M
ITEM#: PS450
PRICE: $400


 
   
  ORIGINAL EARLY 1964 VEE-JAY SINGLES MAILER  
   


  ORIGINAL EARLY 1964 "SINGLES OF SIGNIFICANCE"
VEE-JAY SINGLES MAILER

UNUSED "AS NEW" FROM SHIPPING BOX.

VEE-JAY USED CUSTOMIZED MAILERS TO SEND PROMOTIONAL COPIES OF ITS SINGLES TO RADIO STATIONS AND RECORD REVIEWERS. THE MAILER PICTURED ABOVE, (VJ M.1, SPIZER PAGE 105), WAS PRINTED AFTER THE COMPANY MOVED ITS HEADQUARTERS TO CALIFORNIA IN EARLY 1964.

A FEW UNUSED COPIES OF THIS MAILER HAVE SURVIVED - AND WE HAVE THEM !

THESE MAILERS ARE EXTREMELY RARE TO SAY THE LEAST AND ARE HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE - ESPECIALLY IN THIS CONDITION !!

CONDITION: NM
ITEM#: VJM1
PRICE: $175


 

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