VEE JAY PICTURE SLEEVES AND 45 SINGLES
VEE JAY 522

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 522, OSC
RELEASED: 5/27/63
VJ 522.01, SPIZER (COLORBAND & OVAL)

(ACTUAL SCANS)

ONE OF THE RAREST LABEL STYLES HAVING THE THIN PRINT FONTS ON THE LABELS AND FAR SCARCER THAN THE THICK PRINT VERSIONS OF THE VJ552 SINGLE.

HERE IS THE VERY RARE ORIGINAL MID-1963 COMMERCIAL COPY OF THE SECOND VEE-JAY BEATLES RELEASE IN THE U.S., JUST FOLLOWING THE LEGENDARY VEE-JAY 498. THIS IS THE BEST EXAMPLE OF THIS 45 WE'VE EVER SEEN, WITH GLEAMING NEAR MINT LABELS AND VINYL ON BOTH SIDES.

THIS FIRST LABEL VARIATION FOR VJ522 IS SIMILAR TO THE LAYOUT OF THE VEE-JAY 498 FIRST LABEL VARIATION. IT HAS THIN SILVER LETTERING FEATURING THE COLORBAND AND OVAL LOGO. THE TRAIL OFF AREAS HAVE THE SCRIPT "ARP" MACHINE STAMPED LOGO, INDICATING THAT THIS VERSION OF THE RECORD WAS PRESSED IN OWOSSO, MICHIGAN BY ARP.

This much scarcer THINNER print style label WERE PRODUCED IN FAR LESS NUMBERS. THIS IS A MUST HAVE AND IT'S IN THE BEST POSSIBLE CONDITION FOR THIS VEE-JAY RARITY.

ACCOMPANIED BY ORIGINAL VEE-JAY 1963 GENERIC SLEEVE.

CONDITION: NM
ITEM#: S614
PRICE: $2,500


 
   


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VEE JAY 522, OSC
RELEASED: 5/27/63
VJ 522.04 (COLORBAND & BRACKETS)

"BRACKETS" LOGO LABEL.

(ACTUAL SCANS)

ALTHOUGH VEE-JAY DISTRIBUTED THREE TIMES AS MANY COPIES OF VJ522 THAN VJ498, ONE SHOULD NOT DRAW THE CONCLUSION THAT THIS RECORD IS EASILY OBTAINABLE. AS MORE AND MORE COLLECTORS HAVE ADDED THIS RECORD TO THEIR PERMANENT COLLECTIONS, FEWER COPIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR TRADE OR PURCHASE.

WHEN ONE CONSIDERS THAT VJ522.02 (SEE NEXT RECORD BELOW) IS THE ONLY VARIATION OF THIS SINGLE TO HAVE BEEN PRESSED IN RELATIVELY GREATER AMOUNTS TO MEET LOCAL DEMAND, IT IS NOT SURPRISING THAT ALL OTHER VARIATIONS OF THIS RECORD ARE AMONG THE RARER BEATLES SINGLES !!

OUT OF THE 21,225 COPIES SOLD OF VJ522, IT IS ESTIMATED THAT ONLY 7,500 WERE PRESSED WITH LABELS HAVING THE BRACKETS LOGO. THIS EXPLAINS WHY THE LATER 1964 BRACKET LABEL RELEASES ARE RARER AND MORE VALUABLE THAN THE MOST COMMON OF THE THREE ORIGINAL OVAL VARIATIONS.

THE CONDITION OF THIS EXAMPLE IS STUNNING. THE LABELS ARE A GLOSSY NEAR MINT, AND THE VINYL IS A GREAT NEAR MINT MINUS, WITH AN INCREDIBLE GLEAM TO THE GROOVES STILL EVIDENT. JUST ONE LIGHT SUPERFICIAL SCRATCH ON EACH SIDE PREVENTS A NEAR MINT GRADING.

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

CONDITION: NM-
ITEM#: S640
PRICE: $2,000


 
   






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VEE JAY 522, OSC
RELEASED: 5/27/63
VJ 522.02, SPIZER (COLORBAND & OVAL)

(ACTUAL SCANS)

THE OVAL LOGO VARIATION OF THIS RECORD WITH THE "THICK" PRINT FONT (VJ522.02, SPIZER) HAS THE "MR" SYMBOL IN THE TRAIL-OFF AREAS, INDICATING THAT IT WAS PRESSED BY MONARCH RECORDS. OF THE THREE OVAL VARIATIONS OF VJ522, THIS STYRENE PRESSING WITH THE "THICK" PRINT IS THE MOST COMMON.

THIS IS BECAUSE FROM ME TO YOU ACHIEVED SOME REGIONAL SUCCESS IN THE LOS ANGELES AREA IN 1963, THUS PROMPTING VEE-JAY TO HAVE LOS ANGELES BASED MONARCH RECORDS PRESS MORE COPIES OF THE RECORD THAN THE OTHER REGIONAL FACTORIES TO MEET THIS LOCAL DEMAND.

CONDITION OF THE VINYL IS A GORGEOUS NEAR MINT. THE LABELS ARE A BEAUTIFUL AND RICH NEAR MINT ON BOTH SIDES. JUST BEAUTIFUL.

THE GLEAM AND SHEEN TO THE GROOVES ARE STUNNING AND IT IS OBVIOUS THIS 45 HAS BEEN WELL TAKEN CARE OF OVER THE YEARS.

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

CONDITION: NM
ITEM#: S159
PRICE: $1,500


 
   






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VEE JAY 522, OSC
RELEASED: 5/27/63
VJ 522.02, SPIZER (COLORBAND & OVAL)

(ACTUAL SCANS)

THE OVAL LOGO VARIATION OF THIS RECORD WITH THE "THICK" PRINT FONT (VJ522.02, SPIZER) HAS THE "MR" SYMBOL IN THE TRAIL-OFF AREAS, INDICATING THAT IT WAS PRESSED BY MONARCH RECORDS. OF THE THREE OVAL VARIATIONS OF VJ522, THIS STYRENE PRESSING WITH THE "THICK" PRINT IS THE MOST COMMON.

THIS IS BECAUSE FROM ME TO YOU ACHIEVED SOME REGIONAL SUCCESS IN THE LOS ANGELES AREA IN 1963, THUS PROMPTING VEE-JAY TO HAVE LOS ANGELES BASED MONARCH RECORDS PRESS MORE COPIES OF THE RECORD THAN THE OTHER REGIONAL FACTORIES TO MEET THIS LOCAL DEMAND.

CONDITION IS A STUNNING NEAR MINT, ON THE VINYL. THE LABELS ARE NEAR MINT ON THE A-SIDE & NEAR MINT MINUS ON THE B-SIDE.

THE GLEAM AND SHEEN TO THE GROOVES ARE GORGEOUS AND IT APPEARS THIS 45 HAD VERY MINIMAL PLAY TIME.

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

CONDITION: NM
ITEM#: S125
PRICE: $1,350


 
   


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VEE JAY 522, OSC
RELEASED: 5/27/63
VJ 522.03, SPIZER (COLORBAND & OVAL)

(ACTUAL SCANS)

RAREST LABEL VARIATION: THIN PRINT FONT !!

THIS OVAL LOGO VARIATION HAS THIN SILVER LETTERING, AND ALL WORDS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE MICROPRINT NAMES OF THE SONGWRITERS, ARE IN CAPITAL LETTERS. THE LACK OF ANY PRESSING PLANT INFORMATION IN THE TRAIL-OFF AREAS INDICATES THAT THIS RECORD WAS PRESSED BY SOUTHERN PLASTICS.

ACCORDING TO BRUCE SPIZER IN HIS GREAT "VEE-JAY RECORDS" BOOK, OF THE THREE ORIGINAL OVAL LOGO PRESSINGS OF VJ522, THIS VARIATION IS THE RAREST AND MOST SOUGHT AFTER BY COLLECTORS !

THE CONDITION ON THIS 1963 RELEASE IS AN ASTONISHING AND SPARKLING NEAR MINT MINUS ON BOTH THE VINYL & LABELS !! YOU NEVER FIND THEM LIKE THIS !

ACCOMPANIED BY ORIGINAL VEE-JAY 1963 GENERIC SLEEVE.

CONDITION: NM-
ITEM#: S965
PRICE: ---


 
   
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VEE JAY 522, OSC
RELEASED: 5/27/63
VJ 522.03, SPIZER (COLORBAND & OVAL)

RARE THIN PRINT FONT VERSION !!

(SEE SCAN FROM LABEL PREVIOUS ITEM FOR REFERENCE)
  CONDITION: G
ITEM#: S002
PRICE: $300


 
   
  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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