'Introducing…The Beatles' album achieves $15,000 on eBay
A rare 'ad back' copy of the Introducing…The Beatles album was sold with the original wrapping
Paul Fraser Collectibles, Thursday 19 July 2012
One of the Fab Four's rarest albums, Introducing…The Beatles, has sold for almost $15,000 in an eBay auction.
The album is known to collectors as the "ad back" version, after the band's original US label, Vee-Jay Records, forgot to print back covers for the record despite having 6,000 front covers already printed. As a result of the error and the album's already delayed release, they decided go ahead with a full page advert for 25 other records on their label as a replacement back cover.
Introducing…The Beatles was the band's first album to be released in the United States and was originally scheduled to be sold in July 1963. However, due to legal issues the album was delayed until January 1964 - just 10 days before their latest album Meet The Beatles! landed in stores.
The "ad back" version of the sleeve was only printed for the first pressing and therefore is one of the most desirable and rare albums for Beatles collectors. In near mint condition and with the original Sears wrapping and price tag, bidding closed at $14,999.
Collectors looking to buy one of these rare copies should be wary of the hundreds of fakes currently available, which are easily identifiable as they have the LP's title above the centre hole and the artist credit shown beneath. Genuine copies of the record have both the title and credit situated above the centre hole.
Here at Paul Fraser Collectibles, we specialise in sourcing the finest Beatles memorabilia available. Our signed A Hard Day's Night sleeve is one of just 8-10 known copies to have been autographed by all members of the band. Discerning collectors won't want to miss this incredible document - a monumental landmark in music history.
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