The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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This compelling group of production items emanates from the family of an employee of the RCA Indianapolis Pressing Plant. The Indianapolis record manufacturing plant opened on August 5, 1939 and was the largest of the strategically located RCA plants in the United States, enabling it to deliver to distributors overnight until the plant ceased production of vinyl records in 1987. Offered is a collection of interesting 1970s exemplars from this plant along with additional promotional pieces from the same decade that includes: 

  • an RCA/CAMDEN record store counter card promoting the 1970s re-release of Elvis’ Christmas Album, measuring 12 1/2 by 12 1/2 inches (31.77 x 31.75 cm); 
  • two (2) unusual “golden” vinyl 45s, measuring 7 inches (17.78 cm) in diameter, plucked prior to labeling at the pressing plant, which include the singles “Love Me”/“I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” and “Surrender”/“It’s Now or Never” with two (2) 1974 RCA Records paper sleeves; 
  • two (2) unused LP center labels, each measuring 4 inches (10.16 cm) in diameter, which consist of two (2) for “Side A” and “Side B” of the 1977 album Moody Blue; and 
  • two (2) unused picture disc photos for Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 3—two for side B and one for side A—that would have been encased in the clear vinyl to create the picture disc effect, each measuring 11 inches (27.94 cm) in diameter.
  • Printing proof for the back cover of Elvis’ original soundtrack recording from his NBC-TV special, measuring 13 3 /4 by 13 3/4 inches (34.92 x 34.92 cm);
  • Heavy cardboard record store display stand (never used or unfolded back stand) with three images of Elvis on brown background by “Robert Charles Howe” advertising the Memories of Elvis: A Lasting Tribute to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll 5 LP boxed set, measuring 12 1/8 by 12 1/8 inches (30.79 x 30.79 cm); and
  • Extra-large plastic record store display of Elvis Presley’s number one hits, measuring 34 1/2 inches (87.63 cm) in diameter.

This noteworthy collection of ten (10) pieces, emanating from the original RCA pressing plant, is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The large record shaped store display exhibits some scuffing and scripting on the surface but is visually arresting, the yellow pressings are in excellent condition as are the unused center labels and picture disc labels, the Camden store display has wear to the edges and some foxing on the reverse with the cardboard stand containing a minor fold, the additional store display has some surface soiling and edge wear with the lower right corner slightly bent and the edges on the reverse showing slight discoloration, and the printer’s proof is in excellent condition overall.
1970s Elvis Presley RCA Records Promotional and Record Production Collection Including 10 Pieces from the Family of RCA Indianapolis Pressing Plant Employee
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $200.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $468.75
Estimate: $400 - $500
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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