The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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In the mid-70s Elvis commissioned Apollo Trophies, a trophy and engraving shop in Los Angeles, to create identification cards for him to give to his inner circle, close friends and band members in order to allow them backstage access during the shows. These special metallic badges each had the recipient’s name engraved along with a “title.” For example, the one given to Ed Parker listed his title as “Master Kenpo Karate,” and the one that he gave to Muhammad Ali listed his title as “The Champ”—even the one he gave to his father Vernon had his title listed as “Exec. Administrator Personal Business.” The gold badges further stated that the recipient “is a member of the ELVIS PRESLEY SHOW,” and each badge contained a facsimile Elvis Presley signature in the lower right and TCB logo to the left, along with “S.O. Kim” designer initials. The offered gold metal badge was the one that Elvis gave to his friend and leader of his backup band, the Stamps Quartet, J.D. Sumner. The gold card simply identifies J.D. as “Stamps.” Elvis and J.D. Sumner shared a love of gospel music which was the catalyst for Elvis hiring J.D. and the Stamps Quartet as his backup band in November 1971. In addition to studio recordings, the band toured with Elvis, making this gold badge a necessity for J.D. while on the road. This identification card comes with a notarized certified copy of an original bill of sale between J.D. Sumner and Mike Moon, dated May 1, 1980 on which this gold card is listed as item “(g) One gold card permanent backstage entrance pass given by Elvis Presley to J.D. Sumner.” The back of the gold card retains the original Apollo Trophies oval sticker. The badge measures 2 1/4 by 3 1/2 inches (5.72 x 8.89 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The badge exhibits signs of wear and use with minor scratching around the end. The reverse of the gold card contains heavy adhesive residue, likely from a display method at one point. Overall in excellent condition.
1970s “ELVIS PRESLEY SHOW” Gold ID Badge for J.D. Sumner of the Stamps – Former Mike Moon Collection
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,062.50
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
Number Bids: 6
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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