The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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The offered gold vinyl test pressing of Elvis Presley’s Pickwick 33 1/3 RPM LP Elvis Sings Hits From His Movies was most likely produced in 1975, the year of its release on the Pickwick label, based on its matrix numbers. In the 1970s, Pickwick reissued LPs from RCA Camden, the RCA budget label. This, of course, included Camden albums featuring Elvis Presley. Colored vinyl test pressings such as the offered example were created as tests or often as gifts for VIPs and company executives; regardless of the reason, these pressings are extremely rare, produced only in the smallest quantities. Oddly, the offered disc actually presents with the matrix numbers of BOTH the original 1972 Camden release AND the 1975 Pickwick release. This somewhat bizarre circumstance further indicates this was a test pressing. Side 1’s matrix numbers are “BRCS 5270 3S H” (machine stamped) from the 1972 Camden release AND “CAS-2567-A” (hand etched) from the 1975 Pickwick release. Side 2’s matrix numbers are “BRCS 5271 3S H” (machine stamped) from the 1972 Camden release AND “CAS-2567-B” (hand etched) from the 1975 Pickwick release. Interestingly the “H” in the Camden stampings on both sides is scratched out. This letter’s presence would normally indicate the record is a “Hollywood pressing,” but the fact that it is scratched out perhaps indicates it was pressed in Indianapolis. This would make more sense as most known colored vinyl test pressings were done there, usually at the direction of Ernie Ruggeri, VP of manufacturing for RCA. All that aside, we are left with an incredibly interesting and rare Elvis Presley LP. Accompanying the LP is a MINT condition 1975 Pickwick sleeve for the album, still with its original plastic, only split at the open side. The disc measures 12 inches (30.48 cm) in diameter and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The record presents with few if any distresses. MINT condition. The accompanying sleeve is still in its original plastic wrap, though it is split at the opening.
1975 Gold Vinyl Test Pressing of Elvis Presley’s Pickwick LP <em>Elvis Sings Hits From His Movies</em>
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Minimum Bid: $200.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $343.75
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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