The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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Wearable advertising has taken a plethora of different forms throughout the years with one of the first being the pinback lapel button, used as early as 1789 with the first presidential inauguration in the U.S., when George Washington’s supporters wore slogan buttons on their lapels. Pinback buttons grew in popularity and use for political campaigns and evolved into buttons with cartoon characters as giveaways with chewing gun or tobacco in the late 19th century. Pinback buttons were an easy and convenient way for a person to express their thoughts, ideas, and views or simply adoration for an object or person. Offered is an incredible collection of a variety of Elvis pinback buttons and fan ephemera issued over the years. The collection includes:

  • Two (2) variations of “I LIKE ELVIS” red, white and blue buttons, each 1 1/2 inch (3.81 cm) diameter;
  • Two (2) “I HATE ELVIS” blue and white buttons, each 1 1/2 inch (3.81 cm) diameter;
  • One (1) “LOVE ME TENDER” red and white button, 1 1/2 inch (3.81 cm) diameter;
  • One (1) “I LIKE ELVIS” red, white and blue button, 3 inches (7.62 inch) diameter;
  • One (1) “OY GEVALT ELVIS” red, white and blue button, 3 1/2 inch (8.89 cm) diameter (stained);
  • One (1) “I HATE ELVIS” blue and white button, 3 1/2 inch (8.89 cm) diameter;
  • One (1) 1956 Elvis Presley with illustration pink button, 7/8 inch (2.22 cm) diameter;
  • One (1) “Always Elvis 1935-1977” button, 1 3/8 inch (3.49 cm) diameter (missing pinback);
  • Two (2) “LOVE ME TENDER” buttons with Elvis center image, each 7/8 inch (2.22 cm) diameter;
  • One (1) “DON’T BE CRUEL” button with broken heart, 7/8 inch (2.22 cm) diameter;
  • Two (2) “I LIKE ELVIS” red, white and blue buttons, each 7/8 inch (2.22 cm) diameter;
  • Three (3) “LOVE ME TENDER” gold record buttons, each 7/8 inch (2.22 cm) diameter;
  • One (1) “YOU AIN’T NOTHIN BUT A HOUN’ DOG” button, 7/8 inch (2.22 cm) diameter;
  • One (1) “SHAKE RATTLE and ROLL” button, 7/8 inch (2.22 cm) diameter;
  • One (1) mini red record disc with “Blue Suede Shoes / Hound Dog,” 7/8 inch (2.22 cm) diameter;
  • One (1) rare 1956 “ELVIS PRESLEY NATIONAL FAN CLUB / I like Elvis and his R.C.A. RECORDS” pink button with image of Elvis, 1 1/2 inch (3.81 cm) diameter;
  • One (1) heart-shaped “Elvis Presley is a Doll” yellow and brown velvet patch, 3 by 3 1/2 inches (7.63 x 8.89 cm); 
  • One (1) 1956 pink National Fan Club card for Russ Emmerling, 2 1/4 by 3 7/8 inches (5.71 x 9.84 cm); and 
  • One (1) 1960 folding Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain card for Richard Gore, stamped November 8, 1959 on reverse, 3 1/2 by 5 1/4 inches (8.89 x 13.33 cm).

This eclectic group of period advertising buttons and fan ephemera provides a generous sampling of the variety of buttons available to Elvis fans eager to show support for their idol. The collection of twenty-five (25) is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The collection is in excellent condition overall exhibiting only minor defects. The fan club cards have slight discoloration, surface soiling and wear from age and handling.
Elvis Presley Fan Club and Button Collection of 25 Pieces
Bidding
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $468.75
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
Number Bids: 6
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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