The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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From The Oleander Collection

Named for Elvis’ expressed enjoyment for the “rough and tumble” of the tank obstacle course and his assignment to the 3rd Armored Division, 1st Tank Battalion, the Tankers Fan Club was created by Gary Pepper, who was not only the president of the club but was also a close friend to Elvis and the Presley family. Gary and his family formed a relationship with the entire Presley family and Gary’s father was employed as a guard at Graceland. After the death of Gary’s father, the Pepper family required additional assistance for Gary, who suffered from cerebral palsy and was confined to a wheelchair, so Elvis hired Carl Nichols, a Pepper family friend, to be a caretaker to Gary and his mother. Given his relationship with Elvis, Gary was of course invited to attend the “Ten Outstanding Young Men” awards banquet in January 1971, at which Elvis was honored as one of only 10 recipients of the award. This was one of Elvis’ most treasured awards and he took exceptional pride in being a recipient of such an honor. Carl accompanied Gary to the award ceremony and other events that day, and the pair successfully obtained the signatures of all 10 honorees in the offered program. The Elvis spread is inscribed “To Gary and Mr. Nichols Love Elvis Presley,” and while the other honorees personalized their inscriptions, they are all done to “Carl.” Every recipient is included in the program booklet: Atkins, Thomas I., 31 - Municipal Affairs; Bucha, Paul W., 27 - Military Service; Capecchi, Mario R., 32 - Biological Research; Cherry, Harry W., 35 - Business; Coll, Edward T., 30 - Voluntary Service; Goetz, James B., 34 - State Affairs; Humann, Walter J., 33 - Business; Todaro, Dr. George, 33 - Medicine; and Ziegler, Ronald L., 31 - National Affairs. One bonus signature graces page 3 of the booklet, where Carl got Jaycees president Gordon Thomas to sign. Also included is Gary Pepper’s personal name tag with the “TCB” logo from a private dinner that Elvis and Priscilla hosted prior to the awards ceremony for 100 guests at the Four Flames Restaurant. The card measures 2 1/2 by 3 inches (6.35 x 7.62 cm) and the booklet from this memorable day measures 9 x 7 inches (23 x 18 cm). This pair is an important relic from one of Elvis’ proudest moments not only because it contains the autographs of all ten honorees, but because it emanates from Gary Pepper, a pivotal person in Elvis’ life. The booklet and card are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

Signatures, including Elvis’, are all very strong and bold. The program is clean with minimal toning and a small stain on the cover. Name tag has original adhesive still intact. Excellent condition overall.
Elvis Presley Signed 1970 Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Men Award Booklet (Also Signed by Other Nine Recipients) Inscribed to Gary Pepper, with Gary’s TCB Name Tag from Elvis’ Pre-Award Dinner*
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $2,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,125.00
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Number Bids: 6
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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