The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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In the late 1980s the US Postmaster General began consideration for the creation of a series of stamps featuring American music legends including Elvis Presley. Then in January 1992, the decision was announced that not only would an Elvis Presley stamp be issued, but that the American people would decide if the image of Elvis would be from his younger or later years. Five million ballots were issued and with an overwhelming seventy-five percent voting in favor of a younger Elvis, the decision was made. A year later, on January 8, 1993—what would have been Elvis’ 58th birthday, fans gathered at Graceland for the unveiling of this new stamp. During this event, Graceland issued 35,000 special first-day cover envelopes on which was stamped in gold “I was there January 8, 1993,” which were sold out by 10 a.m. that morning. Thousands of people from around the world clamored for the 800 seats at the ceremony during which Priscilla and Lisa Marie revealed the stamp’s final image. A US Postal Service van issued cancellations at the Graceland Plaza while the sale of the stamp across the nation started a frenzy. The United States Postal Service printed an additional 200 million stamps after the initial printing of 300 million fell short of demand. Elvis’ commemorative stamp was the best-selling commemorative stamp in US history. In 2015, a second commemorative stamp featuring Elvis was issued, making Elvis the only celebrity aside from Lucille Ball, who has one of her and one of her famous character, with two commemorative stamp issues featuring his image. Offered is a full sheet of 40 of the 1993-issued stamps along with two Graceland “first day of issue” envelopes containing the stamp with a cancellation mark depicting the gates of Graceland. The image on the front of the envelope is a color head shot of Elvis with the Graceland Mansion as backdrop. Each special Graceland-issued first day of issue envelope measures 6 1/2 by 4 3/4 inches (16.51 x 12.06 cm), the sheet of stamps measures 10 by 9 inches (25.4 x 22.86 cm) and the trio is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The stamps and FDCs present with little distresses, if any. Near Mint condition.
Full Sheet of 40 Elvis Presley 1993 USPS Stamps Plus Two First Day Covers Cancelled January 8, 1993, in Memphis, Tennessee
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $100.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $281.25
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 4
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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