The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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Elvis’ Christmas Album is one of the most sought-after records from Elvis Presley’s 1950s LP catalog. The record’s outer sleeve is condition-sensitive, with its “leather” binding that is prone to cracking. But the truly tough aspect of the album is the gold foil “gift” sticker that was applied to the cellophane wrapping. These stickers were almost instantly thrown away by fans as they ripped open the record to get it on their record players. The offered example of the sticker has a tear near the top and, importantly, has the deeply yellowed cellophane still adhered to its reverse. Later plastic wrapping does not age in this fashion—cellophane has an organic makeup that makes it age in this manner. There has always been a discussion among collectors about the authenticity of these stickers, but examples like this one, with the cellophane still attached, are above reproach. The vinyl’s matrix numbers and RCA labels indicate that the record was made in the original year of release, 1957. Side 1: H2 PP6526-1S B0 and Side 2: H2 PP6527-1S B2. The inner sleeve dates from 1957, though it actually seems to be from a slightly earlier part of the year than sleeves normally seen with original copies of this album, because Elvis’ album Loving You does not appear in the list of “Current Best-Selling” albums in the “Popular” category. An extremely tough record with the nearly impossible gold foil “gift” sticker included. The discs measures 12 inches (30.48 cm) in diameter and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The vinyl has some moderate scuffing, and while the outer sleeve shows a bit of wear to the binding, the photo album’s pages appear with no distress. VG+ overall.
1957 First Pressing of Elvis Presley’s RCA LP <em>Elvis’ Christmas Album</em> with Rare Original “Gift” Sticker
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $100.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,125.00
Estimate: $500 - $800
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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