The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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Elvis’ last album released before his death in 1977 was Moody Blue. As a gimmick and with the popularity of colored vinyl in the 1970s, RCA released the album on blue vinyl to brisk sales, prompting RCA to do another pressing, this time in standard black vinyl. After the unexpected demise of Elvis, which shocked the nation, the sale of his last album skyrocketed and RCA met the demand by leasing production out to smaller pressing plants. When the main pressing plant in Indianapolis reached a milestone of 2 billion records, RCA celebrated with special pressings in colored vinyl in extremely small runs. It is believed that these small runs in red, green, white and yellow were given only to executives and VIPs. Some records were pressed in two colors and an extraordinarily small number were pressed as a picture disc with Colonel Parker dressed as Santa. These were given by the Colonel to VIPs.

As with anything, mistakes can happen during the process, and offered is a white vinyl disc that contains what is referred to as a misprint because an incorrect label has been applied to Side A. Although the record tracks are correct for Side A, the label that has been applied is that for the 1977 RCA release of Elvis’ first LP, Elvis. This mistake is indicative of the manual, short-run nature of the production process that left us with these incredibly scarce examples. In addition to the rarity of the color vinyl disc and the misprint on this example, this pressing is even more unique in that it is housed in a sleeve stamped “Not For Sale.” The disc measures 12 inches (30.48 cm) in diameter and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The vinyl presents with minimal wear. NM condition. The sleeve presents with minor edge wear and some creasing, but has bright, bold colors. VG+ condition.
1977 White Vinyl Test Pressing of Elvis Presley RCA LP <em>Moody Blue</em> with “Not for Sale” Stamped Sleeve
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $300.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $593.75
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Number Bids: 5
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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