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Vintage Beatles Albums -What Are They Worth?

Updated on July 29, 2014

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The Beatles in 1964 Top: Lennon, McCartney Bottom: Harrison, Starr
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Strange Shocking Facts About The Beatles

The Beatles had to dodge Jelly Babies candy thrown at them on stage because erroneous stories were put out in the newspapers and on television that George Harrison loved Jelly Babies. It got so bad at one point in time that George Harrison went on T.V. and radio and told fans he did not like Jelly Babies and asked fans to please not throw them or any type of candy on stage during the Beatles concerts.

The Beatles song " Here Comes The Sun " was almost put on the gold records sent out on the Voyager Spacecraft in 1977 but EMI refused to release the rights that would have allowed the song to be put on the gold records sent out into space. Just think ET could have been listening to the Beatles.

Carl Sagan was the astronomer working on the records back in 1977 and he had wanted to put the song on the gold record sent into space and the Beatles wanted it to but EMI refused to allow it. They must have been afraid of copyright infringing aliens.

Did you know that the Beatles once bought a private island and planned to live there in peace away from their screaming fans but they sold the private island and never did move there when the band broke up.

Did you know that George Harrison of the Beatles was stabbed seven times. Most people on the planet earth are well aware of John Lennon being killed but most people don't know a very similar thing happened to Harrison. A crazed fan named Michael Abrams broke into the Harrison house in 1999 and began screaming for George Harrison to come out. Harrison told his wife to call the police and he went to see if he could talk to Abrams. By the time everything was over Harrison had been stabbed seven times.

Harrison ended up with a punctured lung and a bad stab wound to the head and probably would have been killed but his wife beat Abrams away from Harrison with a fire poker. Abrams claimed in court that God had told him to kill Harrison and he ended up spending only 19 months in a mental hospital for his attack on Harrison.

Did you know that the Beatles wanted to star in a film version of Lords Of The Rings.

As hard as it may be to believe the Beatles were supposed to be the voices of the vultures in the movie , The Jungle Book.

It may be hard for a lot of people to believe but none of the Beatles could read music. Paul was the only one of the Beatles who tried to learn to read music and tried to learn to play the piano but he said it was too hard to learn and gave up.

Decca Records made one of the biggest mistakes ever made by a recording company and rejected the Beatles in 1961 less than a year before Beatlemania was to sweep England and the rest of the world. An executive with Decca Records told the Beatles that they had no future in Show Business and they should face that reality.

" Strawberry Fields Forever " , by the Beatles is based on a real place.

It was Bob Dylan that introduced the Beatles to marijuana. This was back in 1964 when they were all in their early to mid 20's.

In 1964 the BBC accidentally reported that Ringo Starr had his toe nails surgically removed. He did not have his toe nails removed and no one knows how that story ever got started.

The Beatles Were Together From 1960 - 1970

But very few bands ever had an impact on modern music like the Beatles did. Did you know that between 1962 and 1970 that over two dozen Beatles albums were released. Most Beatles records both 45's and albums are worth nearly $100 in perfect condition. Perfect condition means that the record has been played very little if at all and all the album or 45's cover or sleeve is in nearly perfect condition. The newer and better condition its in the higher price it will bring. Even a little damage or dirt can bring the price down. If the record has been played a lot you may just want to keep it and play it yourself.

The White Album which came out in 1968 is the most popular and most sought after album. An unopened mint condition copy of the album will bring twelve hundred dollars or more.

Abbey Road which was the Beatles last studio released album is one of the most sought after albums and in mint condition it sells for as high as four hundred dollars.

There are still a lot of great Beatles records and albums still out there to be found. You can pretty much go by the better condition they are in the higher price they will bring. If you plan to sell the record or album and it has never been opened then leave it that way. In mint condition they will bring the higher price. Be sure to do careful research and keep a journal with carefully detailed notes.

If you have a collection of Beatles Albums or Beatles records then first of all you need to sort your albums and records into fair, good , and mint condition. Then you need a real good guide like Perry Cox's "The Official Price Guide to The Beatles Records and Memorabilia," This guide provides the best guide to the condition of the records and albums and the price they should sell for.

The Beatles were around for only 10 years but during that time they recorded records and albums under various labels. Keep in mind that promotional copies of 45's are rarer still.

You need to learn the labels You may know what the Capital and Apple labels may look like but the Beatles appeared on a variety of labels under many different colors. Some are of course more rare than others.

Now its time for a reality check. Records were made to be played and if a record was played a lot its price is going to be low. The record may not have any sale value at all if it has been played heavily. If its been played heavily it may have a place in your collection but no one else is going to want to pay a lot of money for it. You need to be honest with yourself when your going through your records and albums and deciding what condition they are in.

But if you have a Beatles record or album in mint or nearly perfect condition you just may be able to get a few hundred to a few thousand dollars for it. Do good research and make sure what you have is really what you think it is. If your going to sell it on E Bay your going to have to be real sure.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions about Beatles records or albums please post them below.

Vintage Beatles Albums. What Are They Worth?

I remember the night they performed on the Ed Sullivan show. It was the 9th of February 1964 and I thought it was one of the wildest and best things I ever saw. Even way back then 73 million viewers in 23 million households watched the Beatles. It was for many years the most watched TV show in history.The next morning the Beatles woke up to negative criticism on the TV and Radio. Most people were claiming that the Beatles would ruin the youth of America. A day later though Beatlemania would erupt. Their first American concert was held at Washington Colosseum and it was a huge success. Thanks in part to the Beatles new song, I Want To Hold Your Hand which had came to America before them and was a huge success. Below is a video of that song.

Back in New York the next day the Beatles did two sell out shows at Carnegie Hall and then they flew to Florida and appeared for a second time on The Ed Sullivan Show. This time in front of an audience of 70 million. They then flew back to England on the 22 of February.

Vintage Beatles Albums , What Are They Worth?

I have a lot of their early albums from the early days and they really will bring what you can get people to pay. I've seen albums signed by one or more of the Beatles sell for $10.000 or more while some albums that are more rare with ads on the rear of the album can bring in the low thousands.

If you have a Beatles Album or even a collection of them you should first of all check out the condition of the album and the LP or record inside. The better the condition the more it will bring. Artwork is important. Everything needs to be perfect if it is going to bring the higher price.

There are unfortunately a lot of fake Beatles signatures out there. I have seen many albums the owners claim were signed by the Beatles when they were not. Do not buy a signed album until it has been verified authentic by an expert. Be sure to check out everything offered as proof with the album.

More About The Beatles

It was during the week of April 4th 1964 that the Beatles held 12 positions on Billboards top 100. And this included the top 5 positions. In August of 1964 the Beetles returned to America and did thirty concerts in 23 cities. It created intense interest in the Beatles. Their concerts were only thirty minutes long and between 10 and 20 thousand fans attended each concert.

It was in August of that year that the Beatles meet Bod Dylan and he introduced them to marijuana. Dylan made a strong impression on Lennon and before the year was out Lennon was imitating some of Dylan's style and Dylan's nasal drone.

And then in early 1965, while they were his guests for dinner Harrison and Lennon's dentist slipped LSD into their coffee. Lennon later described the experience as terrifying but fantastic. He said he was stunned for a month or two.

Vintage Beatles LP Meet the Beatles T 2047 First Album by England's Phenomenal

Vintage Beatles LP Meet the Beatles T 2047 First Album by England's Phenomenal  Currently selling on E Bay for $3.99
Vintage Beatles LP Meet the Beatles T 2047 First Album by England's Phenomenal Currently selling on E Bay for $3.99

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Introducing The Beetles 1963 Album

This album is currently selling on E Bay for $49.95 but it may go higher. It is guaranteed original and perfect in every way.  There are some of these albums that sell for into the low thousands. Especially ones with ads on back.
This album is currently selling on E Bay for $49.95 but it may go higher. It is guaranteed original and perfect in every way. There are some of these albums that sell for into the low thousands. Especially ones with ads on back.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The most famous cover of any album ever in history.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The most famous cover of any album ever in history.

Vintage Beatles Albums - What Are They Worth?

You may not get rich off your vintage Beatles albums but you can make some good money especially if you have some of the rarer items. If your interested in finding vintage Beatles albums you can find them at yard sales, flea markets, and thrift shops. I find them for sale all the time at local thrift stores here in my area around Charlotte North Carolina.

If you decide to sell yours or what you collect try selling on E Bay. Its easy to sign up for an E Bay account and you will quickly find out what your vintage Beatles albums will bring. Two key pieces of advise I can give you are to take great pictures for what you list on E Bay and list your auctions for 7 days. I usually have better luck for some reason if I start my auctions on Tuesday. You also need to write good descriptions. If you don't have a good quality digital camera consider buying one and become really good at using it.

I usually don't set reserves unless it is something really rare. If you do you'll often find yourself not selling your item.

And before you list your item or items always check out your competition. What are their items selling for and how long until their auction ends. How good is their description. Do they give good well researched information about their item or items. What kind of condition is their item in. All of these things are very important. The more detailed you can be in your description the better the chances are that your item will bring the best price.

I have never checked E Bay when there wasn't a huge selection of vintage Beatles records for sale on E Bay. Do your own research and see what items the same as yours are bringing. You aren't going to get a lot more than the usual selling price for your item. You should know that the rarer your item is the more it will bring. Vintage Beatles Records that have never been played always bring more. Albums still in the original plastic covers almost always bring more. If you do happen to have a vintage Beatles album in great condition and signed by one or more of the Beatles then it could command a great price.

You should keep a carefully detailed journal about the items you sell on E Bay and what did the item bring. Be sure to write down careful notes so you can refer back to them later.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band- The Beatles

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BEATLES ~ Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts ~ US Gold Stamp Promo Album LP ~ Unplayed

BEATLES ~ Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts ~ US Gold Stamp Promo Album LP ~ Unplayed. Currently selling on E Bay for $249.00
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More Beatles Information

In 1965 controversy erupted when the Queen Of England Elizabeth the II appointed all four members of the Beatles to the Order Of The British Empire. Then Prime Minister Harold Wilson had nominated them for the award. In protest some other persons who had received the award returned theirs. At the time the award went primarily to military veterans and civic leaders.

The Beatles made history during their third tour of the United States when they showed up to perform at Shea Stadium and 55.600 fans showed up to watch them. This happened on August 15th 1965. Many people consider that concert to be the most famous Beatles concert ever. It was towards the end of their third US tour that they met Elvis Presley. He invited them to his home in Beverly Hills but not a lot is known about that visit.

Beatles Album Sold For $10.500 At 2005 Auction

In June of 1966 Yesterday and Today one of the compilation albums created for the US market by Capital Records created an uproar in the US market. Its cover featured the Beatles dressed in butcher overalls with raw meat and broken plastic baby dolls in the picture with the Beatles. Thousands of the albums had a new cover pasted over the original cover. The new cover could be peeled off if you wished. One of these original unpeeled albums sold for an amazing $10.500 at an auction in December of 2005. If you have one you should check into selling it. Resist the urge to peel the new cover back. It will bring the most in as original condition as possible.

About this time John Lennon made his statement that they were more popular than Jesus Christ and it caused controversy and many Beatles Albums were burned across the United States by churches who considered this the final insult by the Beatles. The Beatles only made one more American tour after this.

LSD Guru Timothy Leary had a huge influence on the Beatles at this time and it was about this time that Strawberry Fields Forever and the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album were released. In 2003 Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album as the number 1 Rock and Roll Album of all time. However John Lennon was assassinated in 1980 and he never knew of this great honor.

The Yellow Submarine and the White Album

Here the Beatles music got a little stranger and it was during this time that the British Press turned against them. For the first time ever the British Press called their music rubbish.

In the American film , Walk Hard, The Dewey Cox Story Dewey meets the Beatles in a tent and goes on a acid trip with them. The surviving members of the Beatles says that all the Beatles liked Yellow Submarine including him. But most of the British Media that had supported the Beatles strongly in the past did not.

But you have to keep in mind that the Beatles formed in 1960 were the most successful and critically acclaimed group of the rock era. No matter where you are in the world people know who the Beatles were. They were my favorite rock band of all time. The Boys from Liverpool are the best band ever.

Here is the poster from Yellow Submarine

Here is the poster from Yellow Submarine
Here is the poster from Yellow Submarine

Lennon signing a copy of Double Fantasy for Chapman (right) several hours before the murder

Lennon signing a copy of Double Fantasy for Chapman (right) several hours before the murder
Lennon signing a copy of Double Fantasy for Chapman (right) several hours before the murder

The Death Of John Lennon

I was working for the Village Voice when John Lennon was killed and I was there for hours outside the Dakota in the rain. I saw more hurt in peoples faces that night than I have ever witnessed in my life. And I'll be the first to admit that I was hurting to.First John and Bobby Kennedy, then Martin Luther King and then John Lennon. I remember thinking why does the world have to be so crazy.

I remember Yoko's simple statement the next day, ' There is no funeral for John, John loved and prayed for the human race. Please do the same for him. "

Many people had blamed Yoko for breaking up the Beatles and now she was saying no funeral for John. I remember people standing in the New York streets in a state of shock. I think it would have been much better for everyone if there had of been a funeral. A lot of New Yorkers and a lot of Americans loved John Lennon.

Beatles Vintage Albums

While I don't have any vintage Beatles albums for sale I know a lot of people do. If you'll do a simple Google search for, " Beatles Vintage Albums " you'll get a pretty good ideal of all the people that are trying to sell old Beatles Albums. I've included some basic information here about the Beatles. Mostly I included the parts about them that I remember. I remember buying Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Album at Rogers Records in Shelby North Carolina all those years ago. I remember I got the money for it by picking cotton. And yes I still have it but I wouldn't sell it. You see I was able to get John Lennon to sign it for me in September of 1979. I hope you found the information here helpful and if you would like to comment or post a question please feel free to post it below in the comments section. Thanks for reading.

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      ed b. 

      5 years ago

      john lennon was the beatles, along with ringo and george, as far as paul and his selling the rights to m. jackson he is a traitor to me and has no respect for the other 3. paul was for paul and the others were about music and people.

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      I had no idea of many of the bits of info you shared...the one I did know was about Strawberry Fields.

      I was a huge fan of the Beatles when I was a young girl but did not really start to buy their music till I was in my mid thirties, for whatever reasons.

      Thanks for filling in so many blank spaces. I do wish I had one of their original would not be up for sale.

      Voted up++++ shared g+ tweeted

      Angels are on the way to you today. ps

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      I had to read this again. I still have not looked at my albums to see if I have any albums. The 45s have been played to much to be worth anything.

      Thanks for all the information.

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      5 years ago from Texas

      I did not know George was stabbed 7 times, good grief. We have some beetle albums. Interesting write up.

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      Thomas Byers 

      5 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks the great comments. They are really appreciated.

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      5 years ago from United States

      I don't know if these are considered vintage, but I have both the blue and red double LPs, not even the proper Beatles albums. But they're the most rare in my collection, I don't think I would ever sell them... just yet. It's hard to find any Beatles albums in the thrift shops so spotting even one of them (even if it's worn down) would be a great catch.

      It's still chilling to look at John Lennon's last picture hours before he was murdered...

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      Dolores Monet 

      5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      We were just talking about all our old albums, how many do we have in that cabinet under the bookshelf - tons of vintage albums including "Introducing the Beatles," Bob Dylan's famous pirated album and many more. I don't think I'd get 2 cents for them. They are in bad condition. (And I must add that listening to a record that was not in awful shape, the sound was incredible, so much more to a record than a CD)

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      Thomas Byers 

      6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks Shyron. Some of those albums can be quite valuable.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I think I may have a couple of Beatle albums have not looked recently.

      I have a lot of LPs.

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      7 years ago

      I love the Beatles! I've been looking for years for a pristine LP of Rubber Soul, since it's one of my favourite albums (along with Paranoid). This is one of the best hubs on HubPages, I just wish I had managed to get my hands on the $10.5k album!

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      This is a fantastic hub about the Beatles. Writing about their albums was ingenious but your information, research, photos, everything, impeccable!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Would have shared but there's no share button in the Sunshine Times.

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      Tonette Fornillos 

      7 years ago from The City of Generals

      I wasn't yet born when Beatles became a star, but the vintage album is to me worth a thousand smiles, a legend, a music to remember, and a classic to cherish. Being raised with juxebox around, "Yellow Submarine" was a popular favorite to me and siblings during the 60's.

      Lovely hub. Loved the old-fashioned of it. Thank you for this. Blessings! :=)-Tonette

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      Thomas Byers 

      7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks my friend. I appreciate your comment. Thanks

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great article and information about the fab four and their now vintage albums . Well done and written !

      Vote up and more !!!

    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      John your too much my friend. I appreciate you to. Thanks for your kind words.

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      7 years ago from Miami Florida

      CHG you did a remarkable job with this Hub Page. I've checked around on the net and I don't find better information anywhere. I also have a collection of Beatles Records but I would never sell them.

      Listen people most people don't know it but CHG is Thomas Byers who wrote for the Village Voice and also for the Miami Herald. He is a great writer and a wonderful friend of mine. He is also a great Chef. I think if I'm right he is approaching $100.000 in prize money for his chili.

      And he works to feed homeless and hungry people every day. Just wanted everyone to know this guy like I know him. Thanks Thomas for being a wonderful friend and a caring person.


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