All BEATLES pricing is reflective of the latest BEATLES PRICE GUIDES in particular the most recent guides I n addition, our pricing is based on condition, rarity, and scarcity. There are other existing BEATLES PRICE GUIDES available, however you must keep in mind that most guides are now several years old and don't reflect accurate or current market values, regardless of who the authors are or what ever their so- called "expertise" may be. Please feel free to ask any questions or request additional photos! Please feel free to ask questions and request additional photos! Very RARE , quite collectible and valuable to any BEATLES collector! ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ SOME INTERESTING & IMPORTANT FACTS about ... "INTRODUCING ... THE BEATLES" (Compiled by our expert staff) . What is a FAKE & what is a REAL copy? 1.) First & foremost, real copies of any version of this LP must have "INTRODUCING ... THE BEATLES" & "THE BEATLES" , ABOVE THE SPINDLE HOLE on the record label. If either phrase is below the hole, it's FAKE ! E xceptions have been found rarely, however if you do see one, you need to look at other characteristics such as a LACK of the color "GREEN" in the circle of colors around the black "RAINBOW" label. This is only 1 example of the many other characteristics that identify any AUTHENTIC version of this record. 2.) Keep in mind; there were only (2) OFFICIAL VERSIONS of this LP ; VERSION 1 & VERSION 2 ; and never any re- issues made by Vee Jay . Therefore wherever you see the word "RE-ISSUE", you can be certain that it is a FAKE . 3.) VERSION 1; Includes: "AD BACKS", "BLANK BACKS" & "COLUMN BACKS / TITLES ON BACK" versions. All confirmed "AD BACK" covers printed by COBURN & CO. have "PRINTED IN USA" on the front cover vertically in lower left hand corner. Also contrary to popular belief, and although songs present were originally recorded in the UK i n 1963 for the original LP entitled "PLEASE, PLEASE ME" on PARLOPHONE, NO COPY OF THIS LP WAS EVER RELEASED IN 1 963 . I t's a known fact that "INTRODUCING … THE BEATLES" was officially released by Vee Jay Records on 1-10-64 . and not before. 4.) The 1st VERSION 1 COVER (outer jacket) prepared was called the "AD BACK" , VJ 1062 (1) MCI. The back of this jacket featured color images of 25 Vee Jay albums . The Front cover has the words "PRINTED IN USA" in the lower left side printed vertically. VERSION 1 records have a significant value, however the outer jacket is really what makes this quite a significant find. 5.) The 2nd VERSION 1 COVER for this LP was known as the "BLANK BACK" featuring a 100% BLANK BACK of the outer jacket with a semi-gloss all white paper slick pasted there. Some covers (MC2A) do have "PRINTED IN USA" on the front like the "AD BACK" while others (MC2B) do not. Once again it is the cover that makes the overall piece much more valuable . 6.) The 3rd VERSION 1 COVER was known as the "COLUMN BACK" or "TITLES ON BACK" cover. It listed song titles on the back in (2) columns. This variation ( MONO or STEREO ) came with either the "Oval" logo label or Black Rainbow with Vee Jay in typical "Brackets" [VJ]. Any authentic STEREO of this variation is very rare as there have been millions of FAKES that have tried to mimic this cover. FAKE covers are found with records that are clearly counterfeit, and on all labels, "THE BEATLES" always appears below the spindle hole . And if the VINYL is FAKE , the cover usually is too. LABELS – The 1ST label for VERSION 1 run was the Black Rainbow label with the "Oval" logo. The records included the songs "P.S. I LOVE YOU" & "LOVE ME DO" replaced later on VERSION 2 pressings with "PLEASE, PLEASE ME" and "ASK ME WHY" . The VERSION 2 was not released until early February 1964. There are (3) font variations with "Oval" labels for this version. The MR1A states words "LONG PLAYING" and "MICROGROOVE" in upper & lower case font . MR1B doesn't mention words "LONG PLAYING" or "MICROGROOVE" , and the MR1C has these words but only in upper case font. (A few of VERSION 1s have been found with the "BRACKETS" [VJ] logo on the label). 7.) VERSION 2 – O fficial versions must have all words "INTRODUCING … THE BEATLES" and "THE BEATLES" above the spindle hole. If either is below, it is always be a FAKE . The V ERSION 2 featured song titles "PLEASE, PLEASE ME" and "ASK ME WHY" replacing "P.S. I LOVE YOU" and "LOVE ME DO" found only on VERSION 1 copies. VERSION 2 was released in early FEBRUARY 1964. The labels varied with either the Black Rainbow "Oval" logo, or the Black Rainbow "BRACKETS" [VJ] logo, or the Black Background with SILVER "VJ" logo, or a Black Background with SILVER "Oval" logo, or the Black Background or SILVER "VJ" in Block Style print, or Black Background with SILVER "BRACKETS" logo [VJ] (very rare). In rare cases, some VERSION 2 records can also be found with a 45 rpm label on them as well ( Black Rainbow with "Oval" logo). There are also some FAKES that feature Medium Sized SILVER BRACKETS [VJ] LOGO printed on an all Black label (Real ones have the much smaller logo). All VERSION 2 covers are "Column Back / Titles on Back". N o copies of any STEREO VERSION 2 disc with a regular sized Rainbow label and the "Oval" logo are known to exist. Although back in 1964 at Vee Jay , anything would have been possible . 8.) SOME IMPORTANT TESTS FOR AUTHENTICITY: TEST #1 – The most obvious visual authenticity test is the "Shadow" test. It had been thought originally that if George' s "Shadow" appeared on the right side of the front of the LP cover, this was a definitive sign of authenticity. It was later discovered that some elaborate FAKES also had this feature, so although the shadow must be there, its appearance alone does not define the LP as being authentic. TEST #2 – The 100% and most conclusive test is the "HONEY" test. This test refers to the back of the outer jacket and the song title "A TASTE OF HONEY" . On ALL FAKES , in the letters "H" and "E" , the top left corners of these letters are not solidly printed with ink missing there. This is THE most d efinitive test recognizing authenticity. FAKED covers (especially the back panel) were poor photo copies of original VERSION 1 COLUMN BACKS , but because of their poor quality, they were subject to many subtle inconsistencies which can be spotted by the trained eye, and of course the "HONEY" test illustrates one of these errors. Also, with reference to the back of the outer jacket, there are other "ink" tests however most have never been confirmed to be 100% CONCLUSIVE and NO FAKE HAS EVER PASSED THIS TEST. TEST #3 – A "FLAP TEST " requires the inspection of the inside of a jacket's opening. In publications dedicated to pointing out differences between authentic & fake records and covers, for years it has always been assumed that any cover found with NO FLAPS , had to be FAKE . But in the 1990s some authentic covers on WEST COAST releases were discovered to have NO FLAPS at all. Collectors had always assumed that all legitimate covers had to have 1/4" flaps at the inner top & bottom. But that thinking has obviously now gone out the window. This changes conventional thinking specifically on any VERSION 1 cover. B ut it's important to point out that if and when a cover is found with NO FLAPS , it must still pass all other tests, most importantly the 100% CONCLUSIVE "HONEY" TEST . Why did these FLAP discrepancies exist? R emember that Vee Jay had hired more than one firm with respect to the make-up and printing of these jackets (i.e. Coburn & Ivy Hill ). So naturally t here would have to have been subtle differences in how both of these vendors independently produced a finished product. What we've stated here was always suspected . R ealists have always surmised that there could never have been only one or two legitimate covers produced as a sample of any production run with NO FLAPS . But without supporting documentation from Vee Jay , no one really has any idea how many of either were actually manufactured. What we do know is that around 79,000 MONOS and ONLY 2,202 STEREO VERSION 1 LPs were ever produced, which included all of the AD BACKS , BLANK BACKS & COLUMN BACKS (or "Titles On Back "). When you consider the way that Vee Jay was being run in 1964 nothing would be surprising . W ith legal issues hanging over their heads in 1964 confirmed by eye witnesses who had worked at Vee Jay , there had always been a sense of urgency to move any and all products out the door as fast as possible regardless of appearances and characteristics. VERSION 1 covers were assembled some time in late December 1963 and also early January 1964. But like everything else that went on, just imagine what the quality control must have been like in those chaotic days. Actually there were times when people wondered if any authentic COLUMN BACK jackets existed at all, but obviously they do. Remember, the "HONEY" test tells all and NO FAKE has ever passed this test. In 1964 there were no rules at all at Vee Jay. TEST #4 – Read the "Trail Off Area" . This area of the disc on most if not all FAKES is always wider than legitimate copies. On all GENUINE copies, this area varies between 3/4” & 7/8” but on FAKES it is often anywhere from 1” to 1 1/4”. Most (but not all) legitimate albums normally had raised relief machine stamped logos in the "Trail Off" areas. Since machine stamps are very hard to copy or duplicate , FAKES often have no markings or only hand scratched ones . The most common machine stamps are from AUDIO MATRIX (AR) or the ARP logo. TEST #5 - Another trait of all FAKES is that they're pressed on much thinner vinyl . Always c heck for thickness by comparing an LP that in doubt to a known legitimate copy and you'll see the difference. TEST #6 - On the back of the jacket, the "B" in "BEATLES" at the top right in FAKES has a noticeable ink irregularity in the lower left inner section of the letter. In the REAL covers, the "B" is printed clearly with no flaws. Check this feature against known legitimate covers. TEST #7 - On the back of the jacket, to the left of "MISERY", all the FAKES have a very noticeable ink irregularity in the north/south post line. Some refer to this as an INK BUMP. It is very easily spotted. TEST #8 - If the label's color band has NO color GREEN in its lower to middle left side, record is FAKE . TEST #9 - Matrix Numbers are 63-3402 & 63-3403 and job numbers are 5702 and 5689 preceded by a small triangle. Pressing IDs / Stampings are either AUDIO MATRIX, ARP, MR . Hand etchings are 6-29-63 , RA or A . All others or lack there of are FAKES . TEST #10 - O riginal covers have somewhat of a gloss to the paper stock used on back (glossiness may vary). However if the paper used appears to be a FLAT WHITE STOCK , it's a FAKE. (SEE SECTION 14 BELOW FOR FURTHER DESCRIPTION OF "FLAP" TEST EXCEPTIONS). 9.) It is important to note, THE most "FAKED" LP was the STEREO VERSION 1 "Column Back" album. All FAKES feature song titles on the outer jacket and record label: "P.S. I LOVE YOU" and "LOVE ME DO" . However when you play a FAKE , these songs are normally NOT on the disc. Instead you will probably hear " PLEASE, PLEASE ME" and "ASK ME WHY" . (There are exceptions that have turned up playing "P.S. I LOVE YOU" & "LOVE ME DO", but in most cases, these usually turn out to be FAKES). Also note that although outer jacket illustrates "STEREOPHONIC" at the top of the Front cover in GRAY on a WHITE background, you w on't EVER find the word "STEREO" anywhere on the record label and the recording is in MONO as well. 10.) Contrary to popular belief there were NEVER any "REISSUES" of VERSION 1 or VERSION 2 LPs. And if you've seen any version of this LP with a stock photo on the front with DARK BROWN border, or the cover has a YELLOW haze to it, it is a FAKE ! K eep in mind that Vee Jay NEVER sealed these albums so if you have one that is sealed, there is good chance that it is a FAKE! 11.) Recently it has come to our attention that some sellers feel they know all there is to know about this LP by posting bogus info. For example, some state that unless the word "MICROGROOVE" appears on the label, the disc is a FAKE . NOT TRUE! There are certain variations that do NOT have either words "LONG PLAYING" or "MICROGROOVE" on the label, and yet they are all legit pressings. Also there are some who have stated that if you see the word "STEREO" , it is not a legit pressing. NOT TRUE! We have NEVER seen the word "STEREO" on any fake label - ever; but if it DOES appear on the label, it' is to be considered a uthentic. And also there are some who have actually stated that any STEREO OUTER JACKET that offers the song titles "LOVE ME DO" and "P.S. LOVE YOU" is a FAKE! WHERE ARE THESE PEOPLE GETTING ALL OF THEIR INFORMATION? Although rarely seen, all of the VERSION 1 STEREO COLUMN BACKS feature the songs "LOVE ME DO" and "P.S. I LOVE YOU" and since there were ONLY 2,202 COPIES EVER PRESSED , when found it would be worth a small fortune in any acceptable condition. 12.) Jackets with RED, WHITE & BLUE DOTS located under the top back paper overlap are normally FAKES . These dots were normally used during t he printing process and they are CLEARLY VISIBLE WITHOUT THE NEED TO SEPARATE THE PAPER FROM THE JACKET. Disturbing the paper is NEVER recommended, since it does seriously devalue the jacket once it's separated. So, if you don't actually see any DOTS thru the PAPER , then the COVER is AUTHENTIC , AS LONG AS ALL OTHER TESTS ARE PASSED . And usually a FAKE cover will be accompanied by a FAKE disc. 13.) If the record has a label with a R A I N B O W color band without high resolution or gradual color change, it's FAKE . Some labels are plain BLACK with SILVER lettering with either a small [ VJ ] Brackets label or SILVER OVAL label. These have NO Color Band and are the exceptions. Color Bands MUST INCLUDE the color "GREEN" or the record is a FAKE.. 14.) (RE: OUTER JACKET "FLAPS") It's been disclosed by even the most knowledgeable experts that some WEST COAST COVERS have been found to have NO FLAPS , yet they pass ALL THE OTHER LEGITIMACY TESTS which include the all important 100% CONCLUSIVE "HONEY" TEST ( listed above) . Therefore where there are NO FLAPS present at all, the jacket MUST STILL PASS ALL OTHER TESTS f or legitimacy in order to be considered AUTHENTIC . Also, these come with an authentic disc inside, which is yet another way to assist in determining authenticity. Vee Jay in 1964 was known to have thrown caution to the wind when it came to any resemblance of quality control. One reason was the fact that they had many legal battles to overcome. B ased upon that fact alone, the company decided to rush the construction of all jackets using any available materials in order to save money and beat their legal deadlines. In doing so, any STEREO disc might have been paired with any VERSION 1 cover. Knowing how Vee Jay as a company generally operated, anything would have been possible in 1964. However, passing the "HONEY" test is still THE MOST IMPORTANT validation test . NO FAKE HAS PASSED THIS TEST - EVER! Always keep that in mind when examining the results of any other tests. Nothing else matters. And one final word about "FLAPS" . It is a known fact that covers with "NO FLAPS" were discovered as originating on the WEST COAST . In fact a well know collector, presently has in his possession a "MONO" cover, and another has "2 STEREO COVERS" . Obviously these are small numbers, but we point out that if "ONE" or "TWO" exist, using common sense there would only have been more, especially since these pass all the known authenticity tests including the 100% CONCLUSIVE "HONEY" TEST . As screwed up as Vee Jay was at that time, they would never have had any kind of production runs in the single digit numbers. Even for them it wouldn't have made sense. 15.) We have had people write in and ask "WHY DO PAUL'S HANDS NOT APPEAR ON THE FRONT COVER?" on certain versions of INTRODUCING ... THE BEATLES . This comment mainly applies to the STEREO covers where his hands NEVER appear on any version of this LP . His hands only appear on MONOS and on STEREOS that DON'T have "STEREOPHONIC" printed across the top of the front cover in GRAY on a WHITE BACKGROUND . Some STEREOS were also housed in MONO covers with applied "STEREO" or "STEREOPHONIC" stickers. Only in these cases would you ever see "PAUL'S HANDS" . These stickers were WHITE with BLACK ink. We only hope that this sets the record straight on these very important but often misunderstood points. If anyone has any comments or feels that our information is lacking in any way, please come forward. Please take a moment and look over all of our listings. If you're interested in any VINYL, CD, CASSETTE, VHS TAPE, DVD, POSTER or any other item that you don't see listed, it doesn't mean that we don't have it or can't obtain it for you. So please let us know. We have thousands of items too numerous to list, therefore .. . WE WELCOME ALL INQUIRIES! It's important to point out, when sellers on e b a y set a price for an item, many factors are in play. One of which is the fact that SELLER FEES can be up to 10% of the Sell Price . So when you think that the price listed might be higher than you think it should be, please keep all these added costs in mind. Thank you for watching! RETURN QUALIFICATIONS: Only under certain circumstances will we accept RETURNS . For example, CDs are NOT RETURNABLE because they are too easy to copy. If the item purchased is NOT THE ITEM received, the buyer must contact us immediately before any return can be authorized. All items are PHOTOGRAPHED prior to being packaged in order to insure that the item is in fact in the condition described and is the item actually being shipped. There are always special circumstances where items can qualify for a return, however one of the reasons that's NOT ACCEPTABLE is "I DIDN'T LIKE IT" . Each item that is sold on this site is described in detail as best we can. Please understand what you are buying when you make your purchase. If you're not certain, please ask questions or request additional photos or information PRIOR to making your purchase. If the item you receive appears to be damaged in shipment, please contact the CARRIER ( USPS, UPS, FedEX, Trucking Company etc.) immediately and request a claim for damages. Also, feel free to contact this office as well, and PRIOR to making any kind of report to E B A Y . We will do our best to assist the buyer without the involvement of E B A Y . Buyers and Sellers should work together to settle any issues without involving anyone else. Thanks. Where does our knowledge about "VEE JAY" RECORDS originate? Although there have been several very well done and well researched publications about the history of the "BEATLES" , t heir recordings, and the companies who had the unique opportunity to have had an association with them, most if not all based their research solely upon THIRD P ARTY INFORMATION and whatever existing info/ documents remained available. Regarding our specific expertise with respect to "VEE JAY" , our owner was fortunate enough to have had a relative who was personal friends of both Vivian Carter and her husband Jimmy Bracken (original "VEE JAY" owners) . Their friendship goes back to their days in the 1950s in Gary, Indiana. Since he had p revious experience at that time in the recording industry, they hired him to work at "VEE JAY" . With his first hand knowledge of everything that went on there through December 1964 , his insight and experiences with respect to daily company operations and internal issues which he graciously passed on to us, have been in valuable since they originated from his personal experience. Production & Vendor issues were his areas of knowledge and expertise that he was personally involved with on a daily basis during the "BEATLES" era. His first hand knowledge plus his personal possessions and documents retained from his years there, have been and always will remain priceless to us. He had always stated that 1964 was very stressful for everyone there. Although he remained friends with the Brackens , it was no longer a place he felt he could continue to work. We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to pass on what we consider to be some of the greatest personal insight that one could ever have imagined obtaining from a recording company of such historical significance. ALL ITEMS ARE PROFESSIONALLY PACKAGED! BUY WITH CONFIDENCE! "LIMITED" RETURN POLICY ...... Actually when you look through many current auctions on EBAY you'll find we're not the only sellers who refuse RETURNS unconditionally. It should be noted that under the category of " RETURNS", many sellers state: " THE SELLER DOES NOT OFFER RETURNS. HOWEVER YOU ARE COVERED BY EBAY's MONEY BACK GUARANTEE IF YOU RECEIVE AN ITEM THAT'S NOT AS DESCRIBED". Our LIMITED RETURN POLICY refers to any item " AS DESCRIBED" . To define "AS DESCRIBED", we follow the rules of this site with actual limited verbiage within an auction with respect to WHAT THE ITEM IS, WHO THE ARTIST IS, etc. With respect to a term like AUTHENTICITY, that can only be determined by viewing detailed photos and posting accurate descriptions along with accepted industry characteristics. This seller never consciously engages in the selling of items which are not authentic (unless specified otherwise). If a potential buyer has questions, t hey may seek additional photos or more details, some of which can be provided by viewing and comparing to a known example or referring to an accepted industry publication. As for condition of an item, for example in the case of a vinyl record we always do our best to describe it's play surface and post detailed photos to the best of our ability as amateur photographers. (D escribing the condition of a vinyl record is not an exact science and is based on someone's visual examination and opinion of the examiner. Industry standards are followed by all of our examiners). Labels are best described by posting detailed photos that illustrate defects if and where they exist. As for outer jackets or picture sleeves, we'll attempt to inform buyers about any possible bends, folds, seam splits, writing, tears etc. Photos posted are the best descriptive evidence. With respect to items sold such as either a ONE-OF- A-KIND, RARE COLLECTIBLE, ARTIFACT or MUSEUM PIECE, they're sold AS IS with limited consideration given to condition since they are unique pieces. They don't fall under standard return guidelines unless there are damages discovered on arrival. As stated in some of our previous auctions, we insist that prospective buyers ask questions or request more photos PRIOR TO PURCHASE if they are uncertain in MAKING ANY OFFERS . We also want buyers to fully understand precisely what it is they are buying. In the specific case of Vinyl Records, where we would normally provide a detailed description with pictorial images, examination and inspection u pon its arrival should never take a buyer any more than 2 days to determine that the item received is the item purchased, and that it's condition is as described . Therefore in that 2 day window after the item is received, the buyer is required to contact the seller to report any deficiencies. If a prospective buyer is not 100% certain of what they are viewing on any auction they would be well advised to pass on purchasing. We don't want anyone to buy an item, pay for it, then receive it, only for us to be required to wait 2 full weeks before it might be determined by the buyer that he or she suddenly and unexpectedly has an issue. Blind siding sellers in this manner, will only stoke the possibility for certain dispute and argument regarding whether a potential return and/or refund is justified . That places the seller in an awkward financial position as well and one that we would prefer to avoid. It's been our experience in over 50 years of collecting and selling, that there have been buyers, who we like to refer to as a " Knit Pickers", not to mention some of whom have been discovered to have actually damaged the item purchased while in their possession (either accidentally or intentionally) and then tell us that "it was received that way". Therefore it has become our policy that all items are always "PHOTOGRAPHED & INSPECTED" prior to packaging as a protective measure in an effort to avoid any any potential disputes. (This is what we feel is a FAIR POLICY. If any potential buyer feels we've either omitted or not explained something properly, or that we are being unfair in some way, please let us know how we can improve. Suggestions are always welcome. ... 6/17 ). Thanks for watching! DON'T PAY UNTIL YOU READ THE FOLLOWING: FREE SHIPPING: Where "FREE SHIPPING" is offered, it applies ONLY to the "BUY IT NOW" price (as long as the item is "NOT ON SALE" at the time of its p urchase) or ANY ITEM LISTED OVER $50.00 . (Batteries are not included). All others shall pay shipping charges to their destination. Please wait to be INVOICED through PayPal . Thank you. ATTENTION ALL PROSPECTIVE BUYERS! Thank you for visiting our site. We want to remind everyone that if you currently don't happen to see what you're looking for here on our site, it doesn't mean that we don't have it in stock or can't get it for you . We simply cannot list everything we have all at once. So if you're looking for something in particular, simply send us a written request and we'll be happy to list it for you to buy. Current inventory includes THOUSANDS of VINYL LPs, PROMOS & 45s CDs, DVDs, EPs, 78s, Cassette Tapes, VHS Movies, Metal Stampers and much more in the category that we would like to call "COLLECTIBLES" . Thank you for watching and we look forward to hearing from you anytime! All vinyl records are sold on the basis of their collectibility, rarity, scarcity, with special consideration in some cases given specifically to whom the artist happens to be. Also factored in is the physical and visual examination of play surfaces, labels, outer jacket and the inner sleeve (where applicable) and in most cases when there is obvious issues to the naked eye which would most certainly affect play. This would be a part of the item's description (however unless a record is of extreme rarity and does have value regardless of it's condition) , we try to avoid ever selling severely damaged records. We point out that "THE BEATLES" are in a category of their own and in cases with many of their extremely rare items, we've sold some of their records even when they did have surface issues, however their value in any condition made these specific items retain certain value and collectability and a buyer would be made aware of it before we would ever sell it. We don't play test every vinyl since we have tens of thousands of vinyl records in stock, making it impossible to play each of them. Please remember this when buying and always ask questions prior to finalizing any purchase. NOTE: Although alternative Shipping options for International Shipments are offered, using specifically USPS FIRST CLASS INTERNATIONAL , it should be noted that this service is not normally recommended due to (in many cases) unreliability. There have been instances where items have never reached their destinations or have encountered damage and because the USPS has very limited control when this occurs, if chosen we can NOT OFFER REFUNDS . If you do choose this service in the interest of saving money, you must understand the choice is yours and if you encounter a problem with any and all delivery issues including damages, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN .