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Collector’s Corner – Yesterday And Today (and the infamous ‘Butcher Cover’)

Happy Nat w/1st State Mono Yesterday And Today 'Butcher Cover' album

Happy Nat w/1st State Mono Yesterday And Today 'Butcher Cover' album

Welcome to the first installment of Collector’s Corner! This time I will be covering what is widely considered a staple to any serious Beatles vinyl collection – the first issuance of the U.S. and Canada only LP release titled Yesterday And Today, but more commonly referred to as the “Butcher Cover” album.

Background information: The hodgepodge nature in which Capitol records compiled Beatles albums between 1964 and 1966 was irritating the group, who felt they put a lot of work into the sequencing of the music on the British releases. Yesterday And Today was certainly no exception. The album was a compilation of tracks from the Beatles’ two most recent British LPs, namely Help! and Rubber Soul, which had not yet been included on their U.S. counterpart albums. Additionally, there were tracks from their upcoming U.K. Revolver LP. Since all three of these new tracks were primarily John Lennon compositions, when the U.S. Revolver album came out without them, it significantly limited John’s output for the album to only two songs (“Tomorrow Never Knows” and “She Said She Said”). It marked the first time there were more George Harrison composed songs on a U.S. Beatles record than there were John Lennon compositions, since George had three (“Taxman,” “Love You To” and “I Want To Tell You”). Below is the list of the 11 songs from Yesterday and Today and where they came from :

1) “Act Naturally,” “Yesterday”: from the UK LP Help!, (issued earlier by Capitol as a single)
2) “Nowhere Man,” “What Goes On”: from the UK LP Rubber Soul, (issued earlier by Capitol as a single)
3) “Drive My Car,” “If I Needed Someone”: also from the UK LP Rubber Soul
4) “We Can Work It Out,” “Day Tripper”: both sides of the single
5) “I’m Only Sleeping,” “Doctor Robert,” “And Your Bird Can Sing”: three Lennon compositions from the upcoming UK LP Revolver. Since Capitol was pressuring EMI in the U.K. for three tracks to fill up the album, the mono version of the album contained mixes that were not yet finalized. Capitol then used these same mixes to create duophonic (i.e. ‘fake’ stereo) mixes for the stereo edition of the album.

The tracks were ordered as follows:
Side 1-”Drive My Car,” “I’m Only Sleeping,” “Nowhere Man,” “Doctor Robert,” “Yesterday,” “Act Naturally”
Side 2-”And Your Bird Can Sing,” “If I Needed Someone,” “We Can Work It Out,” “What Goes On,” “Day Tripper”

For the reason stated in 5) above, the mixes of “And Your Bird Can Sing,” “Doctor Robert” and “I’m Only Sleeping” differ significantly between Yesterday And Today and the U.K. Revolver LP, where they had time to have been perfected. Since these unique American mixes are a rarity, two of them have been featured in the BROW series. Click the links below to read and hear how these mixes compare to the versions on the U.K. Revolver versions, which are now the standard:

1) I’m Only Sleeping
2) Doctor Robert

Additionally, “And Your Bird Can Sing” has louder handclaps and the guitars have a lower volume during the verses on the Yesterday And Today mix. Some Capitol Record Club pressings and later (seventies and beyond) pressings of Yesterday And Today contain the better stereo mixes that appear on the U.K. Revolver album.

The Butcher Cover: In March of 1966, photographer Robert Whitaker had the Beatles in the studio for a conceptual art piece entitled A Somnambulant Adventure. The series of photos were to symbolize philosophical messages and included The Beatles linked to a woman by a string of sausages representing an umbilical cord (symbolizing the birth of The Beatles), George hammering nails into John’s head (symbolizing that The Beatles are flesh and blood like everyone else), and John holding an open box with the number 2,000,00 written on it’s bottom flap, placed around Ringo’s head (to symbolize that Ringo is just one of 2,000,000 members of the human race). For one part of the shoot, Whitaker took a series of pictures of the group dressed in butcher smocks and draped with pieces of bloody meat and body parts from plastic baby dolls. There were cigarette burns on the dolls along with toy eyeballs and even a pair of false teeth lying around. The group played along, as they were tired of the usual photo shoots and the concept was compatible with their own sort of dark humor. In fact, Beatles publicist Tony Barrow recalls that John Lennon was very enthusiastic about the session, as it’s bizarre appeal made it interestingly different than what they were used to. It wasn’t originally intended for use as an album cover, however the Beatles were happy enough with the session’s photos that they submitted some for their promotional materials, including an advertisement in Britain for the “Paperback Writer” single. Another photo from the session was used for the cover of the June 11, 1966 edition of the British music magazine Disc.

It was likely the art department at Capitol that prepared the originally intended cover art design for the Yesterday And Today cover which used an image of George and Ringo standing around a steamer trunk, with John sitting on top of it and Paul sitting inside it. Capitol submitted this to Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, but when Brian showed The Beatles the proposed photo, John, after just recently seeing Whitaker’s butcher photos, decided he wanted to use one of those instead, and the other Beatles went along with the idea. It’s been suggested that the use of this photo was a statement by the group as to how Capitol “butchered” the Beatles albums into configurations inconsistent with the way they are on the British release (i.e. the way The Beatles intended them to be). Additionally, according to a 2002 interview published in Mojo magazine, former Capitol president Alan W. Livingston stated that Paul stated that he thought of the butcher cover photo as “our comment on the war”.

The Beatles - Yesterday...And Today, 'first state' butcher cover, 1966

The Beatles - Yesterday And Today, 'first state' butcher cover, 1966. Click photo for larger image.

Capitol prepared the cover photo as The Beatles wished during May 1966, even though Capitol’s sales department strongly protested. By June, advance copies of the album were being sent to disc jockeys and newspaper and magazine reviewers. It was even on sale in stores in a few limited areas, but only for about a day. The response was immediate and uniformly negative. Stores were refusing to handle the album due to the grotesque cover. Tony Barrow recalls that the cover could have been worse as the blood stains on the Beatles smocks was airbrushed out, however it was apparently offensive enough.

The Beatles - 'Yesterday'...And Today, 'second state' LP, 1966

The Beatles - 'Yesterday And Today, 'second state' LP, 1966. Click photo for larger image.

Capitol immediately pulled the plug on the album by sending out recall letters to all who had been sent copies, explaining that a new cover was being prepared, and they would be sent a new copy. The letter requested recipients to return the album they were already sent C.O.D to Capitol. A (pdf) copy of this letter can be downloaded here. Capitol employees spent a weekend stripping the covers from the discs and boxing them up to send back to the plants for new covers still being prepared. The original covers were being destroyed by being cut up and taken to landfills. After many were destroyed, a Capitol employee came up with the money-saving idea of re-using them by simply creating a cover slick to paste over the old covers. The original steamer trunk photo was used on the new cover slicks and the factories were set up to paste the new slicks directly over the original butcher photo slicks and then trim 1/8 of an inch, or so, off of the right side of the jacket, in order to insure a smooth opening edge. Later, the collector’s terminology assigned to these pasted over album jackets became “second state” or “paste-over” butcher covers, whereas the few copies that escaped being pasted over or destroyed are called “first state” butcher covers. While this pasting over process was underway, there were also new jackets with the steamer trunk cover being prepared, so when stores would receive their supply of the steamer trunk cover albums, some would be “paste-overs” and some would not.

Close up of 'second state' Butcher cover where Ringo's shirt show through

Close up of 'second state' Butcher cover where Ringo's shirt shows through. Click photo for larger image.

If you have a copy of the Yesterday And Today LP with the steamer trunk cover on it, and you are wondering if it is a “paste-over” copy, it isn’t too hard to tell. If you shine a bright light on the cover and look in the white area just to the right of the top of the steamer trunk and Ringo’s elbow, you should be able to see the faint image of Ringo’s black shirt, from the butcher cover photo, showing through the white background of the slick, as shown in the close up photo of the area to the left. When word got out in 1966 as to what Capitol had done, many curious record buyers began trying unsuccessfully to peel off the steamer trunk covers to see if they had a butcher cover hidden underneath, but usually ended up destroying their cover. Consequently, second state copies of the album are now quite rare. There are professional methods for peeling a second state copy, but that should be handled by an expert. In the interview section of this site, I have interviewed one such expert. His name is Gary Hein (owner of Hein’s Rare Collectibles), and in this interview dated November 2010, Gary gives lots of further info about the incredible tale of this album, as well as other information about his dealership of collectible Beatles records and memorabilia. Check this interview out here, if you like.

Mono copy of 'The Beatles -Yesterday...And Today' third state butcher cover, 1966

Mono copy of 'The Beatles -Yesterday And Today' third state butcher cover, 1966. Cut out hole in upper right indicates that while it had the trunk cover still pasted over it, it ended up in a cut-out bin. Click photo for larger image.

So, why would someone want to peel their second-state butcher covers? Many people are intrigued by the bizarre appearance of the original cover and how it deviated from the image of The Beatles at the time, or any other rock or pop band of the era. Some collector-types prefer a peeled copy because it is the closest they can hope to come to a first state original. If the peel job is done professionally, it is almost a perfect replica of an original first state version. The only tell tale signs to indicate otherwise being the remaining glue residue on the newly exposed front cover, and the fact that the jacket will not be quite as wide, due to the right side of the jacket being trimmed immediately after applying the pasted over slick at the factory. Peeled copies are known by collectors as ‘third state copies’, in keeping with the already mentioned terminology. It used to be that if a third state copy had a professional peel job, it was more valuable than a second state copy. This is no longer the case today. Since the number of second states copies that are in at least near mint condition has diminished considerably over the years (due to (1) so many people having already peeled them, and (2) so many copies have had their jackets destroyed in the mere attempt to peel them), the copies in mint/near-mint condition are now matching the value of the third state copies with the best peel jobs.

Stereo copy of 'The Beatles -Yesterday...And Today' third state butcher cover, 1966

Stereo copy of 'The Beatles -Yesterday And Today' third state butcher cover, 1966. Since only 10% of the copies of this album were stereo pressings, they are much rarer than the mono pressings. Click photo for larger image.

Another thing to note is that in mid 1966, mono was still king in the pop music world. Only 1 out of every 10 pressings of Yesterday And Today was a stereo pressing, therefore they are worth over twice as much as the mono pressings. The stereo pressings have a banner across the top part of the front cover slick that reads “New Improved Full Dimensional Stereo” (see photo at right). I will discuss value in more depth in the next section. Read on…

So exactly how much are these butcher cover albums worth?: The 2007 (6th) edition of Price Guide For The Beatles American Records by Perry Cox and Frank Daniels gives us the following figures:

1) First state mono in near mint condition: $7000
2) First state mono promotional copy in near mint condition (w/Promotional Copy – Not For Sale stamp): $8500
3) First state stereo copy in near mint condition: $15,000
4) Second state (paste-over) mono copy in near mint condition: $2000
5) Second state (paste-over) stereo copy in near mint condition: $3000
6) Third state (peeled) mono copy in near mint condition: $1200
7) Third state (peeled) stereo copy in near mint condition: $3300

Note: “Near mint” (NM) and other condition classifications mentioned are in line with the standards of Goldmine magazine as defined here.

Also note that all figures on worth were updated in 2012 after this article was written based on newer sales. Of course, these figures are just guidelines, and to be honest, seem to me to be quite low in comparison with some recent sales I have seen. In the case of first and second state copies, if the albums are still sealed (i.e. unopened) in their original shrink wrap they can bring several times the price listed above. In the case of third state copies, the value is very dependent on the quality of the “peel job”. This, along with the staggering rate of appreciation first state copies have had since the 1970′s (outperforming Dow Jones Industrial Average every year), the values are somewhat arbitrary.

Here are some examples of butcher covers selling for more than the values listed above:

In 1987, former president of Capitol Records, Alan Livingston released for sale twenty-four first state butcher covers from his private collection. When the original cover was scrapped in June 1966, Livingston took a case of already-sealed butcher albums from the warehouse before they were to be pasted over with the new covers. He kept them in a closet at his home for over twenty years. These albums were first offered for sale at a Beatles convention at the Marriott Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport on Thanksgiving weekend, 1987 by Livingston’s son. These still-sealed pristine items, which included nineteen mono and five stereo versions, are the very rarest “pedigree” specimen butcher covers in existence. These so-called Livingston Butchers today command premium prices among collectors with the five stereo versions being the most rare and valuable of these. In April 2006, Heritage Auction Galleries sold one of the sealed mono Livingston Butchers at auction in Dallas for about $39,000.

An extremely rare original first state stereo copy that was not from the Livingston collection was presented for appraisal at a 2003 Chicago taping of the PBS series Antiques Roadshow. It was still in the possession of the original owner, who had bought it at Sears & Roebuck on the day of release in 1966, the only day that the original butcher cover versions were on sale, before being recalled by Capitol. Although not in its original shrink wrap, it had rarely been played and was still in excellent condition. Roadshow appraiser Gary Sohmers placed it’s 2003 value at $10,000 – $12,000.

At the time of this writing, there is a still sealed (mint) second state butcher cover listed on Ebay for $23,000.There are also an abundance of “counterfeit issues” of these albums as well available, so buyer beware! Feel free to consult any of the professional Beatles dealers listed at the end of this article if interested in making such an investment.

Original inner sleeve for Beatles Yesterday And Today album, 1966. Click photo for larger image.

Other considerations that influence the value are the condition of both the jacket and the record itself. If the jacket has marks or seam splits or even normal wear it would be considered in less than near mint condition, and significantly influence the value. The record, if considered mint or near mint, should have no signs (or extremely minimal signs) of ever being played. It is also good to have the original inner sleeve that accompanied the record in 1966 (see photo left). It goes without saying that if you have a copy of this record, you should keep it in the best condition as possible and not play it. The record and sleeve should be packaged separately in plastic to help protect it.

Back cover of Beatles Yesterday And Today LP

Back cover of Beatles Yesterday And Today LP. Click photo for larger image.

Final notes:

What The Beatles themselves had to say concerning the butcher cover album:

John Lennon: It was as relevant as Vietnam.

Paul McCartney: The critics were “soft”.

George Harrison: The whole idea was gross, and I also thought it was stupid. Sometimes we all did stupid things thinking it was cool and hip when it was naïve and dumb; and that was one of them.

Ringo Starr: It was a commentary on how Capitol Records “butchered” our original albums.

Due to the album cover fiasco, Yesterday And Today was the only Beatles record to lose money for Capitol.

Entries in the vinyl inventory of Happy Nat for this record:

1) 1st, 2nd and 3rd state mono copies
2) 3rd state stereo copy
3) stereo re-issue copies (w/steamer trunk cover)
4) Canadian mono copy (w/steamer trunk cover)

In closing, I’d like to credit the main sources of information used in this post: Bruce Spizer’s The Beatles Story on Capitol Records (Part Two), Bill Harry’s The Beatles Encyclopedia, Revised and Updated, Perry Cox and Frank Daniel’s Price Guide For The Beatles American Records (6th edition), and websites: Wikipedia.com, Ebay.com, and MyBeatlesCollection.com. I would also like to personally thank Gary Hein for insuring that my information is accurate. Gary’s website is at http://www.beatles4me.com. Certainly if you are after further details about this album, you can find it with any of these resources.

A few dealers in Beatles collectibles:

Perry Cox: email to perrydcox@aol.com
Gary Hein: visit online at www.beatles4me.com
Rockaway Records: visit online at www.rockaway.com.

I welcome questions and comments from anyone concerning this album and would certainly love to hear from any owners of it (in any state or condition), so let me hear from you!

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  • Tammy says:

    Hi Nat. I just purchased my first Yesterday and Today Beatles album and it has the cut out hole like the picture you have posted on here. It does, however, still have the pasted over front and is the mono version, of course. Does the cut out hole affect the value? Also, it is in mint condition and complete with the orange insert. Thanks

    • Happy Nat says:

      Congratulations Tammy! The cut out hole does affect the overall value. It would not value as a mint copy. But if condition is otherwise near mint, it is still a very nice find. If everything else checks out well, I’d reduce the value around 10% to account for the hole.

      • Tammy says:

        Thanks Nat!! One more question to run by you. Which RIAA numbers are worth more money? I have seen albums with the #3, #4, #5, and #6 on them? I know that represents where the album came from, but did not know which numbers are worth more? Thanks again, Tammy

        • Happy Nat says:

          Good question Tammy. The main driver of value though is not what plant it was pressed at but the condition of the jacket and to a lesser extent, the record itself. The plant number designation may come into play if a collector has one from one plant but is now after one from another, so it is often referred to in descriptions for auctions, etc.

          • Tammy says:

            Thanks so very much Nat for all of your help. I was wondering one more thing about the RIAA? What if there is no number beside of it? What does that mean? Thanks again, Tammy :)

          • Happy Nat says:

            They should all have these numbers. If one did not I would examine it further to insure it was a “real” one but I suppose this could be an anomaly – consult with one of the dealers I’ve listed for further info.

          • Tammy says:

            Hi Nat. I was wondering how much are the non-butcher albums worth from 1966 that are in mint condition? Thanks, Tammy

          • Happy Nat says:

            It really depends on a few things Tammy. Are you sure it is a 1966 issue? There’s a 1969 red target label pressing worth about $1250 and a 1968 Capitol Record Club issue worth about $1200. Otherwise they range between $400 (for a 1966 issued mono or stereo in near-mint condition) to $25 for a late seventies/early eighties stereo pressing. Ask dealers listed here for specifics.

          • Tammy says:

            Hi Nat. Thanks. I was told if it has the needle warning statement under the top paragraph on the back that it was from 1966, is that right? How else can you tell if it is from 1966? I have a mono and stereo copy. Thanks again, Tammy

          • Happy Nat says:

            Tammy, I have a mid-seventies orange label Capitol stereo pressing that includes the cartridge warning so that is not true. What you need to answer your questions is Bruce Spizer’s book The Beatles Story On Capitol Records Part 2 (available on Bruce’s site at beatle.net) or – yep! I’m going to say it again – consult with one of the dealers listed in this article.

          • Happy Nat says:

            Tammy, I have a future article coming out concerning how to tell if your Beatles album is a first or later pressing (and if so how much later). It should be out soon, so stay tuned!

  • Sandy says:

    Hi Nat..
    We inherited a large amount of Beatles albums and are going to attend the Chicago Beatles convention in Aug. In hopes to sell them but have no clue what to ask. We have the Butcher album with letter that we plan to auction. Do you have any advise as to what to start the bid for that one and how we might find out how much o ask for all of the others? Any ideas are welcomed!!!
    HELP!! We need someone!! :)

  • Happy Nat says:

    Hi Sandy, All I can say is read the article here and the updates I posted in the comments and that should help. As you’ll see in the comments, a lot of people elect to ask instead of read the article first but there isn’t just one price for Yesterday… And Today albums with butcher covers so you need to read about the differences. Also I’d hate to think I wrote the article for nothing. If you read it, it should hopefully help you. Good luck!

  • SS says:

    Hi Nat,

    I’m having trouble telling if my copy is a paste-over or not. It is a stereo copy, ST-8-2553. It clearly appears that a large white square is laid overtop the album, but I’ve also noticed other Beatles albums in my collection that have this, and also when I shine a light I can’t see anything underneath it. Please reply, thanks!


    • Happy Nat says:

      SS, If you hold it up to a light and do not see the black of Ringo’s shirt in the area I describe, then there is no butcher cover underneath. The only exception might be is if the cover was so soiled or stained that it was hard to see through. All of the sixties pressings had a front cover slick that pasted on top of the fold-over flaps from the back cover slick, so that is why you see the “large white square” (it is the front slick).

  • SS says:

    Ok, Nat — thanks for the explanation. I don’t think my copy is a second state then. Too bad, but at least I know. :)

  • Pat says:

    Hi Nat,
    I was president of the Memphis chapter of the Beatles fan club in 1966, and one of the perks was having a copy of all their albums mailed to me free, as soon as they were released. I did receive a letter from Capitol Records, and another copy of the steamer truck cover album. Needless to say I kept my copy of the butcher album. Unfortunately the cover is not in mint condition (tears and some water damage), but the sleeve and the record itself look pretty good. I’m going to do my homework and check and see if it’s worth anything. I also have an original 45 of I Want to Hold Your Hand/I Saw Her Standing There, but with no jacket. Oh, if I’d only known better when I was a kid! I did read your article, Thanks! PS The damage to the album cover is tears along the edges, not tears from my teenage eyes. :)

    • Happy Nat says:

      Oh, if only you’d known… Thanks for sharing though. Must have been a great experience being a fan club president. Did you go to the August 19th, 1966 Beatles concert in Memphis where the cherry bomb went off (see here)?

      • Pat says:

        Of course! At the press conference after (before?) the show, a reporter from the Memphis Press-Scimitar MADE me kiss the microphone that Paul had just used. I felt like an idiot, but I did it anyway, and of course there I was kissing the mike in the paper the next day! I saw them 9/3/64 the first time; my mom and I drove to Indiananpolis — our tickets were $8.00!

  • Cody White says:

    Hi Nat,
    I was wondering if the placement of the pressing plant # is a issue in determining if a record is an original ’66 pressing. I’ve seen auctions on ebay that claim they are original pressing and everything seems to check out with original pressing guidelines, but the pressing # is on the right side of the RIAA logo on the back cover when all the genuine examples I’ve seen have the # on the left side of the RIAA logo. Is this an issue in making the decision on whether or not it’s an original record? Just wondering because I have a few possible butcher cover prospects if you can clear this up. Thank You

    • Happy Nat says:

      A good question Cody. These numbers appear in the lower right corner of the back of the jacket and most often on the left of the RIAA logo but they can be on the right of it, above it, below it or not there at all. This is NOT a way to determine if it is a 1966 pressing. The Beatles Story, Help!, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour never have these numbers. Others may not and still be sixties pressings.

      • Cody White says:

        Hi Nat,
        Thank you for the reply. I was just wondering if that was a factor in determining an original pressing and now I know. Ever since I’ve discovered this website I’ve been finding a lot of really nice original Beatles records because I know what to look for. I owe you a huge thank you for all the knowledge I’ve learned from this site. Again thank you!

  • Ron says:

    Nice article Nat. Thanks for your hard work. I sold my 3rd state mono copy back around 2005 on ebay. I needed money for the son’s college fees at the time. While I was somewhat reluctant to let it go it sold for around the $600 mark (I was satisfied with that, although it’d be nice to see what it would bring today in 2013). I did the peel myself back in 70/71. A friend, who was a Beatles fan like myself, kept after me as he felt I had one of the paste overs. Even with being a fan, I had not heard about the “butcher” cover. One day I finally gave in. We both went to the kitchen, I fired up my mom’s teapot and carefully steamed the cover off. I got a bit anxious at the very end so there was a small imperfection with the peel. The gentleman I sold it to told he was going to frame it and display it in his home. I sent him the trunk cover slick too. Anyway, thanks again for the article and the memories it brought to mind.

    • Happy Nat says:

      Thanks Ron. I’ve seen so many “botched butchers.” It’s good yours came out good using the steaming method as that is a bit risky. Maybe you can get another one of these days. The dealers I list here could help if you are interested.

  • Hank says:

    Regarding the factory plant numbers that appear on the back of second state Butcher Covers, it is fairly well known that the only known plant number are 2,3,5 and 6. #4 Jacksonville covers were mostly destroyed. To the best of my knowledge,there are no other numbers on genuine pasteover Butcher Covers. Additionally, there are some excellent videos of both steam and chemical peels on youtube.

  • Ian says:

    Hi Nat great article! My dad has owned a second state stereo in N/M condition for a few years and recently passed away. As a family we are not in any need to sell but I see it is a hugely desirable item; is it something that will continue to rise in price over the coming years if we hold onto it? We are just trying to establish whether we should sell his whole collection or not as he has a great collection of Beatles plus other 60s/70s vinyl. And is it best to sell to a dealer like the ones you list, or to approach an auction house like Bonham’s or Sotheby’s? Many thanks.

  • Dermot McCabe says:

    I have a copy with the ‘Gold Record Award’ stamp and on top right corner of front above the sticker line which is quite defined, is ‘File Under: The Beatles’ Capital Logo and ‘ST2553′

    On the back it has ‘CAPITAL’S NEW IMPROVED…..etc. ‘DRIVE MY CAR’ is 2.25 …What version is this and how much is it worth?

  • Antonio says:

    I have a third state stereo copy and have never played it. Still it was used by someone else. Seems to be in good condition. FYI

  • sheawn says:

    Hi I just inherited a yesterday and today album it seas stereo t2553 and was wondering what one it was?

  • Danny says:

    Hi Happy Nate. I have a large collection of about 80 Beatles albums and about 30 Beatles 45 rpm records in picture covers. I have other Beatles not in picture covers also.This includes love me do in near mint record and sleeve 1st capitol release. 2nd state butcher in near mint album mint with original sleeve. Sgt peppers picture unopened some others unopened. Lots of Beatles records in very good condition. I have around 300 45 rpm R&R and blues records from the early 60s thru the 70s. these records are most in mint and most haven’t been played. these are all picture covers. I have around 150 R&R albums from the same time period. Most are in V. good condition. I am going to sell this collection but don’t have any idea of what I should ask for an opening bid. Is there any way you could put me in a neighborhood with the small amount of information I have provided.

  • marcus says:

    i am bidding on a “butcher cover” “yesterday and today” with a clear vinyl, i don´t know witch stage it is. how much is it worth if it is near mint condition?

  • C. WADE says:

    Thank you for all the information regarding this album. I came across a copy of this album (stereo second state-unpeeled) at a local thrift shop for 50 cents. Please continue the great work and provide information on other albums you consider rare

  • Dennis says:

    I have a Yesterday cover that has a#4 in the lower right corner in the back. You had a comment from Hank on Sept 13th that all the number 4 copies were destroyed. Does this make my copy more valuable. Thanks for your eply.

  • Happy Nat says:

    Probably so Dennis – depending on condition though. Again, check with the dealers mentioned for further info.

  • Parker says:

    Hey Nat I just purchased what I am being told is a Second state (paste-over) stereo copy. I tried the checking for the black V in ringos shirt and believe I found it. The only issue I have is my copy says Printed in Canada and I wanted to know if that affects it at all?

  • McWit says:

    Hello Nat,

    I have a Second state album cover ONLY. It is not a counterfeit as I have had it for almost 50 years. It is in good condition except for the lower right corner which appears to have been “puppy chewed (about 1/2 inch only). Would I be better off to spend the time and money in search of the album to go with it, or just sell it “as is”…knowing that this depreciates it quite a bit? If I sell “as is” what would be a good price for it to sell quickly? Thanks!!!

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