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The Beatles Rarity Holiday Contest 2013 Prizes, Winners & Sponsors

The Holiday Contest this year was a big success and big thanks goes out to all of you who gave it a shot! It was launched at 2pm ET (USA) on December 14th and about 11 and a half hours later all 24 give-away prizes for those that completed the puzzle had been won (you can still play here). Congratulations to all of our winners! Here is a list of them (in no particular order) and the prizes they have won.


The Beatles Rarity Holiday Contest 2013


The Beatles Solo 4-hardback book set by Mat Snow was won by:

  1. Justin Gillenwater of Houston, TX (Justin was the very first winner who won his prize 68 minutes after the contest launched)
  2. Peter Frame of Bedford, VA
  3. Michael Mincey of Corpus Christi, TX

The Beatles Solo

They were a phenomenon together and a fascination apart. The Beatles as a group released 12 studio albums in 8 years. As solo artists, however, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr have released a collective 70 LPs and 900 songs since 1968. Never before have the Fab 4 been covered like this: masterpieces and missteps, triumphs and tragedies, moments of clarity and serious lapses in judgment – they’re all here. Beautiful boxed Slipcase w/4 hardback books, Race Point Publishing (October 13, 2013). Prize provided by Race Point Publishing. Prize valued at $36. Order a copy for yourself here.

A copy of the new Good Ol’ Freda DVD about the fascinating career of Freda Kelly as fan club secretary of The Beatles Official Fan Club was won by:

  1. Peter Radomski of Montreal, Quebec Canada (who made special provisions for shipping)
  2. Adam Halloran of Erie, PA

Good Ol' Freda DVD

Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpudlian teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. Though she had no concept of how far they would go, Freda had faith in The Beatles from the beginning, and The Beatles had faith in her. History notes that The Beatles were together for 10 years, but Freda worked for them for 11. Many people came in and out of the band’s circle as they grew to international stardom, but Freda remained a staple because of her unfaltering loyalty and dedication. As the Beatles’ devoted secretary and friend, Freda was there as history unfolded; she was witness to the evolution – advances and setbacks, breakthroughs and challenges – of the greatest band in history. This full length Apple authorized film complete with Beatles music tells her incredible story (2013). This DVD was provided by the filmmakers. Prize valued at $20 plus shipping. Order a copy for yourself here.

The new hardback book Beatles vs. Stones by John McMillian giving the story of the greatest rivalry in rock was won by:

  1. Elliott Marx of Chatsworth, CA
  2. Joe Dordine of North Providence, RI

Beatles vs. Stones

With the sophistication of a historian, the storytelling skills of a journalist, and the passion of a fan, John McMillian explores the multifaceted relationship between the two greatest bands of our time. Hardback, Simon & Schuster (October 29, 2013). Prize provided by Simon & Schuster. Prize valued at $26 plus shipping. Read my review of the book here. Order your own copy here.

A copy of Stanley Panenka’s 2011 Introducing The Beatles Record Price Guide giving photos and the latest values of US vinyl releases by The Beatles was won by:

  1. Anna Beetchenow of Levittown, PA

Stan's Price Guide

With 232 glossy stock and full color throughout, this guide covers all records by The Beatles as a group, from 1962 through 1996 – originals as well as reissues. Has in-depth descriptions and accurate values for true near-mint condition records and covers. Osborne Enterprises Publishing (2011). The prize was provided by author Stanley Panenka of Ultimate Beatles Collection. Prize valued at $39 plus shipping. Order your own copy here.

Paul McCartney’s latest CD New was won by:

  1. Patrick Flynn of North Wales, PA
  2. Rick Sklodowski of Newark, DE


This is Paul’s latest (2013) CD featuring the singles “Queenie” Eye” and the incredibly catchy title track. The prize was provided by Fab4Radio. Prize valued at $14.88 plus shipping. Order your own copy here.

The first book in Jude Sutherland Kessler’s 9-volume biopic series on John Lennon titled Shoulda Been There was won by:

  1. Ernie Clark of Battle Creek, MI
  2. Kim Smith of Brier, Washington

Shoulda Been There

The first book (of 9) in a John Lennon biography series autographed by author/Beatles expert Jude Southerland Kessler. Shoulda Been There covers John’s life in intricate detail up to December 1961 (when Brian Epstein takes on managing The Beatles). Originally published in 2008, this is the 5th edition with cover portrait by renown Beatles artist Shannon. (2008). Prize provided by author and valued at $14.95 plus shipping. Order your own copy here.

Paul McCartney and Wings’ recent 2013 2-CD remaster of Wings Over America was won by:

  1. Stacia Marlett of Golden Valley, MN
  2. Lennonista of Los Angeles, CA

Wings Over America

2-CD set that contains 2013 remastered account of original 1977 triple LP documenting the Wings 1976 tour of America. Prize provided by Fab4Radio. Prize valued at $15.63 plus shipping. Order your own copy here.

A gift certificate good for one free Beatles tee shirt from PostFab.com was won by:

  1. Jim Peliksza of Atlanta, GA
  2. Ryan Yates of Mesa, AZ
  3. Brian Salvatore of Cresskill, NJ


You know the White Album isn’t really named the White Album. You named your cat “Ringo”. You know “the Walrus was Paul”. The first step is admitting you need help. PostFab offers one-of-a-kind Beatles t-shirts that do what no other can. It speaks directly to us—the fanatics, the bar-trivia winners. The ones who know their Beatles history better than the Fab Four do. So, show the world who you are, and do it as fashionably as John, Paul, George and Ringo. All shirts are individually made-to-order, using high-quality heat transfer artwork. With the proper care, they should last much longer than Justin Bieber’s career. Rock on, Shine on & Shop on! Prize provided by PostFab.com. Prize valued at $29 plus shipping. Take a look at some of these great shirts and order your own right here.

The Beatles new 2-CD BBC compilation On Air: Live At The BBC Vol. 2 was won by:

  1. Dan Sabat of Niles, MI
  2. Leo McMichael of Blackwood, NJ

On Air - Live At The BBC, Vol. 2

2013 2-CD follow up to the original 1994 Beatles BBC compilation Live At The BBC. Contains 40 Beatles performances all recorded live at the BBC and 19 tracks of radio chat with BBC hosts between tracks. Also included are 4 interview tracks (one with each of The Beatles). Prize provided by The Beatles Rarity. Prize valued at $17.83 plus shipping. Order your own copy here.

A beautiful hardback graphic novel on The Beatles early years by Mauri Kunnas called Beatles With An ‘A’ (including a free tote bag) was won by:

  1. Chris Dalla Riva of Kent, CT
  2. Jim Buchanan of Johnson City, NY
  3. Emma Catherine of Corpus Christi, TX
  4. Anthony Robustelli of Brooklyn, NY
  5. Dylan Langharst of Sarver, PA

Beatles With An A

Hard cover 80 page graphic novel covering the first beats of the Beatles’ career as only legendary rock cartoonist Mauri Kunnas could tell them. Hilarious moments and details that even dedicated fans won’t remember having heard before are all told with Kunnas’s characteristically raucous humor and virtuosic drawing skills. As a bonus the book comes with a tote bag featuring artistry from the book cover. Prize provided by Mauri Kunnas & Otava Publishing Company. Book valued at $42.70. Ships from Finland. Order your copy directly from the publisher here.

Thanks to everyone for playing and if you did not win a prize this year I can only say that you’ll get another chance next year so please stick around! The contest is still up on the site through Dec. 31, 2013 if you want to play “just for fun” (click here) and around that time I will also be posting the solution for those of you who got “stuck.”

Alongside our winners, I want to give a great big round of applause to the sponsors of this years contest who made the whole thing possible. I cannot thank them enough for their generosity and for just being all around good people to work with! Please visit them on the web when you have a chance!

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  • Pete F says:

    Thanks Happy Nat! It was great fun to play and I was pleasantly surprised when I found out I was a winner. Thanks again and thanks also to your sponsors.

    Happy Holidays Beatle friends!

  • Adam Halloran says:

    Thank you very much Nat! I already received my Good Ol’ Freda! Also very nice note attached and all the great work you do has not gone unnoticed! Once again thank you!!!

  • Elliott Marx says:

    Thanks Nat – I received my book today, what a treat! I am looking forward to digging into a Beatles vs. Stones debate. Not only did Nat get my prize delivered with faster-than-reindeer speed, but also considerately wrapped my book in festive paper. Cool touch.
    Thanks again.

  • Michael M. says:

    Thank you again, Nat! I look forward to receiving the books :)

    As Nat mentioned, these sponsors rock!

    Race Point Publishing
    Simon & Schuster
    Tripod Media/Good Ol’ Freda team
    Jude Southerland Kessler
    Fab 4 Radio
    Stanley Panenka
    Otava Publishing

    Merry Christmas to all :)

  • YouKnowMyNameLookUpThe# says:

    In this day and age it’s amazing to me there are still nice people like Nat and the sponsors (well, OK, certainly the folks who represent the sponsors that Nat was able to speak with who gave up their valuables for a game prize ;-) So thank you to the sponsors! I am sure everyone who won was tickled to win something because there isn’t a bad prize in the bunch! I feel extra special because my prize was one that Nat himself tossed into the ring to be won. Thanks Nat!

  • Lennonista says:

    Great contest! Thanks for your hard work and for the prizes!

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