I just don't know what to think about this disc. It appears to be real. It was put up for auction on eBay in early 2004, but prematurely withdrawn. I'll let the auction description
speak for itself.
BEATLES RAREST RECORD OF ALL TIME! U.S. 78rpm
Purchased from Pepperland Records in 2000
Item number: 3805925780
The seller ended this listing early because the item is no longer available for sale.
Starting bid: US $9.99 (Reserve not met)
Ended: Mar-28-04 16:48:26 PST
Start time: Mar-24-04 17:00:00 PST
History: 0 bids
Item location: Johnston, RI 02919
United States /Providence
U.S. 78rpm RECORD
I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND /
I'LL CRY INSTEAD
OFFERED HERE FOR ONLY THE SECOND TIME IN FOUR YEARS IS UNDOUBTEDLY THE RAREST BEATLES RECORD IN EXISTENCE. THIS DISC WAS OWNED BY PEPPERLAND MUSIC, A VERY REPUTABLE CALIFORNIA BASED BEATLES RECORD STORE. IN 2000, IT WAS AUCTIONED ON EBAY WHERE IT WAS PURCHASED BY A COLLECTOR WHO THEN SOLD IT TO ME WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR. IT IS NOW BEING OFFERED AGAIN FOR SALE. INCLUDED IN THIS AUCTION IS THE 5 PAGE PRINTOUT OF THE 2000 PEPPERLAND MUSIC AUCTION. IN THIS PRINTOUT THEY DETAIL THE HISTORY OF THIS RECORD AS FAR BACK AS IT COULD BE TRACED. AS I AM JUST A BUYER OF THIS RECORD, I DO NOT KNOW VERY MUCH ABOUT IT. SO BELOW, I WILL GIVE YOU THE EXACT HISTORY OF THE DISC, WORD FOR WORD, WHICH WAS WRITTEN BY PEPPERLAND MUSIC IN THEIR 2000 AUCTION.
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A really special item that you've perhaps been looking long and hard for. Now you have found it! The Beatles I Want To Hold Your Hand backed with I'll Cry Instead. Both sides contain the original U.S. ID number. Actually, very few people know that a U. S. 78rpm was made or existed. It was documented in the Los Angeles Times in the early 1980's, however very few actually know the story or speculations of the record. In truth, there are many theories and thoughts about this rarity. We will tell you what we have heard, and you can decide for yourself. First off, this is an authentic 78rpm manufactured in the U.S. Due to legal reasons, all we can say is that it was manufactured by an employee of Capitol Records. We have heard several stories on how or why this was made. One was that Capitol did an acetate (which this is) of two random songs. They still had a market for 78's for Jukeboxes that played 78's mostly in rural states like Texas, etc. Perhaps they wanted to do a small run of singles for those markets. Another story we heard was that this was manufactured by a person at the plant for his own amusement, a dream item as one collector has speculated for their own amusement. We heard he made only 3. Of course, here is the only one that so far has popped up through the past several decades. We have seen only this one copy. All we can tell you is this: The original collector we obtained it from owned it since the 70's. He found it in a record store in Southern California. He also didn't show it to a new collector at the time when he was selling his collection in the early 80's. This collector held this item back from sale. Too bad. It would have probably ended up in the buyers now famous price guides. Some famous collectors have wanted this for years to "complete" their collection. However, the time is now. We are offering it for sale with no reserve. Keep in mind what the rarest Beatles record is worth, and double it for this one. For years there was rumors of a U.S. 78. This is that rumor! Remember, if you think you own all the Beatles records from the U.S., you don't! The item is available for display at our giant location in Orange California, by appointment only. Perhaps this week, you may be able to view it on one or more of the national news or entertainment shows. As for the quality of the 78, it has been played long before we owned it, so it does show wear. When we played it, it played fine with no skips. We suggest the winning bidder only play it once more, since it is suggested not to play 78 acetates too often. Keep in mind how rare the Indian 78's are, now think what a U.S. 78 is worth? Sounds too good to be true, we know. However, it is a real item but as for being from the 60's?, we honestly don't know, we can only trace it back to the 70's. We have been dealers in Beatles memorabilia since the 70's. Our store was opened in 1982. We only want sincere bidders who realize that they are bidding on an item that is perhaps the rarest Beatles record of all time. The labels are obviously the real thing as with the record. The information which is stamped into the matrix (trail-off) of the record is as follows: I Want To Hold Your Hand has 78 4771 T4, and I'll Cry Instead has 78 45041 - G2. Whether this was made for real or for fun at Capitol Records, is anyone's educated guess, only the few people who are still alive may know. Just know that you can now own perhaps the rarest Beatles record of all time. Don't waste time, bid today and secure your place for owning perhaps ther Rarest U.S. Record of all time!
As I said, this is, word for word, the Pepperland ad from 2000. Please do not contact them to view the record, as they do not have it any more. If you wish to contact them for more information about the disc, I will be glad to give you their address, phone number or fax number. As I said before, I know nothing more about the disc other than the information given to me from Pepperland Music.
The "I Want To Hold Your Hand" side (A side) has a black Capitol label. The "I'll Cry Instead" side (B side) has a purple Capitol label. The disc also comes with an original Capitol 78 sleeve which is in very good condition. Sorry if the photos are not very good but I'm not the greatest photographer.
There is a reserve on this disc to protect my investment. U.S. winner adds $10 for shipping and full insurance. Foreign is extra which will be calculated after the ad ends. Bid with confidence as my feedback is flawless. I am also listed as a contributor on page vii of Bruce Spizer's great book, "Songs, Pictures And Stories Of The Fabulous Beatles Records On Vee-Jay", and I will also be listed as a contributor in the upcoming Beatles book which will list every known Beatles North American concert ticket.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I'll try to answer them the best I can. Thanks very much for looking.