How to Buy Beatles Memorabilia

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How to Buy Beatles Memorabilia

The Beatles were a highly influential British band that shaped the music of several decades and people still love them today. Therefore, the selection of Beatles memorabilia is quite vast and you can find almost anything. Learn about the types of Beatles memorabilia and find out what the common abbreviations mean, so you can find the items you desire.

 

Types of Beatles Memorabilia

The main Beatles memorabilia relates to music thanks to their successful musical career. However, the story does not end there as the Fab Four also made several films. The music memorabilia includes the actual music itself that is available on different media, such as EP and LP vinyl albums, 8-track tapes, and CDs. Collectors can rejoice over singles, master recordings, albums, and boxed sets. Even the band's less popular work is available on the market. Other popular music collectibles are musical instruments like guitars with authentic signatures or drumsticks. Original posters, concert programmes, and concert tickets are also common. Any item with an original signature carries a high value for a collector. Other memorabilia includes sketches, drawings, and paintings of the band members in their various stages of popularity. In addition, you can also find The Beatles on cufflinks, mouse pads, wallets, and other items.

 

Beatles Memorabilia Abbreviations

Knowing the abbreviations for the quality of Beatles memorabilia can help you to identify valuable and rare items to collect.

 

Abbreviation

Definition

LIM ED, LTD, LTD ED, LE

Limited edition

MIB

Mint in box

In perfect condition

Highly valuable

NR

No reserve

NIB

New in box

Unused and never displayed

COA

Certificate of authenticity

LOA

Letter of authenticity

BNB

Brand new boxed

NLA

No longer available

EP

Extended play vinyl record or a CD

Longer than a single, but not as long as an album

About 15 to 35 minutes of music

LP

Long-playing record

Vinyl recording that plays back at 33.3 rpm

IMP

Import

OOP

Out of print

ORG, Orig

Original

PR, Promo

Promotional

 

The more you know about the classifications for Beatles memorabilia, the better purchasing decisions you can make.

 

Authenticity of Beatles Memorabilia

When purchasing signed Beatles memorabilia, the authenticity of the signature is important. The autographs of Beatles band members are widely available and therefore easy to reproduce. In order to be sure that you purchase the real thing, rather than a reproduction, ask for a letter or certificate of authenticity from the seller. Some people also have photographs of the signing process.

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