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Elvis T-Shirt Review — The $5 Closeouts

For the first time I’m aware of, ShopElvis.com has thrown in the towel and marked prices down to $5 on ten slow-moving T-shirts.  We can assume the plan is to get rid of remaining supplies of these shirts and drop them from the catalogue.

ElvisBlog has done yearly T-shirt reviews since 2008, so let’s take a look at these heavily discounted models and have some fun figuring out what was wrong with the designs.

 

Totally Stupid Idea:

This so-called Army Jacket Replica T-shirt didn’t sell well at $24, and I’m not so sure many folks will snap them up for $5.  We fans are proud of Elvis for serving his country in the Army, but this is just not the kind of shirt we want to wear around.

 

How Come This Great Design Didn’t Sell?:

Okay, this is a women’s tank top, not a T-shirt, but they are all lumped together on the ShopElvis website pages.  There are three women’s tank tops in the $5 group, so maybe the problem with them is the type of shirt, not the designs.  Frankly, I think this one called Blue Mic is pretty good.  No text except for Elvis, and cool image of young Elvis, and lots of color.  If it were a men’s Tee with this design for $5, count me in as a buyer.

 

Way Out of Date:

 

I’m sorry to see this shirt in the discount bin, because I’ve actually had the image taped on the wall behind the computer for the last four years.  Each time I look at it, I wish I could change the year from ’08 to ’12.  And that is of course why this shirt is not selling.

I hope they get rid of them all now, because the shirt won’t be getting any easier to sell down the road.   Someday they should reuse the title Elvis for King and come up with a good design.

 

Fire the Graphic Designer:

 

If the plan was to obscure half of Elvis’ face, this design accomplished it with that large prominent mic.  They even call this design Elvis Microphone.  What were they thinking?  Get rid of the mic and you’ve got a great design.  Just stupid.

 

The Result from a Lazy Designer:

This one looks pretty good at first glance, but read all the text.  The image is nothing more than the Jailhouse Rock album cover (Actually a five-song EP cover).  Still, for five bucks, it seems like this one would be worth snapping up.

 

Another Tank — Nearly Invisible Design:

 

Can you make out the design on this one?  Not too well?  Maybe that’s why it has been selling poorly.

Here it is blown-up and darkened.  Why not do ELVIS and the flourishes in a bright color?  And why is this called Guitar Scroll?  Where’s the guitar?

 

Why Hasn’t One Been Selling?:

 

As far as I’m concerned, this one called Black Signature is a pretty good shirt.  Simple, yet distinctive.  I prefer black shirts without a lot of text, so this fits the bill. The B&W profile silhouette is excellent.  This is one to snap up for just $5.

 

Bringing Back an Elvis Image Used 56 years ago:

 

A month ago, ElvisBlog covered a number of 1956 Elvis memorabilia items featuring this image.  One was a girl’s long-sleeve Tee that went for $625 at a recent auction.  Now, you can get this one called Spinnin’ Records for $5.  Maybe the design is too old-fashioned for today’s taste.  It might have sold better on a black T-shirt.

 

Get a Better Gold Lamé Picture:

 

This picture has been used to death.  Elvis thought the pants look baggy, and they do.  Plus, he’s just standing there.  Why doesn’t EPE use one of the better shots of Elvis in his gold lamé?  Like these:

Still Baggy, But at Least He’s Moving

Really Moving. Is the Guitar Strap in His Mouth?

 

Deal of the Day:

 

Uh, oh, it’s that fifties image again — in silhouette.  But this is a combination deal.  You get the black signature hat and the grey signature shirt for just five bucks.  Although it has a boring name, Signature Black Cap and Grey T-Shirt Combo, it could be the best deal you will ever see from ShopElvis.com.

 

To see earlier Elvis T-shirt reviews, click here, here, here, and here.

 

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Elvis Has Left the Building

The other day as I surfed the internet, I discovered that Frank Zappa once recorded a song titled “Elvis Has Just Left the Building.”  What a bizarre combination – Zappa and Elvis.  So I Googled it to see if I could find the lyrics, or even better, the paper jacket for the 45 record if it had been released as a single.

My search found the lyrics (nothing special) but no picture sleeve, because it was not a single, but an album cut from Broadway the Hard Way, a live Zappa album from his 1988 world tour.  However, my search did bring up numerous links to things connected to the classic phrase, “Elvis Has Left the Building.”  Here is a brief history of this iconic five-word phrase and some of the more interesting ways it has been used.

“Elvis has left the building” originated at the Louisiana Hayride on December 15, 1956.

Elvis on stage at the Louisiana Hayride, Decmber 15, 1956

Between October 1954 and April 1956, Elvis performed forty-nine times on the Louisiana Hayride.  He was contractually obliged to make more appearances there throughout 1956, but his soaring popularity put Elvis in much so demand nationally that Col. Parker worked out a way for Elvis to skip those shows.  Parker cut a deal to pay the Louisiana Hayride $10,000, roughly $400 for each missed appearance.  Plus, Elvis would do one last grand performance on December 15, 1956.

To accommodate the expected large crowd for this event, the venue was switched from the usual Shreveport Municipal Auditorium to the much bigger Hirsch Youth Center at the Louisiana Fairgrounds.  Ten thousand kids jammed the Youth Building and screamed at the top of their lungs for the duration of the King’s 45-minute show.  After Elvis had given his final encore and left the stage, the crowd headed for the exits, even though many other acts were still waiting to perform.  Hayride founder and producer Horace Lee Logan took the microphone and made a plea to the audience just after Elvis walked off stage.

“Please, young people . . . Elvis has left the building. He has gotten in his car and driven away. . . . Please take your seats.”

Apparently, the fans’ screaming had made it useless to try and record the show, so there is some disagreement about what Logan actually said that night.  Here is another version from Wikipedia.

“Alright, alright, Elvis has left the building. I’ve told you absolutely straight up to this point, you know that he has left the building; he left the stage and went out the back with the policeman and he is now gone from the building.”

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Elvis and Al Dvorin

The man usually associated with the phrase is Al Dvorin.   He first met Elvis in 1955 and worked with him for 22 years, helping to organize his tours and personal appearances. It was in the early 1970s that Col. Parker asked Dvorin to inform fans after a concert that Elvis would not be coming back for an encore. Dvorin took the stage and made his now legendary announcement: “Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and goodnight.”

“Elvis has left the building” continued as a staple at Elvis concerts and has become part of the Elvis legend.  It has lived on long past his death.  Now the catchphrase has universal meaning that is clear to all:  the show’s over, the curtain has fallen, the sun has set, that’s all she wrote, the fat lady has sung, our work here is done, end of story.

Now for some of the stuff this famous phrase has inspired.

 

This crudely drawn cartoon was inspired by the phrase’s origin, but the artist felt it necessary to ridicule the announcer’s Southern accent and Elvis’ hair.

 

This is much better.  Elvis’ friend and the leader of the back-up group The Stamps released a tribute album after Elvis passed away.

 

Of course, EPE never misses a chance for a marketing opportunity and came up with this keychain for $9.

 

This 4” x 3” belt buckle appears on a Australian website, so it may have been made without any licensing from EPE (or copyright payment to Al Wertheimer for his photographic image).

 

 

This is one of several T-shirts bearing the phrase “Elvis has left the building.”

 

This is a tribute album that I wasn’t aware off.   I’d like to get a copy.  Check out this tracklist:

 

This is the artwork for an article in the Westbourne Academy on-line newsletter.  “Elvis has left the building” was selected as their English Idiom of the Month.  I wish they had selected a better picture.

 

This is a play that has appeared in local theaters around the country.  We looked at it in an ElvisBlog article two months ago.

 

This is a pretty clever movie from 2004 starring Kim Basinger and John Corbett.  ElvisBlog covered it six years ago.

 

This is from the opening credits of the movie.  The pink lipstick is part of the storyline because Kim Basinger is a cosmetic saleslady who wears pink clothing and drives a pink Caddy convertible.

 

We could go on and on with examples of how “Elvis has left the building” has been used, but we’ll end here.  This phrase makes the perfect title for a picture of Elvis and a collage of newspaper headlines from the day he died.

 

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So, How Much is an Elvis Autograph Worth? – Pt. 2

When we took our first look at Elvis autographs two years ago, the auction prices ranged from $384 to $4,062.  There was also an autograph that went for $11,520, but it was on a shirt Elvis had worn, and four photographs of him in it were provided as verification.  Elvis’ clothing is in high demand, and almost none of it is autographed, so it’s not surprising that this item went for big bucks.

Today, we look at eleven Elvis autographs that changed hands at the Heritage Auctions’ Elvis Memorabilia Signature Auction held last month in Memphis during Elvis Week.  This time there were no low-end items such as signed napkins or loose torn-off bits of paper.  Also, most sellers were smart and offered their items in good-looking framed displays which always bring higher value.

It should be noted that each of these eleven autographs comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.   All values would have been less without it.

 

Two Back-to-Back Autographs:     $1,250

Sometime in the mid-50’s, a fan noticed Elvis in a small café eating cornbread and a bowl of chili.  The fan approached Elvis and asked for an autograph, but had no paper for it except his check book.  A check was sacrificed for the cause, and Elvis obliged by signing it on both sides – in pencil.

So how do you best display a two-sided autograph?  Add a nice color photograph and matting with cutouts on both sides to show the autographs.  It paid off for the owner, as the high bid was $1,250, including the auction premium.

 

Girls! Girls! Girls! LP:     $1,250

This is the first of two signed albums that sold at the auction, but the other carried a price more than double this one.  That difference is due to the inherent value of the albums as collectibles.  The Girls, Girl, Girls soundtrack album from 1962 is not considered anything special among Elvis record collectors, but with his autograph on it, the bidding topped at $1,312.  The jacket is signed in blue ballpoint ink in the lower right corner, “To Gary / Many Thanks for / all your help / E.P.”  Gary being Gary Pepper, an Elvis fan club president.

 

Publicity Photo:     $1,375

This is an 8” x 10” black-and-white photo given away at Elvis’ historic 1970 engagement at the Las Vegas International Hotel.  The signature in white is printed on the picture.  The valuable autograph is done in green marker on the guitar and says, “To Bobby, Love, Elvis Presley.”


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Autograph and Photo:     $1,650

This is just a 4” x 3.5” piece of lined tablet paper that Elvis signed in 1956.  However, it brought a good price because it has been nicely presented in a matted frame, and is accompanied by a framed 1955-56 era black-and-white photo of the King.

 

 

Tour Photo Album:     $1,625

This is a 16-page high quality 8.5″ x 11″ photo album with a great color photo of the King on the front.  It was included in the 1970 RCA release Elvis: Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits Volume 1.  Elvis has signed at left in blue ballpoint: “To Darlene, Elvis Presley.”

 

Outstanding Young Men Program Book:     $2,375

Elvis and nine other men under the age of 35 were selected by the United States Jaycees as the Ten Outstanding Young Men of America for 1970.  In January, 1971, a ceremony was held in Memphis to honor them.  Elvis was present and made an acceptance speech.

72-page programs were produced for the event, and they have considerable intrinsic value as Elvis collectibles.  This copy’s worth is enhanced because it was autographed by Elvis in blue ink on page 23 in the margin next to his bio.

 

Black and White Snapshot:     $2,375

This is an original 3.5” x 5” photograph showing Elvis during his Fort Hood, Texas days standing among other soldiers in what appears to be an Army base facility. The date stamp on the right border (from when the photograph was developed) reads “May 1958,”  Elvis signed “Elvis Presley” on the back in blue ballpoint ink.  If the owner had taken the trouble to put it in a matted display with cut-outs to show both sides, it probably would have gone for more than $2,375.

 

Loving You Stereo LP:      $2750

This signed album cover has more value than the first one we looked at above because it is something of a rarity and is in excellent shape.  The original Loving You album was released in 1957 in Mono.  For some reason, RCA decided to re-release it in 1962 in Stereo, and distribution was limited.  Combine that with Elvis’ autograph and you have a big winner.

 

Guitar Case:     $5,000

This autographed hardshell acoustic guitar case has an interesting story.  Elvis loved to ride horses, and, in February 1967, he purchased a 163-acre ranch just across the Mississippi state line, naming it “Circle G” after Graceland.  Later that year, an auction was held to sell off some excess equipment along with a few personal belongings of Elvis.  Two young ladies named Peggy Ferrell and Diana Hoover, roommates at the time, attended this auction.  Peggy bid $15 on the battered guitar case, said to be one of the first owned by Elvis.

Somehow, the girls were able to get Elvis to sign the case, “To Peggy and Diana from Elvis Presley” with a bold marker on the inside bottom felt.  Forty-five years later, that $15 purchase was worth $5,000 at another auction.  Nice going, Peggy.

 

Contract for Easy Come, Easy Go:     $5,625

Some folks must have wanted this item pretty bad and started a bidding war on the contract for Elvis’ 23rd feature film.  I don’t get it.  For that kind of money you can get a ring or clothing that Elvis actually wore.  He signed this three-page contract on September 27, 1966, and it stipulates his salary would be $400,000.  Col. Parker’s signature is also on it, too, but that doesn’t add much to its worth.

 

Application for Membership in the Screen Actors Guild:     $6,250

This 8.5” x 5.5” document was signed in black ink by Elvis on August 21, 1956.  This was just one day before filming started on his first movie Love Me Tender.  I love the line:  “I understand the obtaining of employment is my own responsibility and it is not the function of the Screen Actors Guild to aid in securing employment for its members.”  Elvis had no trouble ‘finding employment’ in the movie business for the next sixteen years – he acted in 31 features.

 

©  2012    Philip R Arnold, Original Elvis Blogmeister    All Rights Reserved    www.ElvisBlog.net
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Memories of Elvis — By His High School Classmates, Part 5

When I discovered the website www.humeshighclassof53.com, I knew there was enough material there for several ElvisBlog articles.  It had been created for the Humes High class of ’53 prior to their 50th reunion in 2003.  Classmates were contacted to send in memories of their high school years.  These were posted on the site, and about half of these memories included some mention of Elvis.

As I went through all the memories to extract the Elvis comments, I was surprised to see that George Klein made no real mention of Elvis, just a reference to him in describing a TV project Klein had recently worked on.  I was not absolutely clear on all the details of Klein’s connection with Elvis, but I was sure it went from their high school years to Elvis’ death.  So why no memories of Elvis in his piece on the class website?

 

Here is what Klein did say:

“My years at Humes were the golden years of my life.  Being elected president of the senior class was a great honor I still cherish.  Mrs. Louchrie, the speech teacher, put me on the road to my dream.  My experience as editor of the Humes newspaper and yearbook helped me immensely.  Working in the radio booth at WHHM at Humes football games got my foot in the door for my radio career.  I could almost write a short book about my life at Humes.

“Whenever I see Coach Boyce’s wife, I think of coach Boyce and all those glory days in football.  I often see Tommy Young and L.D. Ledbetter and we flashback to the good old days at Humes.  I return to my old neighborhood from time to time when I am filming some footage on Elvis – last time was two summers ago for Belium TV.  It’s so sad to see the area run down, but the old school is still standing, and we need to keep it there for history’s sake.  Rock on Humes Hi.”

Humes Class of ’53 Officers — George Klein — Top Center

I found Klein’s memories rather strange.  While most folks told interesting little stories of their time in high school, Klein used the occasion to review his many accomplishments — class president, newspaper and yearbook editor, football broadcasting team.  To his credit, he did it in a skillful way that didn’t seem like bragging.

Although it bothered me that Klein did not tell of any Elvis memories, I knew there was a way to find out what connection they had in high school – get a copy of Klein’s book “Elvis: My Best Man.”

 

Within the first few pages of the book, it was obvious that George Klein and Elvis Presley had very little contact in high school.  When it really started for them was July 1954 when Elvis recorded his first record and Klein was an up-and-coming disc jockey.

However, Klein’s book did shed some insight on Elvis the teenager, starting with the only Klein memory where he talked about Elvis and him being together.

“When the Mid-South Fair came to the Memphis Fairgrounds in 1950, a few buddies and I figured out that there was a spot behind some carnival tents where you could climb a cyclone fence to sneak in and save yourself the fifty-cent admission charge.  One night, I was halfway up the fence when I felt something give it a shake.  I looked to my left and there was Elvis, halfway up his section of fence and just as happy to be saving his fifty cents.”

That Fairgrounds experience occurred in ninth or tenth grade and wasn’t the beginning of a tight friendship between the two.

“I scarcely got to know him until the tenth or eleventh grade.  I think he felt more at ease with teachers than with kids.”

Klein also had three general observations about Elvis that could have been made without any interaction between the two.

“Elvis wasn’t quite as handsome in those years as he would become – he hadn’t quite grown into his looks yet.  So, most Humes girls weren’t sure what to make of this very different classmate.”

“In his senior year at Humes, Elvis had worked as an usher at the Loews State movie theater in downtown Memphis.  In that position he had the chance to watch the movies that played there over and over, and he became a real student of film.  He watched James Dean, Montgomery Clift and Marlon Brando and saw how they moved and spoke and got the greatest impact with the littlest gestures.  He paid enough attention to pick up an intuitive knowledge of the medium that would later surprise the Hollywood folks when Elvis started making his own movies.”

“But, when Elvis wasn’t watching the big screen, he apparently spent a lot of time watching a very pretty girl who worked behind the candy counter – a girl who responded to Elvis’ attention by giving him free candy.  When another, jealous usher reported the candy giveaways to the theater manager, Elvis and that usher ended up in a fist fight, and Elvis was promptly fired by the manager.”

And finally, Klein recounted a great story about Elvis and another classmate who would someday become part of Elvis’ inner circle.

“Elvis had let his hair grow out and had it combed back high.  And he had those sideburns… Some of the guys at Humes felt that someone so different deserved to be given a hard time.  One day he was cornered in a Humes bathroom by a tough group who brandished a pair of scissors and said they were going to cut off his hair.  He tried to fight them off, but his pompadour was only saved when one of the strongest, most fearless guys at Humes, Red West, happened to walk into that bathroom and saw what was going on.  Red told the would-be barbers that if they wanted to cut Elvis’ hair they’d have to cut his first, and that was the end of that.”

Red West and Elvis in 1958

 

One more thing about George Klein’s book, “Elvis: My Best Man.”   After reading the few pages about the Humes High School days, I found I couldn’t put the book down.  Klein and Elvis became very close friends and had many adventures together over the years.  It gave me a greater insight into some events I knew about generally, and it introduced me to many others I had no idea about.

I notice that Amazon gives “Elvis: My Best Man” four-and-one-half stars.  I give it five.  If you have limited money to spend on books about Elvis and don’t know which of the zillions of Elvis books to buy, let me recommend this one.  It is not a tell-all, not an effort to cash in on Elvis.  George Klein was true friend, and he wrote a terrific book, even if it doesn’t contain many high school memories.

 

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The Edge of Reality Vintage Elvis Gift Shop

Two of my Elvis blogger buddies have bravely posted articles they describe as being… on the edge of reality.  Troy Yeary started it on his Mystery Train Elvis blog, which actually has this tag line “Following Dreams of Yesterday to the Edge of Reality.”

I love his concept on July 7:  You can go back in history to any time in Elvis’ life you choose.  And you are equipped with a special audio recorder to capture ten minutes of Elvis doing never-before recorded performances, rehearsals or private picking and singing at Graceland.

Then Thomas Melin of Elvis Today picked up on the idea on August 8 when he posted a fanciful story about Elvis on a huge world tour that never was.

 

Well, I wanted to get in on the Edge of Reality Elvis fun, but I couldn’t think of an interesting topic.  That is, until I checked out the 300 items Heritage Auctions presented on the “Elvis Memorabilia Signature Auction” in Memphis during Elvis Week.  In addition to clothes, jewelry, autographs and records, there was a sizeable selection of vintage Elvis merchandise that had been marketed to teenagers back in 1956 and 1957.

If you’ve ever travelled to Memphis to commemorate the life of the King, you know there is overwhelming array of Elvis stuff available in the Graceland gift shops.

 

Although most of that merchandise doesn’t do anything for me, I guess it appeals to somebody because it keeps selling.  But, how cool would it be we could find an assortment of 1956-57 Elvis items available today?  Here is my take on an Edge of Reality Vintage Elvis Gift Shop.

 

Elvis Poodle Skirt:

How about a black felt poodle skirt from 1956?  All you needed was your saddle oxfords and you’d be ready for the next high school sock hop.  A gyrating Elvis stands on a record album while musical notes and more records spin around him.  A little color is added in the red embroidering around the border of his guitar and the tiny red jewels used for the tuner pegs.  If we follow the value set by the winning bidder at the auction, the price tag on this poodle skirt would be $1,625.

 

Elvis Three-Ring Binder:

 

What could be better for creating your own Elvis scrapbook than a 1956 “Love Me Tender” three-ring binder with Elvis on the cover?  It’s big, 10.5” by 14”, with a zipper closure, and it has a simulated Elvis autograph.  What a steal at just $625.

 

The Elvis Presley Game:

 

The fine print on the box of this 1957 product calls it the “Party Game for the Young at Heart”.  Elvis’ favorite colors from the fifties – pink and black – decorate the box and game board, which is emblazoned with images of dancing bobbysoxers, teddy bears, and a hot rodding just-married couple. Accessories include ten record-shaped playing pieces and a spinner wheel featuring Elvis, swinging his arm around as the pointer.  No auction bidders were willing to meet the minimum bid of $1,250, so it would have to sell for something less at our Edge of Reality Vintage Elvis Gift Shop.


Elvis Presley Vintage T-Shirt:

 

How about a rare 1956 white, yellow and black long-sleeve t-shirt in excellent condition?  It is girls’ size Large, with a picture of the King and lyric lines from some of his songs on the front.  You have to love a shirt with three different colored fabrics and slits at the hips.  They don’t make them like that anymore.  A steal at just $625.

 

Adjustable Ring” Display Standup Card Complete with Twelve Elvis Rings:

 

Each of these twelve gold-colored “bubble” rings from 1956 bears a color photo of the King underneath a 0.625″ plastic magnifying lens.  The 7″ x 10″ cardboard display features a poor drawing of Elvis along with twelve slots which are all filled with rings. At upper right is handwritten “5.00 each.”  Well, the entire package went for $2,750, which puts the value of each ring at $229 today.  What a deal.  Better get two.

 

Elvis Presley Sneakers:

 

If you are a girl with size 3 feet, this is the Elvis goodie for you.  These Elvis Presley sneakers did get some wear after being purchased in 1956, so the tread is gone.  However, the auction still rated them in Very Good Condition (I’m not sure how that can be).The included box is in great condition and apparently adds a lot to the sneakers’ value, which ended up much higher than the auction’s estimate.  Price for the box and sneakers is $3,750.  I think you can buy shoes Elvis actually wore for less than that.

 

Love Me Tender Doll:

 

How about this cute little guy?  What teenage girl Elvis fan wouldn’t want an 18” “Love Me Tender” Elvis doll?  Issued in early 1957 to capitalize on the success of his first movie, this doll is dressed just like Elvis’ character Clint Reno in a plaid shirt and blue jeans.  This is a very rare collectible because the “skin” tended to deteriorate over time (Check out the right hand).  In spite of that, the price tag on this doll would be $875

 

Elvis Presley Large Tan Clutch Purse:

The auction offered several sizes and designs of Elvis clutch purses, but stated this was the rarest.  There are three Elvis images on it, and the one in the middle certainly got plenty of use back in 1956 products.  It is on three of the memorabilia items already presented, and there are two more to come.  This clutch purse is in Very Fine to Near Mint condition and carries a price tag of $625.

 

Elvis Presley Guitar:

 

It’s a big deal to find this 1956 guitar and the original carrying case in good condition, and this combo comes pretty close.  The guitar is missing three strings and has some damage to the top of the hound dog sticker.  The case is even rarer than the guitar, but it has some minor dings and bumps at the corners, a small taped tear, and wear along the top flap that fits inside the case when closed.  The auction bidders were apparently turned off by these little imperfections because nobody put in the minimum bid of $625.  So, the Edge of Reality Vintage Elvis Gift Shop price would have to be something less.

Elvis Presley Vintage Bookends:

Here’s a pair of authentic vintage plaster Elvis Presley bookends, manufactured by Elvis Presley Enterprises in 1956.  Sorry, but they look more like Lee Majors than Elvis to me. In spite of that, the price tag reads $375.

 

Elvis Presley Crew Hat, Dog Tags, and Promotional Banners:

This package includes four products and two promotional banners.  The Elvis Presley Crew Hat is in Mint condition and has the original tag still attached, which adds to its value.  And there are two 17 inch long store banners for the hat.  Also included are a simulated Army Dog Tag, two sizes of the Dog Tag Bracelet, and a Dog Tag Anklet.   Sold as a set only, but at a modest price of $312.

 

Elvis Presley Gum Card Set:

According to the auction house, there have been many card sets honoring Elvis, but none is more desirable than this complete 66-card set from 1956.  Twenty of the cards feature scenes from the King’s first feature film, Love Me Tender.  All but three of the cards grade out as Excellent.  What a steal at just $437.

 

Elvis Presley Vintage Handkerchiefs:

 

This 1956 set includes both blue and red versions of 13″ x 12″ handkerchiefs with motifs of Elvis’ hit songs.  The familiar picture of Elvis and his guitar is flipped on the blue one making Elvis look like a left-handed guitar player.  On the red one, there are both left and right-handed versions of the image, plus a side-view of Elvis singing into a mic. These handkerchiefs are both graded Near Mint, bringing the price tag up to $594.

 

Elvis Presley Belt:

This vintage blue vinyl belt from 1956 is quite rare.  It is adorned with brass buckles and images of Presley and some of his song titles.  It is in Excellent condition and seems like a bargain at just $375.

 

If you go to Memphis today you can choose from forty-three different Elvis 35th Anniversary items at 20% off.  Frankly, I’d much prefer to walk into an Edge of Reality Vintage Elvis Gift Shop that contained nothing but the kind of memorabilia shown above.   Of course, I couldn’t afford any of the vintage items, so I probably would go next door and buy one of those nifty discounted anniversary coffee mugs for $12.

 

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