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Are There Any Collectible Elvis Figurines That Actually Look Like Elvis?

Elvis Presley Collectible Vinyl Figures

That’s a pretty scary face looking out from this box. It says ELVIS, but does it really look much like him? This is the latest collectible Elvis figurine. It is made by Kidrobot and is available on Graceland.com for $14.99.

Elvis Vinyl Figure '68 Special by Kidrobot

Here’s another view. It is the ’68 Special black leather version, and it doesn’t look much like Elvis to me, either, except maybe the lip snarl.

Elvis Gold Lame Vinyl Collectible

And this is the other option – Gold Lamé Elvis. Both are 4-1/2 inches tall, which means the head is about 2-1/2 inches. That should be plenty big enough to allow decent design and art work that looks like Elvis.

 

Back in 2008, I did an article on Tiny Elvis Heads from various figurines on the market over the years. I realized how difficult the task was when the head was just ¾” tall, like this:

Elvis and Priscilla Barbie Doll Collector Set

This one is the Elvis and Priscilla Barbie Doll Set, and his eyes are just creepy. But, like I said, it must be hard to mold and paint a good Elvis on such a tiny head.

Elvis Jailhouse Rock Christmas Ornament

Here’s what I call the skinny Elvis head Jailhouse Rock Christmas tree ornament. I’ve realized you could make a collection of just Jailhouse Rock Elvis figurines.

Elvis Nodnik

This charming thing is called an Elvis Nodnik.

Elvis Jailhouse Rock Bobblehead

This is called the Wacky Wobbler Bobblehead. There is another set of Elvis bobbleheads offered by Royal Bobbles, but no Jailhouse Rock design, just ’68 Special and Las Vegas Jumpsuit.

NECO Jumpsuit Elvis Bobblehead

Believe it or not, there is a third set of Elvis bobble heads by Neco.  And you have to say this head is very well done, easily identified without the jumpsuit or the name on the base.

 

Mini Black Elvis Nutcracker

However, if this nutcracker didn’t have the name on the base, who would ever guess it was Elvis? I do like the guitar strung over his shoulder, though. Here’s another nutcracker that’s maybe a little better.

Elvis Phoenix Jumpsuit Nutcracker

The Phoenix jumpsuit helps, but it still needs the name on the base.

 

While we are talking about bad images, how about this horrible one?

Elvis Jailhouse Rock n Sock Em Robot

I wonder if they ever sold any of these. Why would anybody want one?

 

Elvis Windshield Bobbler

I actually have one of these hanging in a window across the room, but I really like the way the photographer framed Elvis with the Graceland wall in the background.

 

Jumpsuit Elvis Pez

This is one of three PEZ Elvis that came in this tin display. The head is just over ½ inch high, so the PEZ designers deserve praise for coming up with a good tiny Elvis.

 

Elvis Bobble-Car Wacky Wobbler

This is a nice variation in Elvis figurines, and the face is pretty good.

 

Barbie Collectibles three doll Tommy as Elvis

Uggggh! This looks more like Kim Jung Un than Elvis.

 

Barbie Blue Hawaii Elvis Presley Doll

Blue Hawaii Elvis is not too common in the figurine themes. The top four are Jailhouse Rock, ’68 Special Black Leather, Aloha White Jumpsuit, and Gold Lamé. Others include G.I. Elvis and young Elvis wearing a sport coat.

 

Let’s finish up with the best of the Elvis figurines. That title goes to McFarlane Toys was started in 1994 by Todd McFarlane, a comic book creator and illustrator. His first figurines were the characters from his Spawn comic series. He has now produced hundreds of figures including cartoon horror icons, sports legends, dragons, the Simpsons, the Beatles, and many more.

McFarlane Elvis Wearing White Suit from '68 Special

Now this looks like Elvis. I also like it because it features Elvis dressed in a different outfit than in those other sets. I’m sure you recognize it as the white suit he wore in the ’68 Special when he sang “If I Can Dream.”

 

McFarlane Toys Elvis Jailhouse Rock

This is so good. Look at this close up to see how well McFarlane captured Elvis’ likeness.

McFarlane Jailhouse rock Elvis Side View

I’m really impressed with the quality of this Elvis reproduction. I don’t think they are still in production, but when I searched for good images, I found them for sale on eBay and other places.

 

Mr Potatohead Jumpsuit Elvis with Black Guitar

If you would prefer a fun Elvis figurine over an accurate one, there is always the Mr. Potato Head Elvis. I have the whole set.

 

 

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Elvis Paper Dolls

Elvis The Paper Doll Book

When I surf deep into the internet looking for interesting stuff, I never know what I’ll stumble upon. This week it was an Elvis paper doll book. After additional focused searching, I found a few more:

Elvis The Early Years Paperdoll Book

Elvis - The Paperdoll Book

Rock and Roll Legends Paper Dolls

I wonder who else besides Elvis and Buddy Holly they had in this one. If it included Little Richard, I would love to see the outfits they created for him.

Cut-Out Dolls for Grown-Up Girls

This one is interesting. It had cut-outs to make Elvis look like a private eye and polo player (above) plus a tennis player, a business man, and several other outfits. Seems like they could have used a more flattering photo of Elvis’ body.

ELVIS A Paper Doll Portfolio

Elvis’ body looks better in this cover drawing, but his head is too small for it.

 

Better Looking Elvis Body

Elvis’ body looks great on this one, but the artist didn’t capture his face.

Elvis The Paperdoll Book

And this is the one where I found a wonderful collection of outfits for girls to put on Elvis. It actually had three Elvis body images – in different poses.

Three Elvis Presley Bodies for Paper Dolls

I have taken to calling them Skinny Elvis, Grumpy Elvis, and Stocky Elvis. I guess I shouldn’t be picky, but the right arm on Skinny Elvis looks deformed, and the right leg on Grumpy Elvis is too short.

 

In addition to three Elvis’, there was also a bonus:

Priscilla Presley body for Paper Dolls

How about that? This Elvis paper doll book included Priscilla. I must say, they got all her body parts just right.

 

So let’s take a look at all four models and the clothes that could be put on them.

 

Skinny Elvis:

Jailhouse Rock Paper Doll

Elvis the Kid Paper Doll

Jam Session

I don’t know why this wasn’t given a name.

Rockabilly Cat Paper Doll

 

Grumpy Elvis:

Elvis' Gold Lame Suit Paper Doll

Million Seller?  They should have named it the Gold Lame Suit.

 

Elvis' Army Dress Uniform Paper Doll

This and the next one were titled “In the Army”

Elvis' Army Field Uniform Paper Doll

 

Elvis Ed Sullivan Show Paper Doll

Elvis Love Me tender Paper Doll

Jam Session

Elvis Loving You Paper DollLoving You

Elvis' Charro Paper Doll

You can really see the short leg on this one.

On the Road

Elvis' On the Road Paper Doll

You’ve gotta love a paper doll that includes a hound dog.

 

Stocky Elvis:

Black and Gold Jumpsuit

A group of jumpsuits were grouped together without no names shown on some and strange one for others

Elvis' Phoenix Jumpsuit Paper Doll

The Comeback

Elvis' American Eagle Jumpsuit Paper Doll

Elvis' King Creole Jumpsuit

The movie outlets all had correct names.

Elvis' Harum Scarum Paper Doll

Elvis' Viva Las Vegas Paper Doll

Elvis' 68 Comeback Special Paper Doll

You don’t see many references to The Singer Special. Although Singer sponsored the show, history remembers it as The 68 Comeback Special. The alternate hair offered here would work with all the jumpsuits. It would have been better to draw the longer hair on one of the three models.

 

Elvis' Blue Hawaii Paper Doll

Wow. Three Hawaiian shirts, two accessories, and swim trunks.

 

Priscilla:

 

The paper doll book contained the outfits both Elvis and Priscilla wore at their wedding. Here they are together.

Elvis and Priscilla Paper Doll Outfits

 

 

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Elvis T-Shirt Review — Summer 2017

Girl wearing Elvis T-Shirt

It’s summer, so it’s time for my eighth annual Elvis T-Shirt Review. As usual, it features shirts from Shop.Graceland.com. However, there was not an abundance of good new designs this year, so I decided to check out the offerings from AllPosters.com. Believe it or not, they had 30 pages of Elvis T-shirts and 36 on each page. That’s over a thousand options. Amazing.

Let’s start with the Shop.Elvis.com T-shirts.

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Graceland Aloha Eagle Jumpsuit Flag:

Elvis Presley T-shirt Graceland Aloha Eagle Jumpsuit Flag

I wish I had seen this shirt when I was working on the 4th of July post last week. I love the faded American flag hanging vertically, and Elvis in his famous American Eagle Jumpsuit is a nice compliment. I could have done without the barely discernable Graceland in the background which muddies up the image. Of course, they just had to stick in the word Graceland, but you don’t find many T-shirts on Shop.Graceland.com without it. Overall, it’s a great shirt, perfect to wear on the patriotic holidays. $24.99

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40th Anniversary Graceland Collage:

Elvis Presley T-shirt 40th Anniversary Graceland Collage

I liked the image on this shirt so much I used it as the featured picture on the post three weeks ago (but with a black background). The Graceland mansion looks okay on this shirt with the spotlights shining on it that seem to radiate out of the back of Elvis’ head. One of the few shirts that come in a selection of colors. $24.99.

 

Tupelo Crowd Surf Women’s T-Shirt:

Elvis Presley T-shirt Tupelo Crowd Surf

As you can see from the shape, this shirt comes from the women’s selections. I wish it came in a men’s T-shirt. I can see the “Tupelo Crowd” in the name, but I don’t get the “Surf” designation. It looks like the designers realized that the inclusion of GRACELAND in the design would ruin it, so they omitted it. Thank you. $24.99

 

The King Guitar Wings:

Elvis Presley T-shirt The King Guitar Wings

I studied this shirt for a while before deciding I do like it. Although I don’t understand the concept with wings and opposing lions, the funky design of ELVIS is certainly unique. What finally tipped the scale for me was the back of the shirt.

Elvis Presley T-shirt The King Guitar Wings - Back

You don’t find many Elvis T-shirts with front and back designs. Plus, it’s also available in red. $24.99.

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Graceland – Home of Elvis:

Elvis Presley T-shirt Graceland Home of Elvis

Just kidding. This is not a T-shirt I’d spend my money on. I want Elvis T-shirts, not Graceland shirts. Perhaps most folks feel the same way. The price on this is only $14.99, probably marked down because it isn’t selling. Duh.

 

Street Sign Belt Print:

Elvis Presley T-shirt Street Sign Belt Print

I had to look up “Belt Print” to see what that meant. According to Wikipedia, “A belt screen printing press is a very expensive and highly specialized piece of equipment that allows screen printers to print all over a t-shirt. There will be some more belt print T-shirts coming up in this post. The shirt has kind of a split personality – half Elvis and half Graceland. $24.99

 

Love Me Tender Heart Women’s T-Shirt:

Elvis Presley T-shirt Love Me Tender Heart Women's T-Shirt

This is an excellent deal for the female Elvis fan. The price is only $12.50 which normally would mean that only sizes XS or XXL are available, but I checked and all sizes are in stock. I like the red heart with the scroll design. A great gift idea for husbands to give to their Elvis-fan wives.

 

Aloha Shaka T-Shirt:

Elvis Presley T-shirt Aloha Shaka

See Elvis’ hand? This is called the the “shaka” sign, a common greeting in the Hawaiian culture and is meant to convey “Aloha spirit” which is a concept of friendship, understanding, and solidarity. The website refers to the vivid photo depicting Elvis during the “Aloha from Hawaii” concert. The picture looks a little fuzzy, but probably it is sharp on the shirt. $27.99

 

Now, let’s look at some nifty designs from AllPosters.com.

 

Jubilant Felons:

Elvis Presley T-shirt Jubilant Felons

This is another of those belt print designs mentioned earlier. There have been so many Jailhouse Rock T-shirts over the years, but I really like this one. And the name ‘Jubilant Felons’ is so strange it’s funny. The image seems to be Photoshopped, because there is a second Elvis at the top right. I don’t know if being 100% polyester is a good thing or not. $24.99

 

Dream State:

Elvis Presley T-shirt Dream State - Womens

Another cool name and a simple but effective design in a woman’s T-shirt. Also available in men’s and junior’s, and in tank top, long sleeve, V-neck, and hooded varieties. Prices vary a little, but the one shown here is $24.99.

 

Now Playing:

Elvis Presley T-shirt Now Playing - Front and Back

Now this is belt print taken to the extreme. Every square inch of this shirt has Elvis on it. It is also 100% polyester, which I guess works better with this screening process than cotton. It’s more expensive, but a front-and-back shirt design seems worth $29.99.

 

Tender Eyes:

Elvis Presley T-shirt Tender Eyes Youth

This is the Men’s version of this shirt, but Women’s and Youth sizes are available, too. I guess it would be more popular with the female Elvis fans. I think the eye design is spectacular. $24.99

Now that I’ve discovered there are so many Elvis T-shirts on AllPosters.com (and none say Graceland on them), I need to check out all 30 pages and do a bonus T-shirt review later as a Christmas gift suggestion feature.

 

 

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Hard Rock Cafe Elvis Pins

Hard Rock Cafe Elvis Presley

It’s a safe bet that almost everyone reading this has visited a Hard Rock Cafe. Over the years, my wife and I have never failed to visit two, three, or more each vacation. She has purchased a Hard Rock T-shirt and pin at each one. They all celebrate the city where the cafe is located, but Hard Rock offers an incredible variety of pins. While researching for this post, I actually found a Hard Rock pin featuring cupcakes.

Of course, rock artist pins are a big deal, and Elvis shows up in hundreds of designs. Here are just a few I found of interest.

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Hard Rock Cafe LOS ANGELES – Hunka ELVIS Birthday DRAGON PIN:

LOS ANGELES 2009 Hunka ELVIS Birthday DRAGON PIN White Jumpsuit

From 2006. Hunka “Elvis” Birthday green & yellow Dragon wearing white jumpsuit and playing a mauve & red birthday cake shaped guitar. Limited edition of 300. Selling for $39.99.

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Hard Rock Cafe FOXWOODS ELVIS BURNING LOVE PIN:

2016 Hard Rock Cafe Foxwoods Pin Elvis Burnin' Love, Joe Petruccio Artwork

From 2016. Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Mashantucket, CT. The Joe Patruccio signature painting of Elvis, titled Burning Love. Limited edition of 300. Selling for $20.99.

 

ELVIS PRESLEY ebay Exclusive LICENSE PLATE Pin:

2001 ELVIS PRESLEY ebay Exclusive LICENSE PLATE PIN HRC 77

From 2001. Tennessee License Plate “Elvis 1” with the word Graceland and a gold record in the background. Limited Edition of 2500. Selling for $19.99.

 

Hard Rock Cafe MEMPHIS — ELVIS PRESLEY Blue Suede Shoes Guitar Pin:

MEMPHIS 2001 ELVIS PRESLEY Blue Suede Shoes GUITAR PIN

From 2001. Guitar featuring the word Memphis and a pair of blue suede shoes. A rare silver base metal pin, although the number produced is not listed. Selling for $49.99.

 

Hard Rock Cafe BOSTON — ELVIS 80TH BIRTHDAY PIN:

BOSTON 2015 ELVIS PRESLEY 80th Birthday PIN LOVE 1

From 2015. The Joe Petruccio signature ( barely visible because of glare) Elvis painting with the words LOVE and 80th Birthday. Limited edition of 300. Selling for $20.99

 

Hard Rock Cafe Staff Elvis TCB Bolt Gold Crown Pin Takin’ Care of Biz:

STAFF Elvis TCB Bolt Gold Crown PIN OLD VERSION Takin Care of Biz

Not much explanation given about this one except that it is the “old Style: Apparently it was not sold to the public but distributed to cafe staff. So there must be a lot of them out there. Selling for $14.99.

 

Hard Rock Cafe MIAMI — ELVIS PRESLEY “50 Years of Rock” Pin:

Hard Rock Cafe MIAMI 2004 ELVIS PRESLEY 50 Years of Rock PIN

From 2004. Issued to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of “That’s Alright, Mama,” considered by Elvis fans the Birth of Rock and Roll. Limited edition of 200. Selling for $39.99.

 

Hard Rock Cafe MEMPHIS — Elvis Presley Series Pin with Gold Frame:

Hard Rock Cafe MEMPHIS 2013 Elvis Presley Series PIN King GOLD FRAME

From 2103. More Joe Petruccio artwork – Elvis’ profile with the light shining on him during a performance. Limited addition of 400. Selling for $29.99.

 

Hard Rock Cafe Elvis Presley Signature Series Pin – Rags Riches Rock Royalty:

Hard Rock Cafe Elvis Presley Signature Series Pin - Rags Riches Rock Royalty

From 2002. Lots of stuff here. Elvis in black, Elvis in white jumpsuit, real young Elvis, his name, the years of his life, and the text, “From Rags to Royalty to Everlasting Fame. One of the largest pins offered at 2” x 1-3/4”. No mention of it being a limited edition. Selling for $24.

 

Hard Rock Cafe Online Elvis Presley Series PIN:

2002 Elvis Presley Signature Series PIN Rags Riches Rock Royalty

From 2013. Another big one, and another Joe Petruccio drawing. A very limited edition of just 200. Selling for $24.99.

 

Hard Rock Hotel Tampa Elvis Presley Pin “Take My Hand:

TAMPA 2014 Elvis Presley PIN Take My Hand

From 2014. Not one of Joe Petruccio’s better Elvis images. But a big pin with the familiar ELVIS in red letters sign. Limited edition of 300. Selling for $24.99.

 

Hard Rock Cafe BILOXI 2012 Elvis Presley ’68 Comeback Special:

Hard Rock Cafe BILOXI 2012 Elvis Presley '68 Comeback Special

From 2012. The description of this one is a little confusing. I believe this is the front of the pin. And you can open it up like a book and see this:

Hard Rock Cafe BILOXI 2012 Elvis Presley '68 Comeback Special - Open

Limited edition of 500. Selling for $39.99.

 

Elvis Presley 1977-2002 25th Anniversary Hard Rock Cafe Five Pin Boxed Set:

ELVIS PRESLEY 1977-2002 25th Anniversary 5 LAPEL PIN Boxed Set

From 2002. Five small pins in a 6”x 7” display box. Limited edition of 5000 (limited?). Selling for $49.99.

 

For some reason, Hard Rock Cafe Elvis pins don’t seem to show up at the Elvis auctions. But if you might be interested, there are tons of them available here.

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Fun With Elvis Pictures

Ever since I started ElvisBlog in 2005, I have collected thousands of Elvis pictures off the internet. Most of them are movie shots, candid photos, concert pictures, etc. But some are just strange Elvis stuff that caught my fancy. Like this:

Elvis/ Mickey Mouse Stamp

This is somebody’s concept for a postage stamp combining Elvis and Walt Disney Characters.

 

So, I have selected a couple dozen like this and grouped pairs of similar themed pictures.

Bad Elvis Hats:

Bad Elvis Hat 2

Elvis Ballcap on Backwards

This shot of Elvis with a baseball cap on backwards and inside-out is a rare one you may not have seen before.

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Elvis in Other Rock Bands:

Elvis and KISS

Elvis and Metallica

You probably had no trouble recognizing KISS in the first picture. This one is Metallica.

 

Mixing Elvis and Candy:

PEZ Elvis

Elvis / M&M Christmas Ornaments

I must admit I have bought both the Elvis PEZ and the Elvis/M&M Christmas ornaments.

 

Elvis at the Beach:

Elvis on the Beach

Elvis on the Beach with Priscilla

Gee, Elvis, what are you doing to Priscilla here?

 

Animals as Elvis:

Wolf Elvis

Octopus Elvis

I have drawings of 17 different kinds of animals, birds, and fish as Elvis, including this octopus.

 

Best Elvis Movie Kisses:

Elvis Kissing Michele Carey in Live a Little

Elvis Kissing Marilyn Mason in The Trouble with Girls

Did you figure out that the women are Michele Carey in Live A Little, Love A Little, and Marilyn Mason in The Trouble With Girls.

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Bad Hair Day:

Elvis Wild Hair

Elvis After Karate Workout

In Elvis’ defense, this shot was snapped after a Karate workout.

 

Bad Clothing Day:

Elvis Bad Clothing 1

Elvis Bad Outfit

What was Elvis thinking when he put this on?

 

Graphic Presentation Using Elvis Silhouettes:

Elvis in the 50s

World's Greatest Elvis

I just love this last one.

 

Elvis Impersonator Losers:

Jumping Elvis Impersonator

Unfortunately, I have photos of way too many of these guys.

Fat Elvis Impersonator

How does that big belt stay up?

 

Elvis and Jesus:

Elvis Jesus 1

Elvis Jesus 2

I have a surprisingly large file of these images, too.

 

Elvis Caricatures:

Elvis Big Chin

Elvis Sick in Bed

These are two good ones. I won’t post any of the fat, bloated Elvis ones, but dozens of artists had to be cruel and draw them. Not funny.

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 Shower Shot:

Elvis in the Shower

Elvis in Shower Scene with Michele Carey

Michele Carey again. I must like her.

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 Rare Elvis Photos You Might Not Have Ever Seen Before:

Elvis in Store

Elvis and Tall Mic

Do you think they got that mic up high enough?

 

Funny Photoshop Picture:

Elvis Watching Two Girls Kiss

I’ve had this one for years but could never figure out a way to use it. Do you recognize Brittany Spears and Madonna?

 

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Elvis’ Karate Gi — Pictures and Stories

Elvis Pose Used in McCormick Decanter

Elvis auctions often lead to some interesting, but generally unknown, tid-bits. Sometimes it is contained in an item description, and sometimes my curiosity is inspired, leading to a Google search. And, sometimes these lead to a discovery like this.

McCormick Distilleries Elvis Decanter

This is a McCormick Distilleries commemorative Elvis decanter. There are dozens of different Elvis whisky decanters on eBay, but I couldn’t find this one. If you see it at a flea market, snap it up.

 

Posing for McCormick Decanter

Based on the first two pictures, you’d think the decanter was designed using the Elvis photograph. Nope, they had another guy model the Gi so they could get the depth, side, and back design right.

That’s three pictures in a row that are pretty much the same, so here’s a change of pace.

Back of McCormick Elvis Decanter

The back of the decanter makes it look like Elvis is sitting on a drum. The tax seal is pretty ugly, too.

There are two different circular images on the decanter. These are reproductions of embroidered patches that Elvis had on his Karate Gi.

Elvis' TCB Patch on his Karate Gi

This Elvis-designed TCB emblem adorned the left chest side of his Gi jacket.

Elvis' Karate Gi Crown-Fist Patch

Elvis had this so-called crown/fist patch on his lower left sleeve. Here’s a good look at their placement

Elvis and Karate Gi withTwo Patches

 

Elvis had a few other designer elements personalizing his Karate outfit. Much like a jumpsuit, the flared legs are secured with three braided buttons in red, black, and white (not visable). Flare vents are visible when the buttons are unhooked.

Side View of Elvis in Karate Gi

 

But the belt is especially interesting. It is cotton with a satin overlay. The end of the sash changed as Elvis advanced through the progression of Black Belt degrees.

Elvis Presley's 7th Degree Black Belt

There are seven red tabs indicating that Elvis had achieved 7th degree Black Belt. His Karate nickname was Tiger. It started out as Panther, but there was some bad stuff going on back then with the Black Panthers, so Elvis changed it.

 

Elvis Outside in his Karate Gi

This is a rare view of Elvis outside wearing his Karate Gi. They were stored at the training facility. Here Elvis is heading to a Karate demonstration he held for teenagers.

 

Elvis Presley's 7th Degree Black Belt Card

Elvis received this card when he achieved the 7th degree mark in August 1974.

He also received certificates for each new degree.

Elvis Presley with 7th Degree Certificate

 

8th Degree San Black Belt certificate

This one is for 8th degree, and it is dated just a month later than the 7th degree card. It is interesting that somehow Elvis managed to have his TCB logo incorporated into the certificate design.

 

Elvis With Kang Rhee

The name on the card is Ed Parker and the name on the certificate is Kang Rhee. Elvis started Karate training while stationed in Germany during his time in the U.S. Army. After completing his service and returning to the United States, he began to study with Grand Master of American Kenpo Karate, Ed Parker. In 1970, Parker suggested Elvis train with Rhee, a martial arts instructor of great reputation. Elvis trained under Rhee for the next four years.

Kang Rhee Patch

Elvis had six of his white sailcloth cotton Karate Gi’s with red satin trim on the lapels and hems, but there were slight variations. This Kang Rhee patch appeared on the back of some.

EP Back of Elvis' Karate Gi

At least one jacket had the letters E P on the back.

 

Elvis' Karate Gi that did not sell at June 2016 Heritage Auction

This is the photo of the Elvis Karate Gi that started me on my rambling Google search. It was part of the June 2016 Heritage Music Memorabilia Auction, but it failed to generate the minimum bid of $10,000 ($12,500 with auction house premium). This surprised me because I remembered some of the other versions selling at other auctions.

Here’s what I found:

Julien’s Auctions, May 2015 — $23,125
Gotta Have Rock and Roll Auctions, August 2012 — $7,986
Julien’s Auctions, December 2011 — $15,300
Guerney’s Auctions, May 2008 – 15,000

I studied these results trying to understand why there was such divergence. All I can conclude is that the winning bidder last year at Julien’s paid way too much.

 

Now, we’ll have fun looking at some of the stuff inspired by Elvis’ Karate Gi.

Karate Elvis figurine

Yes, sir. A Karate Elvis figurine. There’s even a button on the back of the stage which turns on a light at the top.

Elvis Presley Karate Figurine

To me, this figurine wins the award for the little plastic head that looks the most like Elvis. There are some crummy ones out there.

 

Liam Ghallager with Elvis' TCB Logo

This is a guy named Liam Gallagher from the rock band Oasis. He had Patsy tattooed on his arm until he got divorced from her. Then he covered it with Elvis’ TCB Karate design.

 

Elvis Karate T-Shirt

This looks like a kid T-Shirt sporting a cartoon Elvis doing a Karate kick. Actually, it’s an adult size large. Here’s another shirt that is obviously for adults.

 

Elvis Kicked My Ass T-Shirt

Elvis Kicked My Ass Back in ’72.         Great shirt.

 

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Shop.Graceland.com — Picks and Pans

Mark-Downs on Shop Graceland

Just about every time you log on to Graceland.com/news, you don’t have to scroll down very far to find an announcement for some kind of sale going on at Shop Graceland. I clicked on this one because I wanted to see what else was being marked down to $14.99. Unfortunately, these were the only two items.

I might have been interested in the T-shirt if it had said “WILD about ELVIS.” You have to look really close at the fine print on this shirt to see his name. Under the large–font Graceland it says The Home of Elvis Presley. What’s the deal with so much merchandise coming out with the emphasis on Graceland and not Elvis?

I decided to scroll through the Shop Graceland offerings to see what other items generated a reaction.

 

Graceland Black and White Plaid Lounge Pants

Here’s a worse example of the increased emphasis on Graceland. These plaid lounge pants don’t bother with any mention of Elvis. Do they really think the fans would buy more of these saying Graceland rather than Elvis Presley? I wouldn’t, especially at $32.99.

 

Elvis Presley TCB Scatter Cap

Now, this is something I like. The TCB/Lightning Bolt symbol is showing up on a lot of Elvis merchandise. I actually own the original version of this baseball cap. It doesn’t have the mosaic of little TCBs across the front, or the Elvis Presley signature on the side. I wear my cap all the time, and I love it when someone sees the TCB and says, “You’re an Elvis fan, huh.” Realizing that they know what it means, I know I have encountered a kindred spirit, and conversation follows easily. When I finally wear out my cap, I’ll be glad to shell out $17.99 for this new model.

 

Elvis Silhouette Bead Charm

Here’s something I hated the first time I saw it. It struck me as the worst Elvis silhouette ever, especially the hands and feet. It reminded me of an alien creature.

 

Space Creature

Then, I read the fine print. The photo was a huge blow up of a charm for a bracelet.

Lowell Hays Gold Plated Elvis Charm Bracelet

Viewed at its actual size, you hardly notice that Elvis’ head is replaced with a loop. The bracelet goes for $99, or you can buy all the charms (and additional designs) separately for your own bracelet.

 

Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel Collectible Key Key Ring

Here’s something they better unload quick. Once the Heartbreak Hotel is torn down, how much demand can there be for this key charm? But, maybe if you’ve stayed there over the years, it would be worth $8.99 to get one of these mementos. One thing is the item description confuses me. They are made with simulated enamel. What the heck is that?

 

Graceland Women's Burnout Pullover Hoodie

Here’s another item that mentions only Graceland. Actually, this thing is so ugly I’m glad it doesn’t mention Elvis. The item description talks about the burnout print, slight distressing, and raw edges like that is something good. Really? No wonder the price on this pullover hoodie has been dropped from $25 to $20.

 

Heart Elvis Presley Women's Black and White Plaid Pants

I like these lounge pants much more than the Graceland style earlier. Somehow this image reminds me of this screen grab from the kitchen dance scene in Girls, Girls, Girls.

Elvis Dancing in Girls, Girls, Girls

 

Here’s something I think would look cool on the female Elvis fans. I’m not familiar with the name of the designer, Christine Alexander, but the item description says she is “the leader in embellished apparel and accessories.” And that she elevated this T-shirt from an apparel piece to a work of art.

Christine Alexander Elvis Presley Profile Women's T-Shirt

Who would mind shelling out $60 for something where “Elvis’ sultry gaze is exquisitely defined by rows of Swarovski Elements that stand out from the black background in a celestial glow.” That has to be the best pitch-line I’ve ever seen on Shop Graceland.

 

Girls Rule Youth Burnout T-Shirt

I never thought I’d see something like this from a web store selling Elvis merchandise. It is a young girl’s T-shirt, but with the A-line styling it looks like a dress. The colorful tie-dye floral design is pretty, but where’s the Elvis reference? How about removing Girls Rule and changing it to Elvis Rules and making it in sizes for women. The youth model must not be selling so well, because the price has been marked down to just $12.

 

Major Trouble Camoflauge Infant Bodysuit

I usually scroll past the few infants offerings on Shop Graceland, but this one caught my eye. Camo designed clothing for babies is a pretty bold move. But, I had to study the rest of it to realize it is a play on words. We Elvis fans know that T.R.O.U.B.L.E was an Elvis song, and we can see that the silhouette image came from a familiar photo of Elvis in his Army dress uniform. It’s kind of a stretch, but a rug-rat crawling around in this bodysuit and getting into everything could qualify as major trouble. On the other hand, if anyone thinks the whole concept is bizarre, I can see their point.

 

Elvis Kissing Guitar Love Me Tender Women's V-Neck Nightshirt

Ladies nightshirts have not been featured much on Shop Graceland, but I think they have a winner here at a price of just $26.69.  The item description says, “This classic and comfy nightshirt makes the perfect gift for the Elvis loving lady in your life.”

What female Elvis fan wouldn’t appreciate receiving something that has red heart accents and Elvis’ face on it? But I can’t help thinking the guy who gives it might prefer to see Elvis kissing Ann Margret instead of a guitar.

 

 

We covered a few T-shirts in this article, but there are many more left for the annual ElvisBlog review of Elvis T-shirts in early July.

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Elvis Microphone Poop Bag Dispenser

Black Friday Starts Now

Did you get this email from ShopElvis.com on November 29? I also get promo messages from ShopGraceland.com, and between the two, they have sent me a dozen or more emails in the past month pushing Elvis products. If you look at their websites and scroll down to the end of each category, you can find things that make you say “why?”

I have been trying to come up with a Christmas / Elvis topic for the next ElvisBlog post, and as I surfed around looking for an idea, I came across my post from 2010 titled “Elvis and the Island of Misfit Gifts.” It was inspired by the animated holiday sequel “Rudolph & the Island of Misfit Toys.”

Island of Misfit Toys

The idea was that a lot of really stupid Elvis products have been introduced over the years and may have been given to some unfortunate Elvis fan as Christmas gifts. Click here to see the whole article, or check out some of the bad ones here:

Elvis for Dummies

Elvis Toilet Seat Covers

Elvis keyboard cleaner brush

Elvis & Nixon Snow Globes

Elvis Plush Doll

 

Since 2010 I have uncovered some additional dubious Elvis products.

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Elvis Cuckoo Clock:

Elvis Presley Collectible Cuckoo Clock

See the two little doors at the top of the clock? What could be more fun than seeing a tiny Elvis pop out every hour and sing a few notes?

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Bar Stool:

Elvis Bar Stool

This may not be as bad an idea as I thought originally. My picture was small, so I went to the internet to see if I could find a better one. What I found is that there are at least six different designs of Elvis bar stools, so these things must be fairly popular.

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Elvis Pot Holder:

Elvis Pot Holder

This looked like it might be from the 50s, so I checked the two websites to see if there are any modern Elvis potholders being sold. There were not, but ShopElvis offered this…

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Elvis Paper Towel Dispenser:

Elvis Paper Towel Rack

These things need a heavy base to work, and this one is wood. I think you’d knock it over every time you ripped off a sheet..

ShopGraceland also had no potholders, but they did have this…

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Elvis Signature Shot Glass in a Small Pink Caddy Base:

Elvis Shot Glass in a Pink Caddy Base

Wow, I gotta have one of these. There’s quite a variety of Elvis shot glasses offered, but this is the only one with a pink Caddy base.

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Russian Nesting Dolls:

Elvis Russian Nesting Doll Set

You can hours of fun opening up these and putting back together. Think I’ll pass.

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Elvis Toilet Paper:

Elvis Toilet Paper

Please, no. Pleeeeease, pleeeeeeease.

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As bad as Elvis toilet paper is, this beats it:

Elvis Dog Poop Bag Dispenser

We can thank ShopElvis for this wonderful present for the Elvis fan/dog owner on your Christmas gift list. And what a deal. It includes one FREE poop bag roll.

Elvis Dog Poop Bags

At least we can be thankful that Elvis’ image does not appear on the molded rubber dispenser case. You know, this might actually be a good Elvis collectible to purchase for future appreciation. The price goes up on rare Elvis items, and I don’t think there will be many of these sold.

 

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Show Your Dog’s Inner Elvis this Halloween

Show Your Inner Elvis at Halloween

Did this offer from ShopElvis.com show up in your email inbox recently?  They’ve actually got some quality costumes available this year.  The gold lame suit goes for $190, the black female jumpsuit is $60, and the American Eagle jumpsuit is the top item at $250.

Elvis Adult Jumpsuit

This’s also a cheapo version of American Eagle that sells for $69 today, but as noted in a 2008 ElvisBlog article, it cost only $38 then.  Well, I guess inflation catches everything including Halloween Elvis jumpsuits.

 

Elvis Deluxe Costume Wig

This is the wig in the promo email.  It is called the Elvis Deluxe Costume Wig and sells for $30.  I love this the item description that says it is made of polyester, and that it has the feel of real hair.  What?

 

Elvis Rubber Costume Wig with Sideburns

This bottom of the line wig is one-piece rubber for $15.  Kind of like a shower cap with sideburns.  As bad as that sounds, I did an article on Elvis wigs back in 2007 that showed some real losers (admittedly, not from ShopElvis).

 

Bad Elvis Halloween Wig

How would you like to go to a Halloween party wearing this one?

 

Horrible Elvis Halloween Wig

Oh, please!!

 

Of course, some folks like to dress up their dogs for Halloween.  And there are websites where you can buy Elvis wigs and costumes for dogs.

K9 Chic Elvis Dog

Doesn’t Rover look cute?

 

100Genius Costumes

Yes sir, this is genius, all right.

100 Genius Costumes Elvis Dog

Interesting placement of the sunglasses.

 

Costume Craze

Looks like they covered all elements of iconic Elvis regalia on this dog. Wait, no oversize belt and buckle?

Costume Craze Dog Elvis

 

Lots more dogs in Elvis wigs and costumes show up on the web, but not at sites that that have them for sale.  Maybe they are homemade.  Here are some of the better ones.

 

Brown Elvis Wig

Seems like this wig should be blacker.

 

Dog in Elvis Costume in front of Mic

The owner of these dogs went to some real trouble to stage this shot.  Unfortunately, it looks more like Roy Orbison than Elvis.

 

Elvis Dog 5 Best

This dog looks like he’s really thrilled to be dressed up like Elvis.

 

Standing Dog Elvis with Guitar

Another staged shot.  He really deserves a doggie treat after putting up with this.

 

Hound Dog with Elvis wig

This is my favorite.  You ain’t nothin’ but an Elvis…

 

 

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The 3rd Auction at Graceland – How ElvisBlog did Handicapping the Pricey Items Estimates

Five days before the recent Auction at Graceland, ElvisBlog looked at the pre-auction estimates for the fourteen most pricey items. Predictions were made on whether they would miss the estimated range, make it, or exceed it.  Scroll down to the items and see how smart the calls were.

Items on Display in Car Museum

This is just a few of the 174 items in the third Auction at Graceland on August 13. EPE wisely put them on advance display at the Elvis Car Museum, giving the fans another incentive to visit Elvis Week. While most people will be just lookers, there is a small core of dedicated Elvis memorabilia collectors with deep pockets that must be drooling over the chance to buy some of the top-drawer items.

The auction websites always list an estimated price range for each item. I typically study these and make my guess whether items will miss, make it, or surpass these estimates. It’s fun to do, but frustrating because I am so often wrong. In other areas, too.

Viva Elvis Logo

I predicted that the Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas would be named TCB.

 

Elvis - 68 Comeback Elvis

I predicted the second Elvis Stamp would feature a ’68 Comeback Special image.

 

Elvis MarchMovieMadness

And I picked King Creole as the winner of the fan voting for Elvis’ best movie. (That’s the Way It Is won)

 

So, I will boldly push ahead with my auction predictions and will probably be embarrassed again. Here are the ten most expensive items at the Auction at Graceland (not counting rings, which will be covered separately at a later date).

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Elvis Presley’s Personal Walther Model PPK/S 9mm Kurz Handgun:

Elvis Presley's Personal Walther Model PPK-S 9mm Kurz Handgun

This model handgun makes a pretty special collectible for a number of technical reasons. But its value is greatly enhanced by what Elvis had done to personalize it. Take a close look at the nickel barrel, trigger guard and the medallion in the center of the grip. You can see the intricately engraved “Elvis” on the barrel. It may be difficult to see, but the grip medallion sports Elvis’ emblem “TCB” and the lightning bolt. There is a ton of other information about this pistol on the auction website.

Estimate: $100,000 – $125,000

ElvisBlog Prediction – It will make the estimate.

What happened:  Didn’t make the estimate.  Sold for $50,000.

 

Jacket from the Viva Las Vegas Dance Scene with Ann-Margret:

Elvid' Jacket from the Viva Las Vegas Dance Scene with Ann-Margret

I have often commented on how people could sell their Elvis collectible for more money if it were offered in a proper presentation. Well, this item takes presentation to a new level. The auction website says:

“The jacket is presented in an elaborate framed display which features three stills from the dance scene, a reproduced portion of a Viva Las Vegas movie poster, and a small plaque that reads, “ELVIS PRESLEY Personally Owned & Worn Sports Coat Featured in the Movie ‘Viva Las Vegas.'” The large title “Viva Las Vegas” carved in the matting anchors the presentation, and the multi-colored circles along the border provide a stylized “Vegas Lights” framing.”

Coat Label - Elvis' World's Fair Suit

As you can see, the owner removed the coat’s Sy Devore label and displayed it on the front for more impact.

Seldom does an item description on an auction website go into prose like this:

“It’s a scene that captured Elvis at the peak of his powers, with all of his talents on display for the big screen audience, where he’s finally paired with a star who everyone on set considered to be his almost-perfect match in intensity and larger-than-life persona: Ann-Margret. They move across the stage with wild abandon as Elvis sings “C’mon Everybody.” The two work themselves up, over and around to the point where they finish in a heap on the stage floor.”

Elvis wearing the Jacket from the Viva Las Vegas Dance Scene with Ann-Margret

Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000

ElvisBlog Prediction: It will make the estimate.

What happened?  Bidding went up to $28,000, then auctioneer stopped and said they would pass on the item.  Strange, because the minimum bid was only $15,000 and they got within $2,000 if the estimate.

 

Signed Hollow Body Electric Guitar:

Hollow Body Electric Guitar Signed by Elvis and Col. Parker

Elvis guitars always bring big bucks at auctions, but I’m skeptical on this one. It is a six-string Conrad hollow body double-cutaway electric guitar, model 40185. Elvis never owned it. A fan brought it backstage on New Year’s Eve 1976 in Pittsburgh, and Elvis obliged him by signing it.

Signatures by Elvis and Col. Parker onHollow Body Electric Guitar

The signature below Elvis’ is Col. Tom Parker. The auction website says. “The addition of Colonel Parker’s signature to this example has left us with a truly superior artifact.” For my money, it would be worth more without it.

Estimate: $25,000 – $35,000

ElvisBlog Prediction: Won’t make the estimate.

What happened:  Withdrawn a few days before the auction.  No reason given.

 

“TCB” Smith & Wesson .38 Caliber Pistol – Gifted to a TWA Pilot:

TCB Smith & Wesson .38 Caliber Pistol - Gifted to a TWA Pilot

This 1969 Smith & Wesson Model 36 .38 caliber pistol has an interesting backstory about Elvis giving it to a TWA captain. Here what the auction website says:

“In late December 1970 he was working a flight from Baltimore to Kansas City when he was informed that a VIP passenger was on board with a firearm. Elvis was brought to the cockpit to meet the captain at which time he explained that he had just been in Washington, D.C. to meet with President Nixon. He related that as a result of that meeting he was now cleared to carry a concealed weapon on the flight. Elvis had just acquired his Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (forerunner to the DEA) badge during his now famous meeting with the President, and this is most likely what he showed the captain. The captain acquiesced to Elvis’ request, and even went so far as to smooth it over with the captain of Elvis’ connecting flight in Kansas City. As a gesture of thanks, Elvis presented the captain with the weapon here offered. One interesting point to consider is that since Elvis was returning from his meeting with President Nixon when he met the TWA captain, it is certainly possible that he was wearing this very weapon when he entered the White House that fateful day.”

Close Up of TCB on Elvis' Smith & Wesson .38 Caliber Pistol

Elvis had the .38 caliber nickel-plated gun’s custom black pearl grip emblazoned with his personal “TCB” logo and lightning bolt.

Estimate: $25,000 – $30,000

ElvisBlog Prediction: It will exceed the estimate by a lot.

What happened:  Did not make the estimate.  Sold for $17,000.

 

“TCB” Diamond and Gold Necklace Gifted To Sammy Davis Jr.:

TCB Diamond and Gold Necklace Elvis Gifted To Sammy Davis Jr

This is the first of two TCB necklaces offered at this auction. Elvis must have given away a bunch of them over the years, and they have been prominent features at many auctions. This one is a little different in that the 14-karat yellow gold of the T-C-B pendant is black enameled. (Why would you cover up gold?). The lightning bolt has fifteen diamond with a total weight of 0.60 carats, and the necklace chain measures approximately 36 inches.

Elvis and Sammy Davis Jr.

Elvis gave this pendant to Sammy Davis Jr. in 1973. The website goes on at some length about their friendship. Copies of five photogaphs of Davis and Elvis together are included in the lot, but none of them show him wearing the pendant.

Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000

ElvisBlog Prediction: It will beat the estimate.

What happened:  Beat the estimate.  Sold for $32,000.

 

Million Dollar Quartet Signed Guitar with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis Signatures:

Million Dollar Quartet Signed Guitar with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis Signatures

Why would you want a guitar signed by Elvis and Col. Parker, when for less money you could get one signed by all four members of the Million Dollar Quartet? Especially when this guitar comes in such an outstanding presentation.

Elvis Signature on Million Dollar Quartet Guitar

Here’s the short story on this guitar. A woman got Elvis to sign it in the mid-70s, and her son got the other three autographs roughly two decades later. Click here for the full story.

Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000

ElvisBlog Prediction: It will beat the estimate by a lot.

What happened:  Withdrawn before the auction.  Looks to me like some big collector of Elvis guitars made a couple of private deals.

 

1956 Double-Signed Transfer Agreement Moving 15 Songs to Gladys Music:

1956 Elvis Presley Double-Signed Transfer Agreement Moving 15 Songs to Gladys Music

This legal agreement has Elvis’ signature twice, which is rare. The auction website certainly thinks it will bring twice as much as another document with just one autograph. The agreement spelled out the transfer of songs from Elvis Presley Music to Gladys Music. Click here to try and understand what that was all about.

1956 Elvis Presley Double-Signed Transfer Agreement Moving 15 Songs to Gladys Music - P.2

You will note that there are seven songs we have never heard Elvis sing. Are there lost recordings of them somewhere?

Estimate: $20,000-30,000.

ElvisBlog Prediction: It will not make the estimate.

What happened:  Did not make the estimate.  Sold for $10,000.

 

Suit Worn by Elvis Presley in It Happened at the World’s Fair:

Suit Worn by Elvis Presley in It Happened at the World's Fair

Most of the clothing Elvis owned was flashy, colorful, and eye-catching. This dark charcoal-colored suit is not. The difference is that this suit was movie, not personal, wardrobe.

Coat Label - Elvis' World's Fair Suit

It does have the Sy Devore label that says Elvis Presley on it, and there are certainly plenty of photos of Elvis wearing it, both of which add value.

Elvis Wearing Suit from World's Fair

Still, if I had this kind of money to buy Elvis clothing, I’d spend it on the flashy stuff that he actually owned and wore in real life.

Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000

ElvisBlog Prediction: It will make the estimate.

What happened:  Made the estimate.  Sold for $20,000.

 

Purple Velour Shirt from the 1966 RCA Pocket Calendar:

Elvis' Purple Velour Shirt from the 1966 RCA Pocket Calendar

According to the auction website, this purple velour shirt with Sy Devore labels was worn by Elvis in photo shoots in the mid 1960’s. Perhaps other photos of him wearing it don’t exist anymore, because all that accompanies it in the display is a picture on the 1966 RCA pocket calendar.

Pocket Calendar Picture of Elvis

You know I am big on properly displaying Elvis collectibles, and this is a good one. I like the way the waistband on the bottom front of the shirt is lifted up to show the label with Elvis’ name on it. However, it does seem strange to have two color photos in the display of him not wearing the shirt.

Estimate: $10,000 – 15,000

ElvisBlog Prediction: It will beat the estimate.

What happened:  Made the estimate.  Sold for $10,000.

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“TCB” Gold Necklace Gifted to Richard Davis by Elvis Presley:

TCB Gold Necklace Gifted to Richard Davis by Elvis Presley

Elvis first thought up the design for his TCB/lightning bolt pendant in 1970, and that October he bought 22 of them from jeweler Sol Schwartz of Beverly Hills. They were entirely 14k yellow gold, no diamonds.

LOA from Richard Davis on TCB Pendant

Elvis gave this particular one to Richard Davis, who has his friend, valet, bodyguard, wardrobe manager, and movie stand-in/stunt man. Several photos of Elvis and Richard together are provided, too, but they do not show him wearing the pendant.

Estimate: $12,000 – $18,000

ElvisBlog Prediction: It will beat the estimate.

What happened:  Beat the estimate.  Sold for $28,000.

 

1969 Handwritten Signed Letter to Gary Pepper Discussing the Inaugural Show at the International Hotel:1969 Elvis Presley Handwritten Signed Letter to Gary Pepper Discussing the Inaugural Show at the International Hotel

This handwritten letter from Elvis Presley to Gary Pepper on International Hotel stationery discusses the inaugural show at the hotel. Gary was the president of an early fan club called the “Elvis Presley Tankers,” and the content of the letter shows the high esteem in which Elvis held Gary.

Elvis' Signature on Letter to Gary Pepper

Also included is the original International Hotel mailing envelope postmarked Aug 4, 1969, hand written by Elvis.

Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000

ElvisBlog Prediction: It will make the estimate.

What happened:  Didn’t make the estimate.  Sold for $5,000.

 

Luggage, Personal Effects and Signed Purchase Documents:

Elvis' Luggage, Personal Effects and Signed Purchase Documents

Prior to 1970’s “Second Season” of shows at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, Elvis spent two weeks in Los Angeles rehearsing with his band at the RCA studios on Sunset Boulevard. During this stay, he purchased several pieces of luggage at the Beverly Hills Luggage & Gift Shoppe.

This lot includes a brown overnight bag with one large side pocket and two smaller pockets. Also offered is a brown zipper toiletry case, made in Germany, that contains a cuticle tool, mirror (still in original paper wrapping), nail file, plastic comb, metal lidded toothbrush bolder, cologne bottle, brush and two silver metal lidded containers; a pair of gold toed black dress socks (non-matching); and a white scarf.

Receipt for Elvis' Luggage, Personal Effects and Signed Purchase Documents

Look in the middle of this receipt and you will see Elvis’ signature.

Check Paying for Luggage, Personal Effects and Signed Purchase Documents

The check for this $596.93 purchase was not signed by Elvis, however, but by one of his accountants.

Estimate: $9,000 – $12,000

ElvisBlog Prediction: It will make the estimate.

What happened:  Didn’t make the estimate.  Sold for $7,500.

 

Signed RCA Nipper Statue:

Elvis Signed and Inscribed RCA Nipper Statue - Front

Elvis autographed some strange items, and this 20 inch-high resin statue of RCA’s mascot Nipper is a prime example.

Elvis Signed and Inscribed RCA Nipper Statue

Elvis inscribed it to Howard Strickland, who was the head of MGM’s public relations department during Elvis’ time with the studio (1957 – 1970). I can’t think of another autograph where Elvis signed it Gratefully, Elvis Presley.

Estimate: $8,000 – $10,000

ElvisBlog Prediction: It will make the estimate.

What happened:  Made the estimate.  Sold for $10,000.

 

Elvis Presley Doll in Rare Original Box:

1957 Elvis Presley Enterprises Elvis Presley Doll in Rare Original Box

Would you think this was supposed to be Elvis if you weren’t told? I’ve seen little three-inch figurines that look more like Elvis than this eighteen-inch doll. However, that didn’t matter in the auction description: incredibly rare, in unbelievably excellent condition, still in its original box, and the pinnacle of any collection.

Box for 1957 Elvis Presley Doll in Rare Original Box

The included newspaper ad is just as glowing: “Only doll of its kind approved by Elvis Presley. The thrill of your lifetime! Now you can have ‘Elvis Presley’ for YOURSELF!”

The doll was marketed in 1957, and apparently very few remain, especially  in condition this good. Click here to read more about the doll.

Estimate: $7,000 – $10,000

ElvisBlog Prediction: It will surpass the estimate.

What happened:  Didn’t make the estimate.  Sold for $5,000.  Apparently, the bidders didn’t like this ugly doll any more than I did.

 

So, there it is. ElvisBlog predictions: five right, six wrong.  Handicapping this stuff is hard.

 

 

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