“She loves me yeah yeah yeah” is one of the terrific lyrics you will hear from what is known as the greatest band ever. The Beatles collectibles are second to Elvis as the most musical desired items in the world.
For many people it is a reminder of their youth and for others it is just great tunes. Whatever the reason, collecting items from The Beatles is sure to be something people do for many years to come.
The highest values come from pieces owned by the artists. Anything George, Paul, Ringo or John used or owned such as musical instruments, sheet music or even letters or notes are worth the most amount of money. Most of these must be verified by someone who is an authority and have a certificate of authenticity. Be aware that anyone can make a certificate of authenticity. The certificate must be made by a reputable auction house.
Tickets, original concert posters and programs from the show are among the most collected items. So many people through away tickets and now wish they had them back. Must of the prices on these items are based on condition. If tickets are unused their value also rises dramatically.
Of course signed items can go for big bucks. But, these must also be certified. A lot of times members of the Beatles staff signed items to send to fans. There were so many requests that band members did not have time to do it. If you have something signed by all four members be sure the signatures are not done by the same person. You must verify them with an authority or reputable auction house before they are worth a penny. Beatles signatures are probably the most faked out of anyone.
There were a lot of items produced during the hey days of the Beatles so items are plentiful. A lot of reproductions have also been made. It is pretty easy, however, to find something from the group.
I recommend you look everywhere. Tag sales, flea market, antique shops, eBay or amazon. You will be surprised how much you can find.
The best place to start is with the book “Collecting the Beatles: An Introduction and Price Guide to Fab Four Collectibles, Records and Memorabilia” by Barbara Fenick. It was made in 1985 so prices may not be on target. But it is a great beginner’s book. If you want to collect something specific from the Beatles such as records, check out “Price Guide for the Beatles American Records” by Perry Cox. There are more specific Beatles books for collectibles. Most can be found at amazon. A quick look on eBay showed over 90,000 items for sale that featured the Beatles. People were asking hundreds of thousands of dollars for items. Others were in the tens of thousands of dollars. Prices on Beatles items do not appear to be dropping anytime soon. It is still one of the hot collector items on the market. On the low side of eBay saw stamps, coasters and cards. Those ranged from 1 cent to 99 cents. Of course, there were thousands of items in the middle. If The Beatles are your passion, you are not alone. It is a great hobby to have. Just be sure most of your items really are from “Yesterday”.