Beatles PROMO SLEEVE "EPI-903 ASK ME WHY" Extremely Rare - NM

Sold Date: August 12, 2017
Start Date: June 26, 2017
Final Price: $11,686.50 $7,500.00 (USD)
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BEATLES  EPI-903 "PROMO" Sleeve ONLY  "ASK ME WHY"
This Sleeve was a PROMOTIONAL attempt by Vee Jay Records to help sell their EPs such as:  "SOUVENIR OF THEIR FIRST VISIT TO AMERICA" and other potential releases. RECORD NOT INCLUDED!
You never know until you try! The owner of this item realized that the initial asking price was probably too high however that is due to the fact that this item is so rare, he was unsure about how much to list it for.  That's why this auction has a "BEST OFFER"  option. Please feel free to "MAKE YOUR BEST OFFER". 
Issued in June of 1964.
This PROTO-TYPE "BLACK & WHITE"  sleeve was issued with some later PROMOTIONAL COPIES of EP (VJEP 903.DJ2) as a part of Vee Jay's marketing campaign to promote their EP'S at new lower pricing. Always keep in mind that ALL "AUTHENTIC" SLEEVES always OPEN AT THE BOTTOM  and are cut similar to other Vee Jay   sleeves (SEE PHOTOS). If not, it's definitely a counterfeit. To plug the song "ASK ME WHY"Vee Jay issued only an extremely limited number of these sleeves, strictly as an experiment. As the decision was made for some reason focusing on a single song, they oddly chose to feature "ASK ME WHY"  and described the record as "An EP that is selling like a single ... at single record prices". It also lists the phrase "STILL ONLY #8 IN SALES". Although this experiment was a MONUMENTAL FLOP  for Vee Jay, it's still undoubtedly the rarest and most valuable of all BEATLES sleeves. 
NOTE:  As of 8-12-17, we've added some additional photos that should illustrate as many of the details of this piece that we could. If you were not already aware or unfamiliar with the details of this piece, the most important tell tale sign of authenticity is the fact that this unique sleeve OPENS FROM THE BOTTOM. In addition you will note that the sleeve is also cut like other Vee Jay production sleeves  Please take a look and if there are still questions that you may have, we look forward to hearing them. Thanks for watching! (PLEASE VIEW ALL PHOTOS).
(The Exact number issued is unknown however experts have estimated that possibly  only as few as 100 OR LESS ever found their way into the marketplace).
As you can see from the photos, although it's essentially & structurally in MINT condition, it has yellowed somewhat which would only be expected for something constructed on WHITE paper, now over 53 years old. There's only a slight hint of an impression/ring from a record that was originally issued with it. It does not show up very well in the photos because when taking photos of something WHITE, it's difficult to see and focus clearly, however as a part of the full disclosure of its condition we felt it necessary to mention this slightest of flaws, as minor as it is, since it does exist. Otherwise it's GEM MINT and will be nearly impossible to ever locate in better condition anywhere. GORGEOUS CONDITION! 
It is understandable that "HIGHLY PRICED" items such as this are sometimes overlooked as possibly being "FINANCIALLY OUT OF REACH". Where you see the "MAKE BEST OFFER" option, always remember it is there for a reason. It always means that A "REASONABLE" OFFER has a much better chance than no offer at all. So never think that anything is necessarily out of reach! YOU NEVER KNOW!    Interested Parties:   MAKE YOUR BEST OFFER!
If you're interested in any VINYL, CD, CASSETTE, VHS TAPE, DVD, POSTER  or any other item that you don't see listed, it doesn't mean that we don't have  it or can't obtain it for you. So please let us know. We have thousands of  items too numerous to list, therefore ... WE WELCOME ALL INQUIRIES!    As a former DISC JOCKEY in the 1960s, the owner of this RARE collectible has always stated that he considers himself  as fortunate to have always had the opportunity to obtain many frequently discarded PROMOTIONAL and other rare items  at the Radio Station where he once worked. He's always felt he was in the right place at the right time and has stated that  this particular item was obtained in MID 1964 from a relative of his who actually worked at Vee Jay Records. Onlookers  have stated on several occasions that they have never seen one of these in such fine condition. In fact if you were to see his entire collection, you would find that all of the items he owns are in this condition. He's as meticulous as anyone we  have ever been associated with, which is why we have no problem selling his items on Ebay. So if any of his items that  we've posted appear to be in pristine condition, its simply because they are! Comments are always welcome so don't  ever be afraid to speak out and ask questions. We've probably already heard what you might have to say, but any  comments are welcome and always appreciated. Thank you for watching!

IMPORTANT NOTE! Please read the following information for a little history!
   Where does our knowledge about "Vee Jay" RECORDS originate? Although there have been several very well done     and well researched publications about the history of the "BEATLES", their recordings, and the companies who had     the unique opportunity to have had an association with them, most if not all based their research solely upon THIRD     PARTY INFORMATION and whatever existing info/documents remained available. Regarding our specific expertise     with respect to "Vee Jay", our owner was fortunate enough to have had a relative who was personal friends of both    Vivian Carter and her husband Jimmy Bracken (original "Vee Jay" owners). Their friendship goes back to their days     in the 1950s in Gary, Indiana. Since he had previous experience at that time in the recording industry, they hired him     to work at "Vee Jay". With his first hand knowledge of everything that went on there, his insight and experiences with  respect to daily company operations and internal issues which he graciously passed on to us, have been invaluable  since they originated from his personal experience. Production & Vendor issues were his areas of knowledge and  expertise that he was personally involved with on a daily basis during the  "BEATLES"  era. His first hand knowledge  plus his personal possessions and documents retained from his years there (many of which departed with him when  he left the company - including pieces like this), have been and always will remain priceless to us. He had always  stated that 1964 was very stressful for everyone there. Although he remained friends with the Brackens, it was no  longer a place he felt he could continue to work. We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to pass on what we consider to be some of the greatest personal insight that one could ever have imagined obtaining from a recording  company of such historical significance.
BEFORE YOU MAKE AN OFFER WE SUGGEST THAT YOU ASK QUESTIONS  AND/OR REQUEST ADDITIONAL PHOTOS.
Purchased AS IS!  (See "LIMITED RETURN POLICY" herein for details).
The information provided herein is all that we know about  this particular item as stated directly from the owner. THANKS FOR WATCHING!
FACT FYI - ORIGINAL PICTURE SLEEVES WERE NEVER REISSUED:   For those of you who are unaware, 45 rpm records from back in the 1960s, in this case those by  THE BEATLES, were originally issued with a Picture Sleeve. Although 45 records themselves  have been reissued from time to time (not necessarily with the same label variation), if issued  with any SLEEVE, the original sleeve was NEVER reissued. So, when you see Picture Sleeves  like this, it was the ONLY one ever issued for this particular recording, making it quite RARE  over time. Sleeves for RE-ISSUED RECORDS came only in a simple generic record company  sleeve and was NEVER  a repeat of the original. This record was NEVER reissued!
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PURCHASED AS IS AND AS DESCRIBED!
Based upon current market and the investment values of over 50 years of collecting  extremely rare  and  scarce pieces like this particular item, in auction format, the opening  price would be the lowest  at  which the owner will be willing to sell. In fixed price format  with the option of MAKE BEST OFFER, the owner will always consider all reasonable offers.  Thanks for watching!

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Unfortunately, it would have been impossible to list everything, so if you are looking for something in  particular and don't happen to see it here today, simply send us a written REQUEST  and we will be happy to list it for you. 
Thank you for watching and we look forward  to hearing from you anytime! All vinyl records are sold on the basis of their collectibility, rarity, scarcity, with special consideration in some cases given  specifically to whom the artist happens to be. Also factored in is the physical and visual examination of play surfaces, labels,  outer jacket and the inner sleeve (where applicable)  and in most cases when there is obvious issues to the naked eye which  would most certainly affect play. This would be a part of the item's description (however unless a record is of extreme rarity  and does have value regardless of it's condition), we try to avoid ever selling severely damaged records. We point out that  "THE BEATLES" are in a category of their own and in cases with many of their extremely rare items, we've sold some of  their records even when they did have surface issues, however their value in any condition made these specific items  retain certain value and collectibility and a buyer would be made aware of it before we would ever sell it. We don't play  test every vinyl since we have tens of thousands of vinyl records in stock, making it impossible to play each of them.  Please remember this when buying and always ask questions prior to finalizing any purchase.