STAN “THE BEATLEMAN” PANENKA
About the Collection
“I HAVE THE ABSOLUTE FINEST QUALITY NEAR COMPLETE AMERICAN BEATLES RECORD COLLECTION THAT IS KNOWN TO EXIST ON THIS PLANET!!!” AFTER 18 YEARS I HAVE YET TO HAVE SOMEONE STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND CHALLENGE ME ON THIS STATEMENT! ALL THROUGH ALL OF THESE 18 YEARS ALL OF THE EXPERTS AND LONG TIME SERIOUS BEATLES RECORD COLLECTORS HAVE BEEN ASKED AND IN TURN THEY HAVE ASKED EVERYONE ELSE THEY KNOW. YES, I HAVE TALKED TO TONS OF DEALERS AND COLLECTORS MYSELF ABOUT THE SUBJECT TOO. THE RESULT IS: THAT NOBODY HAS AN AMERICAN BEATLES RECORD COLLECTION EVEN REMOTELY CLOSE TO MINE. YES, THERE ARE SOME VERY GOOD ONES OUT THERE, BUT NONE OF THEM ARE REMOTELY CLOSE TO MINE IN TERMS OF QUALITY (CONDITION). HOWEVER, IF YOU FEEL THAT YOU HAVE A BETTER AMERICAN BEATLES RECORD COLLECTION THAN I DO, PLEASE, PLEASE ME BECAUSE I TRULY WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! I WILL TELL YOU WHAT THE RULES OF THE GAME ARE…..
I get a few emails and calls weekly from record collectors and non record collectors congratulating me, asking questions about the hobby and some even wanting my autograph! Many record collectors have stated to me that they have dreamt of seeing this exquisite quality Beatles record collection in their dreams, but NEVER thought that it really ever existed. Well it does exits and I own it!
In my quest for collecting, only the very best examples of Beatles records and picture sleeves would do. I created a list of the “Top 40” Beatles records and picture sleeves, in terms of historical significance, rarity, demand and value. It makes the most sense to create a list of the top forty because The Beatles were in the era of Top Forty music. I decided to make it my “shopping list” for this project. All of the records and picture sleeves which comprise the list of the “Top 40” are all Beatles records and picture sleeves. I had little interest in collecting solo Beatles records. In addition, I believe that there should be no solo Beatles records on a Beatles Record list because John, Paul, George and Ringo worked as a group called The Beatles and not by themselves as John Lennon or Paul McCartney for example. Thus the solo Beatles records and sleeves should have their own “Top of The Pops Chart”. My focus would be on acquiring only Beatles records and picture sleeves for the collection. The “TOP 40” would be my main focus, but NOT just any record and picture sleeve that is in my Top Forty list would do. My goal would be to obtain the ABSOLUTE AND VERIFIABLE VERY BEST CONDITION EXAMPLE IN THE WORLD of each of those 40 rare records and picture sleeves. Each one had to be in MY VERY STRICT Near Mint or better condition and had to be the best condition example known or I would not buy it. Only the best example of that title in the World would do!
It is very hard to sell to me a record. I am very strict and very picky when it comes to buying a record! Many dealers and collectors found this out in a hurry the first couple of years of doing business together when I kept on passing on rare and very rare records they were offering to me because they did not meet my very strict grading standards. Ninety seven percent of this collection is in beautiful like new Near Mint or Better condition! Quite a few of these rare Beatles records are in stunning MINT condition! To those Beatles record collectors who bought records in the 1990’s: If you ever wondered where many of the REALLY good records went, look through the pages of this catalog. You’ll probably find many of them in there! In fact, many of these same collectors have already found this out!
Now, after twenty five years of collecting, most of the records and picture sleeves that I have that are in my collection that are in the “Top 40” are still in the best condition that is known to exist!
Here are just some of the highlights from this truly amazing Beatles collection:
FACTORY SEALED First State Mono Butcher Album in Mint condition!!
The FINEST condition commercial My Bonnie single on the Decca label in the world!!
The FINEST condition Stereo “Portrait Cover” album in the world!!
The FINEST condition Stereo Beatles VS The Four Seasons album in the world!!
These are just a few examples of the kinds of records that you will find in this truly amazing one of a kind record collection! There are about 500 records in the collection. I have just about all of the original 1960s records and sleeves. Many records in this collection are acknowledged as being the best condition example of that record or sleeve, anywhere in the world. This is why it is recognized by all of the record collecting experts as being the Best Quality Collection of American Beatles Records in the world! Please keep in mind that ONLY PART of my Amazing collection is on this website! To view the records and sleeves that I have on the website go to/click on the “DOWNLOADABLE CATALOG” tab located on my Homepage.
Any time the value of a record collection is discussed, the primary determining factors are the quality in terms condition, of the individual items, as well as their significance and scarcity and how many of these kinds of records exist in a given collection. When it comes to record grading, having a reputable appraiser is of paramount importance. I don’t want to think about the amount of wasted time I’ve spent looking at what a dealer or a collector would call “Near Mint” records, which in reality were VG+ at best! Based on my expertise of collecting Beatles records for the past twenty five years and getting opinions from many other well known collectors and dealers about their methods of grading records and sleeves I found that most dealers and collectors (97%) do not grade as tough as I do. From my knowledge and experience, in my opinion less than .5% (one half of a percent) of the original, black label Capitol albums are still in TRUE Near Mint condition and are very rare indeed!! Naturally, if TRUE Near Mint records are that hard to find, TRUE MINT records are far, far rarer and more valuable! I estimate those to be .2% to perhaps .3% (less than one third of a percent)! The reason why is simply this: records were made to be played and The Beatles records were no exception. In fact, many people had to buy several copies of each album because they played them to death. Back in the 1960’s the needles and tone arms were heavy and they really killed the disc fast. Yes, they sold millions of records, but only a select few have been known to survive in True Near Mint or better condition.
Without a doubt, records on the Vee Jay label are the hardest to find in TRUE Near Mint or better condition. For example, it is nearly impossible to find a truly Near Mint copy of either the Introducing The Beatles album (both cover and disc) or the “Please, Please Me” 498 single. In my opinion the chances of finding these records in True Near Mint condition are equal to the chances of finding a Mint original black label Capitol album (see above). These records and MANY MORE records on the Vee Jay label that are in LIKE NEW Near Mint and MINT condition are part of my FAB collection. Most Beatles record collectors believe that records in Mint condition should sell for two times more than a record with the same title in Near Mint condition. Records on the Vee Jay label are the exception to this guideline. Because of the scarcity and demand for Mint Vee Jay records, many collectors including myself believe that they should sell for perhaps up to three times the same title as in Near Mint condition. When did you last find a TRUE MINT Vee Jay Record or picture sleeve (other than in this collection) of any of the titles?
A Special Note regarding only the records and sleeves from my TOP 40 list: Regardless of their condition, whatever example is recognized as being “The best known example in the world” they deserve a “special premium”. Since these are considered to be the rarest of the rare and if there is only one example that can indeed be called the best example of that record or sleeve in the world then that record or sleeve is TRULY a one-of-a-kind item and thus their value should reflect their uniqueness. In my opinion, the “best known copy” of a record or sleeve should bring “SKY IS THE LIMIT” prices. NO EXECEPTIONS!