1959 Elvis Presley Autographs
Appraised Value: $4,000 - $5,500 (2012)
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Appraisal Video: (2:07)
GUEST: It's an Elvis Presley pass from in the Army. My husband was a major in Munich, and it was in 1959. And he came in and wanted an extended pass. And then Jim said to him, "Well, I'll give you a pass," he said, "if you sign one for me."
APPRAISER: So he bartered.
GUEST: Kind of.
APPRAISER: He agreed to give Elvis an extension on his pass?
GUEST: Yes, and then he asked him to sign an extra piece of paper so you could really match the signatures and you know it's true.
APPRAISER: Not every soldier's army pass is really worth a great deal of money. But Elvis Presley was not your average soldier. He was stationed in Germany, with the 32nd Armored Division from, I believe, October of 1958 until March of 1960. So you're right here in 1959.
APPRAISER: This also happens to be the year that he met Priscilla in Germany, and I'm so happy that we found it here, because Elvis actually played at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in this building that we're in right now, in June of 1977, just a month before he died. And it would be interesting to look up that date and see if there's any interesting event to know maybe why he was wanting to get a three-day leave. So, the interesting thing when we look at Elvis Presley's signatures...This one, which I believe you said your husband had it signed just to have an extra?
APPRAISER: And it's a really good signature. For an average Elvis signature on a piece of paper like this, this signature would probably sell for about $1,000 to $1,500. Now, when we come to this one, It's a nice signature. He even put the "A" for Aaron. He was very official, Elvis A. Presley, but this one is a completely different animal, because it actually has something to do with his time in the military, which is incredibly rare, because this is an official military document. This would be more of a $3,000 to $5,000 signature.
APPRAISER: So between the two of them, I think you have about $4,000 to $6,000 worth of autographs sitting here.
GUEST: Oh, my.
APPRAISER: On your papers that have been sitting...I don't know where you keep them at home.
GUEST: In my safety deposit box in the bank.
APPRAISER: So you do keep them safe.
GUEST: Yes, I do.
APPRAISER: I'm very glad you have.
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