STAN “THE BEATLEMAN” PANENKA
                 Presents “A COLLECTOR’S DREAM OF A LIFETIME”!!

About the Collection

Ultime 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…..

LETS HAVE SOME FUN!

I am thrilled to present to you here, what is known as, THE VERY FINEST QUALITY NEAR COMPLETE COLLECTION OF AMERICAN BEATLES RECORDS THAT IS KNOWN IN THE WORLD!!! This statement is NOT to be taken lightly. I am one of the leading experts in the hobby of collecting Beatles records. I have been collecting for twenty five years so I have obtained the necessary knowledge, expertise and connections.  All of the other well known experts and long time serious Beatles record collectors indeed agree with me that this is THE BEST American Beatles record collection that is known in the world, PERIOD. This includes noted Beatles and world renowned record expert John Tefteller, who has personally seen most of my truly amazing collection of rare Beatles records you are about to view on my website. If you don’t know who John is Google his name and see what comes up. My truly incredible amazing Beatles record collection has been featured on several television stations such as CBS Evening News, VH1 Music Channel, many Beatles books and several magazines such as Goldmine record magazine. Historically, collecting original 1960’s Beatles records in pristine condition have shown to be a very profitable venture if held for over a long term.  

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 doI 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!

Please keep in mind that good quality 1960s ORIGINAL Beatles records will continue to slowly rise in value.  The value of the rarer and rarest records in exquisite quality will increase at a much faster rate.  The general feeling among dealers and collectors is that a collection of this type appreciates at an average of 4% to perhaps 10% a year for most years depending upon various conditions. The investment of QUALITY Beatles records and memorabilia is better than the stock market!! When it comes to investing in Beatles records condition is paramount! This collection has the best of both worlds; condition and rarity!! A great combination for a great return on investment!!  Folks, the Beatles are the number one collectible artists of all time and Beatles records consistently bring the highest prices for top quality stuff when compared to all of the other artists! 

The bottom line is this: Of all the Beatles record collections in the world to own this is UNEQUIVOCALLY THE COLLECTION TO OWN!  CONDITION IS EVERYTHING AND THIS COLLECTION HAS MOST OF THE MOST VALUABLE BEATLES RECORDS AND PICTURE SLEEVES IN THE BEST CONDITION THERE IS THAT IS KNOWN TO EXIST!! 

 IF I was to ever offer this collection 4 sale,
Sir Paul McCartney would be the first person who I would offer the collection to (In a perfect world I would like to have all 4 Beatles buy it. I don’t want to snub anyone. Five years ago a reliable source told me that an Apple manager had told him that Paul was interested in my collection.). I feel that this is the best way to end the Long and Winding Road of my Beatles record and memorabilia collecting career. (Yes, I do own a piece of memorabilia that is VERY VALUABLE that is a ONE OF A KIND BEATLES ITEM which I am certain would be “quite an eye opener” to Paul who I believe would LOVE to own it). How appropriate would that be for the best American Beatles record collection on the planet to go to Paul! I would truly love to meet Paul.  FAB INDEED!!

If he would not want to buy it then the type of person that I would want to buy the Ultimate Beatles Collection IF I should offer it should be truly concerned about preserving the collection for historical purposes and not just about how much money can be made. If after they purchase the collection should decide to sell it, it should NEVER be broken up.  It would truly be a crime to do so just for the love of money.  In our opinion, this collection will always be the world's best American Beatles record collection and should be treated and cherished as such.  When I purchased each record I did not even think about how much more money it would worth in the future.  Rather I thought about how much more intrinsic value it has due to the historical nature that each record possesses.  Obviously, some records have more historical value than others.  For example, their first American release under the Decca label "My Bonnie” is very historically significant because it is their first release here in America.  To have the absolutely best condition example of this record that is known is truly an honor." 
I NEVER COMPROMISED on condition when it came to adding records and picture sleeves to what can truly be called "THE ULTIMATE AMERICAN BEATLES RECORD COLLECTION"!

I do get asked this question from time to time, “Where do I keep my collection?” I can tell you that for obvious reasons I keep my collection in many banks located around the Sacramento and surrounding areas. That way I can sleep at night knowing that my stuff is about as safe as it can be…..It does make it difficult to get to, but then again I don’t like to handle my stuff anyway…..