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Lot 35: 1958 Sun Records Invoice for 25 Copies of Sun 283 Johnny Cash's "Ballad of a Teenage Queen"
29 October 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
In December of 1957, seven months prior to Johnny Cash leaving Sun Records for Columbia Records, his single "Ballad of a Teenage Queen" with "Big River" on side B was released. Offered is the original Sun Records invoice number 8124, dated 12-14-59, listing 25 copies each of four different Extended Play records as well as 25 copies of Sun 283 "Ballad of A Teenage Queen" that were shipped to Eric Dist. Co. in San Francisco on 12-11-59. The invoice totals $73.50 and is offered along with a very near mint (and possibly unplayed) copy of Sun 283, an original brown paper sleeve, original Sun Records 45 sleeve, and a glossy reprint of an original 8 x 10 Sun Records Johnny Cash promotional photograph and two black-and-white reprints of Johnny Cash and his guitar. "Ballad of a Teenage Queen" hit number one in the country charts and along with the invoice is ready to become number one again in any collection. The invoice measures approximately 7 1/4 by 8 1/4 inches (18.41 x 20.95 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The invoice is in excellent condition with possible period ink stains on right middle edge and the 45 has minor wear to center of the label.