Saturday, December 18, 2021

December 18 - Elvis 45 Sapphire Collection

Honoring the 45th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death on August 16, 2022, Graceland announced the release of the 'ELVIS 45: Sapphire Collection' with a US$600,00 price-tag.

Publicity stated: A must-have for any Elvis fan during this upcoming historic year! The collection offers tremendous Graceland value for fans and exclusive items for Elvis collectors! The' ELVIS 45: Sapphire Collection' includes an annual Graceland tour pass, limited-edition collectibles, an exclusive Elvis Week event, and more! 

The ELVIS 45: The Sapphire Collection is a truly unique offering, with only 500 being offered during this special time in history. The six Elvis 45 rpm records will be hand-numbered and authenticated with custom Sapphire Collection record jackets that will be only available via this offering. 

In addition, three of the records will be custom pressings, with a one-of-a-kind A/B side combination that is unavailable anywhere in the world! The collection also includes a swatch of Elvis’ personal wardrobe that was used as part of a 1971 bonus inside Elvis’ album Worldwide Gold Award Hits Vol. 2. The clothing swatches, enclosed in the original RCA Records envelopes, are currently housed inside the Graceland Archives, and will be pulled exclusively to be included as part of this anniversary collection.

All purchasers are invited to pick-up their 'ELVIS 45: Sapphire Collection' (carrying case, records, and other collectible items) during Elvis Week 2022 during an exclusive Conversations on Elvis event on August 16 open only to purchasers of this special collection. All purchasers who are unable to attend the event, will be able to opt to have their collections shipped to them following Elvis Week. 

The Graceland Annual Pass is digital and available for use starting January 1, 2022 – and throughout the duration of 2022.

The ELVIS 45: Sapphire Collection includes: 

  • 2022 Graceland Annual Tour Pass good for one Elvis Experience Tour per day January 1 – December 31, 2022 (valid from January 1, 2022).
  • Collectible ELVIS 45 Record Carrying Case
  • Six Elvis 45 RPM Records in Custom Collection Record Jackets, hand-numbered 1-500: 
    • Can’t Help Falling in Love / Rock-a-Hula Baby 45 RPM Record
    • Jailhouse Rock / Treat Me Nice 45 RPM Record 
    • Suspicious Minds / You'll Think of Me 45 RPM Record 
    • Memphis, Tennessee / That's All Right 45 RPM Record (custom pressing)
    • Blue Christmas / Merry Christmas Baby 45 RPM Record (custom pressing)
    • I'll Be Home for Christmas / Peace in the Valley 45 Record RPM (custom pressing)
  • Sapphire Blue 45 Adapter
  • Graceland 40th Anniversary Opening Day Poster, signed by EPE President and CEO Jack Soden, hand-numbered 1-500.
  • RCA Records Envelope featuring a Swatch of Elvis’ Personal Wardrobe; used in 1971 as a bonus inside Elvis’ album Worldwide Gold Award Hits Vol. 2; Direct from the Graceland Archives with a Certificate of Authenticity (swatches will vary by collections).
  • Exclusive Access to a Conversations on Elvis Event during Elvis Week 2022.

Please note: Full collection will not be available until August 16; but the Graceland Annual Pass can start being used January 1, 2022.

ELVIS 45' Record Giveaways

Graceland also announced 'Elvis 45' record giveaways. 

The publicity stated: Graceland will be giving out 1,000 special 'ELVIS 45 RPM Records' to visitors who tour Graceland on specific days in 2022.  

All records will feature an ELVIS 45 custom jacket and only be available by touring Graceland on these select dates. In addition, the record giveaways on September 24, November 17, and December 10 are custom-pressings with a one-of-a-kind A/B side combination that is unavailable anywhere in the world!

How to guarantee you will receive a record? All guests who purchase tickets at least 48 hours in advance, up to 1000 tickets, automatically qualify to receive a record when they visit, subject to availability. Remaining records will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis for walk-up ticket purchasers, subject to availability. 

The record giveaways are:

  • Saturday, February 12: Can’t Help Falling in Love / Rock-a-Hula Baby
  • Saturday, April 9: Jailhouse Rock / Treat Me Nice
  • Saturday, May 7: Suspicious Minds / You’ll Think of Me
  • Saturday, September 24: Memphis, Tennessee / That’s All Right (custom-pressing)
  • Thursday, November 17: Blue Christmas / Merry Christmas Baby (custom-pressing)
  • Saturday, December 10: I’ll Be Home for Christmas / Peace in the Valley (custom-pressing)

(Source: Graceland)