Meet Rick Lisnek: Inside the Collection

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Jul. 5, 2020

After seeing the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, Rick Lisnek was never the same. He devoted a large part of his life to collecting everything related to the Fab Four, and now displays it all in his gallery-like basement. Among his most prized items are the infamous censored "Butcher" album cover, a very rare tin of Beatles talcum powder, and some hotel bed sheets on which the band members once slept — or did they? We’ll find out!

Rick was joined by his brother Paul, who has helped him acquire many of his items (and whose own amazing collection was profiled in our first season).

We brought along Jeff Augsburger, author of a Beatles memorabilia price guide. Jeff appraised Rick's collection — and brought two items of his own.

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1. Paul McCartney Autograph

Jeff notes that getting Paul's full name is key — the legend often just signs "Paul" — not to mention the legibility. This signature is worth $1,000!

2. Beatle Bugles

Jeff explains that these megaphones likely date back to a 1966 concert in Memphis. They are worth $900. A third variety — white with red art — was made, as well.

3. Beatle Bugle "Neck Chain"

What makes these "Yell-a-Phones" worth so much is the included "Neck Chain" for fans to wear.

4. 'Yesterday and Today' Album Covers

The infamous "Butcher" cover of this American album was immediately banned by the record label. However, the LP had been pressed. Thus, three "States" of the record now exist. First State versions are the original "Butcher" art untouched. Second State version (right) have the replacement "slick" applied to cover up the art. Finally, Third State versions (left) have the replacement slick peeled off, revealing the original artwork underneath! This particular display is worth $1,000.

5. 1963 Beatles Talcum Powder

Yes, Brits were able to buy this Beatles talc in 1963 — before they broke in America. Of particular interest is the older "Beatles" logo, as featured on Ringo's drumset, before the group switched to its iconic "Drop T" logo.

6. Talcum Powder Tin Details

Check out these great portraits from the back of the tin! The talc is still inside!

7. Beatles 45 Turntable

This 1964 record player is considered a "keystone item" for any Beatles collection.

8. 45 Player Lid Detail

Here we see the art detail on the inside of the record player cover. This "fair condition" item is worth about $3,500.

9. Whittier Hotel Bedsheets

The Beatles once stayed in The Whittier Hotel in Detroit. The hotel, in turn, cut up the boys' bedsheets into tiny squares and sold them to fans. Rick had a set of four — but Jeff points out that they are fakes. The real ones have yellowed far more with age, especially seen in a brown glue blob behind the sheet swatch. Also…

10. Real vs. Fake Whittier Hotel Bedsheets

The image of the hotel on the real versions show a sailboat in front of the building (left). The fakes do not have the boat (right).

11. Beatles Dolls

We love these cartoonish likenesses!

12. Beatles Figurines

Rick's basement is devoted to the Beatles.

13. Maestro Beatles Toy Guitar

Jeff has brought this toy guitar sold circa 1964.

14. Toy Guitar Instruction Booklet

Here is the accompanying booklet that came with the toy guitar.

15. Dodger Stadium Ticket

Rick does not have a concert ticket. Jeff does — this 1966 stub from the gig in Los Angeles.

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