Lot 41: 1955 Elvis Presley Signed Envelope from the Big D Jamboree at the Sportatorium in Dallas, TX
October 29, 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
The ultimate fan keepsake, this letter to Carol Eldred from her admirer Bobby Belew is signed on the envelope "Love Ya Elvis Presley." During this time, every boy in America took a back seat to heartthrob Elvis Presley. The front of the envelope is postmarked March 20, 1955, at 10 pm, Greenville, TX, and the enclosed letter reads, "Dear Carol, I'm sorry I forgot to call you. I must have been busy or I would have. Somebody stole our Black Cowboy hats last Saturday night. We think we know who did it. We turned it in to the police. It's not the hats are [sic] the money it's just the principle of the hole [sic] thing. We get our Report Card tomorrow (wish me luck) I hope I make good on it but I guess I didn't. I hope you can read this letter I was in a hurry rather I'm in a hurry. We are invited to a formal dance tonight I like to go to dances don't you? I guess I had better let you go for now. Bye Bye Bobby Belew the better half of the Belew twins." In parentheses, Bobby pens "write soon" and "over," and on the reverse continues, "PS We won't be there Sat. we will be in Abilene We are Guest Stars there Write Soon Bye Bye Bobby Belew."
This was signed for Carol at Elvis' show at the Big D Jamboree at Ed McLemore's Sportatorium in Dallas, Texas on April 16, 1955. Carol was there to see Bobby, who along with his twin Benny performed in the South and that evening was playing the Big D Jamboree. Carol was waiting for Bobby backstage when Elvis asked if she wanted an autograph and she grabbed Bobby's letter from her purse. This was Elvis' first appearance in this renowned venue. The blue ink inscription on the reverse of this 3 3/8 by 5 3/4 inch (8.57 x 14.60 cm) envelope is as strong as if it were signed yesterday. This keepsake is offered with a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The paper is folded and discolored from age. The envelope is torn down one side from opening and slit along the bottom. The envelope is also discolored from age and the areas with glue have stronger discoloration. The signature is strong and bold.