THIS BOXED SET WILL NOT... Don't even bother asking. The set is located in northeastern Pennsylvania, an hour away from the New Jersey/New York borders. Location details will follow so you can find out the distance between you and this set.
The Certificate of Authenticity states that this limited edition set is #3,070 (pic #2). I THOUGHT that somewhere along the line I'd have a music room with some over-the-top expensive stereo to eventually play this on. That was never going to happen, and instead a lifetime of being one of the working-poor was all that was in store.This set has always been stored in the back of a dark closet. I will be pretty honest and up front about them so you know exactly what you are getting. Others will just be described. If you are reading this, you pretty much know what the box looks like inside and out, and how the albums are placed in the box, including the large booklet and Geo Disc. There are eight styrofoam corners... Four on top, and four on the bottom. The case has a sleeve of light spongy material over it. The front clasps are clean and untarnished (pic #4). Along the middle of the right door edge (when you unclasp the front section and open the doors up) there is an inch-long depression it is not cracked, and there is not a break in the black material... On the back of the box is a small inch-long area that shows what I thought at first were scratches. Upon closer inspection, I do believe that these are remnants of glue a tiny blob and some strands...
The bottom is covered with a felt-like material. Due to the box sitting on the four styrofoam corners for so many decades, you will see these leftover square impressions on the felt (pic #7). They are there, and I do not think that they can be "brushed away". Finally for the case, there is a very small ding on the back top left corner (pic #10), and a couple of small light, white markings here and there.
That's it for the case. It was thrown around every which way, with the albums being jostled around, banging against those inside covers.
The only way you could ever find a pristine copy of this set would be if you worked at the factory and took it right off the assembly line. I've never seen one like that.. The booklet is slid into the far left slot. On the top and bottom corners of the left (binding/stapled) side of the booklet, there are small 1/8 breaks in the paper. If you look at a closeup of pic #8, the far left slot contains the booklet...Look at the top and bottom of the booklet edge and you may be able to see these slight splits. There is some kind of fogging or ghosting on the front and back covers (pic #9). If you look at the cover, it doesn't look like a sheet of blackness, but here and there you will see these highlights.
The Geo-Disc and directions are in the right side of the case. In between are the fourteen albums. For the most part, all the album covers are perfect! ALL the cardboard inner sleeves (that fold and wrap around each album) are a light brown color on their insides (pic #12), which leads me to believe that this is how they came (because it would be highly unusual for all of them to fade to brown in the exact same way). I just looked and closely inspected all the covers again, and this is what I found.On the outside spine of the outer "Rubber Soul" cover, there is a miniscule topical paper break or scrape... See closeup of pic #8 again... Slot 6 from the left right above where is says "The Beatles" that is an 1/8 in size. A tiny corner snub on the bottom of the "SPLHCB" cover. Finally, the two "White Album" sleeves have things that need to be pointed out.
On LP#1 cover, there is an inch long light crease/impression along the top, left back cover edge (pic #11). On LP#2, there is a 3/8 break in the paper along the top folded edge of the INNER folder sleeve NOT the cover... That's about all I can think of to tell you. Any questions you have about condition, throw them out there. Again, the albums were NEVER played, so however they are, that's how they were originally pressed back in'82.
I believe any problems identified do not detract much from the set. After all, if YOU originally ordered this, this is exactly what you would have received.
It is a bargain at this price. Over the past couple of years I have seen both Paul and Ringo in concert. Now ages 77 and 79, respectively.
I really do not want to think or live in a world without Beatles, but imagine what this set is going to cost when they pass? This can only be picked up. Break out your GoogleMaps site and key in your address, and then one of the following locations to see how far away you are.
If you are NORTH of NorthEastern Pennsylvania, key in the town of "Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640". This is about twenty minutes from my apt, and there is a Walmart or a Park & Ride lot in the vicinity. This is about an hour south of the PA/NY border (Binghamton basically). If you are SOUTH of NEPA, key in "Bear Creek Township, PA 18702". This is EXIT 105 off the NorthEast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.As soon as you go through the toll and get to the stop light, there is a Mobil gas station on the right where we could meet. 3377 Bear Creek Blvd, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 is the Mobil address. Coming from the WEST, I imagine you can use one of the two above addresses. If you are EAST of NEPA (NJ, NY, LI), you can either meet at one of the two locations listed above... OR if you have to travel really far, there is the famous Crossings Premium Outlets complex in Tannersville, Pa. This is only about fifteen minutes west of the NJ/PA border, and very easy to find address is. 1000 Premium Outlets Dr, Tannersville, PA 18372. There is a Dunkin' Donuts on the outer rim of stores bordering one of the parking lots. We meet, you look over the set... A Ben franklin for your troubles.. I do not own a cellphone.
After arrangements are pre-made, we can call each other to see how far you are into your journey. I will then leave my place and meet you at the ultimate destination.
I figure if you're going through all this trouble, I will be on-time. I expect the same from you, fellow ebayer. Also, check out some of my other auctions going on NOW of various other items of interest. Mother Mary comes to me.... The item "BEATLES MOBILE FIDELITY MFSL 14 LP COLLECTION BOX SET NM LOWEST # ON EBAY UNUSED" is in sale since Tuesday, September 17, 2019.This item is in the category "Music\Records". The seller is "w-bkid59" and is located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States.