‘Holy Grail’ The Beatles Quad Auto Pulled From 2023 Topps Transcendent Baseball

It was a long and winding road that led this “holy grail” card to its new owner’s door. During Wednesday’s release day of 2023 Topps Transcendent Baseball — the most high-end product Topps produces as cases run around $25,000 — Layton Sports Cards hit a dream card any Beatles fan covets: an oversized quad cut signatures card of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

On top of the high cost, Topps Transcendent is well-known for its extremely low-numbered on-card autographs of current superstars and legendary players. Each case — of which there is only 190 — contains a 1/1 cut signature of not only Hall of Fame players, but iconic figures in history as well. On top of this Beatles quad auto, other signature cuts include Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, Elvis Presley, George Washington and Queen Elizabeth II.

The Beatles continue to remain a hot collectible. Fans today still want to get their hands on anything and everything that involves the greatest band of all-time.

Darren Rovell, sports business reporter and founder of cllct Media, believes the signed Beatles card quad is worth at least $35,000.

However, this isn’t the first cut signature card featuring all four members of The Beatles. According to Ryan Cracknell, hobby editor for Beckett, another card exists: a 2012 Famous Fabrics Music Fab Four Cut Signature 1 of 1. The card is certified by PSA.

Several Beatles items have fetched $1 million or more in auctions over the years, Just Collecting reports. These include:

  • John Lennon’s Gibson J-160E guitar ($2.4 million)
  • John Lennon’s Rolls Royce Phantom V Limousine ($2.29 million)
  • Ed Sullivan Show ‘drop T’ drum skin ($2.19 million)
  • Ringo’s #1 Lugwig Oyster Black Pearl drum kit ($2.11 million)
  • Handwritten ‘All You Need is Love’ lyrics ($1.25 million)
  • Handwritten ‘A Day in the Life’ lyrics ($1.2 million)
  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band drum skin ($1.07 million)

The Beatles quad auto isn’t the only significant historical cut Layton Sports Cards pulled on Wednesday. They also hit a signature cut of former President Thomas Jefferson.

History Of The Beatles: The Band That Changed Music Forever

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960 that went on to become the most influential and successful musical act of all time. Comprised of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, The Beatles revolutionized popular music and had an immense cultural impact in the 1960s and beyond. Over the course of their career, they released numerous hit albums and singles, starred in movies, and achieved an unprecedented level of global fame.

The roots of The Beatles trace back to 1957 when a 16-year-old John Lennon formed a skiffle group called The Quarrymen. The following year, Lennon met Paul McCartney at a church festival where The Quarrymen were performing. Impressed by McCartney’s musical ability, Lennon invited him to join the band. In 1958, McCartney’s younger friend George Harrison also joined the group.

Over the next few years, the band went through various name changes and lineup shifts, eventually settling on The Beatles in 1960 with Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and drummer Pete Best. They honed their musical skills performing extensively in clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg, Germany, developing a local following. In 1961, Brian Epstein saw the band perform and became their manager, helping to refine their image and secure a record deal.

The Beatles signed with EMI’s Parlophone label in 1962, with Ringo Starr replacing Pete Best on drums. Their first single “Love Me Do” was released in October and reached No. 17 on the UK charts. This was followed by their 1963 debut album Please Please Me, which spent 30 weeks at No. 1. Beatlemania exploded in Britain that year as the band scored four consecutive No. 1 singles and made numerous television and live appearances. Their popularity soon spread overseas to the United States and other countries.

The band’s first visit to the U.S. in February 1964, marked by landmark television appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, catapulted them to superstardom. Throughout 1964-1965, Beatlemania reached a frenzied peak as the Fab Four starred in their first feature film A Hard Day’s Night, released a string of classic hit albums, and performed historic concerts including their August 1965 show at New York’s Shea Stadium for 55,600 fans.

In 1966, The Beatles began to move into more experimental musical and lyrical territory on the groundbreaking Revolver album, incorporating elements of psychedelia, world music, and avant-garde composition. After retiring from live performances that year, they focused on studio productions, resulting in seminal albums like 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, widely considered one of the greatest albums in music history.

The late 1960s saw the group delve further into the studio, resulting in the epic double-album The Beatles (The White Album) and the eclectic Abbey Road. However, personal and creative tensions, business conflicts, and Lennon’s new relationship with artist Yoko Ono gradually fractured the band. McCartney publicly left the group in April 1970, marking the end of The Beatles.

In the span of just 7 years, The Beatles released 12 studio albums, starring in 5 films and playing over 1400 live shows. They scored 20 No. 1 singles in the U.S. and 17 in the U.K., with estimated sales of 600 million records worldwide, making them the best-selling music act of all time. The songwriting partnership of Lennon-McCartney is widely considered the most successful in history.

The Beatles also had a seismic impact on popular culture and society in the 1960s. Their moptop haircuts, colorful fashions, and irreverent humor influenced youth style around the world. In later years, they reflected the social upheavals of the era and were seen as leaders of the burgeoning counterculture. The band’s legacy has only grown since their breakup, with their music continuing to influence new generations of fans and musicians over half a century later. The Beatles set the standard for pop/rock acts and reshaped the cultural landscape, making them the most important and influential band in music history.

HobbyListings editor Matt Higgins contributed to this report.

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