In 1961, RCA Victor Records released Good Luck Charm b/w Anything That’s Part of You on compact 33. The prefix (37) denotes compact 33. The catalog (7992) is identical to the relatively common counterpart release as a 45 RPM (47-7992). This release was part of an industry-wide attempt to establish a one-speed record market which began in 1960, that was anticipated to phase out the 45 RPM within two to five years of it’s introduction. Using big name artists, like Elvis Presley to propagate sales of the compact 33 in the direction of market domination should have been enough, however, it wasn’t. In 1961, 45 RPM record sales were climbing at a record pace, the major discount stores cut retail prices by nearly 22%, and lack of inexpensive automatic 33-speed singles player discouraged the promotion of the compact 33. All these factors and more attribute to the extreme rarity of this single.
Mfg: RCA Victor Records
Title: Good Luck Charm b/w Anything That’s Part of You
Artist: Elvis Presley
Book Value: $10,000 record, $10,000 sleeve
The images below are mock ups that I had prepared against my existing collection of 47-7992 variations. This is how I understand the sleeve to look. There is an early variation of the Compact 33 Single sleeve that there are reportedly in existance three. The variation does not have a RCA designation on the top right-hand corner on either side of the sleeve. There is one such example available at elvisunique.com for a modest $7,500.
Has LP size hole. Identification numbers engraved N2WI-1307-1S/N2WI-1308-1S