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    Bruce Springsteen/The Castiles Signed Record & Memorabilia Display. Before he was the Boss of the E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen, starting at the tender age of 15, played lead guitar in The Castiles from 1965-67. It was during this time that Springsteen honed not only his singing and playing skills, but also his songwriting abilities. The band recorded a single on acetate ("Baby I" backed with "That's What You Get", written in the back of a car en route to the studio) during their brief existence, and it has never been released. Seven copies were printed -- one for each of the six band members and their manager -- and only three are believed to still exist. Featured is one of those exceedingly rare acetates, one that has the added bonus of being inscribed "To Billy -- Here's the first" and signed by Springsteen in blue ink. The 45rpm acetate has been matted and framed along with some other rare Castiles memorabilia, of which very little still exists today. Included are four unused labels for the unreleased single, two Castile business cards, an unused ticket to a Castiles performance at a benefit function, a Castiles fan club card, an unused ballot from a battle-of-the-bands competition that the band played in, and a b&w 8" x 10" promo photo of the Castiles taken in 1966 -- the only copy known to exist. The items have been professionally matted and framed to an overall size of 24" x 24.5" and are in overall Very Fine to Excellent condition with some mild toning to the cards and ticket and several creases visible on the photo. This is essentially Springsteen's first professional recording, and each of the items accompanying it is exceedingly rare, if not one-of-a-kind. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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    October, 2007
    6th-7th Saturday-Sunday
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