German postcard photo, 4 x 5.75, signed in pink ballpoint, “Paul McCartney,” “John Lennon,” and “George Harrison,” and in black ballpoint, “Jimmie Nicol.” In very good condition, with Nicol’s signature only partially legible due to irregular ink flow, with last name appearing only as an impression, some light skipping and a couple of brushes to the other signatures, some corner tip creases and some scattered light surface impressions. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks.
The signatures were originally obtained by a 16-year old female fan when the Beatles made their only stop in the Netherlands at the Veilinghal Op Hoop Van Zegen in Blokker on June 6, 1964, where they played two shows for a total of 9,000 fans. Photo is accompanied by a letter of provenance which states that her father was a festival organizer and managed to get the two of them into a dressing room against Brian Epstein’s wishes after he stuck his clog in the door. She placed the photo on a table and the band quickly signed it for her. Nicol replaced Ringo Starr from June 3–15, 1964, at the start of the Beatles’ World Tour, while Ringo was suffering from tonsillitis and pharyngitis. An extremely scarce combination as Nicol was with the Beatles for less than two weeks, playing a total of eight shows. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.