MCA Inc. ( Universal Studios )

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Beautifully engraved RARE SPECIMEN certificate from the MCA Inc. This historic document was printed by the Security-Columbian Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of a globe between two allegorical men. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s President ( Lew Wasserman ) and Secretary. This is the first time we have had this certificate for sale.
Certificate Vignette MCA was an entertainment giant involved in movies, television programming, home video, records, consumer products and broadcast station ownership, as well as running its successful back-lot tour of Universal Studios. During the 1980s, Universal's film and television studios produced some of the public's favorite hits, including Back to the Future, the mega-hit of 1985 starring Michael J. Fox, and the Miami Vice television show. MCA was sold in 1990 to Japanese electronics giant Matsushita for $6.6 billion. Seagram Co. took over the company five years later. Lew Wasserman was chairman and chief executive, and was the undisputed ruler of MCA Inc., the parent of Universal Studios. He owned 6.9 percent of the company's stock and, through a variety of trusts, controlled more than 15 percent. Wasserman was born in Cleveland on March 15, 1913, and went to work at age 12 hawking candy in a burlesque house. During high school he was an usher in a movie theater, then managed a theater-nightclub, when he was introduced to Edith Beckerman, a clothing store clerk. They were married in 1936, and three months later Wasserman landed a job as national advertising manager of Music Corporation of America, a talent-booking agency founded by Jules Stein. In 1946, Wasserman was named president of the company. Together, he and Stein built MCA into an entertainment empire, entering the growing field of television and forming MCA's own production company. After MCA bought Universal Studios, federal regulators forced MCA in 1962 to abandon the agency business, uncomfortable that the same company was representing performers as their agent while at the same time its production company was hiring them. About Specimens Specimen Certificates are actual certificates that have never been issued. They were usually kept by the printers in their permanent archives as their only example of a particular certificate. Sometimes you will see a hand stamp on the certificate that says "Do not remove from file". Specimens were also used to show prospective clients different types of certificate designs that were available. Specimen certificates are usually much scarcer than issued certificates. In fact, many times they are the only way to get a certificate for a particular company because the issued certificates were redeemed and destroyed. In a few instances, Specimen certificates we made for a company but were never used because a different design was chosen by the company. These certificates are normally stamped "Specimen" or they have small holes spelling the word specimen. Most of the time they don't have a serial number, or they have a serial number of 00000. This is an exciting sector of the hobby that grown in popularity and realized nice appreciation in value over the past several years.

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