IRON MAIDEN: Autographed 1980 Christmas Card Sells For More Than $800

According to Ultimate Classic Rock, a vintage 1980 Christmas card was signed by all five members of IRON MAIDEN — vocalist Paul Di’Anno, bassist Steve Harris, guitarists Adrian Smith and Dave Murray, and drummer Clive Burr — was sold last month for $837.50 on eBay. The four-inch-by-six-inch artwork depicts the bands' mascot, Eddie, with a blood-stained guitar and portrays Santa Claus slain at his feet. The inside of the card, which was issued as a holiday promo prior to singer Bruce Dickinson's coming into the picture, reads: "A Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Oh-Yo-Yo-Yo-Yo."

Di'Anno recorded two classic albums with IRON MAIDEN before being fired and replaced by Bruce Dickinson. He went on to front a number of other bands, including KILLERS and BATTLEZONE, and released several solo records.

Burr joined IRON MAIDEN at the very end of December 1979 and played on the first three albums — "Iron Maiden", "Killers" and "Number Of The Beast" — and toured extensively with the band over this groundbreaking period before leaving in early 1983. For the past decade, he has been battling multiple sclerosis — a disease of unknown cause. The disorder is causing him intermittent numbness and can affect his balance.


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