the prices paid for the beatles-the collection" have bounced all over the board in the past year or so. sealed individual mofi beatles albums are generally worth more (especially as a complete set) to collectors than the box. at the height of the dot com millionaire production cycle, i sold 4 sealed mofi beatles lp's for $900 (one was "with the..", the rarest of the bunch).
the red vinyl mono japanese pressing are great, especially the ep's. unfortunately, the prices for a mint set of these has REALLY skyrocketed. the last wooden box set of the red mono ep's i saw went for $5,000!
those who collect beatles lp's all have their favorite pressings. i've got collections from the UK (1st pressings parlaphone, etc.), france, germany, the netherlands and australia. there are great versions of one lp or another in every group. but for the biggest goose bumps and standing neck hair sonics, i reach for the uhqr of sgt. pepper. just my opinion, of course, FWIW. -kelly