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April 12th | Books & Magazines, Vinyl Record Price Guides for Selling and Buying

This includes values for all types of music such as: Rock, Jazz, and Disco. These are books that combine both 45s and LPs. These type of books include all types of music. This includes some non-price guide books, such as a guide to record labels, and books of record album covers. Antique albums would be from before the 1950’s. 78’s is a better example of antique vinyl records.

Vinyl record guide books can be a valuable resource when looking up the prices for records. Price guides, the good ones, will have more than just the “book value” of the record. The guides will often indicate why the record has the listed value. The reasons can be that a particular version has a printing error, or limited pressing. You’ll also be able to find out if the record exists in black and colored vinyl. For some records the standard black vinyl can be worth more than the colored vinyl. The drawback with printed price guides is that the listed price may not be what you could actually sell the record for because of current demand. Also, the listed price is usually for a Near Mint condition record.

Ebay is the second resource you should use when determining the value of vinyl records. Use the Completed Sales search feature on eBay to see what prices a record sold for recently. This shouldn’t be your ONLY guide for prices because some records could have been under priced, or the auction did not attract many buyers that week. To access the Completed Sales search feature you need to be a registered eBay user.

Using a printed vinyl price guide book along with eBay can be your best way to get the most accurate value for your vinyl records.
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Examples of Rare Vinyl Albums

The Wind and the Willows – Capitol – SKAO-2956 – 1968

Valued around $75, Rare because it has Debbie Harry as lead singer (Blondie)

The Appletree Theatre – Playback – 1968 Verve Forecast – FTS-3042

Valued around $100, rare because it has Rick Nelson on the record.

Kiss – Rock and Roll Over (with all inserts)

The KISS record titled Rock and Roll Over.
Not too rare, but hard to find with the stickers and related inserts intact. Usually sells for $45

Kiss – Dynasty (with all inserts)

The KISS record titled Dynasty.
Also hard to find with all of the inserts intact. Usually sells for $30-$40

The Beatles – Yesterday and Today

Rare because of the controversial cover, called The Butcher Cover.
750,000 we issued with this cover, and later recalled, with a new cover pasted over the original. Vinyl record price guides have many different prices for this album, based on the condition.
The rare versions still have the paste-over intact, or, even rarer, the original cover LP sold before the recall.

Value can be in the range of $400 – $20,000 depending on the version

The Melvins – Lysol

This was later recalled due to the use of the brand name ‘Lysol’. The LP was reissued without a title. The photo shows the word LYSOL on the cover. Average selling price is $100. The first pressings had black tape over the words Lysol. Later pressings had the title removed. Great grunge music.

There are way too many rare records to list here, and most have interesting stories behind the reason for being rare. The massive price guide book can be a fun read for record collectors.

Records can be considered ‘rare’ because they are made in limited editions, such as the Baby Igor EP above.
This was limited to 400 made, and each being hand-numbered.

The Starday record, above, is rare because it was a limited DJ pressing,
called an acetate.
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Record Album Price Guide from Goldmine Records:


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Notes: Price Guide For 45s and Vinyl LPs


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45's US-Media-$3.58(1-2 Records)/$0.30 Cents each Additional Record) 1st Class-$4.25($0.50 cents each Additional Record) LP's & 78's Media $4.50(1-2 Records)$.50 Cents each Additional Record) BOX SETS-$5.00/$1.00 each Additional Record Priority-$10.00-1st.LP($1.00 each Additional LP) BOX SETS-$9.00 & $0.75 each Additional Record CDs $4.00 (1s-2) CD ($1.00 each Additional CD) Magazines&Memorabilia will be calculated by weight Insurance is extra $1.65-to $200.00/$2.85 over $201.00-$250.00 +$1.00 for ea Add.100.00 OVERSEAS 45's&CDs $14.00 & $1.00 each Additional Record/CD LP's&78's $20.00 & $7.00 each additional Record BOX SETS-$20.00 & $.0.75 each Additional Record CANADA: 45's/CD's $10.00 each record&$1.00 each additional record LP's&78's $14.00 each record&$6.00 each additional record
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