What Are Your Albums Worth

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What Are Your Albums Worth

Postby Marsbar » Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:13 pm

A new project collates the most precious vinyl records worldwide and shares the stories behind them

Whether you’re an avid collector who spends their free time tracking down rarities or just a casual music fan, chances are you own at least one vinyl record thanks to the vinyl revival. If you do, then you could be unwittingly sitting on a goldmine. The latest Lewis Capaldi 7-inch isn’t likely to be worth much more than a Boots meal deal (check back in a few decades), but if your collection pulls from some of the 20th century’s greats (and some more obscure releases), you might want to pay attention.

50. Steel City Connection – ‘Dansation’/‘Steel City Disco’ – £500
49. Thriller/Delta Cats – ‘Last Dance’/‘Unworthy Baby’ – £1,000
48. The Velvet Underground & Nico – ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ – £1,000
47. Terea – ‘Terea’ – £1,000
46. Nirvana – ‘Love Buzz’/‘Big Cheese’ – £1,750
45. World’s Experience Orchestra – ‘The Beginning Of A New Birth’ – £2,000
44. Tudor Lodge – ‘Tudor Lodge’ – £2,000
43. The Smiths – ‘Hand In Glove’/‘Handsome Devil’ – £2,000
42. Stonewall – ‘Stonewall’ – £2,000
41. Pink Floyd – ‘The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’ – £2,000

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40. Nicholas Greenwood – ‘Cold Cuts’ – £2,000
39. Charlie Parker – ‘Bird Blows The Blues’ – £2,000
38. Brute Force – ‘King Of Fuh’/‘Nobody Knows’ – £2,000
37. U2 – ‘Three’ – £2,000
36. Sun Ra – ‘Super-Sonic Jazz’ – £2,500
35. Madonna – ‘Erotica’ – £2,500
34. Prince – ‘The Black Album’ – £3,000
33. Michael Garrick Trio – ‘Moonscape’ – £3,000
32. Leonid Kogan And Elisabeth Gilels – ‘Sonatas For Two Violins’ – £3,000
31. Led Zeppelin – ‘Led Zeppelin’ – £3,000

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30. Leaf Hound – ‘Growers Of Mushroom’ – £3,000
29. John Lennon and Yoko Ono – ‘Unfinished Music No. 1. Two Virgins’ – £3,000
28. Genesis – ‘The Silent Sun’/‘That’s Me!’ – £3,000
27. Folkal Point – ‘Folkal Point’ – £3,000
26. Arthur Verocai – ‘Arthur Verocai’ – £3,000
25. Robert Johnson – ‘I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom’/‘Dead Shrimp Blues’ – £3,500
24. Various – ‘Our First Four’ – £4,000
23. Sonny Clark – ‘Cool Struttin’’ – £4,000
22. Lula Cortes E Ze Ramalho – ‘Paebiru’ – £4,000
21. Jutta Hipp – ‘Jutta Hipp With Zoot Sims’ – £4,000

20. Complex – ‘Complex’ – £4,000
19. Margarita Madrigal – ‘Madrigal’s Magic Key To Spanish Volume 1 And 2’ – £4,000
18. Queen – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’/‘I’m In Love With My Car’ – £4,500
17. Olivia Newton-John – ‘Xanadu’ – £5,000
16. Hank Mobley – ‘Hank Mobley’ – £5,000
15. Charley Patton – ‘Pony Blues’/‘Banty Rooster Blues’ – £5,000
14. Billy Nicholls – ‘Would You Believe’ – £5,000
13. The. Beatles – ‘Please Please Me’ – £6,000
12. The Beatles – ‘Introducing The Beatles’ – £7,000
11. Elvis Presley – ‘That’s All Right’/‘Blue Moon Of Kentucky’ – £7,000

10. The Rolling Stones – ‘Street Fighting Man’/‘No Expectations’ – £8,000
9. The Beatles – ‘Yesterday And Today’ – £8,000
8. Junior McCants – ‘Try Me For Your New Love’/‘She Wrote It I Read It’ – £9,000
7. The Beatles – ‘The Beatles’ (White Album) – £10,000
6. Sex Pistols – ‘God Save The Queen’/‘No Feelings’ – £10,000
5. Dark – ‘Dark Round The Edges’ – £10,000
4. Darrell Banks – ‘Open The Door To Your Heart’/‘Our Love (Is In The Pocket)’ – £15,000
3. Frank Wilson – ‘Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)’/‘Sweeter As The Days Go By’ – £25,000
2. The Beatles – ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ – £70,000
1. The Quarrymen – ‘That’ll Be The Day’/‘In Spite Of All The Danger’ – £200,000
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Re: What Are Your Albums Worth

Postby Sunbeam » Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:08 am

Holy crap... I might be rich and didn't even know it... wow!
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Re: What Are Your Albums Worth

Postby Betamax » Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:54 pm

While a lot of the LPs listed seem common fare, there are specifics that make them worth the kind of money shown in the list - and chances are, there are only a few that exist which meet those specifics. Discogs - one of the main cataloguing sites could have hundreds of versions of an LP detailed that cover everything from label colour, matrix/runout variations, pressing plant specifics, and even misprints.

I have records from the '60s and '70s that while listed as being Canadian releases, actually have a US press number in the dead wax.

What makes a record valuable is the fact there are not a lot of them that meet the value parameters - and even if they do, finding a buyer is whole other story.

Online auctions can also severely affect the value of a record - and not always for the better.

Back in 2012 a customer brought me a bag full of ten original press Beatles records - nine of them still sealed. Sadly, they had not been stored properly and it was obvious that both covers and records were damaged (warped). But as an example, one - a UK import of Yellow Submarine had sold via a rather robust auction a few years earlier for the equivalent of $4500.00 Canadian. The buyer who jumped in to get it had actually driven up the price. A couple of weeks later, figuring there was a sellers market for this LP, he put it back up for auction - but they were on to his game. It sold with far fewer bids for only $1800.00

By 2012, the same record was worth only $150 on the open market.

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Re: What Are Your Albums Worth

Postby Marsbar » Fri Nov 29, 2019 2:42 pm

Betamax - I totally agree.

There is also the factor that something may be worth X number of dollars - but that is true only if someone wants it badly enough. :-)
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