Price Guide For Rare Vinyl LP Records
|These web-site pages are a price guide for Rare or Vintage records. This record pricing guide will help you to estimate the value of your current vinyl record collection.||
A new section "Ebony Records" has been added, with background information on its founder "Darryl Johnston" and a brief summary of the vinyl records released during the 1980s
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Getting started on determining the value of your records
A short tutorial on getting started with assessing the value/prices of your records
So you want to find out the value of your vinyl record collection and determine whether to keep or sell them and estimate the current market value of your record collection
First of all: You need to determine the overall condition of the album covers and the vinyl records themself. Albums in a great condition with little or no wear may obviously have a higher value. Have written names, numbers or used hard to remove stickers on the covers, in this case you will not get a high value,
What are the music genre you listened to. Was it "middle of the road" for an relaxing listening experience, or is the music off-track hard to find music. Much of estimating the value of your collection depends on: the time you have available to collect and analyze various information and of course the volume of records in your collection.
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The better and more detailed the description, the higher the chance that the ad is attracitng the right interested people. Wait until you have several offers and sell the records to the person which had the highest bid, or the most sympathic one. If there has been no interest, you can donate the discs to a thrift shop
Appraising your record collection
IMPORTANT: The prices listed on the websites below are asking prices, usually the asking prices are higher then what you may get. On auction sites, you must investigate the prices of completed succesfull sales.
Other helpful sites are the "Record Collectors Guild", gemm.com, popsike.com.
General guidelines for appraising your LP's
As an introduction is below a set of "basic" guidelines for estimating the value of your record collection. Each of these topics will be explained in full detail later on.
Records which have low or no value
Apart from the sentimental value, in general the following types of records have little or no particular value
Dating the release date of a record
One of the first factors which help to determine the price of the record, is date the record was produced. Some of the general rule
Keep in mind that the above are general rules and exception will proof the generality of these rules.
If the album cover has an EAN code (product identification barcode) it has been produced after 1973.
Columbia / CBS Records
This section can help you to date Columbia Records based on information or the looks of Columbia's record labels
1938 - Late 50's two overlapping circles with the Magic Notes in the left circle and a CBS microphone in the right circle.
1948 - Introduction of the Long Playing Microgroove LP
This section can help you to date parlophone records
The typical Parlophone label from the 60's has a black label with "PARLOPHONE" in yellow. This basic label style lasted on all Parlophone issues until 1969, when it was replaced by a black label with silver print. However, there were three different variations of the 60's parlophone label, which make it possible to give a more accurate date to your Parlophone album.
From April of 1963 through the end of the year, Parlophone LP's featured the new black label with "The Parlophone Co. Ltd." in the rim print. There is no printed slogan across the middle of the label on this issue.
From 1965 until 1969, all Parlophone LP's were released with labels having The Gramophone Co. Ltd. in the rim print and the Sold in UK message across the center of the label.
|A Gray star will be used to mark a record with low and little or no monetary value|
|1 Gold star, usually these records may raise 5-10 US$|
|2 Gold stars, usually these records will raise 10-30 US$|
|3 Gold stars, usually these records will be valued 30-100 US$|
|3 Large gold stars, these records will be over 100$|
Collectable and Valuble music bands
Collectable and Valuble music bands
Performer / Band-name
|Band/Performers - Album title||Recommendation|
|The BEATLES||Vinyl records (LP's and Singles) by the Beatles are always well sought. Especially records from the pre-Apple period are valuable-||Pre-Apple period high to extremely high value.||Look for British pressings of pre-Apple period|
|METALLICA||Metallica is one of the few Thrash Metal bands with collectable value||Medium to high value||Invest in special editions but take care: many fakes records out there|
|PINK FLOYD||The first UK/GB pressings of Pink Floyd are a must have for every record collector||Medium to high value||Invest in early UK pressings|
|ROLLING STONES||Medium to high value||Look out for the white album covers with R.S. on it|
VINYL Record ALBUM Maintenance Guide
This chapter describes how maintain your vinyl records and albums in top condition. In order to preserve your vinyl records and album covers for many years and decades.
1) Cleaning the album cover
Start by cleaning the album cover, in most cases wiping the album cover with a a dry (non-moistened) microfiber cloth is suffienct to remove any dust. (eg Eurow Microfiber Cleaning Cloths 12 X 16" 300GSM - 36 Pack )
2) Inspecting and repairing the album cover for wear
Check the outside of the album cover for any obvious wear. Place your hand inside the album cover and open your hand while it is inside the cover. This will reveal any hidden seam wear. (and sometimes you may find a surprise inside the album cover). Loose seams can be simple glued back using a strong paper-glue. After applying the glue, I usually insert an old record with inner sleeve inside to album cover to prevent the glue from glueing the inside cover together. Use several spring clamps ( 15 pc. 6" Heavy Duty Spring Clamps ) to keep the seams tight together while the glue is drying
3) 12" Inner Sleeve
I always replace the inner sleeves with a brand-new plastic/paper inner sleeves (100 White Plastic Lined Paper Replacement Innersleeves with Window for 12" Vinyl Records #12IA - Prevent Paper Scratches & Protect Against Dust! (Polylined, Albums / Inner Sleeves) If the original inner sleeve is a company inner sleeve or a custom inner sleeve , eg with artwork and or lyrics. Store this sleeve with record.
4) 12" Outer Sleeves
If there is was item on which I should NOT have saved money on, it is the 12" Outer Sleeves. Many years ago as a student, I could not always afford these outer sleeves which added 1-2$ to the price of a record. Today I regret not having bought these at the time, because the best preserved albums are the albums for which I did buy these plastic sleeves. Buy the thickest plastic outer sleeves you can get (eg 100 Thick 3mil Polyethylene Plastic Record Outer Sleeves for 12" Vinyl Record Albums or LPs (a.k.a. Outersleeves Covers or Bags) )
Store the vinyls horizontally each next to each other and in small groups with dividers in between each group of records. Have a look at the Ikea EXPEDIT but check the inner measures before buying.
6) Vinyl Cleaning with carbon fiber brush
The must have to clean your vinyl records is the anti-static carbon brush. This carbon fiber brush is used to dust the dust of the vinyl record. There at least two diffent ways you can use the brush. 1) Hold the vinyl record in your hand (taking care not to touch the black vinyl areas), Use your other hand to brush the record from inside to the outside.
|Place the vinyl record on the turntable and turn it on. While the record is turning, gently wipe it with the fiber brush. Obviously this option works difficult with fully automatic turntables. For persistent dust particles (or small white spots from the inner sleeves) sticking on the vinyl I use moistened glass wipes, it works perfectly and does not costs a lot (eg Zeiss Pre-Moistened Lens Cloths Wipes )|
Vinyl cleaning machines
Consider a vinyl cleaning machines when you are buying lots of records from thrift shops, garage sales, etc. these places sell records but don't clean them :-)