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Vinyl Records

Although music is well into the digital age, vinyl still holds a special place for music enthusiasts worldwide. Unlike electronic music formats, vinyl is more of a physical experience involving a turntable, a record, and an artistic cover jacket. A signed cover can affect the worth of the vinyl itself, depending on a number of factors; each consideration is somewhat subjective, depending on the collector and the market.

Before the 1940s, vinyl records were made of shellac and slate material, and the format was typically 78 RPMs. In 1948, Columbia Records introduced a 33 1/3 RPM record made of polystyrene material, and shortly thereafter, RCA Victor developed a 45 RPM version. Vinyl is available in three sizes: 7, 10 and 12 inches. Content variations include LP (long play), SP (single play), and EP (extended play).

Overall, the 1950s and 1960s are considered important time periods for serious vinyl collectors, as these decades produced many valuable albums. Early production runs—or pressings—are most desirable, and promotional copies are often rare.

Quick Facts

  • A pressing is a run, or manufacture, of a vinyl record. Early pressings are always more valuable than later ones. One tip is to check for barcodes on album, since no barcodes were printed on albums from the early 1970s and prior
  • The Sex Pistols’ 7-inch promotional single “God Save the Queen” is considered a very rare and valuable record. Only two copies are known to exist
  • The 1958 original record, "That'll Be The Day/In Spite Of All The Danger" by The Quarrymen, is said to be worth over $150,000

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(30) Factory Sealed Records
Mar 02, 2:00 PM EST
(30) Factory Sealed Records
by Heritage Antiques & Auction
Est: $50- $100
$404 Bids
1989 MILLER HIGH LIFE BEER 45 RECORD BUY THAT MAN A MILLER COUNTRY & ROCK
Mar 18, 6:00 PM CDT
1989 MILLER HIGH LIFE BEER 45 RECORD BUY THAT MAN A MILLER COUNTRY & ROCK
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$604 Bids
STACK OF RECORDS
Feb 29, 12:00 PM CST
STACK OF RECORDS
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$74 Bids
A collection of LP records and singles (Qty).
Mar 01, 10:00 AM GMT
A collection of LP records and singles (Qty).
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £20- £40
£204 Bids
Mickey Mantle 1964 Auravision Records
Feb 29, 11:00 AM EST
Mickey Mantle 1964 Auravision Records
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $75- $150
$213 Bids
LOT OF VINTAGE 45 RECORD ALBUMS
Mar 01, 12:00 PM EST
LOT OF VINTAGE 45 RECORD ALBUMS
by Converse Auctions
Est: $20- $40
$203 Bids
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(8) 1908 Victrola Single Sided 78 rpm records
Mar 02, 2:00 PM EST
(8) 1908 Victrola Single Sided 78 rpm records
by Heritage Antiques & Auction
Est: $20- $60
$202 Bids
Antique Edison Cylinder Record Collection
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Edison Cylinder Record Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$852 Bids
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Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
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by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
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50 Vintage 45 rpm records and stand
Mar 16, 2:00 PM EDT
50 Vintage 45 rpm records and stand
by Heritage Antiques & Auction
Est: $50- $100
$251 Bid
Ernie Banks 1964 Auravision Records
Feb 29, 11:00 AM EST
Ernie Banks 1964 Auravision Records
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Collection of Vintage Records 33 LP
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Collection of Vintage Records 33 LP
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $75- $125
$101 Bid
CASSETTE TAPES
Feb 29, 12:00 PM CST
CASSETTE TAPES
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
CD’s, Cassettes, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Led Zepplin
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
CD’s, Cassettes, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Led Zepplin
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
MUSIC CDS/DVD MOVIES
Feb 29, 12:00 PM CST
MUSIC CDS/DVD MOVIES
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Antique 78 RPM Record Estate Collection
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Antique 78 RPM Record Estate Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
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Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
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by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Assorted Cassette Tapes, CDs
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Assorted Cassette Tapes, CDs
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Vintage Records, Jim Croce, Mac Davis
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Records, Jim Croce, Mac Davis
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Vintage John Denver Vinyl Records
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage John Denver Vinyl Records
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
VINTAGE ALBEN 17 JEWELS INCABLOC UNBREAKABLE MAINSPRING WATCH WORKS!!!!
Mar 08, 10:30 AM EST
VINTAGE ALBEN 17 JEWELS INCABLOC UNBREAKABLE MAINSPRING WATCH WORKS!!!!
by Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $90- $380
$200 Bids
5 Schellackplatten 1937-1941 und Schallplattenkoffer - 5 German shellac records 1937-1941 with record suitcase
Mar 03, 9:30 AM CET
5 Schellackplatten 1937-1941 und Schallplattenkoffer - 5 German shellac records 1937-1941 with record suitcase
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€600 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Vinyl Records


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Lux Auction

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Dees Auction Company,LLC

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