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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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QTY OF ROCK RECORDS
Dec 08, 9:00 AM AEST
QTY OF ROCK RECORDS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD37514 Bids
Six records including Spacey Jane, Little Dragon, Fat Freddys Drop, etc
Dec 10, 2:00 PM AEDT
Six records including Spacey Jane, Little Dragon, Fat Freddys Drop, etc
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD709 Bids
Mosaic Records Jazz Vinyl and CD Collection
Dec 11, 10:00 AM CST
Mosaic Records Jazz Vinyl and CD Collection
by Leonard Auction
Est: $150- $200
$2758 Bids
Twelve records including The beastie Boys Duke Ellington/John Coltrane etc
Dec 10, 2:00 PM AEDT
Twelve records including The beastie Boys Duke Ellington/John Coltrane etc
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD907 Bids
Six Kylie Minogue Records - 20th Anniversary edition- Fever
Dec 10, 2:00 PM AEDT
Six Kylie Minogue Records - 20th Anniversary edition- Fever
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD1306 Bids
Six records marked Spiderbait, Public Enemy, Twelve Foot Ninja, etc
Dec 10, 2:00 PM AEDT
Six records marked Spiderbait, Public Enemy, Twelve Foot Ninja, etc
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD555 Bids
Three records including Cyndi Lauper & Dua Lipa
Dec 10, 2:00 PM AEDT
Three records including Cyndi Lauper & Dua Lipa
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD955 Bids
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PRESS. 1977, FIRST PRESSING, "RUMOURS" BY FLEETWOOD MAC, VINYL ALBUM.
Dec 10, 11:00 AM EST
PRESS. 1977, FIRST PRESSING, "RUMOURS" BY FLEETWOOD MAC, VINYL ALBUM.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $50- $100
$304 Bids
Small Library of Records, including Progressive Rock and Show Tunes
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
Small Library of Records, including Progressive Rock and Show Tunes
by Weschler's
Est: $50- $100
$554 Bids
Small Library of Records, including Classic Rock, Classical and other
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
Small Library of Records, including Classic Rock, Classical and other
by Weschler's
Est: $50- $100
$554 Bids
Three Records marked NORTHLANE-2LP
Dec 10, 2:00 PM AEDT
Three Records marked NORTHLANE-2LP
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD353 Bids
Three Records marked ABBA- Voyage
Dec 10, 2:00 PM AEDT
Three Records marked ABBA- Voyage
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD303 Bids
Small Library of Records, including Classic Rock, Pop and Jazz
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
Small Library of Records, including Classic Rock, Pop and Jazz
by Weschler's
Est: $50- $100
$453 Bids
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BOX OF CD'S
Dec 08, 9:00 AM AEST
BOX OF CD'S
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD252 Bids
A number of CDs including Chesney Hawkes Michael Buble, Diango Blackheart etc
Dec 10, 2:00 PM AEDT
A number of CDs including Chesney Hawkes Michael Buble, Diango Blackheart etc
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD202 Bids
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QTY OF RECORDS INC CAT STEVENS
Dec 08, 9:00 AM AEST
QTY OF RECORDS INC CAT STEVENS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD202 Bids
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BOX OF 45RPM RECORDS
Dec 08, 9:00 AM AEST
BOX OF 45RPM RECORDS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD152 Bids
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BOX LOT OF 45RPM RECORDS 1950'S-1970'S
Dec 08, 9:00 AM AEST
BOX LOT OF 45RPM RECORDS 1950'S-1970'S
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD152 Bids
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RECORDS BOOK, BOOK A/F
Dec 08, 9:00 AM AEST
RECORDS BOOK, BOOK A/F
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD252 Bids
Seven single records including track cleaning brush
Dec 10, 2:00 PM AEDT
Seven single records including track cleaning brush
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD202 Bids
Five records including Jonny Cash, Michael Buble etc
Dec 10, 2:00 PM AEDT
Five records including Jonny Cash, Michael Buble etc
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD202 Bids
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LOT OF 33RPM RECORDS
Dec 08, 9:00 AM AEST
LOT OF 33RPM RECORDS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD152 Bids
Vintage 1940s - 1970s Juke Box Records
Dec 09, 8:00 AM EST
Vintage 1940s - 1970s Juke Box Records
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $50- $150
$252 Bids
Seven records marked Righteous Fool, Polaris, Tim Jackson etc
Dec 10, 2:00 PM AEDT
Seven records marked Righteous Fool, Polaris, Tim Jackson etc
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD202 Bids

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