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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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Zenith Cobra-Matic Record Player.
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Bob Marley – Live! Laser Cut Color Vinyl Framed Display
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Est: $0- $0
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Bob Marley Gold Laser Cut Framed Record
Oct 23, 10:30 PM EDT
Bob Marley Gold Laser Cut Framed Record
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Oct 23, 10:30 PM EDT
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2Pac – Strictly For My N**** Framed Gold Record LP Display
Oct 23, 10:30 PM EDT
2Pac – Strictly For My N**** Framed Gold Record LP Display
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Est: $0- $0
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Miles Davis – So What Gold Framed Record Display
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LOT OF SINGLE RECORDS
Oct 21, 9:30 AM AEST
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Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
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Oct 21, 9:00 AM PDT
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Sellers Who Sell Vinyl Records


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Gold Record Outlet

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Theodore Bruce

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