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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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Alice Coltrane LP: Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana (1977), promo sticker on cover
Jun 20, 7:00 PM EDT
Alice Coltrane LP: Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana (1977), promo sticker on cover
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1611 Bids
1958 Mainstream The East Coast Jazz Scene Multi Artist Vinyl Album W/ Seam Splits - MG 12127
Jun 20, 7:00 PM EDT
1958 Mainstream The East Coast Jazz Scene Multi Artist Vinyl Album W/ Seam Splits - MG 12127
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$3810 Bids
1957 La Vern Baker Rock & Roll Vinyl Album - 8007
Jun 20, 7:00 PM EDT
1957 La Vern Baker Rock & Roll Vinyl Album - 8007
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$5510 Bids
1965 Roy Orbison Orbisongs Vinyl Album - SLP18035
Jun 20, 7:00 PM EDT
1965 Roy Orbison Orbisongs Vinyl Album - SLP18035
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$98 Bids
Chicago (3 LP Lot): Chicago IX - Chicago's Greatest Hits (1975); Chicago 16 (1982); and Chicago 17 (1984)
Jun 20, 7:00 PM EDT
Chicago (3 LP Lot): Chicago IX - Chicago's Greatest Hits (1975); Chicago 16 (1982); and Chicago 17 (1984)
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$128 Bids
Two Statues and Cheap Thrills, Big Brother Album
Jun 23, 6:00 PM EDT
Two Statues and Cheap Thrills, Big Brother Album
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$758 Bids
1982 Zapp Band II W/ Cover Seam Split & 1982 Bootsy's Rubber Band Body Slam Vinyl Albums
Jun 20, 7:00 PM EDT
1982 Zapp Band II W/ Cover Seam Split & 1982 Bootsy's Rubber Band Body Slam Vinyl Albums
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$117 Bids
Group of 70+ Golden Years Vinyl Records and More
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Group of 70+ Golden Years Vinyl Records and More
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$1007 Bids
The Cars LP: Candy-O (1979), Alberto Vargas cover art
Jun 20, 7:00 PM EDT
The Cars LP: Candy-O (1979), Alberto Vargas cover art
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$287 Bids
1975 ZZ Top Fandango Vinyl Album - PS-656
Jun 20, 7:00 PM EDT
1975 ZZ Top Fandango Vinyl Album - PS-656
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$147 Bids
1972 Fleetwood Mac Future Games Reissue Vinyl Album W/ Seam Split - RS 6465
Jun 20, 7:00 PM EDT
1972 Fleetwood Mac Future Games Reissue Vinyl Album W/ Seam Split - RS 6465
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$116 Bids
Phil Collins (2 LP Lot): Face Value (1981), gatefold; and No Jacket Required (1985)
Jun 20, 7:00 PM EDT
Phil Collins (2 LP Lot): Face Value (1981), gatefold; and No Jacket Required (1985)
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$106 Bids
Lot of Led Zepplin Records LOT 696
Jun 23, 5:00 PM EDT
Lot of Led Zepplin Records LOT 696
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$386 Bids
Two Vinyl's, Marked Midnights Mahogany & Moonstone Blue Edition, Untested
Jun 29, 10:00 AM AEST
Two Vinyl's, Marked Midnights Mahogany & Moonstone Blue Edition, Untested
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD506 Bids
1971 Black Sabbath Master of Reality Vinyl Album - BS 2562
Jun 20, 7:00 PM EDT
1971 Black Sabbath Master of Reality Vinyl Album - BS 2562
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$156 Bids
Heart (3 LP Lot): Bebe Le Strange (1980); Passion Works (1983); and Bad Animals (1987)
Jun 20, 7:00 PM EDT
Heart (3 LP Lot): Bebe Le Strange (1980); Passion Works (1983); and Bad Animals (1987)
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$75 Bids
Over 75 Vintage Records
Jun 23, 6:00 PM EDT
Over 75 Vintage Records
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$305 Bids
Group of 80+ Golden Years Vinyl Records and 45s
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Group of 80+ Golden Years Vinyl Records and 45s
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$455 Bids
A Collection of Nine Vinyl Records, Including Madness, The Specials & More
Jun 20, 6:00 PM AEST
A Collection of Nine Vinyl Records, Including Madness, The Specials & More
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD605 Bids
1974 Elton John's Greatest Hits Vinyl Album - MCA 2128
Jun 20, 7:00 PM EDT
1974 Elton John's Greatest Hits Vinyl Album - MCA 2128
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$165 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Vinyl Records


Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer

Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer

Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers

Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers

Keystone Auctions LLC

Keystone Auctions LLC

Zwiggelaar Auctions

Zwiggelaar Auctions