I acquired way too many records in June. And not on purpose either…
A few weeks ago while helping out a family member with their garage sale, I was gifted three records from their home. As I was looking at the gifted albums a customer of the garage sale approaches me.
“Hey man, you a record collector?”
“Sort of. I have my selective tastes but I’m into a lot of genres.”
“I got two or three boxes of records at my place if you want to go digging through them. You might find something worth while.”
My girlfriend and I wrap up the day a few hours later and head over to the man’s home. He greets us outside his home as he tunes up his car in the driveway. He leads us to his backyard and drops one box at a time on his patio table.
“Feel free to take your time and when you’re done let me know if you see anything that interests you.”
The gentleman was very nice. Considering we had just met him only a few hours earlier, and only for about 3 minutes, he was already offering us water and chairs to sit in so that we’d be comfortable. My girlfriend and I began to dig though his two boxes. Most of it was music I actually liked – The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, etc. The rest included artists like The Beatles, Van Morrison, Pat Benatar, Allman Brothers, Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Credence Clearwater Revival, Big Brother and Holding Company, Bad Company among others.
Unfortunately, most of the records were in VG condition. Some were even warped, like Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan, or Revolver by the Beatles. I put aside three piles while digging through the boxes.
Pile 1: Not interested
Piles 2: Possibly worth keeping
Pile 3: Definitely worth keeping
After spending about 40 minutes going through 100 or so records, we had reached a definitive number of we wanted. 14 Records grand total.
“How much do you think is a fair price for all those?”, he asks.
I was hesitating to throw a figure out. I’m terrible at pricing records and we were looking for a deal. I said $45 seemed fair for the 14 albums. The albums themselves weren’t necessarily rare, or even in good condition, which is why $45 seemed appropriate. My selections included most of the Grateful Dead he had, some Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Thrills by Big Brother and Holding Company, Abby Road by The Beatles, and a few other albums. Most of the albums I wanted were worth probably no more than $1.
“Huh. That’s it, just those 14?”
He hesitated and flipped through the records we wanted. He takes the records and stacks them up, slams them on the box of other records, and says, “Tell ya what, make it $50 and you can take everything.”
We didn’t decline. We took everything for $50 and were thrilled about our deal. In retrospect, I think I would’ve had the bad end of the deal to ask for $45 for our 14 albums. Most of the albums were not in the best shape.
We brought them home and I went through them like it was Christmas Morning. It took me several days to determine the value of over 100 albums from the boxes. Most were worth donating to Goodwill since they were so beat up. I was surprised to discover that a handful of albums were worth more than I had expected.
Below are the four most valuable albums we came across from the two boxes thus far…:
Toe Fat – Toe Fat
I had no idea who this progressive rock group from the UK were. Apparently, they were Uriah Heep’s first band before becoming Uriah Heep. Average price for a copy is between $30 to $45. I hate to admit, the copy we found in the box is pretty beat up. Probably worth closer to $20. Copies have previously sold close to $100.
Chris Isaak – Heart Shaped World
This album was only released on vinyl once and has been out of print for about 25 years. Most copies of this album sell between $30 to $50. The highest sold was about $135. Too bad our copy is in VG condition. Probably worth $25 or so if I had to guess. Not that we plan on selling this one…
Grateful Dead – Grateful Dead
At first glance, I thought my copy was a NM first pressing, but after looking into it a bit more, I was disappointed to find out the copy from the boxes is actually a second pressing. Even so, second pressings in NM condition typically sell anywhere from $35 – $75.
Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers – S/T
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ first self-titled album was produced many times on several labels – including Shelter Records, MCA Records, and Island Records, Warner Brothers Records, and ABC Records. Our specific release of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was from ABC Records and included a picture collage insert of Tom Petty. This version was apparently a “limited edition” release and also had a different label from all other releases. In near mint (which is what we have), and with the photo insert, it’s valued between $50 to $80.
And then there was the least valuable album that came from the boxes…
In VG+ / VG shape, this copy of Jesse Colin Young’s album Song For Juli is currently being sold on Discogs for $0.02. Ironically, international shipping from the UK to the US for this album will cost you $15.
The one oddball from the boxes worth mentioning is a copy of Bad Company’s self-titled debut album.
What makes this album different? Side B for this album does not include a single piece of text on the label.
About 70% of the records in the boxes were not worth keeping. Either they were too beat up and scratched, or they featured music we didn’t enjoy. We’re still deciding on whether or not to sell the records in bulk to a record store, or to attempt liquidating them via eBay. Or, to just donate them to Goodwill.
Past that, I bought only one other album in June.
John Williams – Jurassic Park: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
I loved this movie growing up. The music for the film is good, but it’s not something I would necessarily listen to on a regular basis. Unless of course it looked like this:
Mondo, the record label who published this album, released two variations and three versions of this record. The version I purchased was known as Variation A. Variation A came in the sleeve shown above and was randomly inserted with either black vinyl (version one, 3000 copies produced), or “Dilophosaurus splatter” vinyl (version two, 2000 copies produced – the version I own). The Dilophosaurus splatter design of the vinyl should be an obvious connection for any fan of the film.
Variation B featured a different sleeve design and the vinyl was produced with transparent golden wax, with a mosquito label in the center.
Limited to 1000 copies, and sold out within 20 minutes. By the time I tried ordering a copy after being stuck in traffic on my way to work, they were all extinct. The amber vinyl with its mosquito label should be another easy connection in reference to the film…
These records originally sold for $35, direct on the label’s website. They’re now sitting on eBay for really stupid amounts of money.
|A2||Theme From Jurassic Park||3:27|
|A3||Incident At Isla Nublar||5:20|
|A4||Journey To The Island||8:53|
|B1||The Raptor Attack||2:49|
|B2||Hatching The Baby Raptor||3:20|
|B3||Welcome To Jurassic Park||7:55|
|B4||My Friend, The Brachiosaurus||4:16|
|C1||Dennis Steals The Embryo||4:50|
|C2||A Tree For My Bed||2:12|
|C4||Remembering Petticoat Lane||2:48|
|C5||Jurassic Park Gate||2:04|
|D1||Eye To Eye||6:37|
|D2||T-Rex Rescue & Finale||7:40|