45's, Vinyl Albums, and CD's For Sale
This material is from my personal collection, which has grown too large for an
aging man whose children have no interest in inheriting it. I want to put these items into the hands of someone who will get the same enjoyment from them that I have had.
Prices have been reduced
to 50 cents per record for 45s, and $1 for albums,
with a very few
exceptions. Shipping costs will be determined based on weight and destination.
Having a 50s party?
Several people have asked about getting a bunch of records to use as
decoration. For this purpose, I can provide 25 records for $10, plus shipping. Normally the total price is $16 for U.S.
shipping. I pick the records; if you
want specific items, they will be priced as listed. Records may include
those listed as free or having minor defects. While I'm happy to sell you
records this way, you
can often find stacks of records in thrift stores for five or ten cents
Virtually all pre-1965 records are mono. Virtually all later
albums are stereo. There are hardly any stereo 45's except a few from the 70's or 80's. If it makes a difference, ask first!
Some records have tape or stickers on the label, writing on the
label or other similar "features." I tried to mention
these, but I do not guarantee that every such record is fully
described. If it matters, ask first!
With one or two exceptions, there's just one of each record. You may send
Email to reserve an item.
Important: Include the artist name or
record title in the Email subject line. Also include your
ZIP code to help determine shipping costs.
Payment via www.paypal.com
is preferred, but money orders are also accepted.
you're just sending a request for information, be sure to put a
subject line in your Email; otherwise it may get deleted as spam.
Almost all records are graded. Read more about grading
here and here. Click here for
shipping costs. And for more information about these records in general, click
For different styles and formats, click on these links:
to music pages
shipping costs will depend on weight and distance. You can estimate approximate
international rates at the US Postal
Service web site. Remember I have to add something for packing
and other overhead costs.
You may pay by money order, or on line via Paypal.
This allows you to pay from your bank account or by credit card.
I have used the grading descriptions
published by DISCoveries magazine, the premiere magazine for
record collectors. I included a "+" and a "-" in
each category. A vg+ record is one step below e-, not quite
excellent. I taped many of these records in preparation for the
sale, at which time I graded them. When I started, I did not believe
in using + or - variations, but as the project progressed, I
realized there were records in each category that needed further
description. All grading is by ear; I have no confidence at all in
Some records are not graded. Send Email if
you'd like a grade for any of these. Please note that many listed grades are for the hit
side of the record only.
A Few More Comments on Quality
Here's a hint: A few records that I thought
were a G- had clicks that were caused by a visible spot; when I
wiped them with a damp cloth, they turned into G+ or VG. Records
that sounded like G or less when I taped them sitting right in front
of the speaker sounded a lot better when played back in a typical
casual listening environment. In other words, minor defects are more
noticeable if you're listening for them.
Interesting note: Many records have pits
and bumps pressed into the surface. This means they could never have
been considered mint!
Click here for DISCoveries' complete
description of the different grades.
In pricing records, I consulted Jerry
Osborne's Official Price Guide to Records (9th Edition) and Goldmine's
Rock & Roll 45 RPM Record Price Guide (3rd Edition).
Discount prices may be negotiated for large quantities.
SS: Still sealed
M: Mint. The record and sleeve are in original, unsealed
condition. They may have been played, but will have no visual or
EX: Excellent. This record may show slight signs of wear
and use, but will have almost no audible defect. Sleeves in this
condition may show marginal deterioration that will keep them from
being graded mint, but will not have any repairs, or pen or pencil
VG: Very Good: Records will be noticeable less than
perfect. They obviously have been played, but the damage is not
visually or audibly distracting. Minor scuffs and slight surface
defects may be present. Background ticks and hiss are minimal.
Sleeves may show some slight ring wear and may have minor creases.
Seams will be intact unless they have separated due to failure of
manufacturer’s gluing agent.
G: Good. This record will have both visual and audible
distractions, but will still be playable. The record and sleeve will
show visual wear and moderate use. Sleeves will show ring wear, but
will not be physically damaged.
F: Fair. This record is visually and audibly distracting.
It will still play although obviously damaged and will not have
skips, but may have "play through" scratches. It is still
usable. Sleeves will show heavy ring wear and some minor physical
P: Poor. This record is one step away from the trash. It
may or may not play. The sleeves are faded, torn, holed, marked, or
otherwise damaged beyond pleasurable viewing. Anything worse than
this condition should be classified as bad.
DJ: Radio station copy
EP: Extended play (usually a 4-song 45 rpm)
PS: Picture sleeve
SOC: Sticker on cover
SOL: Sticker on label
TOL: Tape on label
WOL: Writing on label
(From DISCoveries Magazine)
Story Behind the Story
In 1995, I accepted as true the following assumptions:
1. I will not live forever
2. Considering #1, I will never have time to listen to all my
CD's, LP's, 45's and tapes often enough to justify keeping every one
3. My daughters are not looking forward to inheriting 13 Nat King
Cole 45's, much less Kenyon Hopkins "Blues From the Fugitive
4. Somewhere in the world is someone who WOULD like to own these
titles, as well as many others.
This led to the obvious decision: Go through my collection of 45
RPM records that began in 1955, decide which ones to keep and which
ones to sell, and offer them for sale. This project occupied much of
my free time for two months, during which time I played and graded
nearly every record and set a price.
I have always taken good care of my records, but some of them
were acquired used, and some were handled by people who were not as
careful as I. In general, the typical record is in good or very good
condition. With the low prices I am charging, all sales are
final unless the record arrives damaged.
Many of the older titles have adhesive tape with my name and
personal catalog number on the label (sorry, I was young and
foolish). Quite a few records are radio station copies. Some of
these have writing or stickers on the label. With a few exceptions,
I have not identified these variations nor made any allowance in the
pricing, because I believe that the only thing that really counts is
what's in the groove. If these things concern you, inquire first!
A record marked "reissue" is the original recording,
but a later pressing, often part of a "greatest hits"
reissue series like RCA's Gold Standard discs.
"Re-recording" means the record was recorded later than the
Most 45's are in heavy duty sleeves, with artist and titles
typed on a label in the upper left corner. Original sleeve means a
generic sleeve with the label name printed on it. EP's are in
original covers unless indicated by "plain sleeve." One
Elvis record is in a generic RCA Elvis sleeve (no record title,
standard center hole). I think this is the only record where this
situation occurs. Albums are in original covers unless otherwise
noted. About 80% of the albums have plastic or plastic and paper
inner sleeves. Original inner sleeves are noted where significant.
CD's have been handled with exquisite care, stored in jewel boxes
when not in the player, and are in virtually mint condition. All are in jewel
boxes and have original liner notes unless otherwise indicated.