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about collectables and their alleged collectability and value

BUYERS AND SELLERS of collectables—whether records or mem­o­ra­bilia or Beanie Babies—often fail to achieve their goals of fi­nan­cial suc­cess be­cause they do not un­der­stand a few basic concepts on determining col­lec­tability and value of the “seldom found.” Be­cause this a record col­lec­tors web­site, I will gen­er­ally refer to records below, but you can sub­sti­tute al­most any other col­lec­table and the com­ments re­main vir­tu­ally un­changed. [Continue reading]

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my first record show as a dealer (rock of ages part 1)

WE HAD BEEN TOGETHER for a year when we fi­nally de­cided to make the move from the sultry sum­mers of the East Coast to the more mod­erate West Coast. It was 1978 and the dreams of ‘the six­ties’ didn’t seem so far off. Working two jobs each, we had saved the equiv­a­lent of $10,000 in to­day’s dol­lars. [Continue reading]

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the avid collectors’ guide to wild in the streets part 4

THIS IS PART 4 of the Avid Record Col­lec­tor’s Price Guide to Wild In The Streets. It ad­dresses in de­tail the four al­bums as­so­ci­ated with that movie and its music. The first three parts have been pub­lished, and with this part I fi­nally get around the a la­be­l­og­raphy and price guide for the records. [Continue reading]

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introduction to rather rare records

(a blog for those who never gave up their turntables)

MY INTRODUCTION TO WRITING RECORD REVIEWS was for my high school news­paper in 1969. Like most nerds with cool record col­lec­tions given a pulpit, I wrote con­de­scendingly about the artists and music that my class­mates liked. I re­member damning Glen Camp­bell and dis­missing Cream’s farewell album. [Continue reading]

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surfing guitars and instrumental surf bands of the early ’60s

ARGUING THE ‘BEST’ ROCK GUITAR PLAYERS of the ’60 is prob­ably a pretty dumb way to waste time—and “Surfing Gui­tars” will not be doing that! Con­sid­er­ably more con­struc­tive and in­ter­esting would be an ar­gu­ment as to who were—and that’s in­ten­tion­ally plural—the most ‘cre­ative’ players. Of course, to reach any kind of con­sensus there would re­quire that we first agree on a de­f­i­n­i­tion of ‘cre­ative’ in that context! [Continue reading]

Coffee CupJava 1500

I’ll give you a hundred bucks for it right now!

THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVE STORIES about in­ter­acting with a col­lector at a con­ven­tion. For the most part, I learned far more from col­lec­tors than they learned from me in these face-to-face ex­changes: what­ever I heard of value went into my price guides. But there were in­stances where I was def­i­nitely of value to a collector. [Continue reading]

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fighting over jutta hipp at a record collectors convention

WAY BACK IN THE ’90s, I at­tended a couple of record col­lec­tors con­ven­tions on the East Coast. One was in New York, one in Vir­ginia, both within days of each other in 1996. Set­ting up as a dealer at an East Coast show was some­thing that I hadn’t done since leaving Penn­syl­vania eigh­teen years ear­lier! [Continue reading]


how to meet girls at record collectors conventions

BACK IN THE ’90s, when I was pub­lishing record col­lec­tors price guides with Krause Pub­li­ca­tions, I started working on a book ten­ta­tively ti­tled INTRODUCTION AND GUIDE TO RECORD COLLECTING. I in­tended it to have 100 mini-chapters on var­ious as­pects of collecting—from learning to iden­tify orig­inal press­ings and knowing the dif­fer­ence be­tween a re­pro­duc­tion and a bootleg, to how-to’s on buying and selling at col­lec­tors conventions. [Continue reading]

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cantaloupe eyes come to me tonight

WHEN I ARRIVED AT MY OFFICE on a day in early 1987, I was handed a package that had ar­rived ear­lier. As I worked at home more often than “at work,” my schedule of ar­riving and de­parting varied from day to day. My job was ed­itor of a line of price guides for record col­lec­tors pub­lished by O’­Sul­livan Wood­side and for­merly as­so­ci­ated with other authors. [Continue reading]