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Monday, April 19, 2021

Is Your Punk Rock Record Collection Worth a Mint?

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Discogs has just announced that a record has sold on its site for a crazy $41,000… do you have a punk rarity sitting undiscovered in your record collection?

Discogs, the music reference site and marketplace, has just sold an obscure 12-inch promo vinyl released by a little known British DJ Scaramanga Silk for a staggering $41,095

The DJ’s 2008 self-released debut, Choose Your Weapon, was released as a promo gatefold with a 12-inch vinyl and only 20 copies exist. The sale dwarfs its closest competitor – Prince’s The Black Album, which was sold for U.S.$27,500

But what about your punk record collect? Is it worth a mint? Do you have punk rarities in your vinyls that if auctioned off you could find yourself sitting on a tropical island, sipping champagne and living the good life?

To paraphrase Sir Ian of Dury, unless you’ve been a clever bastard (lucky bleeder, lucky bleeder) and knew exactly what you were buying the chances are minimal. BUT that said, you might get lucky and have one in there that might make you a tidy little number.

Here are some of the rarer punk records out there… Do you own one?


god save

Though 20,000 A&M copies of The Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen were pressed, most were destroyed, making this single the holy grail to punk vinyl collectors.

Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen A&M Copy (1977)
Price: US$15,060


emi ararchy

Anarchy In The UK was released on 7″ and originally issued in a plain black sleeve. BUT if you have a one-sided acetate test pressing from 1976 (not pictured) you might be rich

Sex Pistols – Anarchy In The UK 1976 acetate test pressing – EMI
Price: US$10,425


misfits Green

The Green version of Misfits Earth AD had a press run of 100 copies, so unsurprisingly is worth a fair amount of moolah!

Misfits – Earth AD – Green Vinyl – Danzig Punk Records
Price US$6,113



the queers

After forming in 1981, the Queers an American punk band from New Hampshire released two EPs on lead singer Joe Queer’s own Doheny Records. The first EP Love Me is very rare and worth a pretty penny!

The Queers – Love Me – Doheny Records Yellow Label
Price US$5,850


The Fingers

An extremely rare single by The Fingers, a Pittsburgh area band from the late ’70s. This was issued on the Para Dox Record label and is a first press. Got this in your collection? Go look NOW!

The Fingers – Isolation 3 Track EP – Para Dox Records
Price USD$3,550


misfits

Simply just rare AF – if you’ve for one of these puppies sitting in your collection and it’s it good condition it’s worth around USD$2,000. If it’s perfect condition and unplayed double that figure.

Misfits – Earth AD Purple Vinyl – Danzig Punk Records
Price US$3,499



bad brains

Here it is, one of the holy relic of hardcore punk records – Bad Brains’ Pay To Cum 7”
Finding one of these is hard, but finding one with the sleeve is almost impossible.

Bad Brains – Play To Cum – Purple Vinyl – KBD Record
Price US$3,000


dicks hate the police

The Dicks Hate the Police is the debut single from US hardcore punk band The Dicks. The record was released in 1980 on the band’s own Radical Records. If you have an original copy with the lyrics sheet – you’re in the money

The Dicks – Hate The Police – Radical Records
Price US$3,000


anarchy belgium

Do you live in Belgium? Did you buy the 1976 EMI Records (Belgium) release of Anarchy in The UK released in an Orange cover? If you have this version of the single you might be able to afford a little holiday in the sun

Sex Pistols – Anarchy In The UK 1976 Belgium release – EMI
Price: US$1,887


New Rose Germany

The Damned – New Rose c/w Stab Your Back and Singalonga Scabies.
was original issued in Germany . If you have it with a sticker on the cover that says “Original Punk Rock” you’re in the money!

The Damned – New Rose 1977 German release – Stiff
Price: US$1,670



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