These old records are golden - check them out right now and see if you own one!

Marc - 30. March 2022
Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin (1969)
The year 1969 was one to remember for many reasons. Notably, it brought us the famous Woodstock festival and the hit song "Summer of 69" by Brian Adams. However, it was also an outstanding and immensely successful year for Led Zeppelin. They released many chart-topping records throughout the year. The one that is most noticeable is undoubtedly the best of them all. Interestingly, the critics of the time did not share the same sentiment, as they found the record rather dull.

Despite the lack of enthusiasm from many, including the makers of Rolling Stone magazine, the record became a massive success unlike any other. In 2013, it was ranked 29th on the list of the greatest albums ever made across different genres. If you happen to own a copy or your dad does, it's worth a staggering $1000 today!
Miles Davis, Kind of Blue (1959)
Miles Davis is often regarded as the greatest trumpeter of all time, and for a good reason. During his career, he elevated the jazz genre to new heights, and the 1959 record "Kind of Blue" is undoubtedly the most valuable one he ever produced. Davis collaborated with music legends such as Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, and other stars on this record. Their contribution to its success is invaluable.

Check your record collection now, whether it's yours, your grandfather's, or your father's. You might have a copy of "Kind of Blue," which is now worth about $1000. It's incredible to think that such an old record can hold such value. Who knows what other treasures lie hidden in our record cabinets? Let us examine some of the other expensive copies.
The Who, The Who Sell Out (1967)
Some records have been produced in millions of copies, while others are only available in a few editions. The latter is usually the case for artists with modest success. However, even world-famous bands sometimes decide to release a limited number of copies of their works. The phrase "If you want to be popular, make yourself rare" comes to mind, and "The Who" seems to have taken this approach. One of their records was produced only 1000 times.

If you happen to own a copy of this record with a psychedelic butterfly design, consider yourself lucky. You could sell it on eBay for approximately $1,100, or you could hold onto it and watch its value soar even higher. It would be unwise to part with it too soon and discover that it's worth more in ten years. It's better to hold onto something special for a little while longer and appreciates it.
Nirvana, Bleach (1989)
Nirvana is a band that has achieved legendary status, and not just because of their frontman's story, which is known to almost everyone. Many people believe that their record "Nevermind" is the most valuable one, but this isn't the case. If you have a copy of "Bleach" in your record collection, you should be congratulated. Only 1000 copies were produced, and it's worth a whopping $2500 if you sell it now.

The intriguing thing about this record is that the first 1000 copies were white. The third pressing came in blue, and there is still a red copy of it. All these colored records are rare, with only 500 of them in existence. However, the white ones are the most valuable for reasons unknown. The colored ones still trade for approximately $1,100. Perhaps the white one is more sought after because they are first editions.
XTC — Science Friction (1977)
Here's a genuinely rare record, although it may not be worth as much as one would think. XTC was a New Wave band that achieved its greatest successes in the 70s. They intentionally produced only a few copies of their records, and there was one 12-inch copy that later became a 7-inch. But how many copies of this record were made, and what is it worth today? Perhaps you have one lying around somewhere?

If you are fortunate enough to have one of the smaller copies in your possession, it's worth around $2000, although it's highly unlikely that you have one since only 50 copies were ever produced. For us, it's surprising that it's worth so little, given its rarity. However, it's still a piece of history worth $2000, which is quite remarkable. Let's move on to the next valuable record.
David Bowie — The Prettiest Star (1973)
David Bowie was an icon who was mourned by many after his death, and for a good reason. He was one of the most versatile and dazzling personalities in the music world. Bowie could do it all, from emotional ballads to rock anthems and even duets with stars like Freddy Mercury. "The Prettiest Star" is one of his most famous songs, which he dedicated to his wife, Angela Barnett. It's a beautiful gesture, isn't it?

When he was still in love with Angela, and before they became a couple, Bowie wrote and played "The Prettiest Star" for her. We can only imagine how impressed she was. Has anyone ever written a song for you? That's a pretty special thing. If you own a copy of this record, it's worth $2000. Not too shabby, right?
ABBA — Hova’s Vittne (1981)
Next up, we have a record that's already more valuable. ABBA produced red records for special people, and this rare record features "Hovas Vittne" on one side and "Tivedshambo" on the other. This band was one of the most successful ones of all time and continues to be one of the most successful bands of all time. It's hard to find anyone who doesn't know at least one of their songs.

ABBA was made up of two couples who complemented each other perfectly, as is evident in their music. Unfortunately, the pressure from all sides took its toll, and their marriages didn't last. However, their music lives on. Interestingly, ABBA has been offered millions of dollars several times to perform again, but they have all declined. By the way, this rare record is worth $3500. Quite a sum, isn't it?
The Quarrymen — That’ll Be the Day (1981)
Anyone familiar with the Beatles is also aware of "The Quarrymen," and the two are connected by a story that die-hard fans know well. In 1958, they released a cover of Buddy Holly's "That'll Be The Day," which became a massive success. Covers often fall short because people prefer the original, but this one was an exception.

Because of the song's popularity and fame, the Beatles decided to reissue it. Paul McCartney oversaw the new version, and only 50 copies of it were released. If you're lucky enough to have one of these rare copies in your possession, take it to a record store and get a quote. It should easily fetch $3500.
Cherry Five — Cherry Five (1975)
The band famous for providing the best songs for horror movies such as "Deep Red," "Suspiria," and "Dawn of the Dead" also gave us "Cherry Five." If you happen to own this record, consider yourself fortunate. However, just like with books, not every copy is worth the same.

For records, the first release is the most valuable, and for "Cherry Five," it must be the 1975 release. If you have this record, congratulations! You can sell it for about $3500. Who knew? Well, we certainly didn't.
David Bowie, Diamond Dogs (1974)
David Bowie, mentioned earlier, was not only a dazzling personality but also liked to provoke and even shock people at times. In 1974, he released a record that wouldn't make it onto the market in the same form today. To put it mildly, it's quite "special." At the time, it was even questioned if it should be released due to the taboo nature of the album's back cover, which displays dog body parts.

Despite this, the record was released and remained on the market. If you happen to own a copy, consider yourself lucky, as it's worth around $3500. Take a look at the back cover - it's just the way Bowie was.
The Beatles — Abbey Road (1969)
This next record is also quite precious. The Beatles album can be worth up to $4000, but it must be a special copy, specifically the UK export. You can tell if it's one of these by looking inside the sleeve for the yellow and black Parlophone Records label, and the ID number should be PPCS 7088.

If you have this record, keep it safe! If you decide to sell it, you can expect to receive around $4000. And if you're one of the lucky few to find a golden sticker on the back of the record, you may be able to sell it for a bit more. Although it was initially met with criticism, this album is now regarded as one of the Beatles' best.
Elvis Presley, That’s All Right (1954)
Sometimes, as an artist, all you need is one bad day that leads to success. This is precisely what happened to Elvis Presley. He was bored and in a bad mood on his day off when he started singing poorly to Arthur Crudup's "That's All Right" in the studio. Luckily, Sam Phillips was nearby and heard Elvis singing and loved it, so he decided to record the song with him.

Thus, the album was born, which was released in 1954, and many consider it the very first record of the rock 'n' roll era. While this may be an exaggeration, we can let Elvis have this posthumous fame. If you have a copy of this record, it's worth around $4000, so keep it safe!
The Thirteenth Floor Elevators — Reverberation (Doubt) (1966)
It's true, many of the bands here are unfamiliar to us, aside from the popular ones. This lack of knowledge could be costly. Just because we are unaware of a band's worth doesn't mean that others aren't aware and don't appreciate their music. The Thirteenth Floor Elevators' records are a prime example of this.

The band played a pivotal role in the emergence of psychedelic rock music. Sadly, they didn't stay together for long due to the guitarist's struggle with schizophrenia - an ironic condition for someone in this genre. Nonetheless, the band still has a dedicated fan base to this day and their 1966 record is worth roughly $4000.
The Beatles, Please Please Me (1963)
It's common knowledge that the Beatles were a highly ambitious band. They didn't have anything handed to them; everything they achieved was through hard work and dedication, which can still be felt in their music today. Their ambition also meant they were held to a higher standard than others. Once, they were required to record seven songs in the studio in a single day - which may sound trivial to some, but many artists take days to record just one song!

Despite the pressure, the band managed to complete the seven songs in just nine hours and 45 minutes. Impressive, right? Their professionalism and experience meant that there were very few errors, resulting in an entire album being recorded in just one day. Even to this day, artists worldwide are still in awe. The mono version of their 1963 record is valued at around $4200, but the stereo version is worth considerably more.
Depeche Mode, Music for the Masses
Depeche Mode is not a band that caters to the masses - even during their heyday, only a select group of fans appreciated their unique sound. For us, "music for the masses" refers to anything played on mainstream radio. Depeche Mode doesn't fall into that category, and with the exception of a few chart-toppers, they never have. So, if you happen to have a copy of their album "Music for the Masses," pay attention to the white speaker on the cover and the orange background. If it matches the UK copy, it's worth a pretty penny.

The original version can fetch up to $4600 in value. However, newer versions are worth very little as the record company re-pressed it in the 90s. There was a slight mistake during this time that could actually make you money - some of the first album copies were accidentally included. Therefore, if you happen to own one of these rare copies, it could be worth something.
Misfits, Legacy of Brutality (1985)
Some bands prefer to limit the availability of their music, which explains why only a few records of some great bands are in circulation. Here we have one of the rarest records: "Legacy of Brutality" by Misfits, which was only released 16 times! It's hard to believe that Misfits weren't a well-known band, but sometimes there are reasons for this rarity that we don't know.

The record is also valuable because it marks Glen Danzig's final recording with the band. He had already left by the time it was released and wasn't informed of its release. Naturally, he wanted compensation for his work, but with only 16 copies in existence, it probably didn't amount to much. However, copyright royalties are another story. If you happen to have one of the 16 copies, consider it a cause for celebration as it's worth around $5000.
Elvis Presley — Speedway (1968)
When you hear the name Elvis Presley, his music and stunning wife Priscilla likely come to mind before his foray into acting. Unfortunately, his acting career was not met with much success, and while he may have been easy on the eyes, critics agree that his acting left much to be desired.

During his acting stint, he starred in a movie and even produced a song to go along with it called "Speedway." However, to this day, the song is considered far superior to his acting skills. The number of copies of this record that were released at the time remains unknown, with rumors circulating that only 300 pressings were made. If you happen to have one of these rare records from 1968 in good condition, you can rejoice as it's worth up to $5000.
Brute Force — King of Fuh (1969)
In 1969, the record "King of Fuh" was deemed highly inappropriate for children by concerned parents. With honor and respect held in high regard, the band behind the record was forced to tone down the lyrics in order to release it at all. Though they didn't like making changes to their art, they acquiesced in the end.

However, the song only gained notoriety decades later, even after the lyrics had been altered. Remarkably, it wasn't released until 2010, leaving many to wonder how it could have taken so long. There are only 1000 copies of the record in existence, and if you have one of them, you can ask for $5000.
Elton John — I’ve Been Loving You (1968)
Elton John has been a successful musician for many years and released his first record in 1968, working closely with Bernie Taupin for a long time. Their collaboration resulted in the creation of "I've Been Loving You."

At the time, many believed that Taupin had written the song, but it was only years later that Elton John revealed that he was the true writer of the song. He wrote all of his own songs back then. This single is extremely rare, and if you happen to have it in your collection, it's worth around $5000.
Bruce Springsteen, Spirit in the Night (1973)
Bruce Springsteen has been a successful musician for decades, with "Born in the USA" being one of his most well-known songs. Interestingly, despite the patriotic-sounding title, the song is actually a biting critique of American politics at the time. Upon closer listening, this becomes quite evident. However, let's turn to one of his older records, "Spirit in the Night," which was released in 1973 and is incredibly rare.

It had a small circulation and was not a commercial success, proving that even the most famous musicians can have flops. "Born to Run" was the album that propelled Bruce Springsteen to long-term success. Today, despite his many achievements, fans still love the old, unsuccessful single "Spirit in the Night." If you happen to have it, it's worth around $5000. Happy hunting for rare records. Perhaps you'll find one of the gems we've mentioned here.
Century Symphony Orchestra, Waltzes by Johann Strauss, Jr. (1956)
Record labels often enlisted up-and-coming performers to create special album art for their classical and jazz releases. One such album, of which only seven copies are known to exist, is particularly valuable.

The other six copies are lost to history, but one sold for $5,500 in 2012 and is now on display at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. While it's unlikely that you have one of the other four, it may be worth a look, given the high price tag.
Max Steiner, The Caine Mutiny
The CD of a critically acclaimed movie based on a novel by Herman Wouk was canceled after the author promised never to let the studio use his work again if the CD was released.

The CD included both the soundtrack and dialogue recording, but before they could be destroyed, some employees stole a few copies, and it's believed that only a dozen remained. In 2007, one of the copies was sold for $6,700.
Sex Pistols, God Save the Queen
A single of the Sex Pistols was printed in 25,000 copies, but after their label, A&M, ordered all of them to be destroyed, only ten copies are believed to have survived. The Sex Pistols frightened their label so much that they were fired six days after signing a record deal in a well-publicized ceremony in front of Buckingham Palace, which has since become a punk legend.

A few people were able to steal some copies of the single "God Save the Queen," which were headed for destruction, and copies with the A&M label imprinted on the central label have been sold for over $8,600.
U2, Pride (In the name of love)
Although the song is listed as the 388th greatest song ever produced by Rolling Stone, only 50 copies of the Australian version on transparent vinyl are believed to exist, although a few have turned up over the years.

Despite the accolades, Bono expressed his dissatisfaction with the way the song turned out. Whether you agree with the singer or not, one of these 12-inch singles can sell for up to $9,000.
Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Xanadu (1980)
The movie Xanadu has been considered one of the worst movies ever made, but the promotional picture CD for the movie's theme song is one of the most sought-after records.

Rumor has it that Olivia Newton-John ordered the record label to stop production because she didn't like how she looked in the photo on the front of the disc. There are still 20 to 30 records in existence, and if you were able to steal a copy from Olivia Newton-John, you might be able to sell it for $9,100.
Hank Mobley, Blue Note 1568 (1957)
This record was released in 1957 in quantities ranging from 300 to 1,000, but due to a minor printing variation, one particular copy is exceptionally valuable. The legend has it that while printing the record, the renowned jazz label Blue Note ran out of labels.

Some albums had the usual label with the address "47 West 63rd NYC," while others had the label with the address "47 West 63rd New York 23." Both versions are highly valuable, with one regular label version selling for around $11,162 on eBay in 2015. The other version should be worth significantly more.
Robert Johnson, Me and the Devil Blues (1938)
This 78 RPM disc has "Me and the Devil Blues" on side A and "Little Queen of Spades" on side B.

A decent original pressing might be worth up to $12,000 if you have one. In "Me and the Devil Blues," the vocalist describes waking up to see Satan at his door.
The White Stripes, Lafayette Blues (1998)
Only 15 copies of this record were produced, and Dave Buick, the creator of Italy Records, hand-painted the cover of each one. The song "Lafayette Blues" is on side A, and "Sugar Never Tasted So Good" is on side B. The replicas were made in 1998 for the band's record release performance in Detroit when they were just starting out and rising to fame.

If you went to the concert and were smart enough to buy one of the albums for $6, you might have $12,700 tucked away in a milk crate. I hope you kept it safe.
Stonewall, Stonewall (1976)
If you're not familiar with Stonewall, a psychedelic rock band from the 1970s, don't worry. They're a relatively unknown group that never landed a record deal.

Unbeknownst to the band, their only album was released by Tiger Lily, a record company involved in gangster-run tax fraud. Stonewall's self-titled LP is now a highly sought-after rarity, with a price tag of $14,000 for lucky buyers.
Röyksopp, Melody A.M. (2001)
The Norwegian electronic duo's debut album was a hit with both critics and fans, selling over a million copies. But it wasn't until their song "Remind Me" was featured in a popular Geico commercial that they gained widespread recognition in the US.

However, the most valuable edition of the album is one that features a stencil reproduction of the front cover by the elusive graffiti artist Banksy. Only 100 of this limited editions, hand-sprayed versions in various colors were produced, and they are currently selling for as much as $14,204 on Discogs.
The Beatles, Yesterday and Today (1966)
The original album cover for The Beatles' "Yesterday and Today" depicted the Fab Four dressed in butcher's smocks, holding decapitated baby dolls with raw meat on their laps. It's hard to fathom what they were thinking, but who are we to question one of the most popular and influential bands of all time?

Needless to say, the cover was not well-received, and Capitol Records had to spend $250,000 to buy back 750,000 copies that had already been manufactured and sent to stores. If you happen to have a copy of this rare album, it could be worth around $15,300, as not all copies were retrieved.
The Rolling Stones, Street Fighting Man (1968)
The Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man" single originally featured a provocative black-and-white image of two indifferent police officers standing over an injured protester, with the band's name and the title of the song in bold block letters above and below.

The album was set to be released shortly after the infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention riots, and the record label wisely decided to pull the cover due to the political climate at the time. The albums were reportedly destroyed, but 18 copies survived, with one of them selling for $17,000 at an auction in 2011.
The Five Sharps, Stormy Weather (1952)
The value of this album may remind you of an episode of "Pawn Stars." In one episode, a collector offered Rick $25,000 for a rare 78 RPM disc.

The vinyl was in poor condition, and the price seemed exorbitant. However, due to the disc's incredible rarity (only three known copies exist) and strong demand, it has been known to fetch prices as high as $20,000.
The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
A Canadian record collector lucked out when they stumbled upon a copy of The Velvet Underground's album without the Warhol-designed cover for just 75 cents at a flea market. But this was no ordinary re-pressing; it was one of only two existing acetate copies, with the other belonging to former Velvet Underground drummer Moe Tucker.

The record collector subsequently sold their copy on eBay for an impressive $25,200. This particular copy featured early versions of many of the songs and was a test printing, adding to its value.
Frank Wilson, Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)
Frank Wilson, a producer and songwriter at Motown, reluctantly agreed with Motown founder Berry Gordy that his talents would be better suited behind the scenes, writing songs for groups like the Supremes and the Temptations. Shortly after recording "Do I Love You" and "Sweeter As the Days Go By," Gordy ordered the pressings to be destroyed.

It is believed that only two copies were ever made, with one being kept in the Motown vault for a decade before it was discovered by vinyl dealer Simon Soussan. One of the two remaining original LPs was sold for nearly $34,000 at an auction in 2009.
Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963)
Occasionally, a minor error or flaw can lead resulted in a noteworthy rise in the worth of a collectible item, and this is precisely the case with this priceless document. Prior to its release, a few tracks were meant to be changed, but someone at the pressing plant missed the memo, resulting in a few copies being produced with the incorrect music.

If your copy has a serial number that ends in -1A and includes the following four songs: "Rocks and Gravel," "Let Me Die In My Footsteps," "Gamblin' Willie's Dead Man's Hand," and "Talkin' John Birch Blues" (you'll need to listen to confirm, as the tracks will be mislabeled), it could be worth $35,000 or more.
Tommy Johnson, Alcohol And Jake Blues (1930)
The seller of this incredibly rare 78 RPM record from North Carolina acquired it at an estate auction by chance. He posted it on eBay and watched as a bidding war broke out, with the winning bid coming in at $37,100.

It is believed that there are only two copies of this record in existence, both of which are owned by John Tefteller, the successful bidder.
Prince, The Black Album
After recording "The Black Album," also known as "The Funk Bible," and pressing 500,000 copies, Prince decided to halt the release and paid the company to recall all of the records. The reason? The performer had a drug-induced epiphany that his album was "evil."

By that point, however, promotional copies had already been circulated, and despite Prince's objections, the album received significant radio play and was widely bootlegged. In 1994, the singer released a CD version, indicating that he had changed his mind about the album. In 2018, an original, sealed American vinyl pressing sold for $42,300, while an unsealed Canadian vinyl pressing sold for $27,500.
Aphex Twin aka Caustic Window, Caustic Window)
Produced by the reclusive and unconventional techno and drum and bass artist Richard D. James, who is also known as Aphex Twin, this eponymous album was made under the moniker "Caustic Window." However, Aphex Twin abandoned the project after only five copies were printed. Despite this, one or more copies managed to escape into the world outside. In 2014, Discogs listed the album with an asking price of $13,500. In response, Rephlex Records, James, and Doctors Without Borders purchased the album.

Subsequently, Rephlex Records launched a Kickstarter campaign to release the music as a digital download, raising $47,000. James and Doctors Without Borders were given a portion of the proceeds. Markus Persson, the creator of "Minecraft," bought the vinyl copy on eBay for $46,300.
The Beatles, The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968)
Topping the list is an indisputable classic. This album is special because it is the first pressing of the famous ninth album of the fab four, and the serial number "A0000001" serves as proof of its authenticity. It was widely believed that the first copy of the album belonged to the late John Lennon, but it was, in fact, Ringo Starr who received it.

This costly piece of polyvinyl chloride was kept in a bank vault for 35 years before being auctioned off for an astounding $790,000. Starr donated the funds to his personal Lotus Foundation. Low serial number copies still command high prices; in 2012, A0000023 sold for $13,750.