Bootleg LP Album
What is it worth?
As with the grading of sound quality,
the value of an item where there are little or no precedent sales is a
very subjective thing. The prices that are quoted on this site
what one could possibly expect to pay for the piece on today's market
it ever to be made available. Keep in mind that this is only a
and not a Bible. If you have recently purchased one of these
and paid much more for it don't feel cheated! Remember, most of these
are not available anywhere at any price. Be thankful that you now
own a piece of history that you may never again have had the
to own. Likewise, if you sold one of these pieces for less, you didn't
get ripped off. The prices here are only to give some
As in any market, a piece is worth what you can get for it. If
price listed is $30 and you just sold it for $300, be happy. If
just sold it for $5 ... be happy. Either way, you got what you
If you are using this site to price an item
you own to sell, keep in mind that all quoted prices are for an album
is in near Mint condition. The NMP in front of the number stands
for near mint price. Please be fair and honest when you are
your piece! If you are not sure how to grade, consult your local
record dealer and/or use our grading scale.
The number that follows NMP is today's fair market value of this piece
in U.S. dollars. Example: NMP30 means that this piece
have an approximate value of $30 U.S. if it is in near mint
The price can dramatically decrease for albums in lesser condition.
an album that is truly mint condition (perfect in all details.
been on a turntable) could be worth much more.
While the value of a collectible album can
sometimes as much as 50% because it is sealed, that is not true with a
bootleg. The reason being that save for a few quasi-legitimate
pieces, bootlegs did not come sealed from the manufacturer.
the bootlegs were sealed by the retailer to both protect the album and
to demonstrate to the public that it was indeed a new album. If
bought a bootleg sealed from a store or a dealer and have left it that
way all these years thinking that it will increase in value because of
the seal, sorry!
A final note
Finally, keep in mind that all price guides
one included) are primarily the work of one individual. While I
been closely involved in the industry for many years, I am not
No one is. Sure, you will find things that you don't agree
I have tried to be fair across the board. I will make one more
and then leave it to the reader to decide as to how best to use the
guide. I would never sell a private collection piece of my
But if I ever decided to ... I probably wouldn't sell it as low as some
of the prices in this guide. Conversely, if I found a piece that I
have, I would most likely not pay as high a price as is in this guide.
That's why it's called a 'Guide' and not a 'Bible'. : )
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