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Post subject: Public library records  PostPosted: Aug 15, 2014 - 01:57 PM
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Hi all-
I work for a large metropolitan public library. This library is selling their entire album collection. I have been tasked with finding "gems" in a collection of thousands of albums. Needless to say I'm a bit overwhelmed.

My question is how do I determine the grade of these records? I can visually inspect the records themselves for scratches, etc., but the covers all have library markings. The physical condition of the covers is actually pretty good, as they've all been kept in protective plastic sleeves (removable), but the covers often have library stamps and the record sleeves have many stamps.

Any advice?

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Post subject: RE: Public library records  PostPosted: Aug 15, 2014 - 10:35 PM
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popsike, musicpriceguide, collectorsfrenzy and ebays sold listings are the most known. Gemm can help with information but the $$$ can be very sketchy. Anyone else?
 
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Post subject: RE: Public library records  PostPosted: Aug 15, 2014 - 11:28 PM
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very little that's saleable in library records that are marked on the cover and record. most roughed the cover surface and stuck that card holder on also. save your self some time and money, call a local record shop and let them look at them.

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Post subject: RE: Public library records  PostPosted: Aug 17, 2014 - 08:09 PM
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For personal use, I've found MANY that I wanted were not withdrawn and beat up. Usually the big name groups/artists are beat to death.
 
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Post subject: RE: Public library records  PostPosted: Aug 18, 2014 - 07:18 PM
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The only way is to hire someone to do it for a fixed price. In each genre, there are specialists who can do this very quickly.

I am a specialist in classical, and have been brought in as a expert by several dealers who have purchased large collections. I, or anyone with comparable skills, am able to flip through 3 or 4 thousand LPs in a couple of hours and pull the money records. There's no use trying to do this if you don't know anything, it takes years of experience.
 
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Post subject: RE: Public library records  PostPosted: Aug 19, 2014 - 09:24 AM
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@ wurlitzer1450 - The covers aren't "roughed" up - they are in protective plastic covers. There may be 1 stamp on the cover somewhere with our library's name, but that's it. It seems to be the record sleeves that suffered the most.
@vinyl1 - I actually have a pretty good background in a number of music genres, but not all. My expertise is in books; this is a one-off project. Because we're a PUBLIC library, there is no money to hire an "expert" - there's barely money to pay me.

I've been using Ebay sold listings, but striking out on a lot of stuff. I will try popsike, musicpriceguide, & collectorsfrenzy.
Thanks everyone!
 
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Post subject: RE: Public library records  PostPosted: Aug 19, 2014 - 09:59 AM
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Hi MC- the covers can be important (Andy Warhol, Beatles, alternate or withdrawn versions), but usually not. Focus on the artist, the company that made the record, and if need be, what issue it is. Just from my own (limited Embarassed ) experience- when I am digging I think what's hot/ what's not. The not's typically are country, opera, mid 70s rock and roll, easy listening (pleasantly themed covers), most soundtracks. My hot list is jazz, blues, hippy or psychedelic stuff, "strange" or "weird", early rock & roll, metal, some disco, some spoken word, and some foreign discs (when they look uncommon), some classical.
As for striking out a lot- in a large general collection you will. You will even miss some that are good. Try to pair down the potential from the not. Looking up each one is probably not realistic.
This is probably not for everyone- it would be how I would approach it. Gl-m
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Post subject: Re: RE: Public library records  PostPosted: Aug 19, 2014 - 09:27 PM
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meowincat wrote:
@vinyl1 - I actually have a pretty good background in a number of music genres, but not all. My expertise is in books; this is a one-off project. Because we're a PUBLIC library, there is no money to hire an "expert" - there's barely money to pay me.


Unfortunately, such knowledge is of little use for records. You need to know label variations, deadwax marks, mastering engineers. The difference between a $500 record and a $25 record can be the address on the label, or a little squiggle etched into the runoff groove.
 
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Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Public library records  PostPosted: Aug 22, 2014 - 11:38 AM
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Thanks @elvisluvs - What you suggest is almost exactly the method I've been using. I'm so glad to hear that I'm approaching it in the best way I can!
 
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Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Public library records  PostPosted: Aug 22, 2014 - 04:17 PM
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You're welcome Meow- remember to protect your lungs. Post up your follow-up questions. I didn't see where you are- consider mentioning it. You never know who might be in the neighborhood Cool
 
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