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Post subject: On grading and recognizing factory sealed albums  PostPosted: Oct 30, 2014 - 11:06 AM
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"The use of terms such as ‘sealed’ or ‘still-sealed’ versus the far more accurate and trustable ‘still-sealed-in-original-factory-shrinkwrap’ is not merely a matter of semantics (ever a misused word). In the majority of cases, they can be thought of as synonymous as most ‘sealed’ records are ‘factory-sealed.’

The shrinkwrapping of albums began in earnest by the major American record companies in 1964 and quickly overtook the industry. So, any American album with a release date prior to 1964 in shrinkwrap should be suspect as it could be a later pressing.

A still-factory-sealed album almost always have high quality plastic that is completely clear. It has been shrunk, or molded, to fit the jacket perfectly. The seam is usually toward the open side of the jacket and is aesthetically unobtrusive.

In the 1970s, the re-wrapping, or re-sealing, of albums became a rather common occurrence with the over-pressing of albums so that they would 'ship gold.' This coincided with and may have been attributable to the RIAA altering their requirements for certifying an album for a Gold Record Award: no longer were actual sales required, but a record company’s records of shipments would qualify!

Hence an explosion of large press-runs of first pressings, near instantaneous gold record awards, and in many cases near instantaneous returns of albums whose demand didn’t last more than a few weeks after its release date. This was followed by the explosive growth of the ‘cut-out bin’ in practically every record shop in the country."

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The above are a few excerpts from a much lengthier article:

http://ratherrarerecords.com/on-grading-records-sale-for-sale-part-1/

Would love to have a cuppla Guilders read and make necessary corrections additions suggestions via the Comments section on my site . . .

Hoping to hear from a few of you!

NEAL



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Post subject: RE: On grading and recognizing factory sealed albums  PostPosted: Oct 30, 2014 - 09:16 PM
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"A still-factory-sealed album almost always have high quality plastic that is completely clear. It has been shrunk, or molded, to fit the jacket perfectly. The seam is usually toward the open side of the jacket and is aesthetically unobtrusive. "

This would not be the case with Classic and Chesky reissues, that had a different style of seal. The early Chesky LPs were sealed like regular records, but the later ones used the 'loose baggie' style with a perforation. Classic always used the 'loose baggie'.

Some of these are now highly collectible, believe it or not. Thanks to Arthur Salvatore, the Danon Petrushka on Chesky sells for hundreds of dollars sealed.
 
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Post subject: Re: On grading and recognizing factory sealed albums  PostPosted: Oct 31, 2014 - 12:29 AM
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nealumphred wrote:
... A still-factory-sealed album almost always have high quality plastic that is completely clear. It has been shrunk, or molded, to fit the jacket perfectly. The seam is usually toward the open side of the jacket and is aesthetically unobtrusive....
Columbia's practice in the 1960s was to seal the disk in an inner plastic bag, perforated toward the album cover opening and circular toward the other end, inside an unsealed cover. Some custom pressings (Mercury, as I recall) were shipped that way also.
 
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Post subject: RE: Re: On grading and recognizing factory sealed albums  PostPosted: Oct 31, 2014 - 11:31 AM
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Annaloog: Neil does make mention of the sealed records inside open jackets in the full article.
 
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VINYL1 and ANNALOOG

J.Loop is correct: the excerpt above is 240 words long and is supposed to be a teaser. The article is almost 3,000 words long. I was hoping that I would get a buncha Guilders adding to the article . . .

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