What is it that makes vinyl so special? I mean, people spend fortunes building up expensive collections that are likely to scratch, dent or diminish over time. Collections that are wrapped up in all kinds of bizarre trivia, or misprints. In fact, vinyl collectors are one of few groups who prize imperfections. Indeed, a misprint can treble the value of a record, so too a rare picture or of course, a signature. But, what is the most valuable vinyl record of all time and why?
The answer is of course The Quarreymen: ‘That’ll be the Day/ In Spite of all the Danger. Now, before you go rummaging through charity shops, attics and flea markets, you’ll want to know why this seemingly unknown band has a vinyl worth $100,000. Well, the Quarrymen had a few well known members in there midst: John Lennon, Paul Mccartney and George Harrison, all of whom recorded the 1958 Quarrymen single at a little known local electronic shop.
The 1958 Quarrymen single was the first ever to be recording by the Beatles; or three of them at least. There’s also only one known copy. Like most things value is attributed by rare an item is or, to put it another way: how many were made. One of a kind is worth significantly more than two of a kind. Generally speaking a first pressing is worth more than a second. In the case of the Quarreymen’s single, it’s insanely rare, has huge cultural influence and is a one of a kind.
The Quarreymen’s single was so sought after that, in 1981, a private reproduction of the 1958 original single was commissioned and 25 copies were made. Getting your hands on one of these will cost about $10,000 so, if you’re looking for value, you’ve come to the wrong page. Not all records are this hard to come by, though. Lots of cool vintage vinyls are available online, or by private collectors. If you’re just trawling through the attic and come across an old dusty vinyl be sure to check online if it’s vintage.
Vintage vinyls frequently sell for thousands of pounds. Typically, a first pressing is the most valuable, but if there are typos or a retraction in the second or third pressing you could just be onto a winner. I’m not saying it will be anywhere near the value of the 1958 Quarreymen, but you might just find a few hundred dollars worth of vinyl vintage, if you know how to look.