Published Apr 22, 2013Record Store Day might be over, but the frenzy to pick up exclusive releases is still underway online. As happens every year, many folks who picked up records over the weekend are now attempting to flip them on eBay, and some of the releases are going for exorbitant prices.
However, perhaps the most valuable record of 2013 is so rare that it isn't on eBay yet. We're talking, of course, about Boards of Canada's ultra-rare 12-inch containing just 20 seconds of music. It's not clear how many of these were made, but they're so hard to come by that none have appeared online.
As for the items currently on eBay, the big seller so far is Dave Matthews Band's DMB Live Trax vinyl box set. This live vinyl set includes four records, and copies have sold for as much as $525. Other copies have been sold in the lower hundreds.
Another big seller is Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark's tin box of 7-inches, which has sold for as much as $275. Some other high-fetching vinyl sets include Between the Buried and Me's three-disc Parallax 1 & 2 (which has sold for $249), Emerson, Lake & Palmer's The First Five: A Picture Disc Collection ($222.22), Paul Weller's Sonik Kicks: The Singles Collection 7-inch box ($179.99), the Band's triple-LP The Last Waltz ($149.95), and Cream's Royal Albert Hall three-disc live album ($129).
Meanwhile, the Flaming Lips' four-record Zaireeka set has sold for $122.50, although this isn't a particularly crazy markup considering that copies were selling for between $70 and $80 in-store. It wasn't particularly hard to come by this Record Store Day, so a number of rather expensive copies remain unsold on eBay.
Some other expensive sales include Puscifer's V Is for Vagina for $202.50, Sigur Rós' Ágætis Byrjun for $199.49, Rodriguez's Cold Fact for $197.50, Phish's Lawn Boy for $159.95, the Grateful Dead's Rare Cuts & Oddities 1966 for $150, and Mad Season's Above reissue for $138.84.
As for still-active listings, someone is trying to sell Jandek's vinyl box for $400, while Nobunny's Love Visions 7-inch box remains unsold for $179.95.
Unless one of those Boards of Canada 12-inches makes it online, however, don't expect any records to be quite as valuable as Jack White's liquid-filled 12-inch from last year.