You Could Have a Record Store Day Vinyl Release Worth Money - Magnetic Magazine
Record Store Day is a holiday for independent record store owners and vinyl record collectors. What makes a vinyl record worth so much money?

Record Store Day has become a cultural holiday for vinyl collectors and lovers alike. The day was incepted back in 2007 as a way for record store owners and employees to celebrate the unique culture of the independently owned record stores in the United States. This year, on April 21, will be the 11th year of the celebration. 

Over the last few years, we've seen a great resurgence on vinyl. Some studies have been done to conclude that it's about the feeling of owning a physical product. More value is placed in something when you own it for yourself rather than just downloading it to your phone or adding it to a playlist. 

There have been a few releases that have come out on Record Store Day over the years that are worth some money. A few of them being David Bowie's "Starman" ($380.91), Paul McCartney's "Sweet Thrash" ($938.60), and LCD Soundsystem's The Long Goodbye ($237.50). 

Certainly there are more than just those few records that are worth money. But what does make a vinyl record worth so much? I asked my dad, an avid vinyl record collector and expert for more than 40 years. 

"Rarity is probably number one. I sold a Graveyard Five 'Graveyard Five Theme' [45] for almost $3,000, and it had two small warps. It's because it's so rare that it sold for so much." 

Furthermore, the label in which it was released on, the condition of the record, and popularity (or lack thereof) may also factor into the price.

Check out Discogs' top ten list of the most valued Record Store Day releases here.  

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