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First up is an ultra-rare garage-punk single on the Sabra label, dating from 1966, by Los Angeles-based singer John English (who also sang with The Preachers). “One of the rarest garage 45s in existence,” says the seller — a claim backed up by the fact that a VG++ copy of this single sold for $7,600 on eBay in 2005. The single’s profile was no doubt boosted by the appearance of “I Need You Near” on Boulders Vol. 7.
As a huge collector/dealer of 45s, through the years, I’ve noticed on some copies what resembles a hairline crack in the vinyl.
I’ve opened cases of the same record and found the same thing in the same place on each one. I know these are factory flaws and do not affect play. I’ve flexed them at the flaw line to the near breaking point and sometimes past, but they never break at the flaw. Also, the flaws match up to each other on both sides.
Currently, I have approximately 100 45s in my attic, many still with picture sleeves. Every one of them has been played before, but almost all are in good condition. Where do I go from here? What technique do I use to rate them? I’m aware that these are pretty basic questions, but I know that your response would be very helpful.