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Rock rules vinyl in March's Market Watch

The top 10 vinyl records sold on eBay in March 2015. This Market Watch is full of rock records, but there are a few classical, jazz, and R&B gems on the list as well.

By Carol Anne Szel and Patrick Prince

Here is our latest Market Watch countdown for you: The top 10 vinyl records sold on eBay in March 2015. This Market Watch is full of rock records, but there are a few classical, jazz, and R&B gems on the list as well. (Note: Information can be limited by what was withheld by the seller. Items were listed as "vinyl records" and "sold" on eBay in the month of March)


10. $1,302 — J.R. Monterose, Self-Titled
Genre: Jazz
Sub-Genre: Be Bop
Record Label: Blue Note (1536)
Format: Vinyl 12" LP 33 rpm
Release Year: 1957
Special Attributes: 1st Edition, mono
Record Grading: Very Good (VG)
Sleeve Grading: Very Good MInus (VG-)
Bids: None, Best offer accepted
Seller's Comments: "ONE OF THE MOST RARE AND SOUGHT AFTER JAZZ RECORDS IN THE WORLD. BLUE NOTE HOLY GRAIL! Collector's item. THIS IS THE ORIGINAL 1st MONO PRESSING. EXTREMELY RARE. MATRIX NUMBERS RVG BN-LP-1536-A / RVG BN-LP-1536-B, ETCHED IN THE TRAIL OFF DEAD WAX. The symbol of an ear is inscribed into the run out groove. The original 767 Lexington Ave NYC ADDRESS ON BOTH LABELS. There is no "Inc" and no "R" on the label. This is the genuine article. Deep Groove. This album is from our personal collection and was well maintained. Record Very well maintained. Purchased new in 1957, New York City. One owner. We just listened to both sides of the whole album with headphones on and it is a pleasure to hear. It plays beautiful. The vinyl has some visible surface scratches and scuffs from regular use as it is from our personal collection and always has been one of our favorites so we played it a lot. Kept in cool temperature its whole life with plastic sleeve on our shelf. Some pop sounds from use and age but nothing too distracting. We listened again just now on two systems, my new Crosley player and an old player from the nineties. There are some minor pops during quiet moments and one very tiny one note jump on side B going into track three "Bobbie Pin" on the opening quarter note. With that being said, it is quite a nice album, well kept and it plays nice and smooth. Jacket Grade VG - = Shiny, clean, well maintained. No stains. Many years ago we put tape across top of jacket to cover up seam splits that are in 3 locations. Other than the seam splits the jacket is in great condition. A stamp on the right top rear says "N.R". If you are good at taping you will most likely remove our old tape and fix it up yourself. The jacket itself is very nice, its just the seem splits that give it that VG minus rating. A beautiful jacket for a 60-year-old album.


9. $1,399 — Pearl Jam, "Benaroya Hall" 
Genre: Rock
Format: Vinyl 4-LP Box Set
Record Label: None (Ten Club)
Release Year: 2004
Special Attributes: 180 gram, 1st Edition, Colored Vinyl, Limited Edition, Live Recording, Numbered, Sealed
Editor's Note: This edition was only available through TenClub, the band's official fan club. 


8. $1,425.71 — July, “Major Minor”
Genre: Rock & Pop
Sub-Genre: Psychedelic
Release Year: 1968
Record Grading: Excellent (EX)
Sleeve Grading: Good (G)
Bids: 27
Seller’s Comments: "This is an extraordinary psych record from July, on Major Minor. Only a few hundred of this were pressed and it slipped away almost unnoticed at the time but has become one of the most wanted of early psych records. Whoever had this in their collection before me clearly didn't listen to it much because the vinyl is great! It plays through really loud and clear with almost no surface noise, no obtrusive clicks or anything, just a sound as good as new records you'll buy today. There are a few spindle marks on each side which I guess are from the only times the previous owner listened to it. Vinyl is a EX condition and I've looked after it carefully. Grading the vinyl .... the one flaw is one obvious scuff on the run in of side one which is visible in the pictures - it's very quiet but audible in the first few seconds of the music. Apart from that scuff the vinyl shows only the lightest of marks and very little surface noise or sound deterioration. Unusual in this condition and a solid EX. The sleeve is a G by record collector standards - remarkably it's pretty good in that there are no spine splits from the record, but it is a bit creased and has a split on the top right hand edge. 1968 UK original Holy Grail Psych Monster! GREAT vinyl!


7. $2,000 — The Beatles, "Yellow Submarine"
Genre: Rock & Pop
Format: Vinyl LP
Special Attributes: Paul McCartney autograph
Bids: None, Best offer accepted
Seller’s Comments: "The Beatles "Yellow Submarine" album autographed on the cover in black marker by Paul McCartney. The album is in nice condition with minor edge wear and some ring wear to the cover from being stored next to other albums. There is a very small puncture mark near the upper left-hand corner which doesn't take much away from the display-ability of the LP. The vinyl record is included. Sold with Certificates of Authentication from both The Autograph Source (Lifetime Guarantee) and independent third-party authenticator PSA/DNA. (Details regarding the date and place of signing are included in the Certificate of Authenticity)."


6. $2,017.13 — Guided by Voices, "Propeller"
Genre: Rock & Pop
Sub-Genre: Lo-Fi
Format: Vinyl LP
Record Label: Scat
UPC: 753417004917
Release Date: 11/14/2005
Special Attributes: Sealed
Bids: 24
Starting Price: $400


5. $2,148.18 — Demon Funk, "Changes"/"You Can Run But You Can’t Hide"
Genre: R&B/Soul
Sub-Genre: Funk
Format: Single (7-Inch) 45RPM
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Record Grading: Excellent (EX)
Seller's Comments: Extremely rare, in excellent condition, very clean and showing only a couple of very minor marks-- these in no way detract from the sound reproduction and it plays very well with no pops jumps or other interference. Label on both sides is as near perfect as you'll get, with no drill hole,writing, stains or marks at all. Serial numbers are; DF-1001-A (VRRP 482), and DF-1001-B (VRRP 483).


4. $2,500 — Nirvana, "Love Buzz/Big Cheese"
Genre: Rock & Pop
Record Label: Sub Pop (31540)
Record Size: 7"
Format: Vinyl LP
Release Year: 1988
Special Attributes: Etched, Hand Numbered 28/1000
Record Grading: Near Mint (NM)
Sleeve Grading: Very Good Plus Plus (VG++)
Bids: 1
Starting Price: $2,500
Seller's Comments: Holy Grail for Nirvana Collectors! Nirvana's first single release on SubPop in 1988. The vinyl is VG++, although previous owners called it NM. Maybe I grade a little tougher, I have never spun it, but it looks like it was spun maybe once or twice. There is a hairline scratch below the "why don't you trade those guitars for shovels? etching. It's not a deep scratch in any sense, just a hairline marking (feel like I have to mention it since I'm a perfectionist, and vinyls (sic) of this price should be described accurately. It's an excellent copy however, very nice for its age. Hand Etchings: (kdisc markings are machine stamped) SIDE A: SP - 23 - A kdisc WHY DON'T YOU TRADE THOSE GUITARS FOR SHOVELS ? L - 31540 SIDE B: SP - 23 - B kdisc L - 31540X. The etchings are very clear on the vinyl. Traits of the sleeve match authentic copies. Authentic with all the true markings. I used to own #908, so I know what to look for on the vinyl and on the sleeve. This is number 28 - You probably will not see another number this low for YEARS - if ever! Comes from a smoke-free home.


3. $3,361.00 — Andre Levy-J. Gautier-C. Joy, "Faure-Ravel trios" 
Genre: Classical
Record Size: 12"
Record Label: Pretoria (30 CL 8001)
Format: Vinyl LP 33RPM
Record Grading: Near Mint (NM or M-)
Sleeve Grading: Very Good Plus (VG+)
Bids: 11
Starting Price: $999.00
Seller's Comments: "One of the rarest A. Levy record in outstanding condition. I heard this record with my Linn Sondek/Audio Research/Quad ESL 63. Absolutely fine copy, extremely rare! side 1 is perfect NM, side 2 only at beginning, in the first movement of side 2, there are very few light surface tics but there aren't scratches on the vinyl. It is only dirty. The second and third parts are NM. You will not find a better copy. Jacket is solid VG+/VG++ because the jacket is complete but it has small tear. With original internal sleeve. Label is perfect.


2. $3,500 — United Sounds, “It’s All Over (Baby)
Genre: R&B & Soul
Record Label: United Records (U-0334)
Format: Single 7" 45RPM
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Record Grading: Good Plus (G+)
Bids: 1
Starting Price: $2,000
Seller's Comments: Flip side "And When It's Over." An undated 45 vinyl (1970s). Released out of Columbia, South Carolina. Both sides of record plays complete without interruption. No record sleeve is available."


1. $5,500 — Pink Floyd, "Meddle" 
Genre: Rock
Format: Vinyl LP 12" 33RPM
Record Label: EMI (11903)
Release Year: 1971
Special Attributes: Limited Edition Blue Vinyl
Country/Region of Manufacturer: Colombia
Record Grading: Very Good Plus (VG+)
Sleeve Grading: Very Good Plus (VG+)
Bids: 60
Starting Price: $0.01
Seller’s Comments: "ULTRA MEGA RARE Colombia pressing from PINK FLOYD. This is almost impossible to find edition."


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