Rare Records Index Highlights

20.1%

Annual increase between 2004-2014 of Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde, the index's best performer

£8,000

2014 value of a Sex Pistols God Save the Queen single, issued on A&M, the most valuable record in the index

10.5%

Average annual increase of the JustCollecting Rare Records Index between 2004 and 2014

£3,000

Value of the Beatles' White Album numbered below 1,000

Investing in rare records: new index unveils the best performers of the past 10 years

Investment-grade rare yet regularly traded records have grown in value by 10.5% a year on average since 2004, reveals the JustCollecting Rare Records Index - produced in conjunction with Rat Records in London.

  • Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde album on Columbia from 1966 supplied the best return on investment of the records included in the index – up 20.1% per annum to £250
  • Other standout performers were the Zippo cover of Bob Marley & The Wailers' Catch a Fire, and Electric Ladyland by Jimi Hendrix
  • The most valuable record in the index was Sex Pistols' 1977 A&M release of God Save the Queen

Best performing records 2004-2014

  1. Bob Dylan, Blonde on Blonde (1966), Columbia (US): up 20.1% per annum to £250
  2. Bob Marley & The Wailers, Catch a Fire (1973) Zippo cover, Island (UK): up 19.6% pa to £300
  3. Jimi Hendrix, Electric Ladyland (1968), Track (UK): up 17.5% to £1,000

Most valuable records in the JustCollecting Rare Records Index

  1. Sex Pistols, God Save the Queen 7" (1977), A&M (UK): £8,000
  2. The Beatles, White Album (1968) number under 1000, Apple (UK): £3,000
  3. Jimi Hendrix, Electric Ladyland (1968), Track (UK): £1,000
  4. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin (1969) turquoise lettering, Atlantic (UK): £1,000
  5. The Beatles, Please Please Me (1963) (stereo) black and gold, Parlophone (UK): £1,000

Quote

"The best thing about this price guide is that you might actually discover one of these records in your collection. We've avoided the obscure and only chosen well-known records that are regularly traded. Sure, many of these discs are still rare, but not so rare as to be impossible to find.
"First pressings are what collectors want (check the catalogue number if in doubt) and condition of both disc and sleeve are also key concerns. "Excellent"-graded examples (which will show only minor sleeve wear and still sound great) come at a premium.
"When A&M decided to drop the Sex Pistols, the label pulped many of the 20,000 copies of God Save The Queen. Their scarcity, allied with the song and the band's infamy, ensures continual demand for the record.
"Bob Dylan's legacy continues to build, as seen by the performance of his Blonde on Blonde over the past 10 years. Look for a photo of Italian actress Claudia Cardinale in the gatefold to see if your copy has value. It was used without her consent on the original pressings and was withdrawn from subsequent issues.
"Only 20,000 Catch a Fire "Zippo lighter" sleeves were released, explaining their increasing value today."

About the JustCollecting Rare Records Index

The JustCollecting Rare Records Index tracks the value of regularly traded first pressings, using analysis of auctions and private sales, in addition to expert opinion from Rat Records in London. http://www.ratrecordsuk.net/

Values shown are reflective of "excellent" condition examples – unless otherwise stated.

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