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The Top 100 Most Expensive Cassettes Sold on Discogs in 2019

Cassette sales on Discogs have continued to grow steadily at quite a rapid pace over the past few years. On top of that, the Discogs community has added over 50,000 new submissions to Discogs Database in 2019 compared to the previous year.

Due to the often short runs produced and (and the fact that the music might not be available on any other format), some cassettes can be worth a substantial amount of money. The most expensive cassette sold in 2019 was a boxset, Untieddiaries 1979-87, by various artists. This deluxe collection features the complete United Diaries (a British experimental rock and electronica label) catalog and related items. Only 50 were ever made. The past three times this set has come up for sale, it has sold for over $2,000 — a true collector’s item!

On our list of the most expensive cassettes sold in 2019, we are seeing releases from underground artists across many genres. Rap releases once again holds very strong positions all through the top 100, with releases such as MC Jake’s EP, Onyx co-founder BIG DS’s solo release, and California duo D.O.A‘s premier album all commanding over $500 apiece!

There is also a trend in Japanese releases, such as Tatsuro Yamashita and Haruomi Hosono. This may be due to the resurgence in popularity of city pop, a Japanese genre that was very popular in the late-1970s to mid-1980s. It could also be attributed to the seemingly nonstop rise in popularity of vaporwave, like this one on the charts.

And of course, rare releases from well-known artists will always be highly sought-after. We saw The Beatles, The Offspring, Marilyn Manson, and ABBA all selling for over $400 each.

While cassettes make up just under 5% of the total media sales on Discogs, you can be assured that the format is still alive and well. There were more than 200,000 cassettes sold in 2019, which shows there is still a strong love worldwide for a format that is often looked down on.

Long live the humble cassette!

 

  1. $275.00

    Cass, S/Sided, Album

  2. $275.00

    Cass, Album

  3. #95 – Tie Shizuka – 静香

    $280.00

    Cass, C54

  4. #95 – Tie Mortem – Slow Death

    $280.00

    Cass

  5. $285.71

    Cass, Album, RE + Cass, Album, RE + Cass, Album, R

  6. $288.83

    Cass, Comp

  7. $290.00

    Cass, Album

  8. $291.00

    Cass, Album

  9. $299.99

    Cass, Comp, Pre

  10. $299.99

    Cass, S/Sided

  11. $299.99

    Cass, Album, Pre

  12. $299.99

    Cass, Ltd, RE

  13. $299.99

    Cass, Album, Mixed

  14. $299.99

    Cass, Album

  15. $300.00

    Cass, Comp

  16. $300.00

    Cass, Single

  17. $300.00

    Cass, EP, Dem

  18. #70 – Tie Late! – Pocketwatch

    $300.00

    Cass, Album

  19. $300.00

    Cass, Album

  20. $300.00

    Cass, Album

  21. $300.00

    Cass, Maxi

  22. $300.00

    Cass, Album

  23. $300.00

    Cass, Album, Promo

  24. $300.00

    Cass

  25. $300.00

    Cass, Ltd, RE

  26. $305.00

    Cass

  27. $322.47

    Cass, Album

  28. $322.57

    Cass, S/Sided

  29. $322.58

    12″, S/Sided + 4xCass, C60 + Box, Ltd

  30. $322.58

    5xCass + Cass, S/Sided + Box, Comp, Ltd

  31. $322.58

    20xCass, Mono, Num + 3xFloppy, MP3, 3,5″, Mono, Nu

  32. #60 – Tie Kickback – Kickback

    $322.58

    Cass, Promo

  33. $322.58

    Cass, Album

  34. $324.68

    Cass, Num

  35. $324.68

    Cass, Album

  36. $327.74

    10xCass, Ltd, Num + Box, Comp

  37. $335.00

    Cass, Comp, C90

  38. $349.46

    Cass, Album

  39. $349.97

    Cass, EP, Whi

  40. $350.00

    Cass, Album, Promo

  41. $350.00

    Cass, Dem

  42. $350.00

    Cass, Album

  43. $350.00

    Cass, RE

  44. #45 – Tie Mr. Bungle – OU818

    $350.00

    Cass

  45. $350.00

    Cass, Album, Promo

  46. $354.84

    Cass, Promo

  47. $360.00

    Cass, Album, Promo

  48. $375.27

    Cass, Ltd, C10

  49. $376.34

    Cass, Comp

  50. $376.34

    Cass, Album

  51. $400.00

    Cass

  52. $400.00

    Cass, Album

  53. $400.00

    Cass, Album

  54. $400.00

    Cass, Album

  55. $408.60

    Cass, Comp

  56. $430.11

    Cass

  57. #29 – Tie Eminem – Kamikaze

    $430.11

    Cass, Album, Ltd, Glo

  58. $430.11

    Cass, Promo, Smplr

  59. $431.42

    Cass, Album + Box, Boo

  60. $450.00

    Cass

  61. $450.00

    Cass, Comp, Mixed

  62. $483.87

    Cass, Album

  63. $495.07

    Cass, RE, C46 + Lathe, 7″, Han + 2xB…

  64. $499.88

    16xCass, 12 + Box, Comp, Ltd

  65. $500.00

    Cass, S/Sided

  66. $500.00

    Cass, Album

  67. $500.00

    Cass, S/Sided, EP

  68. $500.00

    Cass, Promo

  69. $500.00

    Cass, Album, Ltd, C94

  70. $500.00

    Cass, Album

  71. $500.00

    Cass, Album, Promo

  72. $500.00

    Cass, Album

  73. $519.48

    Cass, Album, Ltd, Num

  74. $537.63

    Cass, Album, Dlx, Ltd, Num, S/Edition

  75. #10 – Tie IAM – Concept

    $537.63

    Cass, Album

  76. $600.00

    Cass, Album

  77. $698.92

    Cass, EP, Dem

  78. $750.00

    Cass, S/Sided

  79. $750.00

    15xCass, Comp, Ltd

  80. $800.00

    Cass, Maxi

  81. $967.73

    Cass, S/Sided, Single, TP

  82. $2,200.00

    32xCass, Comp, Ltd, Sui


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6 Comments
  • Jun 26,2020 at 09:11

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  • Jun 26,2020 at 01:47

    Love that 😂😂

  • Jun 25,2020 at 13:01

    I had the opportunity to buy #22 The Beatles Box Set for $40.00 a couple of months ago, and passed not realizing it’s true value. I said to myself, what do I need more Beatles for, already have them in multiple formats.

  • Jun 24,2020 at 22:43

    Wot? #1 is just 68 USD per cassette ;-)

  • Jun 24,2020 at 11:33

    “Might not be unavailable on any other format”… Double negative there implying the opposite, that the music is available elsewhere.

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