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Record Store Day Releases Worth A Fortune

Love it or leave it, Record Store Day has undoubtedly become a cultural phenomenon. Hardcore collectors and casual enthusiasts alike get an opportunity to dig for hard to come by and potentially lucrative limited-edition records. Though many releases are ‘limited’, they are often printed in the thousands of copies, which tends to inhibit large increases in value. However, there are a few rare Record Store Day releases that have increased astronomically in price and are now worth a small fortune. Some are due to being secret small-batch Easter eggs, many due to high demand, others almost unexplainably so.

Granted, some of you might not agree with my classification of a fortune, but the last time this collector dropped more than $200 on a release was never, and not from lack of wanting. Also, side note on my methodology; it was haphazard and I may have missed some expensive Record Store Day releases – feel free to help me out in the comments. However, I did take the liberty of excluding Black Friday Record Store Day releases and Record Store Day test pressings. Guess that makes me somewhat of a purist.

With all that being said, let’s take a peek at some of the most expensive Record Store Day releases, as measured by their median sale value on the Discogs Marketplace. Many of these high-priced Record Store Day releases are currently on sale for much more than the median on the Discogs Marketplace, indicating that they can and will continue to go up in value. For those that have yet to be sold on Discogs, I have listed the lowest current for sale price in the Marketplace.

Boards Of Canada ‎– ------ / ------ / ------ / XXXXXX / ------ / ------

Boards Of Canada ‎– —— / —— / —— / XXXXXX / —— / ——

Median Sale Price: $2,500.00
RSD 2013
Notes: A rare promotional record with only 4 copies claimed of 6 known to be in existence. These were secretly placed in the racks of Other Music (RIP) in NYC and other stores on Record Store Day 2013.

PM ‎– Sweet Thrash album cover

PM* ‎– Sweet Thrash

Median Sale Price: $938.60
RSD 2015
Notes: Paul McCartney self-released and signed this secret easter egg. The first wave of records appeared in select shops in the UK on April 6-7, 2015. A handful of shops in the US received a single copy and were instructed to not advertise it or include it with the rest of the RSD releases, but to hide it under the Paul McCartney section on Record Store Day. Each side contains a different unreleased alternate mix of “Hope For The Future”. Limited to 100 copies worldwide.

Cake ‎– Vinyl Box Set

Cake ‎– Vinyl Box Set

Median Sale Price: $631.38
RSD 2014
Notes: This impressive collection of 8 records was slated for release during RSD 2013, then delayed to RSD 2014. The Cake Vinyl Box Set was released in a limited batch of 900 copies, with additional copies made available the following week via the Cake web store. This is the highest-priced box set in the list, but as a rule of thumb, box sets tend to retain or gain value more reliably than single releases.

David Bowie ‎– Starman

David Bowie ‎– Starman

Median Sale Price: $380.91
RSD 2012
Notes: Heads up – this isn’t the last David Bowie picture disc you’re going to see on this list. The RSD 2012 release of David Bowie’s Starman was limited to 2,000 copies worldwide.

(The) Melvins* ‎– (A) Senile Animal

(The) Melvins* ‎– (A) Senile Animal

Median Sale Price: $350.00
RSD 2010
Notes: The very rare orange version of this original box set was limited to 35 copies. Sold in store and online by Vacation Vinyl in Los Angeles, CA (edit: they are not closed as I previously stated, just moved spaces. Thanks for the tip WalterYetman). Each box is hand numbered, -1 to -35, contains a belt buckle and ‘Your Disease Spread Quick’ comic book signed, numbered and doodled by Tom Neely.

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Captain Murphy ‎– Duality

Captain Murphy ‎– Duality

Median Sale Price: $309.29
RSD 2013
Notes: This one is a stretch, as it was primarily distributed via an online flash sale, but they did release 100 into the wild on Record Store Day 2013 so it’s squeaking on to this list. Duality a killer album by Flying Lotus’s moniker Captain Murphy that is unlikely to ever be officially released again due to the amount of controversial, hard to credit, samples on the album. There are allegedly 1,000 copies of the Duality vinyl worldwide.

LCD Soundsystem ‎– The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live At Madison Square Garden

LCD Soundsystem ‎– The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live At Madison Square Garden

Median Sale Price: $237.50
RSD 2014
Notes: Remember when LCD Soundsystem claimed they were retiring? Yeah, us too. Murphy left us with this recording of his ‘final’ concert at Madison Square Garden. 3+ hours of pure LCD Soundsytem gold, mixed by the man himself, limited to just 3,000 copies.

David Bowie ‎– 1984

David Bowie ‎– 1984

Median Sale Price: $236.62
RSD 2014
Notes: Heed my words – people love David Bowie picture discs. This causes them to skyrocket in value, according to that one economics class I took. Something about high demand and a limited supply of 4,000 copies causes this Record Store Day release to be worth more than $200 on the Discogs Marketplace.

Jack White ‎– Sixteen Saltines

Jack White ‎– Sixteen Saltines

Median Sale Price: $230.00
RSD 2012
Notes: Sold exclusively at Third Man Records store and Rolling Record store on Record Store Day 2012.

Red Hot Chili Peppers ‎– Stadium Arcadium

Red Hot Chili Peppers ‎– Stadium Arcadium

Median Sale Price: $200.00
RSD 2012
Notes: Record Store Day 2012 Reissue limited to 2,000 copies of the 2006 Red Hot Chili Peppers album, Stadium Arcadium. Interestingly enough, these are supposedly leftover copies of the original run, which, if true, is an ingenious marketing ploy that definitely worked.

This is not an exhaustive list by any means and I have likely missed a few valuable Record Sale Day releases. If you have any to add, feel free to drop them in the comments. Grazi and happy hunting during Record Store Day Black Friday 2018!

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17 Comments
  • Nov 20,2018 at 5:12 pm
  • Mar 21,2018 at 10:12 pm

    Re CRB, I managed to get mine through Amazon, pretty much the antithesis of record store day!
    I’m in Australia so don’t think any copies made it here for RSD.
    Have never had the heart to actually play it due to its escalating value, which again kind of defeats the purpose of RSD.
    I actually have the full set, Betty’s Blends 1,2&3 – number 2 has appreciated quite well too, which I assume makes the full set quite collectable. I wonder if there are any examples or ways to tell in discogs of similar collectable but separately released groups of records?

  • Mar 19,2018 at 7:53 pm

    The Smashing Pumpkins ‎– Astral Planes / A Stitch In Time 7″
    https://www.discogs.com/release/2239487

  • Mar 17,2018 at 7:49 pm

    Deftones released an 8LP box set in 2011 that has gone for over $450 on Discogs. I may have also seen it sell on ebay for closer to $600 if my memory is correct.

  • Mar 15,2018 at 6:33 am

    Strange that Stadium Arcadium is still selling for crazy prices despite the very good reissue 2 years ago (cut from the same lacquers).

  • Mar 15,2018 at 1:53 am

    @NeahkahnieGold

    I have the Bill Evans, but not CRB. I had Betty’s SF Blends in my hands on that RSD, but the corners were dinged up, so I left it thinking it’d be at all the shops, and boy, was I wrong…
    I cannot bring myself to pay the asking price as much as I love that set.
    So goes my love/hate of RSD manufactured rarities.

    • Mar 15,2018 at 7:10 pm

      @milehi – RSD is chalk full of those tough calls for me. There’s only so much one can pick up in a single day. Great find on the Bill Evans release – plenty of gleaming reviews for its sound quality in the database.

  • Mar 14,2018 at 9:47 pm

    Hey @jondubb35 – you’re definitely right Type O Negative’s box set is one of the most expensive RSD releases currently, but as a Black Friday RSD release I excluded it. Will certainly be included if I do a Black Friday RSD post later on.

  • Mar 14,2018 at 9:42 pm

    You’re absolutely right, @WalterYetman. Looks like they’ve moved from Sunset > Santa Monica…now if Google could just get with it and stop lying to me.

  • Mar 14,2018 at 9:40 pm

    Nice finds @milehi! Very surprising to see a 2016 RSD release in this mix, as most were from earlier years.

  • Mar 14,2018 at 7:48 pm

    Wasn’t the Type O Negative studio albums box set release on RSD 2011? Not sure what it’s cost was in 2011, but it now goes for a couple thousand. In fact, the lowest price currently available on Discogs is $1700 USD.

  • Mar 14,2018 at 7:44 pm

    Completely pointless, sorry…

  • Mar 14,2018 at 7:41 pm

    Also Vacation Vinyl in Los Angeles hasn’t closed they’ve just moved locations.

  • Mar 14,2018 at 7:31 pm

    Also The Chris Robinson Brotherhood ‎– Betty’s S.F. Blends, Volume One

    Median: $275.00

  • Mar 14,2018 at 7:25 pm

    Bill Evans 2016 – Bill Evans ‎– Some Other Time : The Lost Session From The Black Forest would be in the middle of this pack… Median Sale Price: $234.97

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