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Goldmine Price Guide to 45 Rpm Records [Paperback]

Tim Neely
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29 April 2001 Goldmine Price Guide to 45 RPM Records
This collector's guide lists more than 70,000 records from 1949 through 2000 in up to three grades of condition, giving more than 210,000 prices in all. The book contains information on sought-after sleeves, and every record listed is indexed alphabetically by artist and includes a checklist.

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: KP Books; 3rd edition edition (29 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873492455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873492454
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.7 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,231,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book helps you stay on the edge of the 45rpm market with comprehensive coverage of the biggest little record ever made." --Unknown --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Tim Neely is a freelance writer whose own record collection exceeds 20,000. He has witten several books. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Catalogue for USA 45 rpm Records 2 Sep 2008
Collectors of American 45 rpm records will find this catalogue invaluable. While it is a price guide to collectable USA 45's its great strength lies in the wealth of additional background and other detail enabling the collector to identify original issues, an extremely useful feature for those of us based on the European side of The Pond. (I extend this recommendation to its sister publication dealing with vinyl LP's too). Also very interesting are the overviews on the state of the US collectors' record market and clarity about the grading conventions defined by Goldmine (there are others, but Goldmine's are used very widely). Beware though if you're looking out for info on UK 45's. For this you need Record Collector's Rare Record Price Guide. The title of the Goldmine catalogue does not make it clear that it deals exclusively with USA records and I have read one or two past reviews expressing disappointment due to misconceptions about its purpose (not that RRPG's title makes it any clearer to the uninitiated that it deals exclusively with UK releases !). But, if you're a collector of US records this is one of the best general guides you can buy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment with content 23 April 2011
Having been a deejay from the mid 1970s and most of the '80s onwards, I acquired a lot of hard to find 60s and 70s US soul and other genre vinyl, and I was very disappointed to see that so many of the records I know are quite valuable, were not even listed.

I searched in my collection for numerous titles, then referred to the book - only to draw a blank in many cases.

Also I do think that it is about time that updated editions of this book clearly state on the cover that the listing content is purely for US records.

I imagine that a lot of people have bought this publication previously, expecting UK vinyl values to be there & have potentially wasted their money.

I do also respectfully question some of the pricing in this book.

I have sold many records from my collection to date, and those that I was actually able to price in this book, were sold well in excess of the values stated.I felt that I could have lost out significantly, had I used the values in the book.

I therefore have to concur that for me personally, this is not a good sellers guide, but it may be ideal for the less experienced buyer/ seller.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not what i thought it was going to be. 22 Dec 2013
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this book is okay.its well laid out and covesr a lot of 45 singles. but its more custom to the us artists. a lot of the 45s I have are not even mentioned in this book. I just think this book is moe suitable for selling in the u.s
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good book...if you're into rock 3 Nov 2002
By Rob G. - Published on Amazon.com
I guess I should have spent a little more time thumbing through this one before picking it up. I have Mr. Neely's current LP price guide and it covers a good variety of styles of music. I assumed this guide whould be equally diverse.
I collect mostly soul and jazz 45s, two areas that are lacking or, in the case of jazz 45s, completely devoid of listings. Sure, there are the major artists, James Brown (though I have some label variations not mentioned) the Motown artists, etc. But where's Eddie Bo, for instance? He's obscure to probably the average punter, but he did have some top 40 and regional hits and is a highly collectable artist in this field. Even classic breakbeat artists the Incredible Bongo Band, who were popular enough to appear on K-Tel compilations, are missing from the listings.
I wouldn't find the lack of soul listings so troubling, if not for the fact that in the introduction the author discusses the "Northern Soul" scene and how the Frank Wilson 45 has surpassed the Beatles "Beat Brothers" single as the most valueable 45.
Granted, a lot of the Northern Soul is based on obscure regionaly produced 45s, but the listings seem to exist for Doo-Wop and garage collectors interested in similar pressings. The Northern Soul scene has been active since the 1970s and while it's mostly collectors over seas buying, they're buying American soul records. This has been an active field of collecting for long enough, at least the records that change hands more frequently (such as the afore mentioned Mr. Bo) should be included.
The ommission of jazz 45 I can tolerate a little better. This is kind of an odd field of collecting. The jazz records that crossed over into the soul market (Jimmy Smith, for instance) are collected, but the more straight ahead jazz records (like a Charles Mingus single on Candid I have) are kind of in a grey area. I know Goldmine put out a Jazz 45 book years ago, so they at least have the listings somewhere.
I also was bothered by the fact that current artists (the Backstreet Boys, for instance) were listed even though they really aren't "collectable" (meaning nothing listing for more than $3 NM) yet. I can see that this may be a "place holder" of sorts for the time if and when they do become collectable, but to give a listing of their current (at the time of publishing) 45s in a book about collectables does a disservice, I think.
Still, there's a lot of information. This is easily the biggest book dedicated to 45 collecting I've ever seen. However, if you're not interested in rock, you may find it lacking. (And to the previous reviewer (Is that you Joe?) the price on Mike Nesmith 45 has been adjusted in this addition.)
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the think you need for a lifetime hobby. 17 July 2004
By Josh P. - Published on Amazon.com
Ever wondered how much one of those 45s you have is worth? Here's the place to look. Not every artist is listed but with every new edition, more are added. I have a first edition which contains over 30,000 or so entries. The reason why I asked what I did above is beacuse if your collection contains older records or records that look just like the day they were first sold, you could probably have a collection worth thousands of dollars. Some songs are available on different labels, ones that are easy to find rather than ones that are rare on other labels. I saw that a near mint copy of "For Your Precious Love" by Jerry Butler and the Impressions on the Vee-Jay label is worth $10,000. A very good codition of that record is over $1,000. If someone has something rare like that or colored vinyl, they are lucky!! If this is your hobby whether you've started or it's been with you all your life, you shouldn't be without this book. RECOMMENDED!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference for the Serious 45 Record Collector! 18 Aug 2010
By Daisy likes to cook - Published on Amazon.com
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This is "the" guide to have if you have a stash of boxes filled with 45's. If you're reading this, you know what a 45 record is! Interesting and fun to read bit of music history.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars no need to buy this if you have som of the earlier editions !! 24 Oct 2007
By Erik Christian Naess - Published on Amazon.com
Not relevant for todays market !
I whis I could buy some of the soul, garage and freakbeat records listed there for the prices they estimate !! And the mainstream records are listed too high ! Buy the Jerry Osbourne price guide instead !!
(and the colour section section pages fell out after one read)
Avoid this !
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not complete 22 Feb 2011
By randysvinylvault - Published on Amazon.com
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very limited in listings..with a guide just for 45s I thought it would be a lot more complete...found more listings in my regulat price guide{for all size records} than I did in this!
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