“You Can’t Do That!”
The “Record Collector’s Price Guide” 1st Edition was published by collector extraordinaire – Jerry Osborne. That first guide from 1976 was published at a time not-so-distant from the oldies era it intended to represent. In the case of the first guide – the target range years were 1950 through 1965 – what Osborne referred to at the time as “The Golden Age of the 45”. I remember “used record lists” which you could send away for from dealers with prices which would cause tremendous salivating in today’s world – future highly collectible records going for and dollar or two! Then came the price guide putting some order to the hobby.
And my how things have changed. A few examples:
“Skinny Jim” b/w “Half Loved” on Crest 1026 by Eddie Cochran – Mint value 1976: $25 – In the last decade this singles has sold for $500 and in good condition easily over $200
“Dreamland Last Night” b/w “My Little Darling” by Dicky Doyle – Mint Value 1976: $12 – Easily fetches $250 today
Which brings us to the Fab Four – Here is one example: “Can’t Buy Me Love” b/w “You Can’t Do That” from 1964 – The price guide didn’t even bother to list the picture sleeve value which was sparsely distributed in the U.S. But a copy could be had for around $20. Today? $700 is easily possible and much more for a mint copy. But beware – Almost all Beatle collectible vinyl has been booted. Take a look below and visit the Beatle Repros web site.
This one’s the real deal:
Buyer Beware: (click on the image to visit web site)