March 12, 2018
Start Date: February 10, 2018
Seller Feedback: 706
Buyer Feedback: 59
Update 2/21/18: Just played the album. The play grade is conservative at EX.(Please review my equipment - it's high end). You are bidding/buying on Black Sabbath Black Sabbath-1st Album Self-Titled. This is the UK Vertigo 1st Press, w/Phillips on the Labels and Miss Print on OSSIE. The Vinyl is graded VG+, this is a great example of this 1 of a kind album-plays EX. The Sleeve is EX, . Original Vertigo Swirl Inner included. Please note all picture for verification.
Here is why we are different:
-Album has been Play Graded, along with visual. This means someone has ensured the grading-and exact condition
-We play all albums in their entirety on a VPI Prime Signature w/Soundsmith Zephyr cartridge , thru Conrad Johnson equipment thru Vandersteen Treos-so you are getting an accurate grading.
-Cleaned with our Klaudio KD-CLN-LP200 Ultrasonic. If you are buying used records, don?t accept poor quality. This is the ultimate machine to clean your albums.
-LAST Preservative has been applied-the ultimate for better sound and long lasting
-Album comes in a New Anti-Static Lined Record Sleeve, the original will also be sent if it's provided in the listing
-If there are issues-we state them up front, not trying to discount your record when it arrives
-We know that all used vinyl is USED, so we do our best to ease the process for you so you can enjoy the music.
The Black Sabbath album has the following markings on the 'dead wax', showing the pressing and special characteristics:
1. Matrix/ Runout Side has the following Matrix/Runout:
2. VO 6 1Y*1 420 19 12
3. VO 6 2Y* 1 420 19 4
4. please review all pictures for authenticity
If you purchase more than 1 album, we will combine shipping for an additional $1. Please email prior to paying. If you are out of the US, keep in mind the shipping will be based on where it's going-not the $4 listed for US Media Mail. We will NOT Ship outside the United States-sorry but there are too many issues with foreign shipping.
If you are looking for a very quality album, with verification #'s to prove it-this is your item. Bid/Buy with confidence-100% Positive Feedback for over 15yrs on Ebay.
Absolutely perfect in every way. Certainly never been played, possibly even still sealed. Should be used sparingly as a grade, If at all.
Near Mint (NM or M-)?A nearly perfect record. Many dealers won't give a grade higher than this implying (perhaps correctly) that no record is ever truly perfect. The record should show no obvious signs of wear. A 45 RPM or EP sleeve should have no more than the most minor defects, such as almost invisible ring wear or other signs of slight handling. An LP cover should have no creases, folds, seam splits or other noticeable similar defects. No cut-out holes, either. And of course, the same should be true of any other inserts, such as posters, lyric sleeves and the like. Basically, an LP in near mint condition looks as if you just got it home from a new record store and removed the shrink wrap. Near Mint is the highest price listed in all Goldmine price guides. Anything that exceeds this grade, in the opinion of both buyer and seller, is worth significantly more than the highest Goldmine book value.
VG++ or EX This is a grading between VG+ and NM-. An album that has an ?almost Near Mint? could be caused by some minimal surface noise or some marks on the vinyl or sleeve.
?Very Good Plus (VG+)?Generally worth 50 percent of the Near Mint value. A Very Good Plus record will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it. Record surfaces may show some signs of wear and may have slight scuffs or very light scratches that don't affect one's listening experiences. There may be some slight surface noise in the quiet spots on the album. Slight warps that do not affect the sound are "OK". The label may have some ring wear or discoloration, but it should be barely noticeable. The center hole will not have been misshapen by repeated play. Picture sleeves and LP inner sleeves will have some slight wear, lightly turned up corners, or a slight seam split. An LP cover may have slight signs of wear also and may be marred by a cut-out hole, indentation or corner indicating it was taken out of print and sold at a discount. In general, if not for a couple things wrong with it, this would be Near Mint. All but the most mint-crazy collectors will find a Very Good Plus record highly acceptable.
Very Good (VG)?Generally worth 25 percent of Near Mint value. Many of the defects found in a VG+ record will be more pronounced in a VG disc. Surface noise will be evident upon playing, especially in soft passages and during a song's intro and fade, but will not overpower the music otherwise. Groove wear will start to be noticeable, as with light scratches (deep enough to feel with a fingernail) that will affect the sound. Labels may be marred by writing, or have tape or stickers (or their residue) attached. The same will be true of picture sleeves or LP covers. However, it will not have all of these problems at the same time, only two or three of them. Goldmine price guides with more than one price will list Very Good as the lowest price. This, not the Near Mint price, should be your guide when determining how much a record is worth, as that is the price a dealer will normally pay you for a Near Mint record.