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Attention, indie rockers and punkers looking for some Christmas cash: It's time to start trolling your beloved record collections and lopping off a few of your favorite limbs, as real estate isn't the only exchange experiencing a bubble right now. The market for indie vinyl is peaking and the proof is on eBay.
About three weeks ago, a copy of the first Nirvana 45, Love Buzz, sold for $1,691. Copies of the original pressing of Guided by Voices' PropellerLP have reportedly sold for over $6,000; their early out-of-print seven-inches are selling in the $100 range.
"The focus shifts from certain artists to others," says Robert Griffin, perennial eBayer and head of St. Louis-based Scat Records, which released a few of the early Guided by Voices records and has just reissued Propeller on CD.
Griffin has seen the peaks and valleys of the collector's market. "Stuff that's selling for $50 one month is $20 the next, and $30 the month after that," he says. "It's not consistently high. Timing is everything. But as a whole, I don't see it going away." Right now, says Griffin, underground metal label Southern Lord is on fire. Even releases that came out eight months ago are selling for $80 a pop.
B-Sides recently unloaded a few of its gems and as a result, Christmas is shining a little brighter this year. Pavement's first 45, Slay Tracks, 1933-1969 went for a cool $117. A Nirvana/Melvins split seven-inch went for $83. Belle and Sebastian's Lazy Line Painter Jane sold for $22.
Griffin isn't surprised. He unloaded a Misfits 45 for over $400. He says that rockers can take comfort in their savvy investments: "Who knew that you had a savings plan all along?"