Published on October 1st, 2012 | by Alan Cross14
The Most Rare and Valuable CDs
This email from Jody popped into my mailbox early this morning:
Compact discs seem to be dying a slow agonizing death, but I wondered, are their any CD’s out there that are actually worth something, like rare vinyl?
Great question. While collectors go apeshit over rare records, what about rare CDs?
The answer is a firm “yes.” The value of a rare CD is determined by the same things that rule rare vinyl: scarcity and demand.
- For example, Coldplay ordered up just 500 copies of their first release, The Safety EP (pictured at right). Most were given to friends and family while less than a hundred were sold at retail. If you have one of those, it’s worth up to $1500.
- Nirvana’s record label prepped a UK-only promo version of “Pennyroyal Tea” in 1994–a different version of what we hear on In Utero–but withdrew it before it was distributed. Find a copy of that and you have something worth about $2000.
- In 1993, Prince planned to issue a disc called My Name Was Prince to Japanese media but pulled it. I’ve seen it listed for $5,000.
Anyone have anything more to add to this list? How about some favourite sources for this kind of information?