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dissemination is the name of the game

IN REAL ESTATE, the mantra is Lo­ca­tion! Lo­ca­tion! Lo­ca­tion! It has been as­so­ci­ated with that busi­ness for so long that it feels like it was in­vented along with the con­cept of the re­altor. And of course, while the lo­ca­tion of a house isn’t every­thing, it can seem that way when as­saying prop­erty values or checking out a place to raise one’s family. [Continue reading]

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the dawning of the age of cut-out albums

ELVIS CUT-OUT ALBUMS began ap­pearing in the mid-1970s. The dawning of the age of Elvis cut-outs opened with a handful of ti­tles from a few years ear­lier that had been deleted due to di­min­ishing sales. This ar­ticle is an overview of the cut-out bins of the ’70s and the Elvis al­bums that found their way to them. [Continue reading]

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what makes something collectable?

BUYERS AND SELLERS of any­thing con­sid­ered col­lec­table often fail to achieve their goals of fi­nan­cial suc­cess be­cause they do not un­der­stand a few basic con­cepts con­cerning the na­ture of any col­lec­table. Be­cause this a record col­lec­tors web­site, I will refer to records in this essay, but you can sub­sti­tute al­most any other col­lec­table and the com­ments re­main vir­tu­ally un­changed about what makes some­thing collectable. [Continue reading]

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return of the rockahula baby

SOMEWHERE IN THE PAST, someone gave me the nick­name of the “Price Guide Guru,” be­cause my first books for O’Sullivan Wood­side were the most ac­cu­rate price guides the record col­lecting field had seen. I have long for­gotten who as­signed it to me, but I have used it on and off ever since, both in pieces that I con­tributed to Gold­mine mag­a­zine and in the com­men­tary sec­tions of my books. [Continue reading]