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The Collectors Thread

Posted: 12 Feb 2020, 9:14pm
by 101Walterton
As suggested by Deny this thread is for those that are collectors to let others know what they collect or what they are looking for so that other collectors can keep an eye out when spending hours going through charity shops and searching through dusty old boxes at car boot sales etc..
It is also an opportunity to chat about, discuss, ask questions as well as display your own collections!!

Re: The Collectors Thread

Posted: 12 Feb 2020, 10:36pm
by 101Walterton
My main collection is the 2 Tone records catalogue on vinyl. I only collect the UK issues not imports etc.
I am trying to ‘complete’ the 7” collection and whilst I do have a copy of every official release there are a few rarities I want/need including:

On silver plastic injection moulded label
TT1 The Specials - Gangsters
TT14 The Swinging Cats - Montovani (very very rare)

On blue plastic injection moulded label
TT3 Madness - The Prince
TT4 The Selector - On My Radio
TT17 The Specials - Ghost Town

Promo only issues
TTP1 The Specials - Rudie & Ghost Town / Madness - One Step / Selector - Radio
TT100 Special AKA - What I Like Most About You (different release to TT27 single issue)

The albums are much easier to find and cheaper but also interested in completing the 12” singles.

Re: The Collectors Thread

Posted: 13 Feb 2020, 6:35pm
by laxman
That collection looks fantastic. I saw the Elvis Costello I Can’t Stand Up single on sale for silly money the other day. Promo only, never actually got released, is that correct? I hope/assume that is in your collection already?

Re: The Collectors Thread

Posted: 13 Feb 2020, 7:25pm
by Dr. Medulla
I don't have the collector's bug per se—I want the music and am completist with the artists I love, but don't care to have the physical item—but that's really impressive, 101W. Both the effort to assemble and just the visual of it all. Is completion a question of money (sellers are asking a king's ransom) or time (you're not in a hurry) or difficulty in locating the remaining pieces?

Re: The Collectors Thread

Posted: 13 Feb 2020, 7:25pm
by 101Walterton
laxman wrote:
13 Feb 2020, 6:35pm
That collection looks fantastic. I saw the Elvis Costello I Can’t Stand Up single on sale for silly money the other day. Promo only, never actually got released, is that correct? I hope/assume that is in your collection already?
Yep second row on left in plain sleeve.
It wasn’t a promo it was printed for actual release as Elvis was between contracts but after they signed a deal the printed copies were given away.

Re: The Collectors Thread

Posted: 13 Feb 2020, 7:28pm
by 101Walterton
Dr. Medulla wrote:
13 Feb 2020, 7:25pm
I don't have the collector's bug per se—I want the music and am completist with the artists I love, but don't care to have the physical item—but that's really impressive, 101W. Both the effort to assemble and just the visual of it all. Is completion a question of money (sellers are asking a king's ransom) or time (you're not in a hurry) or difficulty in locating the remaining pieces?
A bit of both. Some of my wants come up for sale but usually for silly money (like the £350 the other day). A couple are almost mythical and never come on the market.

Re: The Collectors Thread

Posted: 13 Feb 2020, 7:37pm
by Dr. Medulla
101Walterton wrote:
13 Feb 2020, 7:28pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
13 Feb 2020, 7:25pm
I don't have the collector's bug per se—I want the music and am completist with the artists I love, but don't care to have the physical item—but that's really impressive, 101W. Both the effort to assemble and just the visual of it all. Is completion a question of money (sellers are asking a king's ransom) or time (you're not in a hurry) or difficulty in locating the remaining pieces?
A bit of both. Some of my wants come up for sale but usually for silly money (like the £350 the other day). A couple are almost mythical and never come on the market.
I suppose if you enjoy the hunt—that's another reason I couldn't be a collector; I'm too impatient—the elusiveness is part of the appeal, so that keeps you going.

You might enjoy a series of novels called the Vinyl Detective by Andrew Cartmel. I listened to one (didn't really grab me) about a record collector/private eye and his rare music-related cases.

Re: The Collectors Thread

Posted: 13 Feb 2020, 7:54pm
by laxman
101Walterton wrote:
13 Feb 2020, 7:25pm
laxman wrote:
13 Feb 2020, 6:35pm
That collection looks fantastic. I saw the Elvis Costello I Can’t Stand Up single on sale for silly money the other day. Promo only, never actually got released, is that correct? I hope/assume that is in your collection already?
Yep second row on left in plain sleeve.
It wasn’t a promo it was printed for actual release as Elvis was between contracts but after they signed a deal the printed copies were given away.
Thanks for clarifying.

Re: The Collectors Thread

Posted: 13 Feb 2020, 8:41pm
by 101Walterton
Dr. Medulla wrote:
13 Feb 2020, 7:37pm
101Walterton wrote:
13 Feb 2020, 7:28pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
13 Feb 2020, 7:25pm
I don't have the collector's bug per se—I want the music and am completist with the artists I love, but don't care to have the physical item—but that's really impressive, 101W. Both the effort to assemble and just the visual of it all. Is completion a question of money (sellers are asking a king's ransom) or time (you're not in a hurry) or difficulty in locating the remaining pieces?
A bit of both. Some of my wants come up for sale but usually for silly money (like the £350 the other day). A couple are almost mythical and never come on the market.
I suppose if you enjoy the hunt—that's another reason I couldn't be a collector; I'm too impatient—the elusiveness is part of the appeal, so that keeps you going.

You might enjoy a series of novels called the Vinyl Detective by Andrew Cartmel. I listened to one (didn't really grab me) about a record collector/private eye and his rare music-related cases.
Yep enjoy the hunt, spend hours searching EBay. I could only collect something that has a finite amount though, I need a target / end point which is why I don’t collect imports etc.

Re: The Collectors Thread

Posted: 16 Feb 2020, 5:02am
by deny
Sorry for the late response on this. firstly that is a fantastic collection! A lot of hours & a few Kiwi dollars invested in that I bet.
I have been collecting Clash & Stranglers vinyl & CDS. Particularly Japanese ones. I have also been collecting a few comics but more tpb as they are by far the cheapest option. Whilst I have dabbled at collecting in the past - whilst being ill this has given me something to do.

Here are the first Japanese vinyl Clash albums I collected.

Re: The Collectors Thread

Posted: 16 Feb 2020, 5:03am
by deny
deny wrote:
16 Feb 2020, 5:02am
Sorry for the late response on this. Firstly that is a fantastic collection 101! A lot of hours & a few Kiwi dollars invested in that I bet!
I have been collecting Clash & Stranglers vinyl & CDS. Particularly Japanese ones.
I have also been collecting a few comics but more tpb as they are by far the cheapest option.
Whilst I have dabbled at collecting in the past - whilst being ill this has given me something to do.

Here are the first Japanese vinyl Clash albums I collected.

Re: The Collectors Thread

Posted: 16 Feb 2020, 1:21pm
by FarawayTowns
The rarest Clash record I own is below. Only difference
is mine has a black and white cover Bought it at a record fayre around 1981/82. As it's an early bootleg copy it's quite collectable now I believe.

Re: The Collectors Thread

Posted: 16 Feb 2020, 3:28pm
by 101Walterton
deny wrote:
16 Feb 2020, 5:02am
Sorry for the late response on this. firstly that is a fantastic collection! A lot of hours & a few Kiwi dollars invested in that I bet.
I have been collecting Clash & Stranglers vinyl & CDS. Particularly Japanese ones. I have also been collecting a few comics but more tpb as they are by far the cheapest option. Whilst I have dabbled at collecting in the past - whilst being ill this has given me something to do.

Here are the first Japanese vinyl Clash albums I collected.
There are some great Japanese products out there but as my collection is 2 Tone label, as opposed to the bands on it, I thankfully don’t have to worry about imports!!
Are those different to the originals or just packaged differently?

Re: The Collectors Thread

Posted: 16 Feb 2020, 4:14pm
by FarawayTowns
deny wrote:
16 Feb 2020, 5:02am
Sorry for the late response on this. firstly that is a fantastic collection! A lot of hours & a few Kiwi dollars invested in that I bet.
I have been collecting Clash & Stranglers vinyl & CDS. Particularly Japanese ones. I have also been collecting a few comics but more tpb as they are by far the cheapest option. Whilst I have dabbled at collecting in the past - whilst being ill this has given me something to do.

Here are the first Japanese vinyl Clash albums I collected.
If you are ever in London it's always worth paying Vinyl Boutique in Camden a visit. I have seen Japanese Clash imports in there amongst others.
https://vinylboutique.co.uk/about-us/

Re: The Collectors Thread

Posted: 17 Feb 2020, 2:43pm
by deny
FarawayTowns wrote:
16 Feb 2020, 4:14pm
deny wrote:
16 Feb 2020, 5:02am
Sorry for the late response on this. firstly that is a fantastic collection! A lot of hours & a few Kiwi dollars invested in that I bet.
I have been collecting Clash & Stranglers vinyl & CDS. Particularly Japanese ones. I have also been collecting a few comics but more tpb as they are by far the cheapest option. Whilst I have dabbled at collecting in the past - whilst being ill this has given me something to do.

Here are the first Japanese vinyl Clash albums I collected.
If you are ever in London it's always worth paying Vinyl Boutique in Camden a visit. I have seen Japanese Clash imports in there amongst others.
https://vinylboutique.co.uk/about-us/
Thank you for the heads up. It is much appreciated.