SpinAuctions Music Collectibles

* Vinyl, CDs, 78 rpm gramophone records and vintage magazines for collectors since 1998 *

All records and CDs are visually examined and this method is used first to generally grade each item. Some specific defects may also be referred to in the item’s description. When sold, I also personally play all items before shipping as a further check. Where records do not have a picture sleeve, the original record company paper sleeve will be provided, or as close a match as possible.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you purchase an item from this website and it does not match the grading given, a refund may be granted, provided that the same item is returned within 30 days of receipt and that it remains in EXACTLY the same condition as it was first shipped by me. Please contact me first before returning the item.

These abbreviations are used to describe record/CD, and where applicable, picture sleeve. An individual grading for each side of the record (or playable side of a CD) will be given, with general surface condition shown first, followed by any extra features/faults. None of the records offered on this website should jump or skip when played on suitable equipment with a stylus in reasonable condition.

eg. M-/TOL/VG+/DC indicates that the surface of side one of this record / cd is Mint Minus and that part of the label has been torn. The surface of side two is Very Good Plus and there is some discoloration to side two’s label.
In general terms, the gradings are as follows:

M Mint: As New, showing no wear whatsoever. Some people suggest that an item must be completely unused to be Mint. As I’ve played each record/CD at least once, I’ll never grade anything here as Mint.
M- Has some slight surface marks, usually caused by dust “etching”. No audible marks. If used to describe a sleeve, indicates minor blemishes. Still has virgin “shine” or gloss.
VG+ / VG Shows some obvious signs of being played more than once.  Surface marks may be audible in softer passages. Still a very good item.  If used to describe a sleeve, indicates general wear and tear.
G+ / G Although still quite playable, this item has heavy wear and tear.  Numerous surface marks may cause noises such as pops, clicks etc. But overall, still quite bearable. If used to describe a sleeve, indicates folding, cracked edges, heavy signs of tape used for repair etc.
P In poor condition, will still play but its value is purely to fill a gap in your collection until something better becomes available. If used to describe a sleeve, it’s better than nothing at all, but not much more.

These abbreviations may be used to indicate country of origin:

US U.S. Pressing
CAN Canadian Pressing
JAP Japanese Pressing
UK U.K. Pressing
GER German Pressing
NZ New Zealand Pressing
ITA Italian Pressing
FRA French Pressing
SWE Swedish Pressing

These abbreviations are used to indicate particular flaws:

TOS The sleeve has been torn.
TOL Parts of the record’s label have been torn away.
WOS Writing on the sleeve.
WOL Writing on the label.
TEX Texta writing on the label.
HIS Punch out/hole in cover – sometimes indicates catalog deletion.
STP Staple holes through sleeve.
HIL Punch out/hole through label.
NOC Original centre of disc has been removed.
SOS Foreign sticker on the sleeve.
SOL Sticker on the label (other than “D.J. Sample” type of sticker).
RM Record / label has worn some ring marks into the sleeve.
WRP Record has been warped. Does not affect play other than slight scruffing.
SEA Glue from seam of cover has become unstuck.
HOL Some damage/enlargement of centre hole.
TAL Tape on label or sleeve.
DC Sleeve or label discolouration.
WRI Writing. Specific to magazines, newspapers etc.
INC Some damage from exposure to insects (usually minor discoloration to edges. Specific to magazines, newspapers etc.
CUT Part of the page has been cut out, usually part of an article or photo. Specific to magazines, newspapers etc.

Further elaboration may be included under the item’s comments.