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Sub Pop Singles: SP51 - SP100

A huge chunk of the records that Sub Pop released in this period was in the 7" format.  Lots of color variation here as well.  This page is large.

SP51 Honeymoon Killers

Get It Hot b/w Gettin' Hot

Sub Pop SP51, November 1989

Sub Pop Singles Club #13

2000 copies pressed, 1200 on red vinyl and 800 on black vinyl.

Version Approximate Value ($) Price Trending
SP51 Red (1200) 8-10 Down
SP51 Black (800) 8-10 Down
Loose Insert
Sleeve Paper foldover

SP52 Fugazi

Song # 1 b/w Joe# 1/Break-in

Sub Pop SP52, December 1989

Sub Pop Singles Club #14

This single has the distinction of being the only Fugazi record not on Dischord (so I'm told).  2000 copies pressed, 1200 on green vinyl and 800 on black vinyl.  It has a weird sleeve, pressed on velum and laid over a beige inner sleeve.

Version Approximate Value ($) Price Trending
SP52 Green (1200) 25-40 Down
SP52 Black (800) 20-35 Down
Loose Insert
Printed Inner Sleeve
Sleeve Velum foldover foldover w/ inner velum sleeve and paper insert
Test Pressing Black vinyl, small hole, plain white labels

SP53 Big Chief

Chrome Helmet b/w Blowout Kit

Sub Pop SP53, released March 1990

Sub Pop Singles Club #17

3000 copies pressed, 1500 on white vinyl and 1500 on black vinyl.  Okay, the insert situation is a little screwy with this record.  Many just came with the normal loose paper insert (see A below).  I found one that clearly had not been touched since its release.  It contained a catalogue that had insert A incorporated into it (see B below), along with a credit card survey printed on dot matrix paper (C).  Then...I heard from somebody who received two band photographs along with their copy.

Version Approximate Value ($) Price Trending
SP53 White (1500) 2-4 Down
SP53 Black (1500) 2-4 Down
Loose Insert
Insert B - Side 1
Insert B - Side 2
Insert C
Photo Insert
Sleeve Paper foldover
Credits Keith: Band photo insert image

SP55 Tad

Loser b/w Cooking with Gas

Sub Pop SP55, released January 1990

First 3000 copies pressed on green vinyl.  Subsequent pressings included pale blue and black vinyl.  None of them is particularly valuable.

Version Approximate Value ($) Price Trending
SP55 Green (3000) 5 Down
SP55 Black 2-4 Down
SP55 Pale Blue 5-8 Down
Loose Insert
Test Pressing
Sleeve Paper foldover
Test Pressing Clear vinyl, small hole, plain white labels
Credits Stan: Light blue vinyl image

SP57 The Fluid

Tin Top Toy b/w Tomorrow

Sub Pop SP57, released March 1990

The Fluid's first 7".  The labels on this record are marked as SP56, but the sleeve is correctly printed as SP57.  The first pressing of this one was on orange vinyl.  This is also the easiest color to find.  There were quite a few made on orange.  The degree of orange ranges from very light to very dark.  There were also black copies pressed at this point, as demonstrated by the existence of orange and black mixed copies.  The yellow pressing came next, and is a rarer color, reportedly limited to 500.  Also pressed on grey marble, purple marble, pink (each of these is somewhat rare, but the grey marble shows up the least often of the three).  I also came across a color that I am calling "burnt orange."  It is a darker orange than the straight orange color, and has some marbling in it with an even darker color (which appears to be black).  I had heard rumors of an "orange-brown" version, and can only guess that this is what the person was talking about.  Regardless, it is clearly different from the regular orange version.  Take a look at the pictures.  They were done on the same scanner.  I had heard several rumors of a red vinyl version, and those invariably turned out to be orange...until a real red one surfaced in an auction in mid-2009.  The seller wanted an absurd price for it, so I let it go.  Oops.  Since then, one other red copy has surfaced, sold to another collector.  I have not yet gotten my hands on one. 

Version Approximate Value ($) Price Trending
SP57 Orange 5 Stable
SP57 Black 2-4 Down
SP57 Yellow (500) 10-15 Down
SP57 Purple Marble 10-15 Down
SP57 Pink 10-15 Down
SP57 Grey Marble 10-15 Down
SP57 Burnt Orange 30-40 Down
SP57 Red 40-50 Stable
Loose Insert
Test Pressing
Red Vinyl
Sleeve Paper foldover with loose insert
Test Pressing Black vinyl, small hole, plain white labels

SP58 L7

Shove b/w Packin' a Rod

Sub Pop SP58, released January 1990

Sub Pop Singles Club #15

Sub Pop SP1/105 - Shove b/w Fast (Germany)

3000 copies pressed: 1200 on green and 1800 on black.

Version Approximate Value ($) Price Trending
SP58 Green (1200) 20-25 Down
SP58 Black (800) 8-10 Down
Loose Insert
Test Pressing
Sleeve Paper foldover
Test Pressing Black vinyl, white labels, small hole
Rumors Scrapped red version

SP59 Dickless

I'm a Man b/w Saddle Tramp

Sub Pop SP59, released May 1990

First 4000 copies on green vinyl w/ lavender insert and pink sticker, subsequent copies on black vinyl.  The black vinyl version is actually harder to find than the green one.  I don't know that all of the copies in that initial pressing had the inserts and sticker...I have seen many without either.  The sticker is neon pink.

Version Approximate Value ($) Price Trending
SP59 Green (4000) 5 Down
SP59 Black 5-8 Down
Loose Insert
2nd Insert
Sticker
Test Pressing
Sleeve Paper foldover
Test Pressing Black vinyl, large hole, plain white labels

SP63 Mudhoney

You're Gone b/w Thorn/You Make Me Die

Sub Pop SP63, released July 1990

Glitterhouse GR0102 12" (Germany)

First 3000 copies on pink marble vinyl, most of the rest on black.  There are some purple copies as well, but they are rare.  There is also a handful of green copies available, but those are extremely rare.  The test pressing was on purple vinyl.

Version Approximate Value ($) Price Trending
SP63 Pink Marble (3000) 8-10 Down
SP63 Black 5 Down
SP63 Purple Marble 60-75 Stable
SP63 Green 300-350 Up
Loose Insert
Test Pressing
Sleeve Paper foldover
Test Pressing Purple marble vinyl, small hole, plain white labels

SP65 Lubricated Goat

Meating My Head b/w 20th Century Rake

Sub Pop SP65, released April 1990

Sub Pop Singles Club #18

3500 copies total: 2000 on gold (yellow), 1500 on black.

Version Approximate Value ($) Price Trending
SP65 Yellow (2000) 6-8 Down
SP65 Black (1500) 5 Down
Loose Insert
Test Pressing
Sleeve Paper foldover
Test Pressing Black vinyl, white labels, large hole
Credits Costa: Test pressing image

SP66 Babes in Toyland

House b/w Arriba

Sub Pop SP66, released May 1990

Sub Pop Singles Club #19

Limited to 3500 copies, 2000 on gold (yellow) vinyl, 1500 on black vinyl.  When I was selling my last big set of records, someone emailed me to tell me of a red vinyl version of this one.  He said that there were a few made, but they didn't play correctly, so they were scrapped.  He also said that there was a version of the sleeve with an alternate picture on it.  I am skeptical.  I have never seen of heard of either of these things before or since.  It is a rumor, though, so I am including it.

Version Approximate Value ($) Price Trending
SP66 Yellow (2000) 12-15 Down
SP66 Black (1500) 8-10 Down
Loose Insert
Sleeve Paper foldover

SP68 Dinosaur Jr

The Wagon b/w Better than Gone

Sub Pop SP68, released June 1990

Glitterhouse GR0097 (Germany)

This one is a collector's favorite.  Supposedly, there were 10,000 of these pressed on white vinyl and 200 on purple.  I believe most of this.  However, in addition to these two, there is a pink vinyl version, which is very rare, but seems to show up 4-5 times as often as the purple.  Look at the pictures to see the distinct differences between the purple and the pink.  They were scanned on the same scanner.  Bottom line...we don't really know the actual numbers.  We do know that pink and purple are both very rare.

Version Approximate Value ($) Price Trending
SP68 White (10,000) 8-10 Down
SP68 Pink 50-60 Stable
SP68 Purple (200) 100-125 Stable
Loose Insert
Test Pressing
Sleeve Full cardboard matte
Test Pressing Black vinyl, large hole, plain white labels

This moment began the run of sleeves that contained attached, perforated Singles Club subscription forms.  It lasted through to SP114, the Godflesh single.  It also started mass confusion amongst record dealers, as the less informed decided that the presence of this form meant that the 7" in question was part of the Singles Club.  Not the case...for about a year, ALL singles that Sub Pop released contained the attached forms.

SP70 Derelicts

Misery Maker b/w Wash

Sub Pop SP70, released August 1990

This one exists on both mint blue marble and black vinyl.  I have no idea how many of each, but both are easy to acquire.

Version Approximate Value ($) Price Trending
SP70 Mint Blue Marble 2-4 Down
SP70 Black 2-4 Down
Attached Insert
Sleeve Paper foldover w/ insert attached

SP71 Thee Headcoats

Time Will Tell b/w Davey Crockett (Gabba-Hay!)

Sub Pop SP71, released June 1990

Sub Pop Singles Club #20

Limited to 4000 copies, 2000 on blue vinyl and 2000 on black vinyl.

Version Approximate Value ($) Price Trending
SP71 Blue (2000) 12-15 Down
SP71 Black (2000) 5-8 Down
Attached Insert
Sleeve Paper foldover< w/ insert attached/td>

SP72 Rollins Band

I Know You b/w Earache My Eye

Sub Pop SP72, released July 1990

Sub Pop Singles Club #21

Limited to 4000 copies, 2000 on color vinyl (pink marble and red) and 2000 on black vinyl.  The red ones are by far the rarest.  I don't know precisely how many red copies were pressed, but I probably see one red for every 10-15 pink ones I come across.  There are also several variations of the pink version.  There is an in-between-colors version, which is a combination of the pink and black, which basically ends up basically being purple.  I consider it part of the pink set.  There are some normal pink ones that have bits of brown in them, and there are some darker pink marble copies.  I have included scans below.

Version Approximate Value ($) Price Trending
SP72 Pink Marble 10-12 Down
SP72 Black 6-8 Down
SP72 Red 25-35 Down
Attached Insert
Sleeve Paper foldover w/ insert attached
Credits STOUTR: Hot pink marble, pink marble w/ brown images

SP73 Nirvana

Sliver b/w Dive

Sub Pop SP73, released September 1990

This one deserves its own page.  But wait - it has one!  This page on Sliver.it details this single much better than I could.  I will still be as complete as possible here, though.

The first pressing of this one had blue marble and black pressings, and came with foldover sleeves with singles club forms attached.  The labels and sleeves did not mention Erika Records.  Sub Pop says the first 3000 were on blue marble vinyl.  If the pressing pattern holds true, there are probably between 3500 and 4000 black ones.  There are also pink copies out there that had these labels and sleeves.  I originally thought these were second pressings that used the leftover materials from the first pressings, but I no longer think so.  The pink color is definitely distinct from the 2nd pressing clear pink (see scans).

Second pressing: this is where it gets messy.  These versions had full sleeves, sealed on three sides, and many had Erika Records information on the back.  Most of these had Erika Records on the labels as well...but not all of them.  Colors include: black, blue, blue w/ black marbling, orange marble, peach, yellow, pink, pink marble and clear.  It is often difficult to tell the difference between the orange and peach ones from pictures.  If you examine them up close, though, the peach version is partially translucent, while the orange one is a completely solid marbled orange.  Orange and pink marble are both incredibly scarce versions of the Sliver single, perhaps even more so than clear, which tends to sell for a bit more.  And then...there's the white one.  There are very few of these in existence (~100?).  It is very rare and very expensive.  It doesn't stop there, though.  After years of rumors, a red one appeared.  To this point, the collecting community has only seen one of these.  It does exist, though.

Third pressing: These had full sleeves with the late-90's era black labels.  No one really cares about these...

Fourth pressing: I call this a 4th pressing, just based on the patterns of some other Sub Pop releases.  The vinyl is exactly like the third pressing, except that now, the sleeves are of the foldover variety, on thick card stock.

There was a late pressing that Sub Pop did of this record through Golden rather than Erika.  One would think this would be the 4th pressing, but...well, if you order one from Sub Pop now, you get the Erika version.  Regardless, the black label ones don't sell for anything, and can still be ordered directly from Sub Pop.

Version Approximate Value ($) Price Trending
First Pressings
SP73 Blue Marble (3000) 30-50 Stable
SP73 Black (3500-4000) 15-25 Down
SP73 Pink 70-90 Down
Second Pressings
SP73 Clear 175-225 Stable
SP73 Orange Marble 180-220 Stable
SP73 Pink Marble 125-150 Stable
SP73 Light Blue w/ Black Marbling 70-90 Down
SP73 Peach 80-100 Stable
SP73 Yellow 60-80 Down
SP73 Blue/Turquoise 40-60 Down
SP73 Pink 30-40 Down
SP73 Black 10-15 Down
Third Pressing
SP73 Black 5 Stable
Fourth Pressing
SP73 Black (Golden pressing) 5-8 Stable
SP73 Black (Erika pressing) 5 Stable
Other Scarce Pressings
SP73 White 700-800 Up
SP73 Red 1200-1500 Up
1st Pressing Attached Insert
Test Pressing
1st Pressing - Blue Marble
1st Pressing - Black
1st Pressing - Pink
Sleeve 1st pressing: Paper foldover w/ insert attached
2nd pressing: Full glossy
3rd pressing: Full glossy
4th pressing: Thick-stock paper foldover
Test Pressing Black vinyl, small hole, plain white labels
Credits Enrico (Sliver.it): red image

SP74 Beat Happening

Red Head Walking b/w Secret Picnic Spot

Sub Pop SP74, released September 1990

The first 2000 copies of this one are on red vinyl, while most of the rest of them are on black.  There are some green copies circulating.  They are the rarest, but I've seen them a couple of times.
In December, 2009, I happened upon a mispressed version of the Unsane record (SP76) on green marble vinyl, on which the wrong plate was used for side A.  The A-side is from the SP74 Beat Happening record, and the B-side is from the Unsane record.  As soon as I realized this, I checked the other green copy of SP76 that I had, and that one is the correct Unsane record on both sides.  This one is Beat Happening on A, and Unsane on B, with Unsane sleeve and labels.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP74 Red (2000) 10-12
SP74 Black 5-10
SP74 Green 30-40
Attached Insert
Test Pressing
Sleeve Paper foldover w/ insert attached
Test Pressing Green marble vinyl, small hole, plain white labels

SP75 Sister Ray

The King b/w Push Me

Sub Pop SP75, released August 1990

Sub Pop Singles Club #22

Limited to 4000 copies: 2500 on green marble vinyl and 1500 on black vinyl.  The test pressings were on green marble vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP75 Green Marble (2500) 5-10
SP75 Black (1500) 5
Attached Insert
Test Pressing
Sleeve Paper foldover w/ insert attached
Test Pressing Green marble vinyl, small hole, plain white labels

SP76 Unsane

Vandal-X b/w Streetsweeper

Sub Pop SP76, released September 1990

Sub Pop Singles Club #23

This single was the source of some confusion at one point.  An early discography listed it as a 4000 copy pressing, with 2500 on green vinyl and 1500 on black.  The pressing plant must have been short on the green, because it ended up being 2500 yellow and 1500 black.  The yellow ones are mostly yellow marble, but there are also some clear yellow copies available.  They are much rarer.  It seems that whatever was included in the pressing that made it opaque and marbled with white ran out, leaving a handful of clear yellow copies.  Most have slight white marbling, and some have bits of black marbling (which happened as the pressing transitioned from yellow to black).  Check out the comparative pictures below.
To complicate matters, there were a handful of green marble copies that made it to the market.  They are by far the rarest variety.  A fellow collector got one from a former Sub Pop employee, who said that there were 50 of these made and given to the band.  I would believe this figure, as they are very tough to come by.
But wait, there's more!  In December, 2009, I happened upon an even rarer version of the green Unsane record (which I did not think was possible).  There is a mispressed version on green marble vinyl, on which the wrong plate was used for side A.  The A-side is the A-side from SP74 Beat Happening, and the B-side is from the Unsane record.  As soon as I realized this, I checked the other green copy I had, and that one is the correct Unsane record on both sides.  This one is Beat Happening on A, and Unsane on B, with Unsane sleeve and labels.  I cannot even begin to guess what this one is worth.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP76 Yellow Marble 20-25
SP76 Black (1500) 20-25
SP76 Clear Yellow 40-50
SP76 Green Marble 60-75
Attached Insert
Test Pressing
Sleeve Paper foldover w/ insert attached
Test Pressing Green marble vinyl, small hole, plain white labels

SP77 Sister Double Happiness

Don't Worry b/w Wheels a' Spinnin'

Sub Pop SP77, released October 1990

One of the more underrated Sub Pop singles of this era.  Solid songs on this one.  Most copies are on green marble and black vinyl.  According to Sub Pop, the first 2000 were green.  After some time, I found a pink version.  An orange one has also surfaced, along with a clear green one, both fairly scarce.  It would not surprise me if there were more colors of this one around.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP77 Green Marble (2000) 8
SP77 Black 5
SP77 Pink 15-20
SP77 Orange 20-30
SP77 Clear Green 20-30
Attached Insert
Test Pressing
Sleeve Paper foldover w/ insert attached
Test Pressing Black vinyl, small hole, plain white labels
Credits Darren: Orange vinyl image

SP80 Tad

Jinx b/w Pig Iron

Sub Pop SP80, released December 1990

First 2000 pressed on yellow marble vinyl.  Copies also exist on light blue marble, purple marble, and black.  Test pressings were on red vinyl.  I have also included two very rare variations.  They are yellow/black mixes; one with more yellow, one with more black.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP80 Yellow Marble (2000) 8
SP80 Black 5
SP80 Light Blue Marble 10-12
SP80 Purple Marble 12-15
Attached Insert
Test Pressing
Sleeve Paper foldover w/ insert attached
Test Pressing Red vinyl, small hole, plain white labels
Credits PLC: Red test pressing image
Gregg Conover: bothyellow/black mix images
Stan: Purple marble image

SP81 Dwarves

 

Drug Store/Detention Girl b/w Astro Boy/Motherfucker

Sub Pop SP81, released October 1990

Infamous sleeve...another picture from the Blood, Guts & Pussy photo shoot.  This single was mostly on black vinyl.  The first 2500 came with a pin that said, "Fuck you up and get high."  There are a few copies in circulation on purple marble vinyl.  It is not easy to come by.  The early copies had foldover poster sleeves (see above) with singles club forms attached.  The later ones did not.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP81 Black w/ Pin (2500) 18-20
SP81 Black w/o Pin 15
SP81 Purple Marble 35-45
Attached Insert
Test Pressing
Sleeve Poster foldover w/ insert attached
Test Pressing Black vinyl, small hole, plain white labels

SP83 Soundgarden

Room a Thousand Years Wide b/w H.I.V. Baby

Sub Pop SP83, released September 1990

Sub Pop Singles Club Bonus

Limited to 5000 copies, 1500 on purple vinyl and 3500 on black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP83 Purple Marble (1500) 30-40
SP83 Black (3500) 20-25
Attached Insert
Test Pressing
Sleeve Paper foldover w/ insert attached
Test Pressing Orange-peach marble vinyl, small hole, plain white labels

SP84 The Afghan Whigs

Sister Brother b/w Hey Cuz 7"

Sub Pop SP84, released 1990

Retarded EP - Sub Pop SP4/115 12" (Germany)

The sleeve is a foldover paper sleeve with a Sub Pop Singles Club order form attached.  The first 2000 were on red vinyl.  At one point in collectors' past, this was the desirable version to have.  Over the years, it became clear that this version was actually very easy to come by.  The black version was released at this point as well.  Several other colors have shown up since then, which were most likely pressed slightly later.   These colors are much tougher finds.  The purple marble one will show up fairly often.  It's the green, pink marble, and clear pink ones that are really difficult.  The green one is a clear green with slight marbling (see picture).  The pink marble one is a solid hot pink marble.  The clear pink one is the rarest.  The collector community is mostly satiated with this one, though, so you can now get it for a mych more moderate price than before.

The 12" was an early Sub Pop Europe pressing, released as the "Retarded" EP.  It contained the song "Retarded" from the Up in It LP, the two tracks from the U.S. 7", and "Turning in Two," which never appeared elsewhere (but is excellent).  It also exists on CD, which is actually much harder to find.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
SP84 Red (2000) 5-8 Stable
SP84 Black 5 Stable
SP84 Purple Marble 15-25 Stable
SP84 Pink Marble 25-40 Stable
SP84 Green 25-40 Down
SP84 Clear Pink 40-60 Stable
SP4/115 Black 8-15 Stable
Attached Insert
Test Pressing
SP4/115
Sleeve Paper foldover w/ insert attached
Test Pressing Black vinyl, small hole, plain white labels

This page was last updated on February 6, 2016.

SP85 Coffin Break

Lies b/w Pray

Sub Pop SP85, released September 1990

First 2000 pressed on pinkish-red marble vinyl, the rest on black.  Red is rarer, but they are both easy to find.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP85 Pink-Red Marble (2000) 5-10
SP85 Black 5-10
Attached Insert
Test Pressing
Sleeve Paper foldover w/ insert attached
Test Pressing Green marble vinyl, small hole, plain white labels

SP86 Poison Idea

Taken By Surprise b/w We Got the Beat

SP86, released November 1990

Sub Pop Singles Club #25

Limited to 4500 copies, 3000 on mint green marble vinyl and 1500 on black vinyl.  Much like many of the other records listed here, the color vinyl version sells for more, even though there are twice as many in existence.  People like pretty colors...

Version Approximate value ($)
SP86 Mint Green Marble (3000) 30-45
SP86 Black (1500) 10-15
Attached Insert
Sleeve Paper foldover w/ insert attached

SP87 (The Freewheelin') Mark Arm

Masters of War b/w My Life With Rickets

Sub Pop SP87, released November 1990

Sub Pop SP9/130 (Germany)

There are several varieties of this single in existence.  It has shown up in a few different colors.  The standard ones are red, mint green marble, green with reddish marbling, dark purple, and black vinyl.  A couple of very rare versions have surfaced recently: an orange copy, a blue & red copy, and a marbled purple copy.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP87 Mint Green Marble 15-20
SP87 Green w/ Red Marble 15-20
SP87 Red 10-15
SP87 Purple 15-20
SP87 Purple w/ Brown Marbling 30-40
SP87 Orange 50-60
SP87 Blue & Red 50-60
SP87 Black 5-8
Attached Insert
Test Pressing
Sleeve Paper foldover w/ insert attached
Test Pressing Black vinyl, small hole, plain white labels
Credits STOUTR: Red/blue and orange vinyl images

SP88 Poster Children

Thinner, Stronger b/w Pointed Stick

Sub Pop SP88, released October 1990

Sub Pop Singles Club #24

Limited to 4500 copies, 3000 on pinkish-red marble vinyl and 1500 on black vinyl.  Some will call the color vinyl version of this single pink, some will call it red.  It's the same thing in this case.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP88 Pink-Red Marble (3000) 10-15
SP88 Black (1500) 8-10
Attached Insert
Test Pressing
Sleeve Paper foldover w/ insert attached
Test Pressing Black vinyl, small hole, plain white labels

SP90 Smashing Pumpkins

Tristessa b/w La Dolly Vita

Sub Pop SP90, released December 1990

Sub Pop SP10/137 - 12" (Germany)

The only Sub Pop release by Smashing Pumpkins.  All had foldover paper sleeves with Singles Club forms attached. There were a lot of these pressed - I have read 4500 on  pink marble vinyl and 3000 on black vinyl.  Or so I had been led to believe.  Sub Pop says there were 2500 pink ones.  I feel like this can't possibly be correct because there are so many on the market.  The black ones are definitely more scarce, and the market actually reflects this.  Oh yeah, and then there's the grey one.  Estimates vary, but there are probably between 100 and 200 of these in existence.  It's expensive.  In 2007, one of these sold for about $300.  In early 2008, it went up to the $500-600 range, but it has come back down to $350 territory.  Rumors circulated saying that the grey ones were the result of the plates not being cleaned between the pink and black pressings.  Nope.  There is no pink in those grey copies.  They just simply pressed some grey ones.  If this were from overlap, then you'd end up with far fewer than 200, and they would look purple, like the Rollins Band example above (see SP 72).  The test pressing for this record is on red vinyl, and when it sells, it is very, very expensive.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP90 Pink Marble (4500) 40-50
SP90 Black (3000) 45-50
SP90 Grey Marble 350-400
Attached Insert
Test Pressing
Sleeve Paper foldover w/ insert attached
Test Pressing Red vinyl, small hole, plain white labels

SP91 Rein Sanction

Creel b/w Willow Branch

Sub Pop SP91, released February 1991

This one is common and not expensive.  It has appeared in yellow marble (3500), black, and the slightly rarer powder blue vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP91 Yellow Marble (3500) 5
SP91 Black 5
SP91 Powder Blue 8-10
Attached Insert
Yellow/Black Mix Variant
Sleeve Paper foldover w/ insert attached
Credits Stan: Light blue vinyl image
Costa: Test pressing, black vinyl images

SP93 Hole

Dicknail b/w Burnblack

Sub Pop SP93, released March 1991

This single was one of the ones that had many, many colors.  This one followed a similar pattern to that of the Sliver single (see SP 73 above).  First pressings: foldover paper sleeves with Singles Club forms attached.  The first 3500 were released on dark grey marble vinyl.  I am guessing, based on patterns of other pressings around this time, that there were either 3000 or 4000 black copies made at this time as well.

Subsequent pressings encompass the other various colors we have come to see on the market. These colors also probably represent more than one pressing. There was no point in wasting materials, so Sub Pop and Erika used all of the labels and sleeves that remained from the initial pressing. The labels were applied as the records were pressed, and they just switched over from the original labels to the Erika ones when they ran out. The original sleeves were then packaged with these newer pressings as they were received. It would then stand to reason that the blue-grey and the green marble ones were the first new colors pressed. They ran out of the original sleeves somewhere around this point. 

The pink marble ones followed, with new full cardboard sleeves, but with the first labels. All the rest of the colors followed suit, with both full sleeves and Erika labels: blue marble, turquoise, peach/brown, purple, hot pink marble and clear pink (an old Hole discography site claims that a clear green version also exists.  I am not certain about that one, and have never seen it).  Based on the different style of print on the Erika labels, the clear pink ones probably came at the very end. The all-caps label style we see with this one is the one they settled on for records that were pressed later. The other version (not in all caps) was used for several Sub Pop releases, roughly spanning SP113-SP141 (which would indicate, based on Sub Pop's discography, that these were pressed between 10/91 and 4/92).

This one is somewhat confusing, and I really have never focused on it over the years, but have recently begun to figure it out.  In the future, I will add information as I receive it.  The values vary greatly for this single, from color to color and even from one sale to the next for any given color.  The prices listed in this table are mostly guesses based on auction buyer behavior.  The grey marble one is the most common, and the market usually reflects this.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
First Pressings
SP93 Grey Marble (3500) 10-15 Down
SP93 Black 5 Down
Later Pressings
SP93 Green Marble (1st sleeve/1st label) 20-25 Down
SP93 Blue-Grey (1st sleeve/1st label) 15-20 Down
SP93 Pink Marble (2nd sleeve/1st label) 15-20 Down
SP93 Hot Pink Marble (2nd sleeve/2nd label) 40-50 Up
SP93 Blue Marble (2nd sleeve/2nd label) 15-20 Down
SP93 Turquoise (2nd sleeve/2nd label) 15-20 Down
SP93 Purple (2nd sleeve/2nd label) 20-25 Down
SP93 Brown (2nd sleeve/2nd label) 20-25 Down
SP93 Clear Pink (2nd sleeve/3rd label) 20-25 Down
Attached Insert
Sleeve 1st press - Paper foldover w/ insert attached;
2nd pressings - Full matte
Credits Christian: Brown vinyl image

SP94 Thin White Rope

Ants are Cavemen b/w Little Doll

Sub Pop SP94, released March 1991

Glitterhouse GR0148 (Germany)

I don't have a ton to say about this one.  The first 1500 were on dark purple marble vinyl.  It also exists on black vinyl, but that actually seems to be slightly rarer.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
SP94 Purple Marble (1500) 5 Down
SP94 Black 5 Down
Sleeve Paper foldover w/ insert attached

SP95 Mudhoney

Let It Slide b/w Ounce of Deception

Sub Pop SP95, released June 1991

Sub Pop SP15/154 (Germany)

Sub Pop SP16/155 - Let It Slide 12" (Germany)

This single was the beginning of a very short-lived period during which Sub Pop pressed its singles in Germany.  This single showed up most commonly on neon yellow (the same color as the Urge Overkill single, SP109, which was also pressed in Germany).  It was also pressed on grey vinyl (like the Shonen Knife single, SP108) and black vinyl.  I believe the version with the German catalogue number on it mostly exists on grey vinyl, but I need to confirm this.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
SP95 (SP15/154) Neon Yellow 5 Down
SP95 (SP15/154) Black 5 Down
SP95 (SP15/154) Grey 5-8 Down
SP16/155 Grey 12" 8-10 Stable
Attached Insert
Test Pressing
Sleeve Paper foldover w/ insert attached
Test Pressing Black vinyl, generic German labels
Credits Costa: Test press image

SP96 The Reverend Horton Heat

Psychobilly Freakout b/w Baby, You Know Who

Sub Pop SP96, released December 1990

Sub Pop Singles Club #26

Limited to 6500 copies.  Based on the pressing patterns of that time period, I always thought the breakdown was 3500 on blue marble vinyl and 3000 on black, but Sub Pop says there were 4000 on blue, which means the black one is much rarer.  It is usually cheaper, though.  Just to confuse us, Sub Pop released the Smoke 'Em if You Got 'Em album with the same catalogue number.  Take that, rationality.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
SP96 Blue Marble (4000) 15-20 Stable
SP96 Black (2500) 10-15 Down
Attached Insert
Sleeve Paper foldover w/ insert attached
Credits STOUTR: Blue-black mix image

SP97 The Fluid/Nirvana

Candy (live) b/w Molly's Lips (live)

Sub Pop SP97, released January 1991

Sub Pop Singles Club #27

7500 total pressed - 4000 on green marble vinyl, 3500 on black.  The green marble ones have varying degrees of marbling.  There are even some that are solid green (see pic below).  Copies that are solid green or those that are mixed green and black vinyl command much more money.  The more the green and black are mixed, the more they fetch.  Some fakes have surfaced of the black version - see sliver.it for details.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
SP97 Green Marble (4000) 50-70 Stable
SP97 Black (3500) 35-45 Down
SP97 Solid Green 80-100 Stable
SP97 Green/Black Mix 200-300 Up
Attached Insert
Test Pressing
Green Marble
Solid Green
Green/Black Mix
Sleeve Paper foldover w/ Singles Club form attached
Test Pressing Black vinyl, small hole, white labels

SP100 Dickless All-Stars

Sex God Tad + 3

UNRELEASED

This record was never actually pressed.  I have been told there were never any test pressings made before it was deleted.  If it had been, that would be a pretty collectable record, needless to say...

This is the catalogue entry, taken from Sub Pop's old history site:

Please note: this is not the same record that was later pressed and given away at the Sub Pop 10th Anniversary Show.  That one was SP441, limited to 500 copies on purple marble vinyl.  I will do an entry for that one someday...probably...

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