A Record Collector's Guide

The Afghan Whigs


Up in It

Sub Pop SP60 LP / SP60b CD / SP60a Cassette, released 1990 (U.S.)

Glitterhouse GR0092 LP, released 1990 (Germany)

Sub Pop SP5/116 CD, released 1990 (Germany)

Sony SRCS 5867 CD, released 1990 (Japan)

Sub Pop SP60 LP/Cassette, released 2017 (U.S.)

This was the first Afghan Whigs album released on Sub Pop. There were two versions of the sleeve and several colors of vinyl to go along with each. The first pressing was of 1000 copies on orange vinyl. Accompanying these copies was the the first sleeve above, with the horizontal arm and orange print. These copies came with lyric sheet inserts. The orange first press is attracting more interest again, but the price has stayed pretty stable.

There were also black vinyl copies pressed with the original sleeve. Glitterhouse Records in Germany pressed it (GR0092) with this sleeve as well, also on black vinyl. The cd version was one of the earliest Sub Pop Europe releases (SP5/116).

Later pressings had the second version of the sleeve shown above, depicting a vertical arm with more shading and white lettering. This version was pressed on black, green, blue marble, and blue-green marble vinyl, and came with no inserts. All of the blue and green varieties are all fairly rare. The blue-green is less common than the green, and the blue marble is typically a really tough find. The craziest collectors (myself included) have locked up their blue and blue-green copies, so the prices have come down a bit, but the green ones have gone up in recent years. Now, all three of those versions seem to fall in the same range.

There were also a few copies out there on the 1st press black vinyl, but in 2nd press sleeves. These copies, unlike the rest of the 2nd run, did come with inserts: letter-sized Singles Club enrollment forms. The first time I saw one of these, I thought it was an anomaly, but I have since seen five or six copies that meet this description, which tells me otherwise.

2017 brought us some fabulous re-presses of Up In It. The U.S. "Loser Edition" variant was a deep blue marble (closer to the Nirvana Bleach blue marble than the previous Up In It variant). Although it is a distinct color, it is bound to cause some confusion. A black vinyl re-press was also released. There was a separate Loser Edition pressed in Europe. It had unique matrix codes and the color was different - this one was more of a solid blue.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP60 1st: Orange (1000) 45-80 6 Volatile
SP60 1st: Black 20-35 4 Stable
SP60 2nd Sleeve w/ 1st Black Vinyl 30-40 6 Stable
SP60 2nd: Green 60-70 7 Stable
SP60 2nd: Blue-Green Marble 60-70 8 Stable
SP60 2nd: Blue Marble 60-70 8 Stable
SP60 2nd: Black 30-60 6 Volatile
GR0092 Black 10-15 1 Down
SP60 Blue Marble 2017 Re-press (U.S.) 15-20 1 Stable
SP60 Black 2017 Re-press (U.S.) 12-15 1 Stable
SP60 Blue 2017 Re-press (Europe) 20-25 1 Stable
Test Pressing
1st Press Orange
1st Press Black
Blue Marble
Blue-green Marble
2nd Press Black
Blue Marble
Re-press (U.S.)
Black Re-press (U.S.)
Blue Re-press (Europe)
1st Press Insert
Early 2nd Press Insert
Test Pressing Black vinyl, plain white labels

Recent Sales Data - Orange Vinyl:

Year Sold Quantity Median Price ($) Platform
2019 5 70 Discogs, eBay
2018 12 62 Discogs, eBay
2017 11 99 Discogs, eBay

Recent Sales Data - Blue Vinyl 2nd Press:

Year Sold Quantity Median Price ($) Platform
2019 1 55 Discogs
2018 1 66 eBay
2017 3 68 Discogs, eBay

Recent Sales Data - Blue-Green Vinyl Second Press:

Year Sold Quantity Median Price ($) Platform
2018-19 0 N/A N/A
2017 3 71 Discogs, eBay

Recent Sales Data - Green Vinyl Second Press:

Year Sold Quantity Median Price ($) Platform
2019 0 N/A N/A
2018 1 65 Discogs
2017 1 75 Discogs

This page was last updated on October 10, 2019.

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Afghan Whigs Index

Scarcity Score Definition
10 Near impossible: Fewer than 50 copies or publicly sold every few years
8-9 Very rare: 50-199 copies or publicly sold 1-2 times per year
6-7 Rare: 200-499 copies or publicly sold a few times a year
4-5 Medium: 500-999 copies or publicly sold ~10 times a year
1-3 Common: 1000+ copies, readily available, or publicly sold 20+ times a year

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