A Record Collector's Guide

Archers of Loaf

Icky Mettle

Alias A049, released 1994

Merge MRG415, released 2011

Fire FIRELP238, released 2011 (Europe)

The first Archers of Loaf full length is a work of indie rock genius. Really great many solid songs on this disc. The original (black vinyl) release shows up for sale fairly regularly, but can cost a bit. In 2011, Merge Records remastered and re-released Icky Mettle. These were on blue vinyl, but were apparently released on black vinyl as well. The value of the original had been skyrocketing in 2010-11 (following the band's reunion shows), but the re-release seemed to curb demand for's all over the place, though. I've seen it sell for as little as $25 and as much as $70 in the last year.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Alias A049 Black 25-45 4 Volatile
Merge MRG415 Blue 10-15 1 Stable
Merge MRG415 Black 18-20 3 Stable
Fire FIRELP238 Blue 15-20 2 Stable

This page was last updated on October 8, 2019.

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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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