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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 Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP57 (Orange) 2-4 1 Stable
SP57 (Black) 2-4 1 Stable
SP57 (Yellow) 5-8 6 Down
SP57 (Purple Marble) 5-8 6 Down
SP57 (Pink) 8-10 7 Down
SP57 (Grey Marble) 6-8 6 Down
SP57 Burnt Orange 30-40 8 Down
SP57 Red 40-50 10 ?
Loose Insert
Test Pressing
Red Vinyl
Sleeve Paper foldover with loose insert
Test Pressing Black vinyl, small hole, plain white labels

This page was last updated on January 5, 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: 50-200 copies or publicly sold 1-2 times per year
6-7 Rare: 200-500 copies or publicly sold a few times a year
4-5 Medium: 500-1000 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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