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DGC DGC-24425 LP, released 1991/2013/2019 (U.S.)

DGC GEF 24425 LP, released 1991/92 (Europe/Netherlands/Germany/France/Portugal)

DGC GED 24425 CD, released 1991/92/97 (Europe/Netherlands/Germany/Spain/Israel/China/France/Indonesia)

DGC GEC 24425 Cassette, released 1991 (Europe/Netherlands/Italy/Turkey/Bulgaria)

DGC DGCD-24425 CD, released 1991/92/94/97/98/99/2000/04/07 (U.S./Canada/Australia/Israel/Mexico/ Brazil/Canada/China/Malaysia/Singapore/ Taiwan/New Zealand/Saudi Arabia/Colombia/Argentina)

DGC DGCC-24425 Cassette, released 1991/92 (U.S./Canada/Australia/Indonesia/ Thailand/Malaysia/Israel/Mexico/Canada/Philippines)

DGC 78 213 6 CD / DGC-24425 Cassette, released 1991 (Germany)

DGC DGC2-4425 LP / DGCD2-4425 CD, released 1991 (Mexico)

DGC DGC TLP 24425 LP / CD 522 CD / TMS24425 Cassette, released 1991 (Argentina)

DGC GEFL 20015 LP / CDGEFL 20015 CD / CDGEF (WF) 20015 CD / CCGEF 20015 Cassette, released 1991 (South Africa)

DGC 170.804 LP / 717.804 Cassette, released 1991 (Brazil)

Geffen GEFFEN-70.214 LP / 70.214 Cassette, released 1991 (Venezuela)

DGC GEFL-8004 LP, released 1991 (Bolivia)

DGC 11623707014 LP / 11613707014 Cassette, released 1991/92 (Colombia)

DGC CDGCD-24425 CD / CDGCC-24425 Cassette, released 1991 (Canada)

DGC QUI 908007 CD / QUI 408007 Cassette, released 1991 (Hungary)

DGC MVCG-67 CD / Cassette, released 1991 (Japan)

DGC NO.391 CD, released 1991 (Thailand)

Croatia Records/DGC MC-7-S 3036317 Cassette, released 1991 (Croatia)

Geffen 529-1120 Cassette, released 1991 (Ecuador)

DGC DGM1122 Cassette, released 1991 (Indonesia)

Geffen KCT 4002504 Cassette, released 1992 (Costa Rica)

Globus International 21 0118-1 311 LP / 21 0118-2 311 CD / 210118-4311 Cassette, released 1991/92/93/94 (Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic)

Croatia LP-7-1 2036318/DGC GEF 24 425/DGC-24 425 LP, released 1992 (Croatia)

Geffen 929-1120 LP, released 1992 (Ecuador)

DGC GEC 24425/Bremen C1RV0135 Cassette, released 1992 (India)

Geffen BFPL 1007 LP / DGC DGCD-2425 CD / DGC BMGFM 5007 Cassette, released 1992/94 (South Korea)

Geffen 650011-4 Cassette, released 1992 (Uruguay)

DGC 138 24425 Cassette, released 1993 (Chile)

DGC 24425 CD / TMS24425 Cassette, released 1994/98 (Argentina)

DGC 24425 CD / TMS24425 Cassette, released 1994/98 (Argentina)

DGC DGCX-24425 Digital Compact Cassette, released 1994 (U.S. - estimated date)

BMG Ariola De Colombia S.A. DGC DGCD-24425, released 1995 (Colombia)

Crescendo Premium 50099/DGC GED 24425 Cassette, released 1995 (India)

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-258 LP / UDCD 666 CD, released 1996 (U.S./Japan)

Geffen MVJG-25001 LP, released 1996 (Japan)

Simply Vinyl SVLP 0038 LP, released 1997/98 (UK)

Geffen 24425 Cassette / The David Geffen Company 424 425-2 CD, released 1998/99 (Chile)

Geffen 424 425-4 Cassette, released 1999 (India/Turkey)

DGC STARCD 5459/6459 CD, released 1999 (South Africa)

DGC FM-5007 Cassette, released 1999 (South Korea)

DGC DGCD-21125 CD, released 1999 (Venezuela)

Universal Music Indonesia DGM1122/DGCC-24425 Cassette, released 2000 (Indonesia)

West 424425-9 CD, released 2001 (Belarus)

DGC 424 425-1 LP, released 2001 (Europe/Germany)

DGC/3АО 424 425-9 CD, released 2001/06/07 (Russia)

Universal/Ukrainian 424425-4 Cassette, released 2001 (Ukraine)

Geffen 424 425-2 CD, released 2002 (India)

Geffen UICY-2420 CD / UICY-9767 CD / UICY-95014 CD / UICY-6133 CD / UICY-93358 CD / UIJY-9009 LP / UICY-91223 CD / UICY-91433 CD / UICY-91637 CD, released 2003/04/05/06/07/08/09/10 (Japan)

DGC 424 425-2/GED 24425/DGCD24425/ED 24425 CD, released 2007 (Ukraine)

DGC 42442510 LP / 4244251 CD, released 2008 (Canada)

DGC 0720642442517 LP (Back to Black), released 2008/17 (Europe)

Original Recordings Group ORG 032/B0012766-01 LP, released 2009/10 (U.S.)

DGC/UMe B0015883-02 2xCD / B0015884-01 4xLP / B0015885-00 4xCD + DVD / B0015887-02 CD / B0015959-02 CD / B0015960-02 CD / B0025873-04 Cassette, released 2011/15 (U.S.)

DGC/Universal 0602527779034 2xCD / 602527779041 4xLP / 0602527779058 4xCD + DVD / 0602527779089 CD / 0602527837994 2xCD, released 2011 (Europe)

DGC B001588702 CD / B001588302 2xCD, released 2011 (Canada)

DGC 602527851983 LP+CD, released 2011 (UK)

DGC/Universal UICY-15120/1 2xCD / UICY-25067 CD / UICY-75124 4xCD + DVD / UICY-75125 CD / SIC-9028 CD / TRMB0017 CD / UICY-75457 CD, released 2011/12 (Japan)

DGC/Universal 2777903 2xCD / 2777908 CD, released 2011 (Australasia)

DGC 2777903 CD, released 2011 (Mexico)

DGC/Universal 60252777903 2xCD / 68252777908 CD / 60252777908 CD, released 2011/13 (Brazil)

DGC/Universal 0602527779034 2xCD, released 2011 (Hong Kong/South East Asia)

DGC/Universal 0602527779089 CD, released 2011 (New Zealand/Malaysia)

DGC 60252777903 2xCD, released 2011 (Philippines)

DGC/Universal 4605026709362 CD, released 2011/13/14 (Russia)

DGC/Universal 277 790-3 2xCD / 277 790-8 CD, released 2011 (Indonesia)

DGC/Universal 2777903/2777902 2xCD, released 2011 (Argentina)

DGC 2777903A 2xCD, released 2011 (Taiwan)

Geffen/Universal 277790-8 CD, released 2011 (Thailand)

Geffen 6 0252777908 9 CD, released 2011 (India)

DGC DC6986/277 790-3 2xCD, released 2011 (South Korea)

DGC 7 20642 44251 7 LP (Pallas) / 0600753423844 Blu-ray, released 2013 (Europe)

Universal PROT-4005 Blu-ray, released 2013 (Japan)

DGC 424 425-1 LP (Back to Black), released 2015/17 (Europe/Germany)

DGC UICY-78335 CD, released 2017 (Japan)

The David Geffen Company 0720642442517 LP, released 2019 (Ireland)

Geffen MC-GEF 00244256 Cassette (Peru)

Geffen/Universal Music Russia 425 124-4 / Universal Music Russia 424425-4 Cassette (Russia)

Universal UR-4089 CD (South East Asia)

DGC DGCD-2425/FD-5007 CD (South Korea)

Tomato OO 004/DJ 0005-1332 (Ukraine)

I mean, holy crap. What did I get myself into here? Well, anyway, here we go. I can say with certainty that this website would not exist without this record. It really kicked off everything for me, and resulted directly in my digging into independent music. I can't overstate its importance. Of course, I also can't overstate how much of a pain in the ass it is to try to summarize this one from a collector's standpoint. There are almost 600 variants of this album across all formats. I did my best above, but even condensing it as much as humanly possible and ignoring the unofficial versions, it's a mess up there.

As with most pages on this site, I am mostly focused on the vinyl. This makes it SLIGHTLY more manageable, but we're still dealing with over 50 variants. There are a couple of standouts in this batch. First, we have the original U.S. pressing on black vinyl. This one stayed surprisingly affordable for many years, but has skyrocketed in value over the last several years, and is now quite expensive.

The original European pressings are a bit more affordable. The ones made for general European consumption were produced in the Netherlands and Germany. Each of those countries had two label variants: one that had a Geffen Records logo on the labels and another that had a DGC logo. All four of these came with inner sleeves on which one side was printed upside down (the side with some lyrics and a picture of a monkey). There was also an early repress, made in Germany, which had DGC labels and a properly oriented inner sleeve. There were some other country-specific European pressings in this era: Spain, France, and Portugal. The French pressing seems pretty rare, and it's kind of a weird one: the labels were in French, but the sleeve credits were in Spanish. The Spain pressing had two main variants: the Eurogram pressing and the Iberofon pressing. The Eurogram one had matrix codes that read 850 GEF 24425 = *A*1/850 GEF 24425 = *B*2, and it had the DGC-24425 catalogue number on the labels. The Iberofon pressing matrix codes were GEF-24425-4 IN3-DMM/GEF-24425-B IN3-DMM, and the catalogue number on the labels was 5C GEF 24425. Neither is particularly expensive, but the Iberofon version seems more scarce. The Portuguese pressing is not super-rare or overly expensive.

There were lots of other vinyl pressings in 1991: Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, and South Africa. The Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela versions are relatively reasonable finds. The others are all quite rare and pretty expensive.

In the subsequent year or two, vinyl came out in Ecuador, Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic, Croatia, and South Korea. So we have to talk about the Czech pressings. There were three legitimate variants: one on black vinyl, one on turquoise vinyl, and a picture disc. This was the only non-bootleg picture disc of Nevermind until the deluxe edition came out in 2011. The turquoise one was also the only legitimate color vinyl version until much later. The picture disc and black vinyl versions have mid-range scarcity and value. The turquoise one is quite expensive. Now, the appears the plant held onto the masters, and, years later, started cranking out unofficial re-presses. These started to emerge in 1999. More variants came out in 1999-2000, and then, in 2006, a whole shit-ton of colors hit the market. Since the original masters were used, the matrix codes were correct. Also, one variant was a blue pressing that looked an awful lot like the turquoise original. However, fortunately for us, the re-presses all used silver labels. The originals all had black labels. Whew. Crisis averted. They did also do an unofficial re-press of the picture disc. This one was a little harder to differentiate from the original. The unofficial one was missing a couple of digits in the matrix codes, though. The original matrix codes were & GE 0235/A 14 / & GE 0236/A 11. On the unofficial re-press, they were & GE 0235/A / & GE 0236/A.

The South Korean version is moderately rare and a little more expensive than the average variant. The Croatian version is pretty common and inexpensive. The Ecuadorian version...not so much. There are actually two known variants of this one: one has "℗ 1991" and the bulk of the credits on the left of the label, and another has it on the right. Both of these are extremely rare.

1996 brought us a regular Japanese pressing, and then some heavyweight Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL) pressings (U.S. and Japan). The regular Japanese pressing was very affordable for many, many years. I didn't actually notice the price rising, but it did, and now it is an expensive one. It came with a purple obi strip. The 200g MFSL pressings were viewed as the ones to get for sound quality at the time. These have been a bit expensive for some time, but have shot upward in value in recent years. The Japanese version was just the U.S. version with a Japanese label on the outside and a Japanese insert...which is weird to me, since at least 80% of the copies of the U.S. version I've seen have been sold in Japan. Anyway, the Japanese one is rarer, but I haven't seen one sold in many years, so I am going to value it the same as the U.S. one for now. I kind of arbitrarily mark these pressings as the unofficial end of the first phase.

So then we started with phase 2: the re-presses. First, there were the UK Simply Vinyl pressings in 1997-98. I haven't heard great things about the sound quality of these, but have never owned or heard them myself. There were three variants of this one: two in 1997 and one in 1998. The first one had the Geffen logo in the middle of the labels. The second one had the logo on the left side of the labels and was missing the track "Lithium", for some reason. That version is rarer than the others. The 1998 pressing had all the tracks and labels that looked like the first variant. You can tell the difference between the first and third ones in a couple of ways. First, they had different matrix codes. Also, the Simply Vinyl logo embossed on the back of the outer plastic sleeve on the third version contained the Simply Vinyl URL, while the first one did not. Now, beware...there were a whole bunch (at least 10-12) unofficial reproductions of the Simply Vinyl release, on all kinds of different colors. The matrix codes on these came close to those of the 1997 Simply Vinyl pressings, but didn't quite get there. The real 1997 ones have matrix codes that say either SVLP 0038 A-1-1-/SVLP 0038 B-1-1- or SVLP 0038 A-2-1-/SVLP 0038 B-1-1-. The fakes have matrix codes that say SVLP 038 -A-/SVLP 038 -B-. Subtle, but definitely distinct. Also, know that there were no legitimate color vinyl versions of this one.

Next up, there were scattered DGC re-presses for a few years: there was a European reissue in 2001, which had several variants: there was a red vinyl version and a black vinyl version with three label variants (brown, red, and black). The one with the black labels is weirdly expensive. The others are all in the same general price range. Then, there was a Japanese repress in 2007, which was a 200g black vinyl pressing, and a 180g black vinyl Canadian pressing in 2008. This Japanese pressing came with a white obi strip, and it has gotten rather expensive. The Canadian one has not.

There was also another European pressing in 2008: this was the first "Back to Black" pressing of Nevermind, which was a series that started that year as a celebration of 60 years of vinyl. They were 180g pressings on - you guessed it - black vinyl. I've heard very mixed things about the quality of these. Some people think it sounds really good, but the more common opinion is that it sounds terrible, as though it was badly mastered from a CD. There were a bunch of later Back to Black re-presses - we'll get to those. The first Back to Black release came with a red sticker on the front of the sleeve.

OK, let's talk ORG pressings. Original Recordings Group did some 180g remastered pressings in the U.S. that many believe to be the best-sounding of all pressings. They were remastered from the original tapes by Bernie Grundman. There was a blue vinyl version, limited to 4,000 copies, and a black vinyl version. Then, blue and black reissues came out, which were pressed at Pallas, and many say the Pallas pressings are the best-sounding of all the pressings. Anyway, both blue versions have gotten really expensive, which surprised me a little. The first black vinyl version is slightly less expensive, but it's still steep. The second black one is quite expensive, approaching the level of the blue one. The legend of the Pallas pressings, I suppose. I guess the pattern we've seen in recent years is the pressings that have gained reputations for sounding better than others have taken off in value.

All hell broke loose in 2011, the 20th anniversary of the original release date. We'll call this phase 3. First, there were interesting deluxe editions that were released. They came as 4 LP or 2 CD sets and contained all kinds of fun bonus material. The U.S. version was on black vinyl. One European version was also on black vinyl (and was a Back to Black pressing, which came with a silver sticker on the front of the sleeve). Then, there was a European picture disc version of the 4 LP set, which was limited to 1991 (ha) numbered copies. The picture disc version has gotten quite expensive. There was also a single disc UK re-press at this point, which came with a CD - this was not a Back to Black edition. In fact, it was not black at all - it was on a blue marble vinyl. It has gotten fairly hard to find and is becoming more expensive.

There were a few more vinyl pressings to finish it off. There were two additional U.S. pressings: a 180g black vinyl one in 2013 (common, inexpensive) and a silver vinyl one in 2019, which was a Target exclusive. There was also another non-Back to Black European pressing in 2013 - that one is cheap and easy to find. This one was was made at Pallas, so I think there could be some confusion with the Pallas ORG pressings, but this one was totally different. There can't be all that much confusion, though, as the price has remained low for the 2013 one. Then, there were two more European Back to Black pressings, in 2015 and 2017. There were two variants for the 2015 pressing: one is very common - it has a black Back to Black sticker on the front of the sleeve. There was also a separate, numbered edition, which was limited to 500 copies. This one was a "Concerto 60th anniversary edition", and came with a circular blue sticker on the front of the sleeve. I'm told this was part of the Back to Black series, but it didn't come with the Back to Black sticker. This one is not as expensive as one might expect, considering the scarcity. Then, there were three variants of the 2017 pressing, which had two different catalogue numbers: 0720642442517 and 424 425-1. There was only one of the 424 425-1 version, but there were two variants of the 0720642442517 pressing: one had reddish labels and one had black labels. All of the 2017 variants are super-common and inexpensive. The 2017 one with the 424 425-1 catalogue number seems to be slightly more scarce. And finally (so far), there was an Irish pressing in 2019 - this one was made by Dublin Vinyl as part of its "Loves Vinyl Monthly Subscription Club", and is actually a bit hard to find already.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Phase 1 Vinyl Pressings
DGC DGC-24425 LP Black (U.S. - Original 1991) 300-400 2 Up/Volatile
DGC GEF 24425 LP Black (Netherlands - Geffen Records Labels - 1991) 35-45 2 Stable
DGC GEF 24425 LP Black (Netherlands - DGC Labels - 1991) 35-45 1 Stable
DGC GEF 24425 LP Black (Germany - Geffen Records Labels - 1991) 35-45 2 Stable
DGC GEF 24425 LP Black (Germany - DGC Labels - 1991) 30-40 1 Stable
DGC GEF 24425 LP Black (Germany - DGC Labels - 1991 Re-press) 25-35 1 Stable
DGC GEF 24425/DGC-24425 LP Black (Spain - Eurogram - 1991) 30-40 3 Stable
DGC GEF 5C GEF 24425 LP Black (Spain - Iberofon - 1991) 35-45 5 Stable
DGC GEF 24425 LP Black (France - 1991) 100-125 7 Volatile
DGC GEF 24425 LP Black (Portugal - 1991) 35-45 4 Stable
DGC DGC2-4425 LP Black (Mexico - 1991) 100-125 8 Volatile
DGC DGC TLP 24425 LP Black (Argentina - 1991) 80-100 7 Stable
Geffen GEFFEN-70.214 LP Black (Venezuela - 1991) 25-35 5 Stable
DGC GEFL-8004 LP Black (Bolivia - 1991) 60-80 8 Stable
DGC 11623707014 LP Black (Colombia - 1991) 40-50 5 Stable
DGC 170.804 LP Black (Brazil - 1991) 50-75 5 Stable
DGC GEFL 20015 LP Black (South Africa - 1991) 80-100 9 Volatile
Globus International 21 0118-1 311 LP Black (Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic - 1992) 40-50 5 Stable
Globus International 21 0118-1 311 LP Turquoise (Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic - 1992) 180-220 2 Up
Globus International 21 0118-1 311 LP Picture Disc (Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic - 1992) 70-90 3 Stable
Croatia LP-7-1 2036318/DGC GEF 24 425/DGC-24 425 LP Black (Croatia - 1992) 25-35 5 Stable
Geffen 929-1120 LP Black (Ecuador - 1992 - ℗ 1991 on Left of Label) 50-60 8 Stable
Geffen 929-1120 LP Black (Ecuador - 1992 - ℗ 1991 on Right of Label) 50-60 8 Stable
Geffen BFPL 1007 LP Black (South Korea - 1992) 35-45 5 Stable
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-258 LP Black (U.S. - 1996) 300-400 5 Up/Volatile
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-258 LP Black (Japan - 1996) 300-400 8 Up/Volatile
Geffen MVJG-25001 LP Black (Japan - 1996 - Purple Obi) 100-130 5 Up
Phase 2 Vinyl Pressings
Simply Vinyl SVLP 0038 LP Black (UK - 1997) 30-40 2 Stable
Simply Vinyl SVLP 0038 LP Black (UK - 1997 - No Lithium) 50-60 6 Stable
Simply Vinyl SVLP 0038 LP Black (UK - 1998) 25-35 4 Stable
DGC 424 425-1 LP Red (Europe - 2001) 35-45 5 Stable
DGC 424 425-1 LP Black (Europe - 2001 - Brown Labels) 25-35 4 Stable
DGC 424 425-1 LP Black (Europe - 2001 - Red Labels) 35-45 5 Stable
DGC 424 425-1 LP Black (Europe - 2001 - Black Labels) 50-65 5 Stable
Geffen UIJY-9009 LP Black (Japan - 2007) 90-110 5 Up
DGC 42442510 LP Black (Canada - 2008) 25-35 4 Stable
DGC 0720642442517 LP (Europe - 2008 - Back to Black - Red Sticker) 15-20 1 Stable
ORG 032/B0012766-01 LP Blue (U.S. - 2009 - RTI) 130-160 5 Up
ORG 032/B0012766-01 LP Black (U.S. - 2009 - RTI) 45-60 5 Stable
ORG 032/B0012766-01 LP Blue (U.S. - 2009 - Pallas) 80-100 6 Up
ORG 032/B0012766-01 LP Black (U.S. - 2009 - Pallas) 60-80 5 Up
Phase 3 Vinyl Pressings
DGC/UMe B0015884-01 4xLP Black (U.S.) 40-60 1 Stable
DGC/Universal 602527779041 4xLP Black (Europe - Back to Black 2011 - Silver Sticker) 60-80 2 Stable
DGC/Universal 602527779041 4xLP Picture Disc (Europe) 190-220 2 Stable
DGC 602527851983 LP+CD Blue (UK) 35-45 6 Stable
DGC DGC-24425 LP Black (U.S. - 2013) 15-20 1 Stable
DGC 7 20642 44251 7 LP Black (Europe - Pallas 2013) 20-25 2 Stable
DGC 424 425-1 LP Black (Europe - Back to Black 2015 - Black Sticker) 15-20 1 Stable
DGC 424 425-1 LP Black (Europe - Back to Black 2015 - Numbered Concerto Edition) 30-40 6 Stable
DGC 424 425-1 LP Black (Europe - Back to Black 2017 - Black Sticker) 15-20 2 Stable
DGC 0720642442517 LP Black (Europe - Back to Black 2017 - Reddish Labels - Black Sticker) 15-20 1 Stable
DGC 0720642442517 LP Black (Europe - Back to Black 2017 - Black Labels - Black Sticker) 15-20 1 Stable
DGC DGC-24425 LP Silver (U.S. - Target 2019) 25-30 2 Stable
The David Geffen Company 0720642442517 LP Black (Ireland) 25-35 6 Stable
U.S. Original - 1991
Czech Turquoise - 1992
Czech Picture Disc - 1992
Europe Red - 2001
ORG Blue - 2010
Europe 4xLP Deluxe Picture Disc - Disc 1 - 2011
UK Blue Marble - 2011
Silver - Target Exclusive - 2019
Credits Discogs: Czech picture disc, UK Blue marble vinyl, silver vinyl, Japanese sleeve, Back to Black sleeve images Czech turquoise vinyl image

This page was last updated on May 11, 2020.

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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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