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The State of Art Is on Fire 10"

Sympathy for the Record Industry SFTRI-320, released April 1995

This record actually caught fire and melted my last turntable.  The tracks from this one made frequent appearances in the band's live sets. They would regularly play at least the first three songs from this record in order. Most of these were on black vinyl, but there were also a few on blue marble vinyl and a small number on pink marble vinyl. There were some pressing numbers making the rounds that turned out to be false. Long Gone John of Sympathy for the Record Industry estimates that there were between 100 and 200 blue copies and around 100 pink copies. The pink one is a very tough find, but a few have turned up in the last couple of years. As a result, the prices have been all over the place - up above $150, down below $'s hard to say how it will go at any given point.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SFTRI-320 Blue Marble 30-40 Down
SFTRI-320 Pink Marble 80-100 Volatile
SFTRI-320 Black 8-10 Down
Test Pressing
Test Pressing Black vinyl, white labels
Credits RAB: Test pressing image

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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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