A Record Collector's Guide

SP27 Tad

God's Balls

Sub Pop SP27 LP, released March 1989 (U.S.)

Glitterhouse GR0051 / GRCD 51 CD, released 1989 (Germany)

Sub Pop SP1177, released 2016 (U.S.)

Tad, you are a classy bastard. This was Tad's first full-length. The first 2,000 copies came on black vinyl in gatefold sleeves. 500 of these came with a "Manzine." No, really. Look - there's a picture. There were additional black copies, along with some blue marble copies, released later in normal sleeves. It was also released in Germany on Glitterhouse.

So there may have been 500 Manzine copies originally, but I have seen so few of those sold over the years that I have to believe not that many survived. It's crazy rare. I haven't seen one sold in many years. The gatefold sleeve and poster are not too difficult to find, but have gotten much more expensive. The blue version had gotten really expensive, but came back down.

In 2016, Sub Pop re-pressed God's Balls. The Loser Edition was on orange vinyl - for the U.S. version, it was an orange marble, while the European version was a clear orange. It was also on black. Sub Pop put out a promo version as well - it was the black vinyl version in a plain white sleeve, sealed in plastic with a promo sticker on the front.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP27 Black (Gatefold w/ Poster & Manzine) 75-100 9 Up
SP27 Black (Gatefold w/ Poster) 45-70 2 Up
SP27 Blue Marble 40-55 5 Stable
SP27 Black (Normal Sleeve) 25-40 2 Stable
Glitterhouse 0051 Black (Germany) 10-15 1 Stable
SP1177 Orange Marble (U.S.) 15-20 1 Stable
SP1177 Orange (Europe) 18-22 1 Stable
SP1177 Black 12-15 1 Stable
SP1177 Black (Promo) 15-20 4 Stable
Gatefold Sleeve
Credits Chaney: Manzine image
Matt: Original black vinyl image

This page was last updated on October 29, 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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