A Record Collector's Guide

SP76 Unsane

Vandal-X b/w Streetsweeper

Sub Pop SP76, released September 1990

Sub Pop Singles Club #23

This single was the source of some confusion at one point.  An early discography listed it as a 4000 copy pressing, with 2500 on green vinyl and 1500 on black.  The pressing plant must have been short on the green, because it ended up being 2500 yellow and 1500 black.  The yellow ones are mostly yellow marble, but there are also some clear yellow copies available.  They are much rarer.  It seems that whatever was included in the pressing that made it opaque and marbled with white ran out, leaving a handful of clear yellow copies.  Most have slight white marbling, and some have bits of black marbling (which happened as the pressing transitioned from yellow to black).  Check out the comparative pictures below.
To complicate matters, there were a handful of green marble copies that made it to the market.  They are by far the rarest variety.  A fellow collector got one from a former Sub Pop employee, who said that there were 50 of these made and given to the band.  I would believe this figure, as they are very tough to come by.
But wait, there's more!  In December, 2009, I happened upon an even rarer version of the green Unsane record (which I did not think was possible).  There is a mispressed version on green marble vinyl, on which the wrong plate was used for side A.  The A-side is the A-side from SP74 Beat Happening, and the B-side is from the Unsane record.  As soon as I realized this, I checked the other green copy I had, and that one is the correct Unsane record on both sides.  This one is Beat Happening on A, and Unsane on B, with Unsane sleeve and labels.  I cannot even begin to guess what this one is worth.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP76 Yellow Marble 20-25
SP76 Black (1500) 20-25
SP76 Clear Yellow 40-50
SP76 Green Marble 60-75
Attached Insert
Test Pressing
Sleeve Paper foldover w/ insert attached
Test Pressing Green marble vinyl, small hole, plain white labels
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