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SP76 Unsane

Vandal-X b/w Streetsweeper

Sub Pop SP76 7", released September 1990 (U.S.)

Sub Pop Singles Club #23

This single was the source of some confusion at one point. An early discography listed it as a 4,000-copy pressing, with 2,500 on green vinyl and 1500 on black. The pressing plant must have been short on the green, because it ended up being 2,500 yellow and 1,500 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. From a collecting standpoint, the prices of the yellow ones have dropped a lot. People don't seem to distinguish much between yellow marble and clear yellow - they seem all lumped in together these days.

To confuse things, though...a small quantity 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, based on the market scarcity. 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. There is a mispressed version on green marble vinyl, for which the wrong plate was used on side A. Instead of Vandal-X, the A-side is from SP74 Beat Happening, and the B-side is from the correct Unsane record. As soon as I realized this, I checked the other green copy I had, and that one was the correct Unsane record on both sides. The mispress is Beat Happening on A, and Unsane on B, with Unsane sleeve and labels. I sold that copy long ago, and a couple of other mispresses have shown up since. It sells for a lot.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP76 Yellow Marble 8-12 1 Down
SP76 Black 10-15 2 Down
SP76 Clear Yellow 10-15 5 Down
SP76 Green Marble 60-90 9 Volatile
SP76 Green Marble Mispress 150-200 10 Volatile
Attached Insert
Test Pressing
Yellow Marble
Semi-opaque/Clear Yellow
Clear Yellow
Green Marble
Sleeve Paper foldover w/ insert attached
Test Pressing Green marble vinyl, small hole, plain white labels
Recent Sales Data: Green Vinyl:

Year Sold Quantity Median Price ($) Platform
2019 1 90 Discogs
2018 2 79 Discogs, eBay
2017 0 N/A N/A

Recent Sales Data: Green Vinyl Mispress:

Year Sold Quantity Median Price ($) Platform
2018-19 0 N/A N/A
2017 2 175 Discogs, eBay

This page was last updated on October 20, 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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