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SP93 Hole

Dicknail b/w Burnblack

Sub Pop SP93, released March 1991

This single was one of the ones that had many, many colors. It followed a similar pattern to that of the first few rounds of the Sliver single. First pressings: foldover paper sleeves with Singles Club forms attached. The first 3500 were released on dark gray marble vinyl. Based on patterns of other pressings around this time, I always assumed that there were either 3000 or 4000 black copies made at this time as well. I've been questioning that lately, based on the quantities on the market: there are always lots of gray ones available, but there have been fewer and fewer black ones for sale. As I write this, there are 13 gray ones for sale on Discogs and one black one.

Subsequent pressings brought us a huge variety of colors. These colors also probably represented more than one pressing. There was no point in wasting materials, so Sub Pop and Erika used all of the labels and sleeves that remained from the initial pressing. The labels were applied as the records were pressed, and they just switched over from the original labels to the Erika ones when they ran out. The original sleeves were then packaged with these newer pressings as they were received. It would then stand to reason that the blue-grey and the green marble ones were the first new colors pressed. It looks as though they ran out of the original sleeves somewhere around this point.

The pink marble ones followed, with new full cardboard sleeves, but with first pressing labels. All the rest of the colors followed suit, with both full cardboard sleeves and Erika labels: blue marble, turquoise, peach/brown, purple, hot pink marble and clear pink (Note: an old Hole discography site claimed that a clear green version also exists. I am not certain about that one, and have never seen it). Based on the different style of print on the Erika labels, the clear pink ones probably came at the very end. The all-caps label style we see with this one is the one they settled on for records that were pressed later. The other version (not in all caps) was used for several Sub Pop releases, roughly spanning SP113-SP141 (which would indicate, based on Sub Pop's discography, that these were pressed between 10/91 and 4/92).

The toughest ones to find in this set are the hot pink marble, blue marble, and clear pink variants.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
First Pressings
SP93 Grey Marble (3500) 15-20 1 Stable
SP93 Black 10-15 4 Stable
Later Pressings
SP93 Green Marble (1st sleeve/1st label) 10-15 4 Down
SP93 Blue-Grey (1st sleeve/1st label) 10-15 4 Down
SP93 Pink Marble (2nd sleeve/1st label) 15-20 3 Stable
SP93 Hot Pink Marble (2nd sleeve/2nd label) 25-30 8 Stable
SP93 Blue Marble (2nd sleeve/2nd label) 20-30 6 Stable
SP93 Turquoise (2nd sleeve/2nd label) 10-15 4 Stable
SP93 Purple (2nd sleeve/2nd label) 10-15 4 Stable
SP93 Peach/Brown (2nd sleeve/2nd label) 10-15 4 Down
SP93 Clear Pink (2nd sleeve/3rd label) 15-25 6 Stable
Attached Insert
Sleeve 1st press - Paper foldover w/ insert attached;
2nd pressings - Full matte
Credits Christian: Peach/Brown vinyl image

This page was last updated on October 21, 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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