How To Spot Fake Vinyl Records

1. Sleeve Quality Poor quality printing or materials. However, some counterfeits may have convincing album sleeves, making it essential to inspect beyond the cover.

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2. Center Label Inspection Genuine records have high-quality labels with sharp, clear text. In contrast, counterfeit records may have labels with pixelated text or signs of low-quality printing.

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3. Material and Texture of the Center Label The original record’s center label text is often embossed, a feature that counterfeit records might overlook. The material and finish of the label can give away a fake.

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4. Heft and Feel of the Record Genuine vinyl records have a specific weight and feel. Counterfeits might not match the quality or heft of real records, so feeling the record itself is a key step in authentication.

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5. Inscribed Numbers and Markings Authentic records have numbers and markings inscribed on them, which can be used for verification. These details are often missing or incorrectly replicated on counterfeits.

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5. Text Embossment The text on a genuine vinyl's center label will usually be embossed, making it stand out when angled in light.

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