How to Tell Your Record is First Print

1. Sleeve First press albums from an older era of vinyl record collecting will tend to have wear and tear far more than a record in a later batch.

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2. Barcode If you can see a barcode on the sleeve, then you likely are not in possession of a first press.

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3. Catalog Number You can very easily use a database like Discogs to find your own catalog number and see whether your record is indeed a first pressing.

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4. Edition At this point, it can be of use to check the specific edition of the album.

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5. Center Label The center label might even be marked a different way to signify that the pressing is indeed a first pressing of supposedly the best-sounding records.

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6. Dead Wax Many of the large conglomerate record companies and manufacturers will use the same method, so it is certainly worth checking for the information.

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