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Rockaway Records

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 In business since 1979, Rockaway Records' online store offers an incredible selection of rare vinyl, posters, autographs & music memorabilia. Visit our retail store in LA for CDs, LPs, 45s & DVDs plus rare collectibles. We're always looking to buy, and will travel worldwide for valuable collections.

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  • Vinyl Grading System
We grade accurately, honestly and conservatively, so our customers
will be completely satisfied. We are just as discerning when selling
records as we are when buying them. Buy with confidence as all
records are fully guaranteed (although we rarely get returns).
We believe that a VG condition record should mean
VERY GOOD, NOT "very bad". All cover and vinyl problems
(e.g. seam splits, writing, warps, etc.) are noted in addtion
to the grade. We believe that by listing the defects
and grading honestly, the collector will be able to
visualize the condition of the record (or sleeve)
before purchasing. We hope this eliminates any surprises
for the buyer. We grade all items carefully under a
very bright light. Whether the record is worth $50 or
$50,000 and whether the record was issued in the 1950s
or the 1990s, they receive equal scrutiny.
(SS) Still Sealed. Unopened and factory sealed. We sell only records
that we are absolutely certain have not been resealed. We open anything that
is suspect, including titles that were resealed by cut-out distributors (common practice in the 70s).
(M)  Mint. Perfect, flawless. We rarely, if ever, use
this grade.
(M-) or (NM)  Mint Minus or Near Mint. Usually our
highest grade. Records from the 1950s and 60s in this
condition are truly rare.
(VG++)  Very Good Plus Plus. Beautiful collectible condition.
Many of our VG++ records would grade M- elsewhere.
(VG+)  Very Good Plus. Great condition. Well cared for.
(VG)  Very Good. Still excellent condition, but more wear than VG+.
This grade is equivalent to many dealers' "EX".
(VG-)  Very Good Minus. Generally not collectible condition,
unless it's a very rare record.
(G)  Good. Lots of wear, but still playable.
(WBR)  Wrecked But Rare. Otherwise known as a "Starter Copy".
Not cracked, but poor condition.