Possible sealed copy of Led Zeppelin II RL pressing??

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  1. dkswaff

    dkswaff Active Member Thread Starter

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    Badstreet, USA
    First off, while this may be my first post to this forum, I have come to find this forum as the "go to" source in my renewed obsession with vinyl that was awakened approximately a year ago. I have used this to search the best pressing for every album before buying, after I got burned on a bum bootleg copy of "Paul's Boutique."

    Anyways, after reading and researching about the rare hot pressings of albums (Rubber Soul-Hot Cut, etc.), I have a small list of albums I search for every time I enter a record buying environment. Well this weekend, while going through my local small record store, he had recently purchased a huge stockpile of sealed and unopened vinyl. I immediately went to the LZ section to see that he had a copy of LZ II with a "sealed" written on an outer sleeve. I have done quite a bit of research before finding this album on what to spot, but it's obviously even harder to spot when it is sealed.

    The known facts of this album are:
    -Catalog number SD 8236
    -No RIAA sticker
    -No "Whole Lotta Love" hype sticker
    -Track Listing sticker on the shrink wrap
    -Sadly it does have a drill hole through the sleeve
    -The shrink wrap is still tightly sealed as if from the factory

    My brain is still kind of buzzing with all the possibilities. My first issue is, how on earth do I verify this is an RL pressing? Is that even possible? From what I've read, most if not all of the signs are there for it to be an RL copy. Also, opening this is not even in the realm of a possibility for me. So do I sell it? Trade it? Hold on to it for future sale? I'm not sure I could possibly sell this with any reassurances that it is indeed an RL copy without knowing, and I'd feel like a d*ck if it turned out not to be. Would love you guys thoughts.[​IMG]
     
  2. dkswaff

    dkswaff Active Member Thread Starter

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    Badstreet, USA
    Again, I'm new to the posting mechanics but I'll try to add more pics [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  3. dkswaff

    dkswaff Active Member Thread Starter

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    Badstreet, USA
    More pics[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. varyat

    varyat Active Member

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    wheaton,IL,USA
    Open it-only way to know for sure...
    Given the fact that any buyer would demand to see the RL in the dead wax, you will not decrease the value of this record. I would keep it if it is a real one :D.
    Good luck ...remember, its just a record ..
    ATB,
    Mark
     
  5. rockclassics

    rockclassics Forum Resident

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    Arkansas, USA
    Just curious....how much was it?
     
  6. blueslover99

    blueslover99 Active Member

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    Poconos
    Stickers would be the best way to identify if it is sealed. Otherwise, you would have to open it to check the dead wax.
     
  7. jamesmaya

    jamesmaya Forum Resident

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    Mudwest, CA
    Can you crack it open just enough to see if it has the company sleeve that came with the album when it was first released? Still, this would be no guarantee that you have an RL.
     
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  8. dkswaff

    dkswaff Active Member Thread Starter

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    Badstreet, USA
    I paid $70 for it.
     
  9. dkswaff

    dkswaff Active Member Thread Starter

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    Hopefully the pictures I tried to tag are viewable. I just talked with someone on Instagram that "verified" that without the Gold Record Sticker and/or the "Whole Lotta Love" hype sticker, it makes the possibilities really high that it's an RL. He also said that a drill hole is most likely because at the time it was being pulled.
     
  10. vinylkid58

    vinylkid58 Forum Resident

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    Victoria, B.C.
    They aren't.

    jeff
     
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  11. krisjay

    krisjay Forum Resident

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    Open it up. It isn't a first state Butcher cover. People buy the RL pressing of this for it's sonics, to be played, obviously you can do with it as you wish.
     
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  12. Subvet

    Subvet Forum Resident

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    In most browsers you can right click on the [​IMG] and select "Open image in new tab", or whatever similar option your browser supports.
     
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  13. dkswaff

    dkswaff Active Member Thread Starter

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  14. Thievius

    Thievius Forum Resident

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    Pictures don't show because the images need to end with ".jpg". Here, I'll re-post one for ya.

    [​IMG]
     
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  15. boboquisp

    boboquisp Forum Resident

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    Open her up! You would still have a verified, unplayed RL. That would be cool.
     
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  17. GMcGilli

    GMcGilli Forum Resident

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    For the unknowing (me) - why was a hole drilled in it?
     
  18. dkswaff

    dkswaff Active Member Thread Starter

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    Badstreet, USA
    Someone I reached out to on IG said that was most likely because the album was being pulled.
     
  19. boboquisp

    boboquisp Forum Resident

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    NE Ohio
    To let the cat out? :cheers:
     
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  20. dkswaff

    dkswaff Active Member Thread Starter

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    I don't think I'd have the cajones to open it.

    Wouldn't that affect the value if I ever decided to sell it at a later date?
     
  21. Thesmellofvinyl

    Thesmellofvinyl Forum Resident

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    Cohoes, NY USA
    I found this title, still-sealed and with an early-looking jacket several years ago for $20. I decided I wanted to hear an unplayed "RL" and opened it (feeling a little like Charlie Bucket opening a candy bar) but it wasn't an "RL." It was fun playing it one time, and it was easy to get the $20 back on eBay.

    "The suspense it terrible. I hope it'll last."
     
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  22. ssmith3046

    ssmith3046 Forum Resident

    This is better than that Oak Island TV show.
     
  23. airpfaff

    airpfaff New Member

    Location:
    Chicago burbs
    All signs point to RL but you need to open. People buy this for the sound so I wouldn't worry about devaluing when opening. I own a beat up version and it may be the best sounding album in my collection. My fingers are crossed for you.
     
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  24. I found a used Led Zep II with an SD-8236 cover without the gold record award sticker awhile back. The LP inside was a mid-70s pressing with the 75 Rockafeller Plaza address in the perimeter text rather than the 1841 Broadway address (i.e., non RL)
     
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  25. hutchenstance

    hutchenstance Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Arlington, VA
    I do not believe there is any way to tell unless you open it.. my guess would be it is not an RL but it is just a guess..... my feeling is anyone interested in buying it will also guess it is not an RL because those are the overwhelming odds..
     
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