I've started to notice this on more and more of records, especially new ones. I have a record that I returned as it had a large scrape across it right out of the sleeve. I got a replacement, took it out of the crappy paper sleeve right away and cleaned it with my squeaky clean RCM. I then slide the record right into a u shaped poly sleeve like these ones: https://londonjazzcollector.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/step0-2.jpg Anyways, I just took it out for the first time to play it, and after too many record drop mishaps, I have no choice but to change my record sleeve removing technique. Essentially, I remove the record half way so the spindle hole is uncovered and then I line up with the spindle, and once the record is on the spindle, I slide the sleeve out from underneath (usually holding up the lip of the record. Unfortunately I am worried this is doing more damage than good. I have noticed little, almost invisible scratches all over the record, especially on the 2nd side. I am not sure if these were caused by me, or was there when I purchased the record. The removal of the record from the original paper sleeve could have done it. Basically I want to find out if my handling method is causing this, and weather there is a certain way to confirm this. I don't think the scratches effect the sound in any meaningful way as they are very, very light and only visible when I shine the record off my halogen lamp. I will try and get some photos later. OCD aside, I'm worried that I'm not taking proper care of my records. Any ideas on this? Again, i'll try and get a photo up soon.