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The Most Expensive Record Store Day Releases of All Time

The priciest RSD titles sold on Discogs include special collector’s box sets and rare singles.

Record Store Day is fast approaching on April 22. The limited-edition nature of RSD events has been known to create an aftermarket of seismic proportions. The following list explores the most expensive Record Store Day releases of all time (or since 2008, when RSD began).

The list is determined by the median sale value in USD on Discogs, the world’s largest online music database. This means that you might find a copy for more — or less! — in the Discogs Marketplace. If you do find one with a higher price tag, that could be an indication that the album will continue to appreciate in value.

Obviously, the popularity of the album or artist will cause the resale value to increase. Usually, the original price tags are on par for the format or the amount pressed, but the latter is what tends to influence price over time.

For example, take a closer look at that album sitting at No. 1. There are supposed to be six copies in existence, only four of which have been claimed. The Boards of Canada 12-inch was dropped on RSD 2013 purely as a promotional stunt. The actual record contains mostly dead space, a really short clip of music, and someone reading the numbers “936557” aloud. Is it the most rapturous song to come from the electronic duo? Not by a long shot. But its scarcity has ensured a top spot in this ranking (and the band eventually released a full-length later that year).

Most of the other expensive RSD releases don’t even come close to breaking the $1,000 mark, but the median values are still impressive. U.S. and European RSD pressings of Taylor Swift’s 1989 both cracked the top 10 and a very limited Paul McCartney release was able to claim the No. 2 spot.

If you’re looking for more information about Record Store Day 2023, we have a wide variety of coverage and all the information you need on RSD 2023 releases.

Check out Record Store Day for more information about the drops on April 22 this year. Discogs is not affiliated with the RSD organization, but we agree with their mission of brining more people into record stores.

This article has been updated in March 2023 with the most recent median sale prices.

null$2,500.00Boards Of Canada—— / —— / —— / XXXXXX / —— / ——2013Warp RecordsElectronic12″, S/Sided, RSDShop
null$969.30Paul McCartneySweet Thrash2015Not On Label (Paul McCartney Self-released)Rock12″, RSD, W/LblShop
null$925.00CakeVinyl Box Set2014Upbeat RecordsRockBox, RSD, Comp, Ltd, RM, 175 + LP, Album, RSD, RE,Shop
null$787.04The AlarmTwo Rivers2018Not On LabelPop7″, S/Sided, Single, Ltd, NumShop
null$725.00Type O NegativeNone More Negative2011Roadrunner RecordsRock2xLP, Album, Gre + 2xLP, Album, Gre + 2xLP, Album,Shop
null$707.50Taylor Swift19892018Big Machine RecordsPop2xLP, Album, RSD, Ltd, Num, RE, CleShop
null$678.73Taylor Swift19892018Big Machine RecordsPop2xLP, Album, RSD, Ltd, RE, CleShop
null$666.54Death GripsThe Money Store2015EpicElectronic, Hip HopLP, Album, Ltd, Promo, RP, BlaShop
null$620.50Death GripsGovernment Plates2014Harvest, Third WorldsElectronic, Hip HopLP, Album, RSD, LtdShop
null$550.00Mondo Grossoラビリンス2017Cutting EdgeElectronic12″, RSD, SingleShop
null$518.82Captain MurphyDuality2013Roam InternationalHip Hop2xLP, Dlx, Ltd, CleShop
null$500.00BeckSea Change2012Mobile Fidelity Sound LabBlues, Rock2xLP, Album, RSD, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, PinShop
null$500.00My Chemical RomanceThe Black Parade is Dead!2019Reprise RecordsRock2×12″, Album, Ltd, TP, W/LblShop
null$479.95Radical FaceThe Family Tree2016NettwerkRock4xLP, Comp, Ltd, BoxShop
null$468.98DeftonesThe Vinyl Collection2011Reprise RecordsRockLP, Album, RE + LP, Album, RE + 2xLP, Album, RE +Shop
null$460.00Alice CooperLive From The Astroturf2016Good Records RecordingsRock7″, RSD, Single, Ltd, TraShop
null$430.00Miley CyrusBangerz2017RCAHip Hop, Pop2xLP, Album, RSD, Ltd, Num, PinShop
null$425.00ParamoreThe Holiday Sessions2013Fueled By RamenPop, Rock12″, S/Sided, TPShop
null$414.30The Chris Robinson BrotherhoodBetty’s S.F. Blends, Volume One2013Silver ArrowRock4xLP, Album, RSD, Ltd, RedShop
null$407.61LordeTeam2014Universal Music New ZealandPop7″, S/Sided, LtdShop

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