If you grew up in the 1970s, your parents or grandparents might have had a big stereo console. This console was often a central furniture focus in the living room or dining room. At any given moment, especially during the holidays, you might hear the likes of Bing Crosby, Engelbert Humperdinck, Johnny Cash or other big names in the music industry. If you’re a lover of all things vintage, you might still have some holiday vinyl records stored away somewhere. After this post, you’ll no doubt want to comb through your collection to see if you have hidden treasure in your house! Some of the old records are worth a lot of money!
We now live in a world of iTunes and play lists. Many people pay monthly subscription fees to listen to their favorite songs. Unless you’re a collector or love to take trips down Memory Lane, you likely don’t purchase records in a music store anymore. Kids of the 50s, 60s or 70s remember what it’s like to ”spin a vinyl” or listen to the weekly Top 20 hits on the radio. Many holiday vinyl records have wound up in bins at flea markets or stashed in attics where they warp in the heat of summer. Finding one in excellent condition might just be like finding a bundle of cash!
Lovers of holiday vinyl records know about The Polish Prince
Baby Boomers of Polish descent no doubt grew up listening to Bobby Darin singing, ”Blue Velvet,” which was one of his greatest hits. Maybe one of your holiday vinyl records happens to be Darin’s, ”O Come All Ye Faithful.” It might be worth at least $125! Sadly, many kids today grow up thinking Christmas songs are limited to sultry women singing about ”Santa Baby,” or grandmothers getting plowed down in the road by reindeer. Such tunes are good for a laugh, perhaps, but don’t really touch upon the true meaning of the season. How nice it would be for families to introduce their children to beautiful hymns like Darin’s, ”O come All Ye Faithful” and other classic carols.
Are The Supremes in your stack of holiday vinyl records?
Before they were ”Diana Ross & The Supremes,” they were just ”The Supremes.” The group was rising to global fame when they released their one and only holiday record. It’s called, ”Merry Christmas.” If you have a pristine copy of these album, you’re sitting on $150! The record includes songs, such as ”My Favorite Things,” ”Joy to the World,” and ”Born of Mary.” It was the seventh album the group made together. Soon after, their manager changed their name.
Gayla Peevey can help you rake in some cash this Christmas
If you aren’t sure who Gayla Peevey is, you are no doubt in good company. She had a hit song back in the day, however, that you most certainly have heard. It’s called, ”I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” Ms. Peevey is now 79 years old, but original copies of her holiday vinyl records with this hit single are worth $250, say the experts!
Beatles fans don’t like to part with their collections
Have you ever spoken to a true Beatles fan? If so, then you may already know that they typically don’t like to trade, sell or give their memorabilia away. You can tell them that an item they have is worth such and such an amount of money. They will tell you that it doesn’t matter how much it’s worth, they will never let it go. If you know someone with a lot of Beatles merch, you might want to check if they have ”The Beatles Christmas Album” in their collection. Mighty John the Record Guy (known for his expertise in valuing vinyl records) says this collectors’ item is valued at $500.
None of them can beat The King of Rock and Roll
We average folk might look at these estimates and drop our mouths open. It astounds us that someone would be willing to pay $500 for an album. Well, hold onto your seat, because none of these holiday vinyl records mentioned so far come close to the value of the white label promo copy of Elvis Presley’s, ”Blue Christmas.” This one record is worth approximately $3,000! You could buy a lot of Christmas gifts with that amount of money! lol
And, if that is not shocking enough, consider Presley’s RCA red vinyl LP entitled, ”Elvis Christmas Album.” Are you ready? This 1957 release currently is worth $15,000!
Have a vintage merry Christmas this year
Bring back some great old Christmas tunes this year! Maybe you can host a vintage night where each guest brings some old holiday vinyl records or tapes. You might not have a working device to play them. Or, maybe you don’t want to actually use them because of their value. You can share them for display only. Then, find the tunes online and enjoy listening! While the music is playing, you can enjoy some other old- fashioned Christmas activities. If you need some ideas, check out this post.