PLEASE NOTE: I WILL ONLY GRADE AN OPENED LP NEAR MINT NM IF I CAN GUARANTEE IT HAS NEVER BEEN PLAYED i.e. I AM THE ORIGINAL OWNER . OTHERWISE, NEAR MINT MINUS NM- IS THE ABSOLUTE HIGHEST GRADE I WILL ASSIGN AN OPENED LP.
OFF-THE-CHARTS RARE TEST PRESSING OF THE WHITE STRIPES FIFTH 45 FROM 2000 ON SYMPATHY FOR THE RECORD INDUSTRY I bought this 45 from eil.com/Esprit some time in the mid-2000s when I would drool over some of the rarities they had on their website where DO they get that stuff? but this one was rare beyond rare and I knew it was most likely a once-in-decade chance to own it so I emptied my bank account. There s a reason they re still going strong and it s because they do their homework and stand behind everything they sell. I compared the matrix numbers to my stock copy as soon as it arrived in the mail and they were an exact match see photos number 5 6 . Simply impossible to duplicate. This is a 100 guaranteed authentic White Stripes test pressing. Even comes with the original Esprit certificate of authenticity. Also comes with the original SFTRI wraparound sleeve. Also comes in the original paper sleeve with Lord written in Long Gone John s instantly recognizable handwriting. Consider Jack s place in the annals of music - on par with Jimmy Page and The Edge. Now consider what a rarity of this magnitude would be valued at if was a Zep or U2 test pressing and you have some idea as to what the future holds for this 45. I collected the White stripes voraciously back in the 2000s and own some items to die for but this is undoubtedly one of the crown jewels in my collection. This is what separates the serious collectors from the novices. Only one of these has come up for auction in the last 10 years and it will be a lot longer before another one surfaces so don t sleep Jack White Stripes collectors. Miss it and be sorry.
I USE GOLDMINE GRADING:
NEAR MINT: LOOKS UNPLAYED
VG : VERY VERY MINIMAL SIGNS OF USE
VG : AVERAGE SIGNS OF USE, NOTHING DEEP, SUPERFICIAL