How to Identify a Valuable Michael Jackson Thriller Record

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Whether selling or looking to buy a valuable release of Michael Jackson's Thriller record, you will need to know how to identify a first (original) release or a half-speed mastered edition. Knowing what to look for will ensure you are selling or buying the "real deal."

Things You'll Need

  • Michael Jackson Thriller vinyl record.
  • A magnifying glass if you have trouble reading smaller print.
  • For the 33 rpm vinyl record, look to see if your Michael Jackson Thriller record has the Epic label. Next, Look for QE 38112 on the label.

  • For the half-speed mastered edition, look on the label for HE 48112 and the year 1982. Again, this is a 33 rpm record.

  • For the Michael Jackson Thriller 45 rpm record, check to make sure it is an Epic label. Then check for the year 1984 and 34-04364 on the label. The flip side of this record is Can't Get Outta the Rain.

  • Check the quality of the record itself. Look for scratches on the vinyl. The less wear there is, the more valuable to the seller and buyer. Also, check the label to make sure there is no writing and if the label has dulled in color.

  • Check any Michael Jackson Thriller record you have for a signature, especially if you are not the original owner. Who knows, you could be surprised and have a valuable Michael Jackson signature!

Tips & Warnings

  • Remember, quality is everything! Check the graphics on the record jacket, as well as seam tears or writing.
  • Check to see if record has the original sleeve.

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