Ebay Madness: Black Death vinyl LP with bonus 7″ (1984) sells for a crazy $241.50!

Black Death vinyl LP with the 7″ bonus E.P. (1984, Auburn Records) sells for $241.50

Seller – rattlehead14
Starting Price = $3
Bids = 21

Here is the item description from the auction:
BLACK DEATH – Same US Metal LP, issued on Auburn Records in 1984.  Solid Ohio metal from this all African American band.  Includes the original bonus 7” with 2 songs not on the LP.  Vinyl and cover are Mint-, as well as the 7”…….For those who don’t know me, I’m Jim from OPM Records and I’ve moved from the USA to New Zealand, so please note that all records will be sent via airmail from New Zealand.  I’m selling off some of my collection, so I’ll be listing some monster metal records over the next few months, so please check back.

I was watching this auction closely just like I did on the last one that ended at $172.50. This time around most of the bidders had a lot of feedback so the possible shill bidding on the previous auction wasn’t an issue. With shipping being $14 from New Zealand, this auction tips the $250+ level. I took a look at the seller’s current auctions and his completed auctions, I could do a very long Ebay Madness column just on this guy alone! The rare NWOBHM vinyl he has on auction and has sold is some of the rarer pieces I’ve seen and the private pressings of little known U.S. and Canadian Metal bands is really good. I counted at least a dozen vinyl LPs that went for $150+ and half of those went over $200! What a shame he has to sell his collection, there are some rare items I wouldn’t mind acquiring, including this album. Why can’t I win Powerball?

More info on Black Death can be found at Auburn Records (I’m still waiting on that 2 CD reissue!), BNR Metal Pages, Encyclopedia Metallum, and The Corroseum. You can listen to the record in RealAudio at Vibrations Of Doom.

Ebay Madness – Black Death vinyl LP with bonus EP (1984) for $172.50

Black Death – s/t vinyl LP (1984, Auburn Records), with bonus EP, sells for $172.50

Seller – valveater
Starting Price = $9.99
Bids = 39 

Here is the item description from the auction:
Black Death’s classic LP plus the bonus EP including “Here Comes the Wrecking Crew” and “Retribution” on Auburn records 1984.  Black Death was a Cleveland-based Metal band produced by the legendary Bill Peters and is notable for being the first all African-American heavy metal band.  The LP cuts are:

Night of the Living Death
The Hunger
When Tear Run Red
Fear No Evil
The Scream of the Iron Messiah
Streetwalker
Black Death

Personnel: Siki Spacek, Darrell Harris, Greg Hicks, Phil Bullard

The jacket has light wear.  The vinyl is excellent with a few light surface marks.  The LP does not have a sleeve. This album is a historical milestone in metal, but was produced in very limited quantities mostly for the local market and is thus very rare.  Get it now while you can!

This was an auction that I was watching very closely. I have started to make a list of rare Metal albums that were only released on vinyl and Black Death have been high on the list. Auburn Records is supposed to have a CD reissue of this album, the EP, and bonus material but it has been delayed for almost two years. Supposedly it’s the next Auburn release but I’m not sure of the timetable.

I’ve seen this record go for $75+ twice without the EP twice in the last year but I didn’t have the extra money to throw around. This time I had $100 marked for online purchases and I was going to pool it for the album. Unfortunately, some bidders on this auction kept bidding the price up. These people had very low feedback (between 0 – 2) so I figure they were really new to Ebay or shill bidders. Either way, the winner is a collector but he had to pay through the nose.

More info on Black Death can be found at Auburn Records, BNR Metal Pages, Encyclopedia Metallum, and The Corroseum. You can listen to the record in RealAudio at Vibrations Of Doom.