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Trading Up

Landing your wishlist vinyl can be hugely expensive, but Gordon Coates wasn’t going to let that stop him. Find out how he traded his way to the Holy Grail…
Master Of Reality: The bucket list object of Gordon’s desire

Like most vinyl collectors, I’ve developed a wishlist of albums I want to buy before I die, and while the last three or so years has seen many of them fall into my lap relatively painlessly – and by that I mean for under a tenner – there are still many more records I long for.

Unfortunately, I’m unlikely to own these because, like most collectors, I don’t fancy telling my girlfriend I’ve dropped two mortgage payments on something I can listen to on Spotify for free, and no amount of saying “but you can hear the difference!” will bring her round to my way of thinking.

At the top of my bucket list is the Vertigo Spiral UK first pressing of Master Of Reality by Black Sabbath, and a dealer friend of mine had just sold a near-Mint copy for £400. When I idly search eBay, another UK first pressing sits taunting me witha £399 price tag. And that includes the poster. Bargain! That purple lettering. That embossing. And did I mention it includes the poster? Then I had a flash of inspiration. Why couldn’t I simply trade my way to the object of my desire?

The premise was simple. I start with£10 and spend the next three to four months digging for victory at bargain bins, car boot sales and charity shops – and witha little luck and a fair wind, I can buy, sell and trade my way to a spanking near-Mint copy of Master Of Reality. How hard could it be?

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