This is my first post. I mainly collect Pink Floyd Mini LPs. But I have a CD I want to sell put out by my second favorite group Mott The Hoople/
I have a new sealed copy of "Mott" Bar code # 4571191058034.
In Japanese Mini LP circles we use the release ID that most Japanese Minis seem to have in variaitons of the format XXXX-9999 (or thereabouts). In the case of this mini it's MHCP-1063. Full scans can be found here.
I tried listing it on Ebay but Ebay did not recognize the number.
eBay does not always recognise non-US bar codes (unless the release was also issued in the US and then often it is given a new bar code - a sticker on the outside of the plastic bag.)
I have been told that the Mini Lp I have is the first release with a Die-Cut cover. The Mini LPs listed on Ebay now say "Paper sleeve replica based on original UK Die cut gatefold with plastic silk screen insert". What struck me was the part I put in bold type. "based on the original UK Die cut". When the UK LP came out in the 70's it had a die cut cover. I now have a Die-cut Japanese Mini LP, put out by Sony Music Direct (Japan). Date shown (06-4-3).
The release date of the mini is actually the date above that one on the cardboard flap (the obi) - it was 5th July 2006. The other date was (probably) the date that the jewel case was issued.
I am trying to determine if the Mini LP I own is worth more than a regular release of the same CD ($30). When I purchased the CD the seller told me the reason he was charging the price he was, was because of the die-cut which made it a very hard to find Mini LP.
It is true that a mini LP is generally worth more than the jewel case version - Japanese mini LPs in particular - but the price does fluctuate based on availability. They are re-released from time to time and, when they are in stock they are relatively inexpensive.
This particularly Mini LP was re-printed and re-released a few days ago (14th March - by a staggering coincidence) and you can currently buy this on CDJapan for about $18 USD + postage
In fact most of the early Mott releases are available for that price
- now is definitely the time to buy them!
Welcome to the wonderful world of mini LPs! My best tips - buy directly from Japanese shops (hmv.co.jp and cdjapan.co.jp) when you can; do not buy for investment.