I have been visiting the mega record & CD fair in Utrecht since 1992 and it’s always been such a joyful event to look forward to. This edition has been no exception, to say it was crowded is an understatement, its popularity has only increased throughout the years, drawing more and more visitors every year.

Even though the fair doesn’t open until 9am, better get in line before 8.30 or you will be right at the end of the queue right near the entrance of the Jaarbeurshallen. 

With two halls completely stuffed with thousands of records there’s something to please every collector. When it comes to Madonna collectibles there’s always a ton of vinyl to choose from. Dealers brought along a lot of vinyl from South Africa (even the rare 7″ editions with picture sleeve), Hungary, Poland, Brazil, Japan (A TON) and so much more. Madame X items items I spotted was the regular E.U. vinyl (with incorrect tracklisting) and one copy of the rainbow picture disc set (fnac edition), quite disappointing. 

There were no insanely rare items this time (sadly some well known dealers are no longer there and some don’t get their merchandise through Live Nation anymore), there was one copy of the Celebration vinyl (350 EUR) and the Lucky Star 12″ sunglasses sleeve (price unknown). 

I managed to score a few cute (and cheap) CD’s from various countries (pictured): The First Album (Germany 1st edition, still sealed), Like a Virgin (original Australian pressing), The Immaculate Collection (original Australian pressing and USA club edition), Ray of Light (South Africa), Remixed & Revisited (South Africa) and I’m Going To Tell You A Secret (Argentina). My favourite purchase is this original large genuine early photograph (not a cheap print).

You can still visit the record fair in Utrecht tomorrow, visit recordplanet.nl for more information