The following guidelines fall into two categories: those that apply to the LP and those that apply to the autograph on the LP.
1. The LP should have an attractive design and feature the artist's likeness. Records from the 50s and 60s are usually more attractive than those from later decades.
2. The LP should be in decent condition: there should be no ring wear or stickers or price tags, and the record should not be a cut-out/remainder (no cut corners, punched holes, or notched spines).
3. The LP design should be light enough in color that an autograph made with a black sharpie stands out clearly.
4. The LP should be an original pressing or at least look basically the same as the original pressing.
5. The LP design should be void of excessive lettering, which can distract attention from the autograph.
6. The LP should be a legitimate release and not a repackaging of hits.
1. The autograph should be bold and clear and exemplary of the artist's signature. It should not be smeared, nor written with an overly dry pen, nor written sloppily.
2. Autographs on LPs more than ten years old should not include a date; a recent date on an LP that's several decades old looks out of place.
3. Personalizations are a matter of preference, but non-personalized signatures have broader appeal.
4. There should not be any mistakes (i.e., corrected letters) in the autograph.
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