Holiday Gift Ideas-Records and Comics

by Administrator 7. December 2015 12:46

“It’s the Holiday Season…”  We all know these words at this time of year from the famous holiday tune, our personal favorite is the the rendition by Andy Williams.  We happen to have a few of his Reissue 45’s!  All holiday songs aside, this is the time that a lot of people recognize they need to get started on holiday shopping.  What should I buy my husband?  What is a good gift for my son?  Do you have any holiday gift ideas?  Parker’s Records and Comics has gift solutions for all ages.

For collectors, a specific age, publisher or even specific comic would be desired.  As far as 45’s go, we often times see specific inquiries, but we know there could be a record that the person in your life may have forgotten about.  It would be great to bring back memories and surprise them with a blast from the past.  If you know some details about the collector in your life’s preferences, we are happy to help you generate ideas in store, via email or over the phone.

The great thing about gifts like these is that they are a far cry from a typical gift.  Something like a gift card isn’t very personal, and the recipient may feel like you got it at the last minute.  A record or comic is thoughtful, and can give someone something to read or listen to time and time again in the future.  They truly are gifts that keep giving!

As that holiday magic begins to fill the air and you are generating ideas for presents, remember Parker’s Records and Comics!  We hope to assist in making the holidays special this year for someone you love.+

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Not Your Average Comic and Record Shop

by Administrator 1. December 2015 14:54

Parker’s Records and Comics is not your average comic and record shop, and it doesn’t have your average online experience.  We pride ourselves on going above and beyond to get clients the best 45’s and comics.  We can be your first and last stop!  The best part?  Our products can be accessed via storefront or online to reach people all over the world.  We know that the vast majority of collectors and comic fans don’t live in the greater Cincinnati, so we’re happy that we can offer online ordering!  We’ve also been working on some other aspects of the website.

If you’ve ever been to our site on a mobile device before, it may not have looked too pretty.  For this reason, we’ve made the website mobile friendly!  Now listening to our 34,000 plus sound clips and looking at our 4,200 plus comic images is a breeze.

Let’s take a simple scenario to give you a better idea of how the website is set up to be easy for users to explore.  Say you’re in search of a Northern Soul, Novelty or other type of 45 rpm record.  If you head to the home page, mouse over “records” and you will see a breakdown of every type of record we carry.  Say you click on “Soul Records and Funk Records (45’s).”  On that page you will find an overview of that style of music, and at the top you’re able to access our complete inventory in alphabetical order (by artist name.)  There, we’ll detail songs, the label, number, grade type of music and the price.  This is the set up for every record type on our website!

When it comes to comics, we’ve made it even easier to navigate.  We carry all ages of comics, primarily Golden, Silver and Bronze age, from publishers like Dell, Marvel, DC, Archie and more.  All comics are sorted by title.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for or have a general question, you can click the contact us button at the top that takes you directly to Owner Don Parker’s email, who is quick to respond.

We’re hopeful that Parker’s can help you build your 45 or comic collection, and bring joy to your life.  We hope to hear from you soon!


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Comic Collectors-The Search

by Administrator 30. September 2015 09:58

Are you or someone in your family a collector of comicsYou’ve come to the right place!  Along with our huge 45’s collection we carry a lot of great comics.  Most of them are available online, and if not we may have it in the store.

When searching for comics, a couple of things come to mind first.

1.       Age-Is the comic from the golden, silver, bronze or modern age?  The oldest comics fall into the Golden Age, between 1938 and 1950.  Then comes the Silver age from 1956 to 1970.  Bronze is from 1970 to 1985, and from then on is the modern age.

2.       Publisher-Often time’s people have a favorite publisher.  Some popular ones include Marvel, Dell and DC Comics.  There are also Archie comics, Charleton, Gold Key and so many more.

The great thing about Parker’s is that we have a solid selection from every age, and most publishers.  Even better, you can view our entire comic inventory online.

For an idea of what you’ll find in that inventory, let’s jump to a random page.  Let’s see what is hiding under M.  Machine Man, Mad, Magnus Robot Fighter and the Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves are just a few!  With all of our listings, we make sure to specify the title, issue, publisher, format, grade and price so that you can know everything about the product, and be confident with your purchase.  If you’re trying to find a rare or hard-to-find comic, there is a chance we have it!  If you can’t find it online, just call in and ask!

Whatever kind of comics you like, we are hopeful that you’ll find them at Parker’s Records and Comics.  Take a look at part of the inside of the store below!

  

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Our 45 Vinyl Record Inventory

by Administrator 15. June 2015 08:05

When it comes to 45rpm Vinyl Records, Parkers Records and Comics is here to answer any question you may have.  Owner Don Parker has traveled across the country to find the best 45’s available.  From well preserved collections that owners have decided to let go, to dusty boxes at garage sales, Don has hunted down some of the most sought after 45’s available.

Over the years an unrivaled inventory has been built, and samples of most are available (over 30,000 samples!)  In the inventory you will find the artist, the track(s) on each side, the label, number, grade,  and type.  All of which lead up to the price, or how much it is worth.  The goal is to leave you without questions, but in the case you do have a question we are more than happy to answer it.

Some of the records that people often seek are northern soul records.  This style led to early disco, break dancing, and really created its own genre of dancing.  Then there are the funk 45’s that offer a complex rhythmic style.  These are just two of the many types of 45’s we keep in stock.

Should you find something you would like to purchase, you can order online!  Our stock is accessible as ever, so that you can add great sounds and value to your collection.

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45 RPM Records-Parker's Favorite

by Administrator 8. May 2015 14:40

Those who know about Parkers Records and Comics know that we have one of the best collections in the world.  The foundation of our collection is the 45 rpm records that make up a lot of our inventory.  When thinking about 45’s Doo-Wop, Garage, or Novelty records may come to mind.  If that’s what came to your mind, you’ve come to the right place.

If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen that one of our recent spotlights for records was a doo-wop 45 by Bob Knight Four-“So So Long Good Goodby” / “You Tease Me” on Taurus 100.  We post these spotlights weekly, and we offer information on price, release dates, and conditions.  This one happens to be in mint condition, released in 1962, and it’s $60.00.

If you’re looking at a record, maybe you’re unsure about the sound quality, condition, or if it’s the item you had in mind.  With Parker's we give you complete accessibility to our collection with sound clips, and the ability to order online.  Everything you need is right here online.  Even if you decide to order online, we encourage you to visit our store right here in Cincinnati.  The in-store inventory is a site to see, and we wouldn’t be surprised if you stumbled upon a record or comic you’ve been looking for!  You can get a sneak peak tour of the store on our Google Plus page.

Parker’s is a rewarding business because we have collectible items to satisfy our customers, along with some that may bring back great memories!  We hope that you will come and check out our collection in its entirety.  If you’re looking online and have any questions, just give us a call!

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Buy Comic Books Online | Parker's Records & Comics

by Administrator 2. February 2015 15:28

Buying comics online gives you the convenient option to order from a huge selection of new, old, and collectible comics without even having to leave your home. Parker's Records and Comics knew it was important to make this an option! Our inventory is updated almost daily to ensure that we have a wealth of options for you to pick from.  However, if you do want to see the items in person and explore our collection, we do have a physical location as well.

From A-Z we have thousands of comics including those from the Golden Age, Bronze Age, and Silver Age.  On top of this, classic comic books from Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Archie Comics, Gold Key and many more are available. If you’d like to get a glimpse of the kind of comics and records we have to offer, we frequently post photos with prices on our Facebook page.  For example two of our recent posts are the Bronze Age X-Men comic “Death of Thunderbird” from 1975. Then we have a 1962 R&B/Soul 45 by Fay Simmons. Both of these items, along with much of our inventory, are in mint condition.

We have used and new comics with prices that vary, along with records, that are all accessible through the World Wide Web.  If you are looking for something specific and don’t see it online, give us call we might have it in the store! You can also find our email address on the website.  We’re happy to answer any question you may have.

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Novelty Records | Parkers RC

by Administrator 15. August 2014 14:48

Bring History to Life With Novelty Records

Novelty records are more than just collector’s items. Most adults remember what record players looked like, cassette players, and monstrous CD players. You could drag your kids to the museum, repeatedly make sure they do not touch anything, and read small tidbits about music legends. However, you can explore history first-hand with Parkers RC.

Actually Exploring Music Legends Instead of a Trip to the Museum

There are more to novelty records than the music. You can help future generations experience what owning a record was like. Unlike semi-indestructible MP3 players with solid state drives that can be dropped, stepped on, go through the washing machine and still work, records are meant to be cherished. You can’t get the songs back on a cloud network after you drop a record, and you have to carefully play it every time. Keep history alive and well by experiencing music in a way that is difficult any other way.

Get Something Good in the Mail for a Change

Another piece of history that most adults remember is when good things actually came in the mail. Parkers RC will ship a new record to you, and you can actually look forward to getting the mail again. Show your children what it was like to order special items that aren’t for holiday gifts. Relive some of the most memorable music of all time the way it was first heard by thousands, on a record.

Boring Music History or an Exciting Hobby?

Music history can be lackluster at times, but where’s the fun in instantly downloading an MP3? Grow your existing record collection or start an exciting new hobby with novelty records. Get the records that meant something to you a few short decades ago, and keep your own history alive and kicking.

Order Records From Parkers RC Today

 

Call us at (513) 575-3665 for more information about our records. Make swing dancing sessions pop, or relax to sounds straight from the 1940s with our extensive collection of online records. 

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Online Comic Book Store | Parkers RC

by Administrator 23. July 2014 13:50

Reasons to Read Comic Books

Parker’s Records and Comics is here to provide you with the absolute best in new and collectible comic books through our online comic book store, and we want to do the same for your friends. If your friends don’t understand why you’re so proud to be a self-proclaimed comic book geek, we’ve got a few good reasons for you to give them the next time they ask.  

A Joy to Read

You know all too well how enjoyable it is to sit down and read your favorite comic book series. We live in an age of multiple distractions, and it can be difficult to focus on a single task. It’s quite a feat when something as simple and low tech as a comic book can hold your attention and keep you enthralled for hours at a time.

Imagination Stimulation

Comic books can spark your creativity and give you a different way of looking at the world and everything in it. Actors, writers and even web designers have all remarked on how big of an impact comic books have had on their careers. It’s entirely possible that mankind’s next greatest achievement might be inspired by a simple comic book bought from an online comic book store. The possibilities are endless.

Inspiration

The superheroes we read about in comic books save lives both on and off of the page. Back in the days of WWII, comic books were used to inspire patriotism and support for the war effort, and in the 60s and 70s they were used to subtly address social issues such as race and bigotry. Today, comic books are still used as a way to teach readers how to live better lives and be all that they can be no matter what may come their way.

Literacy

One of the absolute best things about comic books is that they get people both young and old reading. Kids learn new words by reading comic books, and older readers get the mental stimulation that comes with reading. If you know of anyone who finds reading to be a chore, introduce them to the world of comic books.

 

If you’d like to check out our online comic book store for yourself or for your friends, visit Parker’s Records and Comics website.   

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Vinyl Records | Parkers RC

by Administrator 18. June 2014 15:55

Safely Storing Your Old LPs and 45s

A vinyl record collection is something to be treasured. Those old sounds you remember will stay fresh and clear if you take the time to learn how to store your records correctly.

Improper Storage Can Damage Records

Many vintage vinyl records and 45s were not created with longevity in mind; record manufacturers were able to produce cheap products by skimping on vinyl weight and paper quality. This results in an item that is prone to warping and splitting.

Warping and splitting is caused by excessive heat and pressure applied over a long period of time, though different types of heat and pressure affect the vinyl and paper differently. The lightweight album cover is the record’s primary protection; protecting this outer layer should be your first concern.

Standard Storage Considerations

There are three basic considerations to keep in mind when storing vinyl records. These include:

·         Use place storage sleeves

·         Replace missing paper inner sleeves

·         Store records vertically

Place a clear, acid-free plastic sleeve over the album cover. Most of these are designed for standard, single record covers though it is possible to find sleeves made for gatefold albums or two-disc sets. This will protect the paper from rubbing and scuffs. It will also help the paper resist moisture, which can potentially cause the paper to stick to the vinyl’s surface. This can damage the delicate grooves and diminish the sound quality.

Inner paper sleeves protect the record’s surface from dust and grit. If the original sleeve is missing or damaged, replacement ones can be purchased for just a few cents apiece.

Finally, make sure that your vinyl records are stored vertically, just like a row of books. You can use bookends with a broad, solid surface to prevent the row from tipping over. Storing your records at a slant should be avoided since this can cause the vinyl to warp.

Building a Collection to Enjoy Forever

 

Storing your records correctly is easy and will ensure that your collection stays in great shape. When you are ready to build your collection, just browse through our great selection!

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Vinyl Records are Bringing the Music Back

by Administrator 1. May 2014 13:36

Vinyl Records are Bringing the Music Back

Vinyl records are making quite a come back in the music scene. With their raw, authentic sound, creative sleeves, and vintage feel, it is no wonder why more people are stepping back in time to purchase and listen to records. Here at Parker’s Records and Comics, we are excited and committed to help you find whatever record you are looking for!

Why Buy Old or Vintage Records?

Vinyl records, otherwise known as vintage records, produce a higher quality sound that cannot be matched with the audio on an MP3 player, CD, or cassette tape. They are composed of a petroleum based plastic called vinyl and are made when sound waves create vibrations in the plastic, creating the grooves on the record. These records were the main way of producing and selling music until the 1970’s. However, records have made a huge comeback in recent years due to the demand for more authentic music and recordings.

What we Offer

We are dedicated to offering you the best selection in vinyl records, EP’s, and 45’s. Our selection includes:

  • Vintage 45's 
  • Vinyl LP records
  • Soul and Funk –examples include James Brown and Ray Charles
  • Instrumental pieces
  • Jazz-examples include Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald
  • Reggae
  • Reissues
  • Pop and Rock-examples include Elton John and Stevie Wonder
  • Picture sleeves


Grading Records

Grades are not just for students anymore! Here at Parker’s Records and Comics we take great pride in our grading system for our records. The top grade is sealed, meaning the record has never been opened or played. Next is mint, meaning the record is in perfect condition. We also rate records as being very good, but these can be scratched and may not have their original sleeve.

If you are ready to give the sound of vinyl records a try, please visit our store or order online. We can help you experience the raw and genuine sound of records, 45’s and EP’s.

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