A Record Collector's Guide

The Toasters


This Gun For Hire

Moon Records MR023 LP/Cassette, released 1990 (U.S.)

Moon Records 468319 2 CD, released 1990 (U.S.)

Moon Records 88561-5035-2 CD, released 1990 (U.S.)

Moon Records MR023 CD/Cassette, released 1993 (U.S.)

Moon Ska Europe MOON CD 04, released 1993 (UK)


Pork Pie EFA 04239-08 LP / EFA 04239-26 CD, released 1990 (Germany)

This Gun for Hire is a much more straightforward story than the previous Toasters albums. Well, kind of. It was on Moon from the start, and did not go through TOO many iterations. The vinyl was black, and can be had for a relatively low price. There were two versions of the CD that came out in or around 1990. They were on Moon, but distributed by Sony, and that screwed up the catalogue numbers. One had the 468319 2 number on the spine, which is a straight-up Sony catalogue number from that period. The other reportedly had 88561-5035-2 on the spine - this was just the number of the barcode. I have never seen that one to confirm. Later, the CD came out in 1993 in the U.S. and UK with more standard catalogue numbers. OK, fine, this one was just as convoluted as the others. The cassette that came out in 1993 had different barcode info from previous releases.

No, of course it couldn't be quite that simple. This album was also released in Germany, but it was call T-Time there. It had totally different artwork. Otherwise, though, it was the same as the U.S. album. Black vinyl. Also on CD. Both are easy to find.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Moon MR023 Black 12-15 4 Stable
Pork Pie EFA 04239-08 LP Black 5-8 3 Stable
Moon 468319 2 CD 4-6 3 Stable
Moon 88561-5035-2 CD 10-12 6 Stable
Moon MR023 CD 2-4 3 Stable
Moon Ska Europe MOON CD 04 6-8 4 Stable
Moon MR023 LP
Pork Pie LP
Moon MR023 CD Variants
Credits Charlie Leonard: Cassette information.
John Vaccaro: CD variants image and info

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Scarcity Score Definition
10 Near impossible: Fewer than 50 copies or publicly sold every few years
8-9 Very rare: 50-199 copies or publicly sold 1-2 times per year
6-7 Rare: 200-499 copies or publicly sold a few times a year
4-5 Medium: 500-999 copies or publicly sold ~10 times a year
1-3 Common: 1000+ copies, readily available, or publicly sold 20+ times a year

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