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If you need proof that the god of record collecting is a wrathful one, try reading a price guide. Then go shopping. It’s not written, but it might as well be: For every overvalued NM/NM item you gloat over owning while flipping those column-heavy pages, you’ll be visited by a plague of price-jacked, thrift-store-ready crap in the stores. Mysterious ways notwithstanding, Chuck Miller’s Warman’s American Records: 1950-2000 Identification & Price Guide is pretty damn strange: a collector-scum publication whose valuations are actually reasonable. Forty dollars for the Squires’ “Going All the Way” 45? OK. Thirty for Big Star’s Radio City LP on Ardent? Yes, please. Twelve for Flipper’s “Love Canal” 7-inch? Not too bad. It’s almost enough to make you feel like hitting the bins again. Oh, wait: $25 for the Tsunami/Velocity Girl “Left Behind”/”Warm/Crawl” split single on strawberry-red vinyl with picture sleeve!?! Ah, jeez. Miller signs copies of his book (and evaluates up to two of your records) at 1 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. Free. (202) 347-0176. (Leonard Roberge)