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so on friday of last week i had purchased a copy of the 1994 cd pressing and when it arrived on monday i took it out and noticed a heart shaped punch hole (guy said everything was in nice condition besides the disc having some minor scuff marks that do not effect play) and it threw me off at first until i started thinking more that this could be a possible promotional copy but don't know if it could be though.

another thing that also struct me was that it has a misspelling on the spine (instaid of "Spectre" it's "Spector") and according to the MA there a few copies out of the 1994 pressing that has the same misspelling of the album title.

here are some photos i took of it to prove it.

(and no that is not the same tray it came with, it came with a clear tray thank you)
http://i.imgur.com/I3SLrlT.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/SlCdG8e.jpg

so the question is could this be a promotional copy (since most promotional copies have "punch holes", "saw cuts", corner cuts" etc..) or could this be some copy that someone had and decided to punch heart shaped holes in it to say it was his/hers?.
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Yes, you have the 1994 Reissue-Remastered of Metal Blade rec. I have the same CD but mine's are ok with the pressing. I dident know this issue of those CDs. Maybe you can change it (replace it).
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In the past the cd/lp/cassette with punch holes(the so called "cut out) were essentially left overs that the labels sells at a discount/gives away. The cut out/hole punch prevents stores from selling the item as new...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cut-out_( ... g_industry)
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heart shaped punch hole ? I never seen that before, as used for deleted products.
Anything is possible, but I would guess that the owner or someone before him did that, not the record label.

If it is a very recent purchase, and this really pisses you off,
then get PayPal to reimburse you for not getting your merchandise as advertised.

In the early 1990s, whenever I got promo CD's from a label, sometimes there was a hole/circle punched out, on a corner -
front, back, or the spine, but 1/2 the time, there wasn't.
The cutouts (straight line) I only found in record stores "cheapie" bins.
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Here in Italy cut outs during 80/90 were sold in records shops and in many mail order too while promo stuff usually had
a sticker or a punched written in one of the corner.
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thanks for the input guys.

no it does not piss me off, hahaha, i'll still keep it.

however i am curious about how many copies that have the misstitled "Spector" exist, i know according to The Metal Archives they say about a few but a few can mean anything to me, me i want (at least) a number of sorts, (hehe).
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I use to have a copy of Trouble's The Skull that had a heart shaped punch out just like this.
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