For most of the last month my top lens has been Vintage Beatles Albums - What Are They worth? I made the lens way back in June 2008 while Squidoo ran an "eBay Challenge". We were challenged to create a certain number of lenses using eBay modules. I didn't create enough to complete but did manage three lenses. The other two were Books for Authors and Benjamin Franklin Was a Vegetarian - neither of which have fared well in lenrank terms.
The Beatles albums lens also didn't do well for a long time but during the last few months it has been in tier one, dominating the top of my dashboard list. I consider it a 'fun' lens as it uses the eBay modules to provide the valuable content people want to find. The question is what Beatles albums currently sell for. Using eBay modules we can easily see current prices for multiple albums. I've listed all the Beatles albums that were released in the USA in the 1960s. I still own quite a few of these.
Today's auctions reveal an original-cover Yesterday and Today from 1965 with a current bid of $585.98! You may remember this as the "butcher's cover" that was replaced due to public outcry. (What were those Beatles thinking?) Of course, most vintage Beatles albums don't bring in that much money but seeing them valued in the hundreds isn't uncommon.
The final answer, of course, is that they're worth whatever you can get for them. Albums in mint condition will bring in better prices than those like mine that were played hundreds of times and scratched now and then.
So what keeps this lens at the top of my list? Right now the lensrank is 140. It isn't the traffic, I can tell you that. I have another lens with weekly traffic over 1000 and this one doesn't come close. I think it is the value of the eBay links and the number of click-outs I get as people look at the eBay pages to do their research. During the last few months there have been seven eBay sales.