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The long-running mystery around the various pressings of the TX private press classic Creation A Child by Corpus turns out to be not so mysterious after all. There exists at least two, probably three different bootleg reissues, of which one may date back to the 1970s (it may in fact even be a legit 2nd press). One of these, on the notorious bootleg Breeder label from Austria c1987, is easy to tell from an original as it openly credits 'Breeder', and comes with a yellow label.
The earlier bootleg/counterfeit/2nd press is a little trickier since it has no markings to indicate it not being an original BUT they-that-know verify that this riddle is easy to solve: the true Corpus original has a purple label, whereas the later pressing has a red-orange label. Once you've seen these side by side there's no problem in telling them apart -- the purple label really is purple, and it's the only one that is the real thing.
Also, the red label counterfeit/2nd press comes in a thick cover like those used for certain 1980s boots like Morly Grey, while the true original is a slightly thinner sleeve typical of the early 1970s.
The Acid Archives entry needs to be updated thus:
CORPUS (Corpus Christi, TX)
Creation A Child 1972 (Acorn 1001) [purple label; true original]
Creation A Child 197 (Acorn) [red-orange label; counterfeit or 2nd press]
Creation A Child 197 (Acorn) [green/pink label; unbanded tracks; 2nd press]
-- existence of this press variant unconfirmed
Creation A Child 1986 (Breeder 567, Austria)
(Akarma reissues omitted here, see AA book for details)
I was also told that true Corpus originals are exceedingly rare, more so than Homer or Josefus or such, and this may have contributed to the confusion around the pressings -- very few people have seen an actual original. Checking the internet you can spot several red label reissues/counterfeits being sold as originals, sometimes up to $700-800.
Like Dr Leary says, Just Say Know when buying rare rekkids.