A Pair of Tranes, a Pair of Blue Notes

Giant Steps copyHere’s some more jazz vinyl we’ve been watching on eBay, starting with John Coltrane, Giant Steps, Atlantic 1311. This was an original black label pressing. It was listed in Ex condition for the record and VG+ for the cover. With three days left in the auction the action was so light that I thought, perhaps, I would even have a chance for this at a price that would fit my sensibilities. Fat chance. It wound up selling for $822.

I’ve bee noticing that this one seems to fetch a bit higher prices than some of the other Dexter Gordon Blue Notes and I can’t figure out why: Dexter Gordon, One Flight Up, Blue Note 84176. This was an original stereo pressing listed in M- condition for the record and VG+ for the cover. It sold for $360, which is up there for a stereo copy.

On the other hand, this one sold for less than expected:

Art Taylor, AT’s Delight, Blue Note 4047. This looked to be an original mono pressing with the West 63rd Street address, deep grooves, etc. It was listed in VG+ condition for the record and VG++ for the cover. It sold for $320.99. I would guess the price was influenced by the seller’s description of a “reelable” scratch, although he said it did not affect the sound. If I were a bidder I’d be cautious as well.

John Coltrane (and others), Wheelin’ and Dealin’, Prestige 7131. This was an original pressing with the New York yellow labels as well as the grey cover. The seller listed it in Ex condition for the record and the cover. Based on the pictures of the cover, it would look like what I would consider to be VG+. I assume the record would be the same. This one sold for $343. I think we’ve discussed before where people place this in their collections. I know there are a lot of you who organize your records by label, so it’s easy to just place this with the Prestiges. For myself, who organizes alphabetically by artist, this one has always been with my other Coltranes.



  • …All this talk of inflated record sale prices has inspired me ! Typically I dont sell very often, but I just listed three “insanely rare” holy grails on ebay in hopes of riding our “hero” Bob’s coat tails to fame and fortune. Stupid test really, as these are my “display copies” and in all likelihood, they probably won’t fetch anywhere near the record prices he gets. Although if they sold, it would certainly get me one step closer to upgrading my turntable amplifier !

  • Gregory the Fish

    care to show us a link, don? 🙂

  • No problem Greg:


    The rest of my experiment can be found by looking at the items for sale under my profile… I even put up a “high-ball Bob-esq” buy it now price just in case. I would be extactic to even get half of what BobDJ gets !!! Hopefully people on ebay are in a buying mood this week. Cheers.

  • My favorite Bob D auctions are for the nonjazz LPs. I really enjoy it when he gets three-figure bids on a “rare” rock LP and then right below his listing you can see five or ten listings from other sellers for the same LP with better pictures (and play graded) in as good or better condition with no bids whatsoever. I’ve noticed that a couple of weeks or months later he often has the same exact rare LP listed again. Not saying it’s the same LP or that the prior listing was part of a shill scheme, just find it all interesting. I also cannot believe that anyone dropping three or four figures on a jazz LP would not spend some time educating themselves as to condition grading, original pressings etc. So, again, I find his whole auction process very interesting.

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