A Prestige Pair, and a 10-Inch Blue Note

Here are a few items we’re watching now on eBay, starting with a couple of Prestiges: Phil Woods, Pairing Off, Prestige 7046. This is an original New York pressing and is graded Ex- for the record and VG for the cover, which translates to approximately VG+ for  the record in the terms we use here, although the seller seems to use both VG+ and Ex in his grading system. Anyway, the start price is $150 and so far there are no bidders. We would expect this to sell, but you never know. I recently received the 10-inch Phil Woods Prestige that I got as a birthday present to myself and to my pleasant surprise, the condition was much nicer than what had been advertised. Music is very nice as well.

Roy Haynes with Booker Ervin, Cracklin’, New Jazz 8286. This seems to be an original pressing, although it has one side that is a deep groove and one that isn’t. What do you make of that? The record is in M- condition and the cover is VG+. The price is in the $140 range and I’m assuming it is an original unless I hear otherwise.

I almost bid on this one and now kind of regret that I didn’t:

Jay Jay Johnson, Blue Note 5028. This was an original 10-inch pressing with a great cover and great music featuring Clifford Brown. It was in VG condition for the record and the cover and sold for the start price of $89.99. It would be nice to have that one on the shelf, even in VG condition.




  • My Cracklin’ is without DG either side. So would have thought the one for auction is pretty original.
    The J.J. is a treat for 90 bucks.
    The Woods is a fantastic record, but the problem with the one for sale is the black tape all around.

  • As I have watched a couple of Cracklins on ebay, Iwould say, that the one sided DG pressings are the first ones and more common. But maybe this record was being pressed during a transitional period.

  • The seller of that Cracklin’ is reliable – as advertised (or better) LPs. I see they’ve got a 1568 up with “47 W. 63rd” labels on both sides. It’s a nice copy so I’m sure it’ll get “there.”

    Agreed about the tape on the Woods – it’s an excellent record that I’d love to have an original of in good nick. A lot of people don’t seem all that psyched on Phil Woods’ playing, but the records I have are all wonderful.

  • That Mobley looks superb, but we’re already look at more than 2,000 bucks, so I can forget about bidding.

    Does anyone know what the stamp on the back cover of that 1568 stands for? The abbreviation “N.R.” doesn’t ring a bell here. I’ve seen ’em on other records offered on eBay before.

  • N.R. I have seen it quite often. I am not sure, but would have thought “No Retail”. Some sort of a cut-out thus.

  • “No Returns” = cut-out indeed.

  • I see… So “cut-out” doesn’t necessarily mean that a cover must have a drilled hole or a clipped off corner or something to be a “cut-out” then? “No Returns” means cut-out… I would have never guessed 😉

  • Thanks for the N.R. description; excellent information as always.
    Whilst on the subject, does anyone know what the “RW” stamp indicates?

    I have a few records with “RW” stamped on the back.

    Returns Welcome maybe…..??



  • Record Withdrawn (usually on Prestige/New Jazz titles).

    It’s all basically the same thing – deleting the stock. I’m not sure if it’s always for as nefarious a purpose as Roulette’s shady accounting. I believe they were the first instance of ‘cut-out’, immediately sending titles into deletion mode to avoid paying royalties. There’s more detail there than I really can grasp business-wise.

  • I always thought “RW” stood for Robert Weinstock.. like it was Bob Weinstock’s seal of approval or something.


    You learn something new every day.

  • Clifford, many thanks for the insightful reply.
    It’s great to be able to add to the knowledge base thanks to people like your good self.

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