A Simple Matter of Condition
Catching up on a few items still lingering on the Jazz Collector watch list, starting with Jackie McLean, The New Tradition, Ad Lib 6601. This was an original pressing that was listed in VG- or worse condition for the record and VG- for the cover. Despite the condition it sold for $711.80. I have a bit of a hard time relating to a collector who would pay more than $700 for a record that (1) may not even be playable and (2) has a damaged cover that may not even look so good on your shelves. You may recall that I briefly owned a copy of the Jackie record a couple of months ago. That one was in VG condition for the record and VG- for the cover. I wasn’t happy with it and, in the context of the overall package of records, I would have paid less than $711 for it. So maybe the woman who reneged on the deal will do better selling it in that condition to another collector willing to simply own a copy of a really rare record without worrying to much about listening to it. That ain’t me.
I was a little surprised, but not much, to see Elmo Hope, Informal Jazz, Prestige 7043, break into the $1,000 bin. This was an original pressing listed in M- condition for both the record and the cover and, of course, the record features both John Coltrane and Hank Mobley. The final price was $1,078.99. Congratulations to the new owner. Price aside, it’s a great record to own and a wonderful addition to any collection, especially in M- condition.
No bidding yet on this gem: Sonny Clark Trio, Blue Note 1579. This is an original West 63rd Street pressing listed in VG++ condition for the record and the cover. The auction closes in a little less than a day and the start price is $950. Similar situation on this record from the same seller: Jutta Hipp at the Hickory House, Volume 1, Blue Note 1515. This is an original Lexington Avenue pressing listed in VG++ condition for both the record and the cover. The start price is also $950 and, as yet, there are no bidders.