Back in Business Watching Collectible Jazz Vinyl
Bet you’re wondering if I’m OK. I am. Just been a busy period before the holidays. It’s been so long since I’ve posted on Jazz Collector or even been on eBay that all of the items I was watching are now closed. Which gives me a nice opportunity to give a big review, starting with:
Horace Parlan, Us Three, Blue Note 4037. This was an original West 63rd pressing in what was described as VG++ condition for both the record and the cover. It also had the original shrink wrap, if that means anything to anyone. I guess it means the cover was well protected for all of these years. The top bid on this was a very nice one, $1,136. But guess what? It didn’t meet the seller’s reserve price, so it didn’t sell. We’ve seen this one sell for as much as $1,725 in the Jazz Collector Price Guide, so I guess the seller had certain expectations. I had a copy of this record in very nice condition, mentioned it on Jazz Collector and was offered $1,500 to sell it. I did. Haven’t missed it since, to be perfectly honest.
Similar situation with this one from the same seller: Sonny Clark Trio, Blue Note 1579. This was an original West 63rd pressing. The record was in VG++ condition and the cover looked to be VG. The top bid was $717 but, again, it failed to sell because it didn’t meet the seller’s reserve price.
This one did sell and I thought it might fetch a higher price: Sonny Clark, Sonny’s Crib, Blue Note 1576. This one was in VG++ condition for the record and probably similar condition for the cover. It was offered by one of the top eBay sellers and sold for $1,405. A nice price, but we’ve seen this one sell for more than $3,000 in the Jazz Collector Price Guide.
Here’s an interesting one: Miles Davis, Kind of Blue, Columbia 1355. Remember how Columbia had the plastic inner sleeve. Well this copy not only had the plastic inner sleeve, but the inner sleeve was sealed, so the record was virtually new. And it was an original pressing to boot. It sold for $417. Whaddya think? I think the person who bought this never plays it, keeps it sealed till he goes to his grave. He probably has another copy that will be his listening copy. That’s what I would do. I mean, it’s not so hard finding a nice listening copy of Kind of Blue, is it?
Here’s one of my favorite records that doesn’t have tremendous cachet as a collectible, although it should: Sonny Rollins, Rollins Plays for Bird, Prestige 7095. This was an original New York pressing in M- condition for the record and VG++ or so for the cover. It sold for $261, which, to me, is a bargain. Why? Hey, it’s a great record. Vintage Rollins, vintage Kenny Dorham and a very underrated Wade Legge. I’m particularly fond of the Bird Medley, closing with a very powerful Star Eyes. Hmmm, think I’m going to stop writing now and put this one on the turntable.