Breaking the Bank
Back to the insanity. There were a lot of comments on this record on the previous post, but let’s just put it in here for the record, slight pun intended: Hank Mobley, Blue Note 1568. This was the one that had the New York 23 on one side, satisfying the most precise collectors of original pressings. There was definitely debate over the condition, but it seemed like the cover was at least VG++ and the vinyl was probably VG++, although not everyone would agree with that. Where everyone would agree, I presume, is that this one fetched quite a high price: $5,223.45. That’s not the highest price we’ve ever seen for this, or any other record, but it’s right up there in the Jazz Collector Price Guide.
As staggering as I find the Mobley, this one, to me, is even more telling of the state of jazz collecting in this era of eBay: Sonny Clark, Cool Struttin’, Blue Note 1588. As I noted previously, this record was in G condition. To me, G is unplayable: I Wouldn’t put it on the turntable. The cover was VG. I was certainly surprised that someone would be willing to pay $661 for a record that would probably not be played. And that was, indeed, the highest bid. I was even more surprised that the potential buyer wasn’t even allowed to buy the record at that price because it did not meet the seller’s reserve. Strange days, indeed.