Condition in the Eye of the Beholder
Introducing Johnny Griffin, Blue Note 1533. This was an original Lexington Avenue pressing in VG+ condition for the record and VG for the cover. As we are seeing, the prices for records in less than pristine condition seem to be rising, at least if the records are original Blue Notes. This one sold for $710.
Here are a couple of Eric Dolphy records, also in less than pristine condition: Eric Dolphy, Out There, New Jazz 8252. This seemed to be an original purple label pressing listed in VG or VG+ condition for the vinyl and VG+ for the cover. It sold for $177. Eric Dolphy, At the Five Spot Volume 2, Prestige 7294. This was an original yellow label pressing. The record was in just VG condition and the cover was VG+. It sold for $147.50.
Fred Jackson, Hootin’ and Tootin’, Blue Note 4094. This was an original New York USA pressing. The record was in VG++ condition and the cover was VG+. The price was $209.62.
Kenny Burrell, Blue Lights Volume 2, Blue Note 1597. This was an original pressing listed in Ex condition for the record and the cover, which, of course, has the Andy Warhol illustration and design. This one sold for $610.