Heavy Hitter Day

Lots of heavy hitters on eBay this week, including a high-end Blue Note auction from the Jazz Record Center that includes this beauty: Hank Mobley, Blue Note 1568. This is an original original pressing, meaning side two has the New York 23 address, which makes it the one most prized by the most avid collectors. The record is probably in VG+++ condition and the cover looks to be M-. The auction closes tomorrow and the bidding is now in the $4,000 range with 18 bids and eight bidders. Anyone want to take a guess on the final price for this baby? We’ve seen $9,000 in the past, but my memory is that was not a legitimate bid or sale. I’m guessing this one sells for somewhere in the $6,000 range. Here are a couple more from the same auction:

John Jenkins and Kenny Burrell, Blue Note 1573. This is also an original pressing that looks to be in M- condition for both the record and the cover. The bidding for this has surpassed $1,000 with only two bidders. Will it make the $2,000 bin?

Louis Smith, Smithville, Blue Note 1594. This is an original pressing. It’s at least in VG++ condition, probably M- for most collectors. The bidding is in the $800 range.

This seller has a few nice Transition records for sale now, including Donald Byrd, Byrd Blows on Beacon Hill, Transition 17. This is an original pressing with the booklet. The record is listed in Ex condition and the cover VG+ with a seam split. Bidding is in the $725 range and the auction closes later today. Also, Jazz by Sun Ra, Transition 10. This is another ¬†original pressing with a booklet. The record is listed in Ex condition, and the cover looks to be VG or VG+, depending upon how you feel about tape on an otherwise black cover (I don’t like it, so it would be VG for me).



  • Did you see, in the JRC auction, the test pressing of Finger Poppin’ is from Leonard Feather’s personal collection, and the jacket has a handwritten note from Alfred Lion asking Feather to write the liner notes for the LP? That is so incredibly cool!!!

  • Playing the 1568 game again are we? Sure, I’ll bite. $5700.

  • Update: Jazz by Sun Ra, Transition 10, sold for $2,800. Donald Byrd, Byrd Blows on Beacon Hill, Transition 17, sold for $2,449. What would Richard S. Hackel think?

  • Oh yeah, and Donald Byrd, Byrd-Jazz, Transition 5 sold for $1,875.

  • Don – if they were consignment, I’m sure he’s very pleased!

  • i was going to bid on two of the JRC things, but perhaps predictably, they’re already in the stratosphere. bummer, but i can’t say i’m surprised, and if any seller deserves it, it’s fred.

  • Joe L. Thanks for pointing that out. I don’t often bid on eBay, but I would LOVE that in my collection. Damn.

  • 1568? I’m in at $6200, even with repetitive tics on the LP.

  • GTF. I put in a bunch of bids, but quickly got outbid. I know I’m probably in the minority here, but those test pressings are cool

  • And the hammer drops at $7600.00!!!

  • Holy cow.

    Also, $465 for that Don Cherry and $500 for Larry Young “Unity” are both insane prices.

  • These prices will plummet when the next recession hits. I’m waiting to back up the truck!

  • KB:

    HAHAHAHAH , I’m with you KB !

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