More Rare Jazz Vinyl, Of Course

Hank Mobley Jazz VinylLet’s start the day with one of the rarest of the rare, although as rare as it may be, copies seem to be up on eBay quite often: Hank Mobley, Blue Note 1568. This looks to be an original pressing with the West 63rd Street address and, for those who really care, the New York 23 label on one side. This copy is listed in VG++ condition for the record and VG++ for the cover, although based on the pictures the cover may be more in the VG+ range with some damage on the back. The seller is not an eBay regular and has only 11 feedbacks. This one closes Saturday night and is currently in the $2,000 range.

While we’re on Mobley, there is also: Hank Mobley Sextet, Blue Note 1560. This is an original pressing with the West 63rd Street address, deep grooves, Van Gelder, ear, etc. This one is listed in VG++ condition for the record and VG+ for the cover. The start price is $1,250, but so far there are no bidders. ¬†This seller has three other records on eBay now, all with starting prices of more than $1,000, all with zero bids as of now. One more, for the record: Bill Evans, Waltz For Debby, Riverside RS 9399. This is an original black label stereo pressing. It is listed in M- condition for the record and VG++ for the cover. The start price is $1,100.

Here’s one from our friends at Funkyousounds: Walter Bishop Jr., Speak Low, Jazztime 002. This is an original pressing in VG++ condition for the record and only VG- for the cover. The bidding is in the $200 range and there are still three days left on the auction.

That Sun Ra Transition acetate we mentioned last week is back, this time at a much more reasonable price clearly designed to sell — and it will because there is no reserve. The bidding is in the $360 range and there are about a dozen bidders I can identify. The auction closes Sunday night. It’ll be interesting to see what this one sells for.



  • I used to know who improv.arts was and can’t for the life of me remember now — in the late ’90s he was both buying and selling on eBay and seemed at least to have excellent taste.

  • Did i miss the point when the stereo Waltz For Debby became that valuable of a record?

  • I can’t buy from European dealers any more. I’ve been burned too many times, and it is too hard to deal with the issues associated with international transactions when something goes poorly. I don’t care if it is $1 or $100, but it just isn’t worth the money for the aggravation. I’m sure there are good dealers in Europe, but finding them hasn’t proved easy for me. The latest disaster came from a seller by the name of “uncle_b_jay”. I can’t say with item since I’m still dealing with it, but the words “warped,” “scratched,” and “noisy” come to mind, which is very different from how the record was described. There were other issues, as well, but I’ll save those tidbits for another time. I buy records for the music not the frustration.

  • uncle_b_jay used to sell as ‘qbico’ and I am happy to share stories about his business practices at any time. Sorry you’re going through headaches — he has some nice stuff in theory but in practice……

  • I don’t think I could buy from someone named “Uncle BJ” under any circumstances.

  • japhy: good point. i should know better.

  • The stereo waltz is big with audiophiles as it sounds much better than the mono

  • Gregory the Fish

    i’m someone else made the uncle BJ joke so i didn’t have to. i was going to.

  • $4,700 for 1568 is not a bad ending price for the seller!

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