Prices Rising, Regardless of Condition, It Seems
Clifford Brown and Max Roach, Study in Brown, Emarcy 36037. This is, of course, one of the classic records of the era. I haven’t noticed it selling for big prices in recent years, but perhaps that’s just me not noticing. Looking in the Jazz Collector Price Guide, I see we have several instances of the record selling for between $400 and $700. This looked to be an original pressing in just VG condition for the record and VG+ for the cover. I was surprised to see that it sold for $280.55, which is why I was watching it. I thought it would sell for less.
I thought this would sell for less as well: Thelonious Monk Plays, Prestige 189. This was an original 10-inch LP in VG+ condition for the record and the cover. It sold for $504.99. That seller did well not just with the Monk and Clifford records, but also with the Sun Ra records he had and some of his other 10-inch LPs, including Dexter Gordon Quintet, Dial 204. This was an original pressing listed in VG+ condition for both the record and the cover. It sold for $333.
Here’s one for the $1,000 bin:
Here Comes Louis Smith, Blue Note 1584. This was probably an original pressing, although the seller’s description doesn’t tell you so you have to really look carefully and zoom in on the pictures to see the deep grooves. It was listed in VG+ condition for both the record and the cover. It sold for $1,169. I’m probably a bit too wary of VG+ as a catch-all grade to ever consider paying that much for a VG+ record. Of course, I’ve never paid that much for a record in ANY condition.