Some Nice Blue Notes For The Price Guide

We’ve seen several nice Blue Note records break the $1,000 price barrier in the past couple of weeks, including the copy of Cool Struttin’ by Sonny Clark that sold for $3,416. Here are some of the Blue Notes that we will be entering into the Jazz Collector Price Guide this weekend. 

Lee Morgan, Candy, Blue Note 1590. This was an original West 63rd Street pressing. The record was VG++ and the cover was M-. The price was $1,575.

Lee Morgan, Indeed, Blue Note 1538. This was an original Lexington Avenue pressing in VG+ condition, both record and cover. The price was $900.

Thad Jones, The Magnificent Volume 3, Blue Note 1546. This was an original West 63rd Street pressing. The record was VG++ and the cover was M-. The price was $500.

Then there are these records from Sonny Clark:

Sonny Clark, Cool Struttin’, Blue Note 1538. There was the copy in M- condition sold by Euclid Records that went for $3,416. There was another in VG+ condition that sold for $1,324.99. Then there was a copy of Sonny Clark, Dial S For Sonny, Blue Note 1570. The record was VG+ and the cover was VG. The price was $863.60.

7 comments

  • Those are incredible prices, but the most incredible is the actual number of this “rare” record offered right now on ebay. If you aggregate all Ebay auctions, you have a complete Blue Note catalogue for sale almost everyweek…not to mention other heavy collectors (of course “impossible to find”)… This always makes me wonder…

  • Wonder about what, Michel? I think there are still many more collectors out there than there are original copies of the most collectible records, so it is not surprising to see the high prices. The hope is that as some of us collectors age, there are new collectors to take our places and keep the demand high, so that not only the collector’s market continues, but the original music in its original form stays alive and vibrant as well. I have a good friend who just returned from a trip to Japan and he mentioned that he heard jazz being played there everything he went. This, to me, was a wonderful sign of hope that the music we treasure will continue to be appreciated around the world, if not necessarily in the country in which it was originated. — al

  • I confirm that you can hear Jazz everywhere in Japan. I remember having heard a Sonny Clark (Sonny’s crib) album as ambient music in a Hiroshima’s restaurant some years ago !

  • Are you guys ready to declare the decrease in prices over yet?

    I’ve got a bunch of $20-50 records I have been sitting on to sell on eBay awaiting your outlook.

  • Go for it, Dave. It’s impossible to time any market. I’ve been selling some nice records the past few weeks and the prices have been fair. — al

  • “Are you guys ready to declare the decrease in prices over yet ?”

    Yes. Apparently the shows must go on.
    (But please remember that $ 20-50 records ususally sells for $ 20 – 50):-D

  • But when you originally bought them for $5-10, that’s a much better return than any of stock investments.

    (Personal labor involved with buying and selling aside)

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