Two for The $1,000 Bin; More Promos

Eric Dolphy copyToday we have a couple of updates for the $1,000 jazz vinyl bin and a bit more on promos, including the WLPs (white label promos) that are apparently a common term that is new to me after 45 years of collecting. First, for the $1,000 bin there is Eric Dolphy In Europe, Debut 136. This is the original Danish pressing and the record and cover both looked to be in M- condition. The record sold for $1,026.

This one is left over from New Year’s, but CeeDee had sent it to me and I had forgotten to post it: Hank Mobley, Soul Station, Blue Note 4031. This was an original West 63rd Street pressing listed in Ex condition, which sounds like VG++ based on the grading system we use here at Jazz Collector. It sold for $1,605. I happened to be perusing my collection late last night and came upon this record and almost forgotten that I had it: Almost, but not quite. I’ve only had it for a little more than a year, since the Baltimore score of a lifetime. I think I will listen to it later today.

Back on the promo front there was this:

Miles Davis, Kind of Blue, Columbia 8163. This was a stereo white label promo and, there it is right in the headlines, the WLP initials. This was sold by Euclid Records. The record was listed in VG++ condition and the cover was listed as VG+. But if you look at the picture that seems to be an awful lot of ring wear for VG+. Again, Euclid is one of the trustworthy sellers on eBay, but I would have been really cautious about that one. It sold for $202.50.

Here’s a promo that’s not getting any interest yet: Gigi Gryce, The Hap’Nins, New Jazz 8246. This has the “Preview Copy” stamp.  The record is listed in VG++ condition and the cover is VG+. The start price is about $100 and so far there are no takers. The auction closes in about six hours from this writing.





  • I was hoping to sneak in a win that Eric Dolphy record, but at last I wasn’t even close. Perhaps one day.

  • My .02, but that copy of Soul Station does not look like a $1000 record.

  • Anybody know why or have any theories about Prestige not having WLP labels? i understand blue note not doing it since their label was mostly white already… perhaps prestige didn’t want to confuse with their 16rpm labels?

  • Gregory – I have a Prestige White Label “Preview Copy” of Coltrane’s Settin’ the Pace on Prestige with the 203 Bergenfield, NJ address. I found it with a white generic cover. Not sure if these were ever issued with dedicated covers or if they were all provided in generic sleeves. I’ve been trying to figure that out if anyone has any knowledge.

  • I would think that different preview copies would exist for, say, a liner note writer or someone at the label who worked on the release versus reviewer and DJ copies, who might need text and track titles.

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