Two for the Jazz Collector Wish List
Japhy sent me a note on the following listing: Hank Mobley Quartet, Blue Note 5066. This was an original 10-inch pressing that was listed in M- condition for both the record and the cover. It was listed as having been from the original owner and was offered at $1,400 or best offer. It was sold for best offer, which keeps it somewhat of a mystery to all of us here. Popsike lists it as $1,200, but we’re not sure how they know that. In any case, Japhy notes that this is the second highest price Popsike has ever recorded for this record. He also suggests that the pictures were underwhelming and the listing lacking in details. I actually think the pictures are pretty good. However, if you blow up the picture of the front cover you can see some minor damage on the lower right corner and some definite seam wear on the bottom, so I’d be hesitant to believe the accuracy of the M- cover. Otherwise, the cover does look quite nice. Beyond all of that, one of the important take-aways is this: Japhy is considering selling his copy,
so maybe there’s an opportunity here for someone looking for this record and willing to pay top dollar. I know I’d love a copy myself, but I don’t pay top dollar. I still prefer the thrill of the hunt too much.
If I were to pay top dollar, this would be another one on my list: Lee Morgan Sextet, Blue Note 1541. This is an original Lexington Avenue pressing listed in Ex condition for both the record and the cover, which sounds like VG++ based on my grading criteria. There are more than two days left on this auction and the bidding is in the $250 range. I expect this to either enter or approach the $1,000 bin, which puts it out of my reach. I’ve always liked this record, and I’ve owned a copy for a long time. It was one of the first Blue Notes I purchased, but back in 1970 when I started collecting the Blue Notes on the shelves of the record stores were typically Liberty pressings, and that’s what I still own. A Lexington Avenue pressing would be quite nice to have, I must admit.