We’d been talking a few weeks back about how second presses — and even third presses — are starting to get some traction as collectibles. Or, to put it more aptly, how later presses are starting to sell more often at collectible prices. Here’s one we happened to notice yesterday on eBay: Jackie McLean, 4, 5 & 6, New Jazz 8279. In the listing, the seller lists this as an “original” purple label pressing, which is somewhat accurate, I guess. It is an original version of this pressing, but the issue itself is a reissue of the original Prestige, so it is a bit of a stretch to call this an original pressing. Nonetheless, I’m not sure whether the description has that big an impact on the bidding because you would think the people bidding into three figures on these records would have some knowledge of what they are doing. Except, of course, those
buyers who bid up the auctions of bobdjukic, who remain a mystery to us. In any case this record was in VG++ condition for the vinyl and VG++ condition for the cover and there was a name clearly written in ink on the back cover, so the VG++ may have been a stretch as well. There were seven bids for this record and it eventually sold for $154.50. I would have thought this would be a $30 to $40 record in the past, so perhaps things are changing, perhaps this is an aberration, perhaps bidders were influenced by the hyperbole in the listing. Who knows? In any case, if I could get that kind of money for my second pressings, I’d probably wind up with no second pressings in my collection.