Let The Insanity Continue
Forty-eight comments (and counting) on the last post. And the traffic on Jazz Collector has been as high as normal. Thank you all for keeping the discussion going while I was pre-occupied last week with doing my real job, the one that pays for the mortgage and the Blue Notes around here. This week I will be under similar pressure, so please feel free to comment on this post and take the discussion wherever you would like. I see that a lot of the previous discussion was a reprisal of a familiar theme, the ability of one particular seller, bobdjukic, to get prices that seem otherworldly to the rest of us in the Jazz Collector world. I personally have no beef with him, never met him, never dealt with him. He does seem to have some magic formula for getting top prices, but I imagine his customers are satisfied because the only way to get those prices is to have repeat business. In any case, after reading the comments, I took a look at his latest auction results to satisfy my own curiosity. Here are some of the ones that caught my eye:
Charlie Parker, Dial 202. This was an original 10-inch pressing. The record and cover were graded in the range of VG++, but the pictures and descriptions of the cover looked more like VG+ to me. In any case, what was striking was the price that someone paid for this, which was $2,550. Bird lives, indeed.
Gerry Mulligan Quartet, Pacific Jazz 1. This was also a 10-inch record listed in VG++ condition for the record and the cover. It sold for $323.99.
Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd, Jazz Samba, Verve 8432. This has to be one of the most common jazz records ever. Somehow, he got someone to pay $122.50 for this copy. Now, that’s impressive.
I invite you all to check out the auction results and choose your own personal favorites. There’s a lot to choose from.