EDITOR'S NOTE: Goldmine compiles its Market Watch countdown from eBay auction results and seller descriptions. Any images shown with Market Watch entries are the same ones that appeared with the seller’s description of the piece.
With a Market Watch countdown like this one, it's tough to spot record market trends. We've got a variety of genres — Northern Soul, grunge, British Invasion, funk, vintage blues, classical — and formats — 45s, 78s, LPs, promos. So what rocks record-buyers' worlds the hardest? You'll just have to keep reading to find out.
10. $4,000 — Mixed Feelings, “Sha-La-La” b/w “Love Will Find A Way, 45. The seller had little to say about this Northern soul gem on United 351, other than to share that it is a demo copy and is in “almost Near Mint condition.”
9. $4,060 — Uncle Funkenstein, “Together Again,” double LP. Uncle Funkenstein’s double LP on the R&L label returns to Market Watch after about a year’s absence. Last summer, it hit the countdown twice in a row, bringing $4,000 for a still-sealed, signed LP and $3,200 for a VG+ copy. This time, the vinyl grades at VG to VG+, and the cover is a strong VG+ due to ring wear and some residue from an old price sticker. “Certainly one of the rarest rare groove or funk LPs from the U.S., without question.” Also of note: Jazzman recently reissued the album in a quantity of 500, which has since sold out, leading the seller to state he feels the reissues are collectible as well. We think time will tell.
8. $4,500 — The Black Birds of Paradise, “Muddy Water” b/w “Sugar!”, 78. This E-condition copy of Gennett 6211 was snagged for the seller’s buy-it-now price. “This is probably in the finest condition of the three to four known copies in the world,” the seller wrote. “We surely doubt you will ever see this one show up again.”
7. $4,550 — The Rolling Stones, “The Rolling Stones” promotional album, LP. An estimated 400 copies of this record were pressed via Decca — 200 for the U.S. and 200 for the U.K. “This is, without any doubt, the rarest U.K. Rolling Stones LP ever made,” the seller wrote. “A true investment-grade collectible and a top rarity, indeed!!” Despite a scratch that resulted in a 15-second audible click through “Sympathy For The Devil,” this VG+ copy of the 1969 U.K. rarity (LK-6405) drew 24 bids.
6. $4,579.89 — The Movements, “Cockstrong” b/w “Let’s Get Involved,” 45. While the song title on the A-side of Virginia funk 45 might be a little racy, that didn’t seem to turn off bidders. The seller had little to say about this single on the Sounds International (50122) label, other than to share that it was in Mint-Minus condition and that it was an “alternate version to Peanut country 45.”
5. $5,027.72 — Johanna Martzy, J.S. Bach’s “The Unaccompanied Violin Sonatas,” Vols. 1-3, 3-LP set. This three-record U.K.-pressed set on the Columbia label (33CX1286-1288) features violinist Johanna Martzy. All the vinyl earns grades of Excellent Plus, but the sleeves vary from VG to E due to some tape repairs, spine wear and ring marks. “All in all a very good copy of this super rare, very highly sought-after quality original three-LP record set which very rarely comes up for auction with all three records together!!” the seller wrote.
4. $5,100 — Arthur Verocai, “S/T,” LP. This NM Brazilian pressing on the Continental label earns this countdown’s honors for the largest number of bids exchanged (41). “The story goes that Arthur Verocai was an arranger who was involved with many Brazilian records but that this is this is his only solo album,” the seller wrote. “The vast majority of copies were burned in a fire, and very few survived.”
3. $5,100 — The Beatles, “Please Please Me,” LP. This perennial Fab Four favorite — the 1963 first pressing on the Parlophone label (PCS 3042) — is back on the countdown after a couple of months’ absence. The seller advertised this amazingly preserved copy to be in Mint condition, but then went on to say that the album has been carefully tested and played through all the tracks. (Sorry, but that’s not Mint in our books).
2. $5,500 — U2, “Three,” 12-inch EP. This EX copy (hand numbered No. 644 of 1,000) of CBS 12-7951 has brought the best price we’ve seen for this record this year ($1,863.18 in our February magazine countdown and $5,100 in our April 12 online edition of Market Watch.
1. $10,000 — Nirvana, “Nevermind,” LP. The 20th anniversary of this album’s release is in September, but this copy comes with something any reissues won’t: Band members’ signatures and a COA. “This ‘Nevermind’ vinyl was personally given to me in 1993 by Kurt during a backstage tour at a show in Seattle,” the seller wrote.
— Susan Sliwicki