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Market Watch: Misfits single tops $10K, rare Smiths album excites bidders, more

These were the top-selling records on eBay during the month of July 2022

By Frank Daniels

These were the top-selling records on eBay during the month of July 2022.

  

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1. The Misfits

“Cough/Cool”// “She”

Blank 101/102

White label

Condition: VG+/VG++

Sold for: $10,000.00

A copy of this first Misfits single from August 1977 sold last year for $7,600. Move ahead one year, and the single has attracted more attention and sold for a higher price. There were only 500 copies of the single, so Misfits fans who missed out last year may have been waiting for this copy to show up.

  

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2. Phil Gray and his Go Boys

“Bluest Boy in Town”/ “Pepper Hot Baby”

Rhythm 101

Condition: VG+ (with sticker on label)

Sold for: $6,500.00

Although someone named Phil Gray was playing in the jazz circuit as early as 1948, this Phil Gray got his start playing rockabilly music in West Virginia in 1957. This was the first single by Gray and his Go Boys, for the Rhythm label based in Portsmouth, Virginia. This was enough to get him noticed, and in January 1958 he released another single for Marty Robbins’ record label. From there, the Go Boys seem to have joined Dudley Callicutt for a few singles on his “DC” label. This first single from Gray and the boys became somewhat legendary among rockabilly collectors, and it’s hard to find. Counterfeits exist, but this copy was the genuine article.

  

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3. The Smiths

The Smiths

Rough Trade ROUGH-61 (Hong Kong?)

Genuine copy with orange cover print.

Condition: VG++/M-

Sold for: $6,471.13

The label copy and the metal parts for this album are the same as what one finds on the British (U.K.) release of the album. However, the different label color and pressing ring have led collectors to believe that the album came out in 1984 in Southeast Asia — perhaps promotionally. This rare version is usually identified as coming from Hong Kong. Its rarity has made it highly collectible. This auction attracted 33 bids.

     

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4. Blind Willie McTell

“Three Women Blues”/ “Statesboro Blues”

Victor V-38001

Condition: G

Sold for: $5,855.00

Released in January 1929, this single became a legend among prewar blues records. The top side is about the author’s relationships with three women: “yellow, brown and black.” McTell’s guitar picking on “Statesboro Blues” made it influential — with the likes of Taj Mahal and the Allman Brothers recording it. Bob Dylan has referred to McTell in several of his songs. There is no doubt that a high-grade copy of this single would have the potential to set sales records.

  

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5. Jay Chou

20

JVR Sony Boxed Set

Condition: New

Sold for: $5,784.70

The king of mandopop celebrated his 20th anniversary with the release of this 28-disc retrospective – a collection of his work from the previous 20 years. The singer/rapper/actor from Taiwan might be better known as the actor who played Kato in the Green Hornet movie of 2011, but worldwide, he is a hot commodity. Much of his music combines elements of traditional Chinese literature with Western sounds and styles. Fans of the prolific artist are buying up copies of this collection.

  

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