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Online sellers are singing the blues all the way to the bank

Blues records made a nice showing in online auction results. But don’t worry, Elvis and Beatles fans — your guys are here, too.

By Susan Sliwicki

Blues records made a nice showing in online auction results. But don’t worry, Elvis and Beatles fans — your guys are here, too.

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1. $4,483 — Kid Brown and His Blue Band “Bolita” b/w Al Miller’s String Band “Saturday Night Hymn” 78. Even with a hairline crack that goes through the rim and two grooves (but doesn’t affect play), bidders still dug this 10-inch blues on the Black Patti label from Chicago. The seller grades the Record as EE-Plus on the A-side, E+ on the B-side and says it is the copy in the best-known condition of two or three worldwide.

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2. $4,108.76 — The Beatles, “Please Please Me” LP. This first-pressing, stereo copy of The Beatles’ debut U.K. on the black-and-gold Parlophone label (PCS 3042) is considered the most collectible U.K. Beatles album of all time, as only 900 were reported to have been pressed, the seller said. It has the Dick James Music publishing credits for the tracks “Please Please Me,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Misery,” “Do You Want To Know A Secret” and “There’s a Place.”

The labels are in excellent condition, with minimal light fading to the gold print and only mild wear to the center spindle holes. The vinyl has light surface hairlines and scratches, but the record plays back free of skips and clicks. The inner bag has a 2-inch seam split, but the original laminated Ernest J. Day flip-back sleeve is glossy and in excellent condition, according to the buyer.

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3. $4,000 — The Beatles, “Yesterday and Today” LP. Forget about the Butcher cover for a minute and concentrate on what sets this U.S. pressing apart: It has a red label with a purple target. Only two records with this variation have surfaced in 39 years, according to the seller.

The record and its labels grade in Very Good-Plus to Near-Mint condition, but the cover only rates Good Plus.

According to the seller, the first documented copy of this record was discovered in 2006. The seller says Capitol Records began issuing albums on the newly designed red-label variation in May 1971, and the first two Beatles albums Capitol received pressing orders for were “Revolver” and “Yesterday And Today.” But pressing of these two albums abruptly ended when Apple Records announced that it was going to re-issue all Beatles albums on its label. At that point there were an unknown number of “Revolver” and only about 100 of “Yesterday and Today” were pressed, the seller said.

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4. $3,056 — Big Memphis Marainey, “Call Me Anything, But Call Me” b/w “Baby, No, No!” 78. The seller didn’t say much about this record, other than “ultra rare blues 78” and that it graded VG. Of course, the fact that its Sun 184 was probably all that needed to be said; it attracted 21 bids before the auction closed.

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5. $3,050 —The Beatles, “The Beatles & Frank Ifield On Stage” LP. This is the much-desired rare 1964 portrait cover version of VJ 1085, but in mono. The cover and vinyl both grade in VG-Plus condition, according to the seller. In Near Mint condition, this record is worth $5,000, according to “Goldmine’s Standard Catalog of American Records,” 6th Edition. Book value for the record in VG condition is about $3,500, so the buyer still probably got a pretty good deal. Of course, the real gem is the stereo version of this record, which is worth an estimated $12,000 in Near Mint condition.

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6. $3,050 — Music Emporium, “Music Emporium” LP. If the trippy cover art for this 1969 record on the U.S. Sentinel label isn’t enough to tip you off as to its garage-psych roots, song titles like “Cage,” “Sun Never Shines,” “Day of Wrath” and “Winds Have Changed” might do the trick. The seller touts this as an ultra-rare find with an “awesome die-cut gatefold cover.” The vinyl checks in at Mint-Minus condition, and the cover grades almost Mint-Minus.

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7. $3,000.81 — Thought Criminals, “Hilton Bomber” and “I Won’t Pay” b/w “Fun” and “O Bleak T.V.” 7-inch EP. “Yep, the real thing... in simply stunning condition,” the seller says of this 1978 Australian punk group’s pressing on the Doublethink label. According to legend, most copies of this record were thrown into the moshing audience at the group’s Canberra, Australia, gig, so this is one of the few to survive, the buyer said. The cover — which still bears the original $1.97 price tag — grades in EX/M- condition.

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8. $2,800 — Tina Brooks, “True Blue” LP. This jazz record on Blue Note (BLP 4041) bears the label’s W. 63rd address in New York City. The glossy vinyl earns a NM grade, and the cover, which is in excellent condition, still has the shrink wrap on it, the seller said...

9 ElvisBabyLetsPlayHouse

9. $2836.85 —Elvis Presley, complete set of original Sun singles on 45. The discs in the set range from Good Plus to VG condition. The lot contained Sun 209 (“That’s All Right” b/w “Blue Moon of Kentucky”); Sun 210 (“Good Rockin’ Tonight” b/w “I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine”); Sun 215 (“Milkcow Blues Boogie” b/w “You’re a Heartbreaker”); Sun 217 (“Baby Let’s Play House” b/w “I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone”) and Sun 223 (“I Forgot to Remember to Forget” b/w “Mystery Train.”)

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10. $2,500 — The Beatles, “Yellow Submarine” LP. This 1969 U.K. export copy on Odeon (PPCD 7070) has a few hairlines and light surface noise. It clocks in at VG-plus condition for the vinyl, and EX- for the sleeve.

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