dissemination is the name of the game

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IN REAL ESTATE, the mantra is Lo­ca­tion! Lo­ca­tion! Lo­ca­tion! It has been as­so­ci­ated with that busi­ness for so long that it feels like it was in­vented along with the con­cept of the re­altor. And of course, while the lo­ca­tion of a house isn’t every­thing, it can seem that way when as­saying prop­erty values or checking out a place to raise one’s family. [Continue reading]

the dawning of the age of cut-out albums

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ELVIS CUT-OUT ALBUMS began ap­pearing in the mid-1970s. The dawning of the age of Elvis cut-outs opened with a handful of ti­tles from a few years ear­lier that had been deleted due to di­min­ishing sales. This ar­ticle is an overview of the cut-out bins of the ’70s and the Elvis al­bums that found their way to them. [Continue reading]

what makes something collectable?

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BUYERS AND SELLERS of any­thing con­sid­ered col­lec­table often fail to achieve their goals of fi­nan­cial suc­cess be­cause they do not un­der­stand a few basic con­cepts con­cerning the na­ture of any col­lec­table. Be­cause this a record col­lec­tors web­site, I will refer to records in this essay, but you can sub­sti­tute al­most any other col­lec­table and the com­ments re­main vir­tu­ally un­changed about what makes some­thing collectable. [Continue reading]

warhol elvis worth eighty million?

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THE ANDY WARHOL 1963 painting of Elvis sold for more than $82,000,000, as­tounding the art world by fetching mil­lions more than its es­ti­mate. The sale es­caped the at­ten­tion of most people out­side of that art world. [Continue reading]

Blues and R&B 45s of the ’50s (book)

IN 2000, THINGS CHANGED. I was sev­eral years re­moved from O’­Sul­livan Wood­side and Gold­mine and Krause Pub­li­ca­tions. So I pub­lished The Umphred Guide To Blues And Rhythm & Blues 45s Of The ’50s under my own im­print, Monaural Press. [Continue reading]

A Touch Of Gold – Elvis Presley Price Guide (book)

AFTER MY FIRST ELVIS BOOK was pub­lished by O’­Sul­livan Wood­side in 1985, I was not con­tent with the across-the-board changes that I had made. I wanted more! I had been too conservative—a word rarely as­so­ci­ated with me—in ad­justing as­signed values and wanted a second shot at get­ting it right. [Continue reading]

Goldmine’s Price Guide to Collectible Jazz Albums (book)

THE JAZZ LP BOOK was the most dif­fi­cult as I knew little about the real rar­i­ties in the field and what they com­manded on the open market. It was my third project for Krause. They had al­ready pub­lished one guide for jazz records, but it had been the usual mish­mash: a list of records with values as­signed that made no sense. [Continue reading]

Goldmine’s Rock’n Roll 45RPM Record Price Guide (book)

MY SECOND BOOK for Krause was Gold­mine’s Rock’n Roll 45RPM Record Price Guide, pub­lished in 1990. As sales of my first Gold­mine book had far ex­ceeded Krause’s ex­pec­ta­tions, they heeded my ad­vice and greatly ex­panded the size of the book: whereas the album book had been a miserly 384 pages, the sin­gles guide was 604 pages! [Continue reading]