A Box of Old Records Held Treasure – A Rare and Pricey Gem

August 24, 2009 | Tags: ,

A St. Paul record dealer scored $10,323 on eBay Wednesday. Not bad for a hissy 7-inch blues record that gets stuck in the middle and cost him less than 25 cents.

“I’m pretty amazed,” said Tim Schloe, 39. “I had no idea what to expect” because the disc — “Greyhound Blues,” a 1953 single by obscure Alabama bluesman D.A. Hunt — is “insanely rare,” as he put it. It was one of the first singles from Sun Records, the historic Memphis label that would soon discover Elvis Presley.

The 45-rpm record surfaced recently as Schloe sorted through boxes of more than 10,000 discs he bought two years ago from a Texas collector’s estate.

“A 45 that’s bid up to more than $10,000 is in a very select group of rare vinyl,” said Joyce Greenholdt of Goldmine, the discophiles’ bible. The highest-known price for a Sun 45 was $17,820 for a mint-condition copy of Presley’s first single, “That’s Alright, Mama.” A West Coast blues collector outbid 33 others — including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — for the Hunt disc, according to Schloe. Once he sends it off (by registered mail), he plans to dig through that Texas collection for another gem — even if it gets stuck in the middle.

30 thoughts on “A Box of Old Records Held Treasure – A Rare and Pricey Gem

  1. I’m Darrin Duke, the youngest son of Sun Records Recording Artist, Sherry Crane. Yes she is still alive and doing well. She lives in Trussville AL.

  2. I have a Sun’s Golden Hits album with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, Bill Justis, and Carl Mann.
    I cherish it .

  3. gosh, he’s so handsome. he was my first roimatnc crush ever. i was like 5 years old and there was some kind of elvis week on t.v. it was love at first sight. thanks for keeping him alive for the rest of us.

  4. I came across a 78 Sun record of Johnny Cash and the Tennessee two. Get Rhythm and I Walk the Line # 241. Just curious if it has any value? Thank you.

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