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.

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

  1. Wonderful! I’ve been collecting Sun singles and albums for years and only managed to find about 10 singles and 10 albums. I have a copy of ‘Red Man’ by Bobby Sheridan who I think was really Charlie Rich. Is this rare?

    Best Wishes
    Pete Levene. Stockport. England

  2. I have 3 Elvis Sun records that are mint condition. “That’s All Right”; “Mystery Train”; and “Good Rockin’ Tonight”…where can I get top dollar for them?

  3. i have a lot of sun records my jerry lee johnny cash elves and a 78 blue shade shoes my carl perkins all play were can i go to get a value for these records

  4. If you thinks this is rare i recently obtained a copy of SUN DJ 388 the Teen angles which is just about as rare if not rarer because if was never a public issue nor was it backed by a 78 RPM and as never been shown on popsike.com

  5. I have a Sun Label record – Elvis Presley Milk Cow Blues Boogie. On flip side is Your a HeartBreaker. Eched in to the disc is 1954. I know Elvis recorded the Milk Cow Blues (Eddie Arnold song) in Novemember or December 1954. Any idea if this is worth anything to anyone. Obviously an old 78 has been danced on and probably will not play very well but the label is pristine.

  6. I also have Fats Domino- by Imperial records- ” I want to walk you home” / ” I’m gonna be a wheel someday” and ” Ain’t that just like a woman” / ” What a price”, ” I hear you knocking” / ” Jambalaya ( on the bayou)” I have a vast collection of records that belonged to my grandmother. When she passed, I inherited.

    I have artists like: The Smothers Brothers, Dean Martin, Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass,Ray Charles, Les Paul, and Rick Nelson…….those are just the 45’s


  8. I just found I Walk The Line 45RPM Johnny Cash,Sun Records with Get Rythm on the B Side but no cover any idea’s what it’s worth???

  9. Did anyone notice a singer named Darrin Duke has a cd and says he is Sherry Crane’s son. Isn’t she one of the great Sun records mysteries as to what happened to her? Soneone who is interested in Sun history should get on this. Hes from Alabama I think and needs to be interviewed ,who knows she may still be alive!!

  10. Hello,
    Do you still have the records,Perhaps you can send me some pictures.

  11. I have two SUN 45rpm’s of Jerry Lee Lewis, “How’s My Ex Treating You”, other side is “Sweet Little Sixteen”, and “Whole Lot Of Shaking Going On”, other side is “It’ll Be Me”, and two of Johnny Cash, “I Forgot To Remember”, other side is ” Katy Too”, and “Goodby Little Darlin'”, other side is ” You Tell Me”. Also have one SUN album of Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two Golden Hits Volume One and one SUN Album of Bobby Bare’s Greatest Hits. No covers for any and all are in fair condition. Can anyone tell me how to find out if they have any value and where to sell them, if they do? Thanks!

  12. I have 2 Sun records. Both by Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two” Don’t make me go and flip side Next in line.” Also ” Get rhythm and Flip side I walk the line” Both in fair condition, bot
    h for sale

  13. I didnt know sun made 33 1/3 I have a johnny cash and the tenn. two titled story songs of the trains and rivers..sun 104 Was wondering what year it might be or if any valueexcellent condition and I also have a carl perkins 45 honey dont..reverse label missing, but I think it’s bleu suede shoes..Appreciate any comments..thanks

  14. I know someone who is interested in selling a original 45 record by Sun records blue suede shoes and honey dont on other side by Carl Perkins (234) and another 45 by Sun records fools like me and other side high school confidential by Jerry Lee Lewis (296) do you know of anyone interested in buying they are in real good shape.

  15. I have a 45 Sun record of Elvis “Good Rockin Tonight” that I might sell.

  16. I Have a copy of Elvis Presley’s “That’s Alright, Mama.” the cover look hand painted, Does anyone Know where to get the best price.

  17. I have a Carl Perkins 45 Blue Suede Shoes in average condition that is out for bid. No jacket.

  18. We have several old Johnny cash 78 records and a Sons of the Pioneer record still in original packaging never opened. what would the value be

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