20 September 2003
Taking a shellacking
If you pop open the new Discoveries (#185, October), right there on page five is a picture of the Holy Grail.
A stark photo of a 78-rpm disc: Jubilee 5104 (1952), The Five Sharps, "Stormy Weather" b/w "Sleepy Cowboy", complete with stock Jubilee sleeve.
Good Rockin' Tonight says this:
Only one uncracked example of "Stormy Weather" is known to exist. It was purchased in 1977 by Collectors Universe owners Gordon Wrubel and David Hall for a then mind-boggling $3,866. Hall and Wrubel recently turned down a $25,000 offer from record dealer extraordinaire John Tefteller.
Collectors Universe owns GRT, so I suspect they know what they're talking about. This is a 78; there are persistent rumors that a 45-rpm version exists, but no one has ever seen one.
And there's one line of text at the bottom of the ad:
To be sold on eBay, October 2003
Truly, these are the times that try men's MasterCard limits.