The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

1 November 2003

Taking a shellacking (follow-up)

A couple of months ago, I reported on the rarest phonograph record of them all, the 78-rpm issue (no 45-rpm version has been located) of the Five Sharps' "Stormy Weather" b/w "Sleepy Cowboy", on Jubilee 5104. One of the three copies known to exist, I noted, was supposed to be offered on eBay in October.

Well, it's there now, and and after just over two days — the auction is scheduled to run for ten — the current high bid is just shy of twenty thousand dollars.

This is not, incidentally, the uncracked copy owned by Collectors Universe; this disc is cracked, but the seller says the crack does not affect play, which is possible if the cracked surfaces are still relatively tightly held together. I've had discs like this, so I'm inclined to accept his explanation.

The auction ends 9 November at 7:30 pm Pacific. You'd better empty out your money-market accounts now.

And, oh yes, I've heard the recording. It's not among my favorites.

Posted at 11:28 PM to Tongue and Groove

Sounds like the slogan for what, Shaeffer(sp) beer.. "America's Oldest Lager Beer" They never say it's good, just old.

Posted by: Terkish Payne at 7:32 AM on 2 November 2003