I have been collecting for a while,and i am curious as to why certain titles sell for Very High prices. I have some of the available books,and i am trying to learn more all the time. Are there some titles that were produced in low number,or just a more desirable title. Or is it that someone needs a certain record to complete a collection,and that dictates price? Just trying to figure out if there is more info out there,i enjoy learning all i can on DD records.
Let us not forget by Edison, a tutorial record on using the dictaphone, some of the dealer demo discs, and of course some of the hot jazz electric recording are about all I can think of. Your best bet is probably to keep an eye on ebay, and keep a record of the sale prices for different titles. This can still be a bit misleading at times though. Quite often you'll see a DD sell for say $100, but 2 weeks later another copy will be offered in equally good condition, and it may only sell for $10. Ideally, if you can see 3 or 4 examples sell of a particular title, it will give you a more realistic idea of it's true value.
Some of the late electric DD's that are both rare and jazzy can go for big prices. Also late numbers that are also popular and jazzy like 52626 "Singing in the Rain" played by B. A. Rolfe sometimes sell for high prices. The latter just sold on Ebay a few months ago for $497! Are they worth it? When two bidders with deep pockets both want a record that is very hard to find and in excellent condition, the price can go anywhere.
Thanks for the input... I will keep track as much as i can... I have noticed that certain artists tend to sell for more,and i am guilty of this myself. I know that over the years,there were a lot of changes in labels etc. I have a couple books,and i know that some collectors have studied this very thoroughly. You can never learn too much...