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  • Fines of October

    As always, drooling over the everyone's finds here motivates me to keep diggin'!  Been ages since I've posted but after this morning's flea market I felt inspired to show off some 2015 finds.  The thermometer might have been below freezing but there was plenty o' heat on that field today:

    Most but not all of the above were from this morning and the past week or so.  I've built up quite a backlog of "finds" photos going back to April/May...these don't come close to everything but most of the highlights are below:

    Best part of finding this one was when I brought my stack up to the proprietor he prices up my LPs but says, hold on, I need my buddy to go through and price these 45s.  He's the expert--he's sold 45s for over $1000!  The "expert" looked through 'em and let this one go for a few bucks.

    My rap game is weak but even I knew enough to snag these for $1 a pop when an entire DJ collection appeared at the flea back in August.  36 Chambers and one copy of Forever were sealed.

    Love that Family Connection...probably the best Connecticut soul record I've come across.

    The photos pretty much go in reverse chronological order and it's funny to see the stuff I got excited over back in the spring doesn't come close to the stuff from July on.  I didn't think I'd ever be able to top 2014, when I found Whatnauts On the Rocks and that ridiculous psych/prog rock DJ collection with 2 Archie Whitewaters, but after the Bobby Reed I think '15 may have closed the gap.
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  • What happened to the finds posts?

    Been wanting to post some great finds since the fall, but I just moved two months ago and haven't had many opportunities to even look through a lot what I've picked up.   Some highlights, starting with a pair from this morning's very wet flea market:

    Don't know a damn thing about reel-to-reel but I know you rarely see 'em and I wasn't gonna pass up a sealed Curtis.

    Was pretty happy to find this for $10 in a store around Xmas time:

    From a trade with a friend, really like this one:

    Found these from the same seller at the end of last year's flea market season:

    They were a little rough but man, I love these photos, I just never see this kind of thing around here.  They cleaned up nice and look good in new frames!

    Not exactly a field find but was very excited to even see a copy of this on eBay after wanting it for years.  Was more excited when I turned out to be the only bidder.

    I wasn't necessarily hunting for one of these (I've had a Vestax for years) but happened to notice one on the 'Bay for a good price and I bit.  Gotta say, these things are the way to go for flea markets/tag sales and other field excursions. 

    It's already proven extremely valuable, saving me from buying stuff that looked exciting (but sounded like crap) and steering me towards the good stuff like this $1 find from a few weeks ago:

    But nothing can top coming up with this one under very strange circumstances:

    In November I paid a stupid high price for a 45 on Ebay I had wanted for years.  Maybe the all-time top price for it on popsike.  After I win the seller says he has a bunch of other 45s from the same source and he doesn't wanna sell 'em separately, asks if I might be interested.  I take a look at some photos and there's definitely some cool stuff in there, half of it is like a 1965 time capsule of obscure radio promos.  I start researching 'em and when I got to the Aviators my eyes damn near fell out.  I think he wanted an average of $3-4 per record so it was a no-brainer.  After he ships 'em I'm biting my nails, thinking it's too good to be true--they're cracked or something, but they arrive and all the promos are just dead mint.  Nothing else was in the same league as the Aviators but I was quite surprised that this was probably the next most valuable piece in there:

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    I'm not necessarily in a hurry to sell it, but probably will before too long, especially if there's strong interest.  Any idea what kind of % the big time sellers take as commission?  I'm no stranger to selling online but of course I can't expect to get the money those heavy hitters can get.  At the same time they have to command a premium high enough to exceed the extra % I'd be shelling out for them to sell it.