[78-L] Age of Collectors (WAS Kurt Nauck's Auctions)

Mike Daley mikedaley at gmail.com
Tue May 10 16:31:03 PDT 2011

This 42 year old novice collector could use some tips on places to find 78s around Toronto. Unless that is a heavily guarded secret. 


On 2011-05-10, at 6:38 PM, David Lennick <dlennick at sympatico.ca> wrote:

> No, but that was a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away. Or when the earth 
> was green. That's what my Saturdays were like as well..downtown Toronto had the 
> main "Cripps" (Society for Crippled Civilians, I kid you not, before being 
> renamed Goodwill) plus a couple of satellite stores, the main Salvation Army 
> Store on Richmond, St. Vinnies, "Jack Himself--From Soup to Nuts" where 78s 
> were a dollar a dozen..plus a cheeseburger of dubious provenance at Frank's 
> (Yonge and Dundas). Made me what I am today. Especially the dubious cheeseburgers.
> dl
> On 5/10/2011 6:09 PM, Taylor Bowie wrote:
>> Not impossible,  but not like the days when I could hop on the bus Saturday
>> morning and make the rounds of Good Willie,  Veteran's,  Sally,  Vinnie,
>> etc.  and pretty much every time come home with a couple dozen late 20s
>> dance bands in nice shape,  as well as the occasional jazz gem.  I recall a
>> miserable time when I found 32 thick Edisons,  mostly paper labels including
>> a few electrics,  for five cents each,  and having to haul 'em home on the
>> bus...man,  I was dedicated back then.
>> Taylor
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "David Lennick"<dlennick at sympatico.ca>
>> To: "78-L Mail List"<78-l at klickitat.78online.com>
>> Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 3:04 PM
>> Subject: Re: [78-L] Age of Collectors (WAS Kurt Nauck's Auctions)
>>> Not impossible though. The youngest collectors are less likely even to
>>> know
>>> what a 78 is, and the people who work in the thrift stores don't know how
>>> to
>>> handle the things so they're often broken, but I still see them, sometimes
>>> in
>>> large loads and sometimes just a few stragglers. And more often than not,
>>> trashed or of minimal interest (polkas..feh). But they do turn up. Anyone
>>> near
>>> Rochester NY, be sure and check out The Bop Shop where there are often
>>> hundreds
>>> of 78s out in the hallway, cheap cheap.
>>> dl
>>> On 5/10/2011 5:58 PM, Taylor Bowie wrote:
>>>> Malcolm it on something important.  When I started collecting stuff
>>>> around
>>>> 1965 you could still get lots of good pop (and even some jazz) 78s from
>>>> the
>>>> 20s and 30s in junk and thrift stores...so even kids with little cash on
>>>> hand could make a good effort.
>>>> Now it's rare that anything which even looks like a 78 turns up in most
>>>> of
>>>> those places...not impossible but not with any regularity.  So you do
>>>> have
>>>> to have some money to get the good stuff most of the time...makes it
>>>> harder
>>>> for younger collectors until they start having some disposable income.
>>>> Taylor
>>>> P.S.  Yes,  Steven,  I know you buy 78s for pennies...I'm not talking
>>>> about
>>>> large lots of junque which contain records of little or no interest to
>>>> most
>>>> collectors.
>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>> From: "Malcolm - Venerable Music"<malcolm at venerablemusic.com>
>>>> To: "78-L Mail List"<78-l at klickitat.78online.com>
>>>> Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 11:50 AM
>>>> Subject: Re: [78-L] Age of Collectors (WAS Kurt Nauck's Auctions)
>>>>> I started collecting almost 6 years ago - now some 30,000+ 78s later,
>>>>> I'm
>>>>> 39.
>>>>> You could say I'm pretty serious about the hobby - ha! I also have lots
>>>>> of
>>>>> friends my age and younger who are into collecting.
>>>>> Not many that spend lot's of money, but that comes in time.
>>>>> Malcolm in GA
>>>>> Venerable Music - http://www.venerablemusic.com
>>>>> Venerable Radio - http://www.venerableradio.com
>>>>> 78rpm Record Auctions - http://www.vmauctions.com
>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>> From: Kristjan Saag
>>>>> Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 2:43 PM
>>>>> To: 78-L Mail List
>>>>> Subject: Re: [78-L] Age of Collectors (WAS Kurt Nauck's Auctions)
>>>>> Which, once again,  brings us to the question of the average age of 78
>>>>> list-members.
>>>>> Six years ago we made an enquiry on he list; I collected the answers and
>>>>> found that of more than 50 regular contributors, at the time, the
>>>>> average age was 55.
>>>>> It may be a little lower today, taking into account the many young
>>>>> collectors who have been added to the list. On the other hand: the rest
>>>>> of us are six years older...
>>>>> Kristjan
>>>>> (59 years; got my first 78'as in the 1950's; started to collect about 15
>>>>> years ago)
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