American Victor Values

this page first published by John Wright, 7 Dec 1997
last update 24 Mar 2012vintage@r2ok.co.uk

Note: I lived in US for a time but I have limited knowledge of US labels and current values. If you are American then Tim Gracyk is your expert and you can gain further valuable information at:

Tim's main page Tim's value tips Tim's selling tips

A common record label in an American 78rpm collection, Victor is a source of all types of music, a happy hunting ground for collectors of ragtime, hot dance, and jazz music. Values quoted below are typical prices paid at a British record fair stall where the stall-holder knows the demand for music and records. American readers could translate these values directly to $ values as a guide.
For example:

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Cat. No.Band or
Artiste
Issue
Date
Typical
Value
Comments
1182Sousa's band~19045.00single-sided
early ragtime
4225Collins & Harlan~19075.00single-sided
'coon duet'
4891Miss Jones
& Mr Murray
~19072.00single-sided
popular duet
16482Arthur Pryor's Band19093.00Dill Pickles Rag
16488Vess Ossman
(banjo)
19091.00not ragtime
17118Athur Collins
with Vess Ossman
19125.00ragtime
17622Peerless Quartet19141.00vocal group
17942Billy Murray
and Irving Kaufman
19162.00popular vocals
18097Six Brown Brothers19165.00ragtime or
'early jazz'
18255Original Dixieland
'Jass' Band
19174.00the first disc with
'jass' on label
18407Joseph C Smith
Orch
19171.00uninteresting
titles
18618Joseph C Smith
Orch
19192.00Yellow Dog
Blues
18641All Star Trio19191.00pleasant
18737Paul Whiteman
Orch
19212.00interesting
early dance tunes
18799Benson Orch
of Chicago
19214.00early hot dance tunes
19052Original
Memphis Five
19236.00jazz
19215Jane Green with
The Virginians
19233.00vocal with hot band
19843Art Landry
Orch
19254.00less common
hot band
20402South Street
Trio
192630.00blues
20627Paul Whiteman
Orch
19278.00with early
Bing Crosby
20864Jimmie Rodgers19275.00country blues
20955Benny Moten's Orch
Clifford Hayes
192720.00two great titles
21348Louisiana
Sugar Babes
192815.00great jazz with
Fats Waller
21398Paul Whiteman
Orch
192812.00with Bing Crosby
Bix Beiderbecke
Frank Trumbauer
21580Duke Ellington
Orch
19285.00popular band
21820Johnny Marvin19283.00popular vocals
21863Helen Kane19284.00popular lady,
instrumental solos
21896Nat Shilkret
Orch
19292.00pleasant dance tunes
22412Rudy Vallee
Orch
19301.00not so hot
24657Ray Noble
Orch
19345.00popular British band
25123Fats Waller
and his Rhythm
19353.00popular jazz
25621Benny Goodman
Orch
19373.00popular jazz
20-1526Artie Shaw
Orch
19422.00popular big band
20-1531Duke Ellington
Orch
19424.00re-issue of
1928 titles
20-1556Duke Ellington
Orch
19424.00jazz big band
20-1565Glenn Miller
Orch
19421.00popular big band
.....

These records are only examples of what kind of values are put on some of Victor's popular vocal and dance records. There will be some records by the same artistes worth more or less, depends on the quality of the music and on how many copies of the records were sold.


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