While I was researching The Boston Jazz Chronicles, I met people with collections of souvenirs and mementos of their lives in and around music. People saved all sorts of things, more than the photos and sound recordings you would expect to find. They saved ephemera, too. I saw handbills, posters, newspaper clippings, tickets, postcards, stationary, backstage passes, concert programs, business cards, events calendars, matchbooks, playbills, cocktail napkins, and autographs. As I looked at all these treasures, the collecting bug bit me, and it is only a short eBay step from being a buyer to being a seller.
I now buy, sell and trade memorabilia for all different kinds of music, and I am more interested in items dated earlier than 1980. I sell music memorabilia in two ways:
- Through eBay, using the seller ID rpv651. I do not have an eBay store at this time.
View my current eBay listings.
- Privately through this website, using PayPal for invoicing and payment. Refer to my
Sales Policy page for the details.
Here are the broad categories of memorabilia that I sell.
Music Magazines: I generally have numerous issues of Down Beat on hand at any given time, some from the 1940s and 1950s, and the bulk from the 1960s and 1970s. I also have a rotating stock of other magazines, such as Jazz, the magazine published by Pauline Rivelli in the 1960s, and its successors Jazz & Pop and Words & Music. I might have copies of Jazz Journal, Coda, Jazz Review and Metronome. I also have many issues of the industry trade magazine Billboard. I mainly sell magazines on eBay, so check there because the offerings are always changing.
Handbills, Flyers, Postcards: Posters are always popular collectibles. They are often emblematic of their era—think about San Francisco and those Wes Wilson posters from the late 1960s. But posters, especially those showing minimal use or damage, can be expensive. Handbills, flyers and postcards, which are specific to particular events or recordings, offer a less expensive collecting option than posters. Most, but not all, of my items are from New York City and Boston, and mainly from the 1960s and 1970s.
Photos: I have hundreds of press/promo 8×10 glossy black-and-white photos (and a few in color, too) dating from the 1960s through the 1980s. More than half are of jazz artists, and the rest come from all corners of popular entertainment: blues, comedy, soul, folk, cabaret, R&B, rock, singer/songwriters… looking for Count Basie, Roy Buchanan, Johnny Cash, Kenny Burrell, Flip Wilson, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Tracy Nelson, Cannonball Adderley, or Steppenwolf? I might have it—and all photos are genuine and most are in excellent condition.
View or download my current list of available photos.
Programs, Posters and More: This is the big category of everything that isn’t a flyer or photograph. Selection is always changing—There might be artists’ media kits, books, posters and window cards, concert programs, autographs or unused concert tickets.
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