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Man sells record collection on eBay for $3-million
Globe and Mail ^ | Feb. 22, 2008

Posted on 02/22/2008 7:08:16 AM PST by Wolfie

Man sells record collection on eBay for $3-million

PITTSBURGH — This could be a record “record.”

A Pennsylvania man says he can now retire because someone has bought his massive collection of vinyl albums, singles and CDs on eBay for the asking price — $3-million (U.S.).

Paul Mawhinney says a buyer from Ireland agreed to shell out $3,002,150 for his collection of nearly three million vinyl albums, singles and CDs.

The winning bidder has already deposited $300,000, and Mawhinney says a bank has confirmed he has enough money to buy the collection.

EBay spokeswoman Karen Bard says the price is one of the highest recorded by the online auctioneer. She says a Gulfstream jet once sold for $4.9-million.

The 68-year-old Mawhinney, who is legally blind after having suffered a couple of strokes, closed his Record Rama store near Pittsburgh yesterday after 40 years. He says he wants to spend time with his wife, three children and five grandchildren.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: ebay; music; pittsburgh
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1 posted on 02/22/2008 7:08:19 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie
Paul Mawhinney says a buyer from Ireland agreed to shell out $3,002,150 for his collection of nearly three million vinyl albums, singles and CDs.

What's the shipping charge going to be.

2 posted on 02/22/2008 7:09:13 AM PST by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: Wolfie

Good for him and his family.


3 posted on 02/22/2008 7:09:22 AM PST by mainerforglobalwarming
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To: Wolfie; martin_fierro
The buyer is going to be livid when he gets the unsold 3,000,000 copies of this in his mailbox.

I paid $3,000,000 for this?!

4 posted on 02/22/2008 7:10:37 AM PST by jdm (The traffic lights turn blue tomorrow.)
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5 posted on 02/22/2008 7:11:15 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: jdm

L O L


6 posted on 02/22/2008 7:11:43 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Wolfie

If it’s the entire store’s inventory, the buyer probably got a bargain.


7 posted on 02/22/2008 7:12:28 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (The fence is "absolutely not the answer" - Gov. Rick Perry (R, TX))
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To: Wolfie
>his collection of nearly three million vinyl albums, singles and CDs.

What? The guy had 3 MILLION records for sale?
Thats a hell of a lot of vinyl and he must have spent some real scratch to collect that much stuff over a long period of time, let alone find a place to store 3,000,000 anythings.

Think about how long it would take you to collect 3 million of anything.

8 posted on 02/22/2008 7:12:41 AM PST by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
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To: Wolfie
3 million records is about what Time-Life sends you when you sign up to get 1 album.
9 posted on 02/22/2008 7:13:11 AM PST by ditto h
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To: Wolfie

The exchange rate helps, too.


10 posted on 02/22/2008 7:13:42 AM PST by gunservative
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To: bill1952

I had crabs once


11 posted on 02/22/2008 7:18:32 AM PST by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: Wolfie

I wonder if he had any Shaun Cassidy in that collection...


12 posted on 02/22/2008 7:19:40 AM PST by J40000
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To: bill1952
Think about how long it would take you to collect 3 million of anything.

Pound the hell out of an unopened Doritos bag with your fists and I'm sure you'll have 3 million pieces by the end of the day.

13 posted on 02/22/2008 7:20:13 AM PST by jdm (The traffic lights turn blue tomorrow.)
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To: Wolfie

Hope the seller AND the buyer remember to keep that vinyl out of the sunlight and in a nice cool dry place.

Good for Paul Mawhinney! I hope he’s able to enjoy his retirement as best he can.

Hope the buyer has lots of diamond needles to play all that stuff, not to mention a top notch stereo system!


14 posted on 02/22/2008 7:21:18 AM PST by mkjessup (Any SOB who calls John F'in Kerry "his dear friend" will NEVER get my vote, no way, no how.)
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To: al baby
Spokesperson for the 3 million man crab march.


15 posted on 02/22/2008 7:22:51 AM PST by jdm (The traffic lights turn blue tomorrow.)
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To: ditto h
3 million records is about what Time-Life sends you when you sign up to get 1 album.

Coffee on keyboard alert! That is funny! Thanks for the laugh.

16 posted on 02/22/2008 7:22:58 AM PST by mplsconservative
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To: Wolfie
Maybe the buyer's a member of the Disco album skeet club?

PULL!

17 posted on 02/22/2008 7:23:00 AM PST by P.O.E. (Thank God for every morning.)
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To: Wolfie

Rush’s auction went for 2.1 million, and he matched it, making the auction 4.2 million. I would say that is at least a qualified record.

Funny how no one mentions it. I bet if Obamawanna put up a letter and gave half the amount of money to the ACLU, the NY Times would be running articles that he was God.


18 posted on 02/22/2008 7:26:12 AM PST by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: jdm
Picture this a couple of crabs talking on the beach one says to the other

I stayed at a Hilton once rolflmao

19 posted on 02/22/2008 7:26:12 AM PST by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: ditto h

LOL!!


20 posted on 02/22/2008 7:26:16 AM PST by randog (What the...?!)
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To: al baby

LOL. Good one!


21 posted on 02/22/2008 7:26:42 AM PST by jdm (The traffic lights turn blue tomorrow.)
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To: bill1952

Sam Brylawski, head of the recorded sound section at the Library of Congress, said its holdings of popular music recordings now total 1 million, while Recordrama’s is more than 2 million. Along with selling music, Recordrama has established a comprehensive discography called Music Master, which offers detailed information on hundreds of thousands of music recordings. Music Master was originally sold as a bound volume in the early 1980s. While it garnered praise from such pop music luminaries as Dick Clark, who referred to it as a required reference, it took a while to sell.

Today, Music Master is an Internet database with more than 600,000 listings, which they expect to market again in bound volumes this year. Recordrama always relishes being challenged by music lovers throughout the world who call seeking a hard-to-find recording. “The most valuable thing wasn’t the records but the information,” said Paul Mawhinney, owner of Recordrama. “The history was key. Without it, you can’t do anything.” Not to be satisfied to just have hit records, Paul boasts that he owns two-thirds of the misses. “Try to get a record by Nick Lomikin anywhere,” he challenges. Nick Lomikin? A local musician long forgotten — except by Paul.

Paul remembers buying 500 copies of a rare album made by Porky Chedwick, the famed local DJ of the 1950s. With the record backed by a funeral home, he remembers buying a casket full of them from Mr. Chedwick at 11:30 p.m. The deal was done in a graveyard, appropriately enough. As he trods through the neatly lined rows of shelves of his collection, the memories kick up like dust and the spin into stories.

Paul Mawhinney is the founder of Recordrama and the creator of Musicmaster.


22 posted on 02/22/2008 7:35:10 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

I’ve got some master promo’s (still sealed) Beatles and Rolling Stones I’d like to sell this guy!!!


23 posted on 02/22/2008 7:35:42 AM PST by Jeffrey_D. (Some people are alive simply because it's illegal to shoot them !!!!)
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To: P.O.E.
Or maybe he wants to recreate Disco Demolition Night.


24 posted on 02/22/2008 7:36:02 AM PST by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: Wolfie

I’ve got some master promo’s (still sealed) Beatles and Rolling Stones I’d like to sell this guy!!!


25 posted on 02/22/2008 7:36:24 AM PST by Jeffrey_D. (Some people are alive simply because it's illegal to shoot them !!!!)
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To: bill1952
Thats a hell of a lot of vinyl and he must have spent some real scratch to collect that much stuff over a long period of time, let alone find a place to store 3,000,000 anythings.

That was his business. Years ago, I used to do corporate videos and for one event back in the 80s which had a patriotic theme, we wanted to use Ray Charles' version of 'God Bless America'. That cut had been out of production for years and none of the normal chain record stores had it or would even try to get it. I called this guy at Record Rama, and he had it --- one copy. He wouldn't sell it but he let us rent it.

His store was very well organized and he could put his hand on any title you wanted in an instant. Odds are, if he didn't have it, it didn't exist.

26 posted on 02/22/2008 7:36:52 AM PST by Ditto (Global Warming: The 21st Century's Snake Oil)
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To: Jeffrey_D.

(sorry)


27 posted on 02/22/2008 7:37:03 AM PST by Jeffrey_D. (Some people are alive simply because it's illegal to shoot them !!!!)
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To: Wolfie
It's always about the money, not the music.
28 posted on 02/22/2008 7:37:25 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (" Nobody likes weepy meat." -- Mayor Quimby)
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To: Wolfie; MotleyGirl70; Cagey; Mr. Brightside; jdm; Rb ver. 2.0; Gamecock

Ron: I’ll give you five bucks.

Kramer: Five bucks???

Newman: Well, you know how much those records are worth!?

Ron: Yeah, I do... Fi’ dollars.

Newman: Those records are worth more than five dollars!

Kramer: [In Newman’s ear] He’s gyppin’ us...

Newman: You’re gyppin’ us!

Ron: Well, whattya got here, y’know, you got “Don Ho: Live At Honolulu”, you got “Jerry Vale Sings Italian Love Songs” you got Sergio Mendes, now come on...

Kramer: Wait, wait, wait... Sergio Mendes has a cult following.

Newman: They follow him like a cult.

Kramer: He can’t even walk down the street in South America...

Ron: Look, that’s his problem, alright? Now you don’t like it, too bad.

Kramer: [In Newman’s ear] I don’t like it...

Newman: I don’t like it.

Ron: Well, then get the Hell out of my store, alright? You bring me something decent, I’ll give you some money.


29 posted on 02/22/2008 7:38:57 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: ditto h
3 million records is about what Time-Life sends you when you sign up to get 1 album.

Columbia Record Club has followed me from my parent's house through five moves and I've never filled out a change of address form.

We should sign Osama up for an account.

30 posted on 02/22/2008 7:39:05 AM PST by Corin Stormhands (New and Improved! Now with 4 less lbs.)
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To: raybbr

>>What’s the shipping charge going to be.<<

That was the deal maker: Seller pays shipping.


31 posted on 02/22/2008 7:39:32 AM PST by RobRoy (.)
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To: jdm

That cover photo is a real work o fart.


32 posted on 02/22/2008 7:50:52 AM PST by coloradan (The US is becoming a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Wolfie
I read about how rare vinyl is becoming and the market for rare vinyl recordings. I am betting this man's collection was a steal at $3 Million.

Just local recorded Sun records in good shape are nearing a $100 a platter.

33 posted on 02/22/2008 8:01:10 AM PST by vetvetdoug (Just when one thinks life is strange, it gets stranger.)
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To: Wolfie

I’ll be damned! I grew up with Paul’s younger brother George (no kidding). Paul’s first record shop was under the Glenshaw post office back in late 60s or early 70s.


34 posted on 02/22/2008 8:12:55 AM PST by Hazcat (We won an immigration BATTLE, the WAR is not over. Be ever vigilant.)
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Bump for later


35 posted on 02/22/2008 8:30:02 AM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: al baby

Buster Crabbe

36 posted on 02/22/2008 8:31:11 AM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagon)
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To: Larry Lucido

How about “you emit a foul and unpleasant odor”


37 posted on 02/22/2008 8:38:09 AM PST by Riverine
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To: raybbr

Zero. The buyer will pick it up in his 4.9 Mil eBay jet.


38 posted on 02/22/2008 9:00:51 AM PST by Erasmus (Exile from Gondwanaland)
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To: Wolfie; Drumbo

I’ve wondered if there’s somebody who does that!

Now I know. :o)


39 posted on 02/22/2008 9:26:33 AM PST by Titan Magroyne ("Shorn, dumb and bleating is no way to go through life, son." Yeah, close enough.)
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To: jdm
Or this...


40 posted on 02/22/2008 9:29:09 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Obama and Hillary - it's right there in black and white)
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To: reagan_fanatic

Looks kinda like David Bowie circa 1970.


41 posted on 02/22/2008 12:55:37 PM PST by jdm (Hillary Clinton's motorcades have killed more people than my gun.)
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To: Wolfie

There goes Record o Rama..sigh...


42 posted on 02/22/2008 2:43:15 PM PST by GregB (I will crawl over broken glass to vote for FRed Thompson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: al baby

Did they taste good!


43 posted on 02/22/2008 2:44:11 PM PST by GregB (I will crawl over broken glass to vote for FRed Thompson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Wolfie

A dollar an vinyl album is a pretty good price. You can break it down and sell what you don’t want to break-even I think...


44 posted on 02/22/2008 2:45:18 PM PST by John123
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To: GregB

yeah you want the recipe


45 posted on 02/22/2008 2:46:40 PM PST by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: bill1952
What? The guy had 3 MILLION records for sale? Think about how long it would take you to collect 3 million of anything.

Yep. Forty years running a record store.

" .... closed his Record Rama store near Pittsburgh yesterday after 40 years."

46 posted on 02/22/2008 2:50:08 PM PST by Polybius
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To: al baby

never mind!!!!!I got a big mouth!!!


47 posted on 02/22/2008 2:51:05 PM PST by GregB (I will crawl over broken glass to vote for FRed Thompson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Wolfie
Story does not have a happy ending:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08054/859659-388.stm

Record Rama bidder turns out to be a fraud

Saturday, February 23, 2008

By Scott Mervis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The $3 million winning bid for the Record Rama collection on eBay was a fraud, according to J. Paul Henderson, agent for the sale.

Mr. Henderson said he got a call from an eBay executive last night explaining that the "jopsoup" bid was not legitimate and the account has been suspended.

The Irish man with that screen name says he didn't even know about the bid until after the fact.

"Jopsoup" told the eBay executive that he was a victim of identity theft.

"He claims he went to an Internet cafe and got the e-mail with the invoice from us and wondered 'what the hell is this?' " Mr. Henderson said.

Mr. Henderson says he and owner Paul Mawhinney plan to re-list the collection and run the auction in a more "semi-private" fashion with screened bidders.

They also have a few private collectors coming into town who will examine the collection of 3 million albums and CDs, cassettes and 8 tracks.
48 posted on 02/25/2008 5:30:42 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Bi-partisanship: Democrats and RINOs working together to screw up the country)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Bummer. Starting in May, buyers like this won’t even have to worry about negative feedback from the seller.


49 posted on 02/25/2008 6:04:35 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...

ping


50 posted on 02/25/2008 6:07:07 AM PST by Tribune7 (How is inflicting pain and death on an innocent, helpless human being for profit, moral?)
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