I will never forget Mary Reeves complaining to me years ago that the production company that owned Jimmy Dean's show refused to sell her a copy, despite her pleas to them. She found it bewildering. The original videotape of that show would of course be a better copy than the crap that has been released.
A notorious hoarder from Knoxville, TN is said to have a better copy but it is also reported that he has vowed to have his collection destroyed upon his death and he has no history of sharing anything of significance with the fans.
Another question concerns what happened to the boxes full of color home movies that Ed Gregory sold to someone for $15,000 that have never surfaced since one of his flea market vendors -- someone from the Midwest -- walked off with them. The guy couldn't have cared less about Reeves; he only bought them for their resale potential.
There are clandestine collectors out there who keep a low profile and apparently feel no need to brag about their collections unlike some of the other hoarders.
Lots of things that belonged to Jim have disappeared over the years.
But new things on him are surfacing all the time so never give up hope!
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