"Scarce, with OCLC showing only two institutional holdings." So touts a rare book dealer in marketing Blitz, a mimeo mag out of La Grande, Oregon from 1964-1966, edited by Mel Buffington and Bobby Watson. I am not going to lie, information on Blitz is scarce. According to Christopher Harter's Index, there were three issues. From what I can gather the magazine initiated out of a university campus like so many mimeos of the period. In this case, the campus in question is Eastern Oregon University.
I have been collecting for over 20 years and I must admit that bookseller references to the OCLC always confuse me. What does the above reference to two institutional holdings mean? It does not refer to Blitz #1 or #2 as those issues are in multiple institutions. It must mean the complete run. The University of Colorado - Boulder and University of Wisconsin - Madison have the run. Most other institutions do not even acknowledge the existence of Blitz #3. Strangely, Utah State has just Blitz #3, in its Charles Potts Collection.
Blitz #1 and #2 have Bukowski appearances so they will never be impossible to obtain. By 1964-1965, Bukowski was already collectible, so I am sure issues are sitting around in personal libraries, to say nothing of the almost 20 institutions that have Blitz #1 and/or Blitz #2. Furthermore, Allen Ginsberg and da levy appear in Blitz #2. Again two highly collectible poets. Collectors and institutions were following Ginberg's every move by 1965.
Clearly Blitz #3 is the "scarce" issue, with a possible shift in editorship as Jan Kepley becomes involved. If a complete run is in only two institutional holdings, then say so. Do not imply that Blitz #1 and Blitz #2 are completely off the radar of institutions and collectors. True rarity is a truly rare thing. As it should be.