Auction Watch #11


For any M.U.S.C.L.E. collector it is exciting to see a legitimately large collection. It is equally exciting to see it on eBay and, sometimes, even a bit surprising. This auction is a “Lot of 450 Muscle Men (M.U.S.C.L.E.)” and makes the most detrimental mistake for an auction of hundreds of M.U.S.C.L.E. figures – terrible pictures.

The auction originally stated:

This is one of my son’s collections. There are 450 Muscle Men (M.U.S.C.L.E.) There are duplicates. There is not much more I can tell you, as I am really not familiar with these figures.

Thanks for looking.

Naturally an auction of this size attracted attention (and likely questions and requests) from buyers and the seller posted this additional information:

I have been asked to add pictures. These all appear to be in good condition, as you see by the pictures.

Unfortunately, the added pictures only show approximately 35 of the 450 figures. While this lot will likely sell for a decent price, the chance of the lot selling for an impressive dollar amount has been significantly impacted.

This lack of effort to properly photograph the figures is usually attributable to one of two things. The seller is either lazy or the seller knows they do not have desirable figures and still want to attract “prospectors.”

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Follow-Up: The 450 figures sold for $242.90 ($0.54 per figure).

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