Auction Watch #87


Last week it seemed like the M.U.S.C.L.E. auctions were expensive and limited – the pricing wave was cresting. This week the wave has crested and is crashing down in a stunning number of great auctions – check it out for yourself!

There are so many good auctions it made it difficult to find a focus. The easiest item to focus on is the Prism Man. But what else is there to say?

It will sell for more than anyone can believe. The auction will cause some type of rift with some M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors. There will be one excited new owner.

The sale of Non-Poster Alpha figures has started to feel more like watching a car crash than a fun aspect of M.U.S.C.L.E. collecting.

However the seller of this auction has five other auctions which highlight nothing but the fun aspect of M.U.S.C.L.E. collecting. Because the seller has been a staple of the M.U.S.C.L.E. collecting community, from nearly the beginning, he has a wealth of items. Additionally they are all in great condition because a caring collector owned them. Aside from collectors knowing they are getting pristine items, the auctions all feature FREE shipping and very reasonable starting bids.

The other auction, Mattel M.U.S.C.L.E. Set of 234 Colored Figures, is interesting because of its uniqueness. It has become rather common for Flesh sets of M.U.S.C.L.E. figures to get listed on eBay. The sale of these sets is less common – often because of overly enthusiastic pricing at much more than $1 per figure.

This set of figures is interesting because it is made up of Color figures and features a per figure price of about $0.73. Many collectors would concede that $0.75 per figure isn’t a terrible price for purchasing a single Color figure. However, as the size of the lot increases collectors’ enthusiasm for a $0.75 per figure price declines.

Plus, many collectors that desire a Color set are entrenched enough in the hobby that they enjoy putting together their own set of Color figures.

Will the lot sell? It’s very hard to say. The opening bid price of $170 would probably be an attractive opening bid for a set of Flesh figures. Is it also be an attractive opening bid for a set of Color figures?

Highlighting a few notable auctions worth checking out, but maybe fall a little outside the “theme” of the weekly auction watch:
I get tired of doing all the work. What do you think?


Follow-Up:None of these auctions had predicted final prices. However, the final screen shots were still saved.

Prism Man
Final Screen Shot

50/50 10-Packs
Final Screen Shot

MIB Ring
Final Screen Shot

Color 10-Packs
Final Screen Shot

12 50/50 4-Packs
Final Screen Shot

Board Game
Final Screen Shot

Color Set
Final Screen Shot

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