Auction Watch #99

The first auction, M.U.S.C.L.E. men kinnikuman figures display box game board mint can & 4 pack lot, is from one of the earlier and well-respected members of the M.U.S.C.L.E. community – Brandon/Doctor Dew.

While this auction may have lots of good stuff, the gem is certainly the 10-Pack Display Case. This will be the item that drives the price up. The other items, while great, will likely be seen by bidders as nice extras.

It has been a long time since one of these 10-Pack Display Cases came up for auction – coupled with the reputation of Doctor Dew this auction’s final price could get pretty high. The final price of this auction will be $234.50.

The second auction, Muscle Men M.U.S.C.L.E. color 4 pack MOC kinnikuman, is the perfect M.U.S.C.L.E. auction. It features a $0.99 starting bid and free shipping for a M.U.S.C.L.E. 10-pack.

This auction lets the M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors find it (like mentioned in last week’s Epilogue) because of its awesomeness. Any M.U.S.C.L.E. collector will like the starting price and free shipping. It also has a clear picture and a reputable seller in Doctor Dew. However, the real awesome piece of this auction is the Dark Blue #143.

The Dark Blue #143 is a Class B figure. This may not appeal to every collector, but this is likely to gain the interest of any M.U.S.C.L.E. collector looking to complete a full color set of figures. This is the awesome part of the auction that may drive the price a little bit higher.

The final price of the second auction will be $21.50.

The third auction, 1985 M.U.S.C.L.E. Battlin’ Belt Mattel Mint in Box (1), and fourth, 1985 M.U.S.C.L.E. Battlin’ Belt Mattel Mint in Box (2), auctions should be highlighted together. The eBay seller has both versions of the M.U.S.C.L.E. Battlin’ Belt.

The windowless version of the box (the third auction) is far more common. When they come up for auction the condition of the boxes certainly vary, but the windowless box shows up a fair amount. However, the window box version (the fourth auction) very rarely shows up. And for many collectors the condition of the box is almost unimportant.

The windowless box of the third auction will sell for $31.50. The window box fourth auction will sell for $55.

Just like the Battlin’ Belt auction, the fifth, M.U.S.C.L.E. MEN AND ARMY ANTS LOT ***VINTAGE 80s*** HASBRO KINNIKUMAN VERY RARE, and sixth, M.U.S.C.L.E. Muscle Men Lot of 122 and Mega Match Board Game! NO DUPLICATES, auctions should also be examined together.

The fifth auction is a bit of a mixed bag. There are approximately 65 M.U.S.C.L.E. figures and 33 Army Ants. The auction picture isn’t great, but there isn’t any immediately noticeable marking or damage to the M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. The best part of the auction is the $0.99 starting bid price. The shipping does seem very inflated, but even factoring that into the price of the auction a good deal on the figures is still possible.

The sixth auction is just a disappointment. Granted there is nearly double the number of M.U.S.C.L.E. figures, when compared to the fifth auction, but a fair number of them look dirty and/or marked in some way. The opening bid’s per figure price is about $0.41 and if shipping is factored in the opening per figure price is $0.51. For a lot like this, those numbers seem much closer to final per figure prices.

There may be some collectors who become extra excited for the board game and corresponding figures. It is likely that aspect that will ultimately sell the lot. However, the sixth lot would probably end up with a higher final price if it was more like the fifth auction.

The board game included in the sixth auction certainly hinders a perfect final per figure comparison between the two auctions. However, it will be interesting to see if the fifth auction does end up with a higher final per figure price.

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  1. #1 by Brandon on April 10, 2012 - 12:40 am

    Wow, you are like the rain man of eBay auction final values. 🙂 I think you’re ready to hit Vegas. Thanks for the coverage.

  2. #2 by Chad Perry on April 10, 2012 - 2:36 pm

    I’ll admit it. I’m kind of proud at how outrageously accurate I predicted that particular auction.

    Perhaps I have the world’s worst superpower?

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