Editorial: The $3,113 Impact


The SGS sold for a whopping $3,113 – which is the most a single M.U.S.C.L.E. figure has ever sold for. While only one person could be the winner of that auction, every M.U.S.C.L.E. collector should be pleased with the outcome.

Besides the price tag, the most impressive attribute of the SGS auction is that it is the first sale of a Non-Poster figure since roughly 2004 that has taken place without some noticeable degree of discord in the M.U.S.C.L.E community. For collectors outside of the M.U.S.C.L.E. community this may seem trivial, but for long-time collectors this is impressive.

Bidder List Screen Capture

M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors love to watch interesting auctions unfold. Sadly eBay has made this voyeuristic pleasure a bit more difficult. Luckily, in this case, the bidding can be seen through a postmortem examination. (Here’s a second larger image of the bidder list.) This auction also serves as a perfect example of the M.U.S.C.L.E. Rule of Two (MRT).

The much higher than normal profile, and higher final price, of this auction is sure to send people to their basements, closets, and attics looking for their long forgotten figures. Hopefully this means an influx of desirable M.U.S.C.L.E. items for all collectors.

Of course, there will be one downside: the temporary spike in mundane M.U.S.C.L.E. items having extraordinary price tags. The price of M.U.S.C.L.E. items is always on a bit of a roller coaster. But an auction like the SGS is sure to push prices higher – but it’s temporary and a natural part of the M.U.S.C.L.E. culture.

There is plenty of room for discussion regarding the final price of the auction, but that really isn’t them most interesting part. The most interesting part of the SGS auction is the impact it had on Alpha and Beta Non-Poster theories, and the possibility of being the catalyst for another new M.U.S.C.L.E. discovery.

So what’s next?

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  1. #1 by vette88 on October 23rd, 2012

    I would like to think this would cause people to go through their boxes and search. We’ll see I guess. If this was aired on Toy Hunters, Pawn Stars, or something like that I think it would have a bigger impact.

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