Auction Watch #155


Last week, in Auction Watch #154, this Class A Dark Blue #92 was pointed out. History would suggest that the seller would continue to list the figure at an absurd price. However, about one week later, M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors are seeing something for the first time (seriously, this is a first). The seller has dropped the price to a sane opening bid price.

The first auction, M.U.S.C.L.E Kinnikuman Y/S.N.T Dark Blue Akuma Kishi #92 Class A Mini Figure HTF, is the first time a seller has lucidly adjusted the price of a Class A figure to a viable opening bid. If more sellers did this, then there would not be a bottleneck.

The second auction, The M.U.S.C.L.E Mega Match Game Muscle Men Mattel 1983 Super Rare HTF, has gone with the wrong strategy for selling a truly nice M.U.S.C.L.E. item.

M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors are notorious for over-paying for things they want – but it’s usually in a bidding situation. M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors can resist a high starting price or high BIN. However, in the final minutes they lose their mind playing the eBay game. An item like this, and open but unused board game, is an item that would get last second instantly. But at basically a $60 BIN it’s easy to pass on because it’s not mint and unopened.

If a M.U.S.C.L.E. collector with a deep, deep affinity sees this auction, then they might overspend. However, until the price comes down most M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors will pass – but find the pictures interesting.

The third auction, VINTAGE MATTEL 10 PACK M.U.S.C.L.E. TRASH CAN MUSCLE MEN SEALED/NEW KINNIKUMAN!, is a sealed Flesh 10-pack and five Flesh figures (although only four are in the pictures).

The Flesh 10-pack is the most popular and with a $14.99 starting bid it seems unlikely that a M.U.S.C.L.E. collector looking to pick one up will be able to resist. The real question for this auction, “How high will the price climb?”

A fair guess, with the extra figures, is probably $35 to $40.

The last two auctions are a friendly reminder. There will always be another Satan Cross. There will always be another fairly priced Satan Cross. Don’t over spend on a simple Flesh figure – no matter its history and/or mystique.

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