Auction Watch #163


The first auction, Rare Vintage M.U.S.C.L.E. Men Action Figure Lot of 141 Figures-Rare Claw/Hand ++, is a nice enough Flesh lot of 141 figures. It has an opening bid of $55.99. The first impression is that the opening price isn’t very good, but it is actually $0.40 per figure.

For a lot of that size $0.40 is probably right around where a final price would end up. It’s also possible it could sell for more.

By itself this lot is fine; not particularly special. However, the seller of this auction has three other interesting auctions – especially in relation to this auction.

The second auction, LOT M.U.S.C.L.E. MEN 63 FIGURES Y/S N T BLUE,GREEN,PURPLE,RED,PINK,PEACH 1985, is also from the same seller as the auction above. Again, it is a perfectly fine, not very special lot of 63 Color M.U.S.C.L.E. figures.

The opening bid is $15.99, which is $0.25 per figure. That’s $0.15 less per figure. (Impressed with the math skills?)

Any M.U.S.C.L.E. collector with years of M.U.S.C.L.E. buying experience would probably think, “Oh, they think the color figures are worth less. I bet them assume the ‘original’ Flesh figures are worth more than the less popular ‘second wave’ of figures.”

But that’s not the case with this seller. This seller has done some homework.

The third auction, M.U.S.C.L.E Kinnikuman Y/S.N.T Red Pandaman #114 Class A Mini Figure HTF, shows that the seller has done a little research. The seller has learned about the different Classes and broke out a Class A figure from their Color lot. The Class A figure even has a pretty fair opening bid of $7.99.

The bad part – Red #114 isn’t a Class A figure. The only Class A #114 figure is the Dark Blue version.

This seller is very confusing. They seem to be an absolutely perfect and even mix of knowledgeable and naive. It is a perfect mix that M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors will likely never see again.

The last auction, Vintage 1985 M.U.S.C.L.E. Battlin Belt Mattel Clear Window UNOPENED, is of the less common version of the Battlin’ Belt carrying case.

The last documented window box did not sell for $59.99 (but shipping was a bit too high). However that window box was in incredibly good condition. Far better than the current Battlin’ Belt being sold. But the Battlin’ Belt window box is difficult to find in very good condition – or in any condition. The fully boxed, windowless version is far more common.

It has an opening bid of $19.95 which seems like an incredibly good deal for a M.U.S.C.L.E. collector looking to add this to their collection. But will collectors be overly concerned by the stickers on the front of the box?

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