Auction Watch #168


The first auction, vintage lot M.U.S.C.L.E. men figurine lot mattel figure rare purple, is one that I am very curious to watch.

Purple #1 will be the figure to attract most collectors to this auction. I expect it will also be the figure to ultimately drive the final price. However, there are five other Class A figures: 77, 106, 138, 149, and 155. I wish every bidding person had to explain their bid. Is #106 the figure that someone really wants? I vaguely remember selling a Purple #106 and people loved it. More than I could have expected.

Maybe it is not #106 this time. Maybe it is still #1. I am just super curious to see the final price of this auction. I have not guessed a final price in a very long time, but I want to guess this time.

I think that the final price will be $500. I think collectors will pay $175 for the Purple #1 and average $65 for the other five figures. I should add I wouldn’t pay those prices, but I think others might.

The second auction, PURPLE CLAW # 153 M.U.S.C.L.E. Figure Muscle Men RARE Mattel, is another Purple Class A figure. It is a figure that needs no introduction. And it is a figure that I have already, and completely, shared my feelings about. I do not know what else can be said about a Purple #153 figure.

Maybe the only question that gets asked, “Is it real?” Given the other figures the seller has listed the answer seems simple. It looks to be 100% authentic.

Sadly the auction has a starting bid of $800. That is not the way for a seller to foster insanity bidding.

The third auction, Vintage 126 pc lot M. U. S. C. L. E. action wrestling figurines toys Flesh YSNT, is one to restore collectors’ faith. It is easy to think that M.U.S.C.L.E. collecting has turned into an unrecognizable monster. A recent search for Canadian M.U.S.C.L.E. auctions might convince a newer collector that M.U.S.C.L.E. prices are an absolute hive of insanity.

The third auction seems to remember that millions and millions of figures were made. Plus a starting bid of $0.99 is a perfect way to start an auction.

There is only one negative aspect of the auction. The shipping seems a little bit high, but not terrible. It is not so high that it will dissuade bidders. At most people will think, “Bummer, bit high.” But it won’t really influence any bidding.

The fourth auction, M.U.S.C.L.E. HARD KNOCKIN ROCKIN RING – CIB W/EXCL. FIGURES – CANADA VERSION, is exciting for only the most extreme completionist of M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors. For most other M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors it will be an interesting picture.

The ring is not terribly special. Sure collectors like the two exclusive figures. And finding an open ring with two working clamps increases the value. But most collectors do not gush over the box, because it never changed like the belt’s box.

However, this might be the first documented bilingual (English/French) wrestling ring. There have been 4- and 10-packs, but there has not been a documented bilingual wrestling ring until this auction.

The opening bid of $7.51 will certainly tempt completionist M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors. But will other M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors be interested?

Lastly, how could the seller write “CANADA VERSION?” They live in Canada. Have they no pride? It should be: Canadian Version.

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  1. #1 by Chad Perry on November 18th, 2016

    There was one bid on the ring. I bought it for the $7.51 opening bid.

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