Auction Watch #173

The first auction, Lot Of 70 M.U.S.C.L.E Kinnikuman Action Figures, is just plain awesome. It seems that the last few weeks have featured a handful of great lots with a wide variety of figures.

With just a quick glance, among the M.U.S.C.L.E. figures, several great lines of figures are represented: MUSCLEMANIA, Strong Men, Ninja Mites, Remco wrestlers, and others. An opening bid of $40 is a bit steep for this lot of mixed figures, but it does not seem utterly unreasonable.

The biggest question with this lot – will a collector of one specific line drive the price higher than others expect? From a MUSCLEMANIA or M.U.S.C.L.E. perspective it does not seem like the price will climb much higher. But maybe there is some desirable Ninja Mite or MIMP?

The second auction, Chibi Meatgrinder Namu Niku Eric Nilla minifigure keshi rubber kinnikuman custom, features a great figure from a great seller.

The figure is the Chibi Meatgrinder from Namu-Niku and Eric Nilla. This is a classic collaboration between the two artists. It originally sold for $7 and that makes the $9.94 opening bid seems pretty fair – especially with free shipping!

I’m surprised that this figure hasn’t been re-relisted. This seems like a figure, along with many of their others, that could easily sell-out every few months if it was offered in new colors.

It is also worth noting that Doctor Dew has hundreds of auctions right now. He has always been a friend of the site and an overall nice guy. Buy with confidence from a fellow M.U.S.C.L.E. and minifigure collector.

The third auction, M.U.S.C.L.E. Man lot, is another auction that restores hope in M.U.S.C.L.E. collecting. It may only restore a small fraction of a micron of hope; but something is better than nothing.

This is a mixed lot of 200 figures. The opening bid is $50, which does not seem too appealing at first. However that means the price per figure is $0.25. Given the current absurdity of many sellers this is a very attractive price. Even when sellers were sane and not completely delusional $0.25 per figure was a good price.

This is the type of lot that I hope ends up in the hands of children. There is a very slim chance of that happening, but it is what I hope. If it can’t end up with kids, then I hope it ends up prominently displayed. The colors and variety just scream to be displayed. I hope it does not end up stuffed away in a box.

The final three auctions were too unusual to ignore. They all come from the same seller.

I struggle to even remotely understand the thought process. Logic, and the prices themselves, would suggest no thought was given to the prices.

How could four loose figures with a cardback be priced at $30?

And if four figures, with a cardback, are worth $30, then why is one figure (even the #153) worth $50?

And if an opened 4-Pack is worth $30, then why is a terribly damaged one worth $75?

This kind of seller isn’t an AOTW. They are a mystery. If I could add one thing to the website it would be an interview series with people selling M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. In the past I could decipher some type of thought process by the seller. But more and more I am simply left mystified.

I wonder if bigfatbrokeusedbookworm would be the first?

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