I have attempted to take a more positive approach to M.U.S.C.L.E. collecting. I’ll never be Suzie Sunshine, but I think I’ve been pretty good. I point out this first auction not because of anger, but pure befuddlement. I am so stunned by this auction, that I need to share it. Maybe just to confirm I’m not dreaming.The first auction, M.U.S.C.L.E. MEN LOT Kinnikuman VINTAGE Flesh Muscle #002 Terri-Bull B Salmon, renders me almost speechless. I don’t know where to start.
I guess I’ll start with the price tag. It is what I noticed first. The figure has a $29.99 opening bid (plus shipping). I guess a person could argue a Salmon, Class B #2 warrants that opening bid. But there is not sense in that argument.
The problem with the argument, in this case, is that the figure is NOT Salmon. It is a Flesh #2. If you believe that a Flesh #2 is worth $1, then the figure is roughly 187% overpriced.
But the price was not the only source of befuddlement. I may have been the most confused by the auction description:
ORIGINAL SMELLY RUBBER MEN, NOT REPRODUCTIONS! EXCELLENT CONDITION!
What?!?! I don’t know what to say. I can’t come up with the scenario where adding “smelly” makes any sense. If he was trying to suggest the figure had it’s original M.U.S.C.L.E. smell, then why not just say that?I may be bordering on hyperbole, but this might be the oddest auction description I can remember.
The second auction, Kinnikuman Muscle Wrestler Toy Figure #195 Purple Color Sunshine Vintage, caught my eye because I must have #195 on the brain after this post.
I give most single figure auctions a lot of grief. I would argue that they deserve it. However there are probably a handful of figures that deserve the single figure auction privilege. I believe the #195 figure deserves this honor.
Even though the Purple #195 is a Class C figure I can see collectors wanting to add it to their collections. With a $0.99 opening bid it could even attract non-collectors intrigued by its uniqueness. The $5 shipping sucks, but it wouldn’t be a deal-breaker if I really loved the figure.The third auction, Purple Colored Mattel M.U.S.C.L.E. Muscle Men #195 Sunshine Top, was literally the next auction I noticed after the second auction. It washed away nearly all of the optimistic curiousity that had sprung from the previous auction.
The same Class C figure has an opening bid of $49.99 – about 192% more than the $0.99 opening bid.
My bewilderment continued when I looked at PhillyMadison’s other auctions. This seller was a known M.U.S.C.L.E. collector “back-in-the-day.” I am surprised to see him listing Class C figures with absurd opening bids.
Again, I’m not trying to blast all single figure auctions. I will go to my grave saying that 97% of single figure auctions are a total joke. Maybe that’s why I like seeing a interesting one.The fourth auction, Buffaloman (A) – Mattel M.U.S.C.L.E. Muscle Men 93 YSNT Purple, is one of the rare interesting auctions that feature a single figure.
The price of Class A auctions is always debatable. $9.99 with free shipping for a Class A Purple #93 Terri-Bull figure seems agreeable. The real reason I am interested in this auction is because of the Class A Terri-Bull factor.
A Purple #2 usually sells for a pretty decent price. I am curious how much another, less popular, version of Terri-Bull will sell for on eBay. I will be very curious to see this auction unfold.