Auction Watch #186

The first auction, Muscle Men 4 box set, confused me and then made me laugh.

When I saw the $350 opening bid and four 28-packs my first thought was, “Hmm, are those things sealed?”

Once the auction link is clicked viewers immediately realize the four 28-packs are all opened. The 28-packs appear to be in decent condition, but nothing that would suggest a premium price tag. The auction fails to provide front and back pictures of the 28-packs. Bidders are unable to discover if there is a undocumented forehead/poster-offer combination – the only thing that could provide this auction any type of defendable premium.

I would love to get insight to this seller’s thinking. No matter how I looked at the price tag for four, open 28-packs it always made me laugh. It just seemed absurdly silly to me. I wish this guy would be our #2.

The next three auctions are three more from the, currently Class A famous, sugarpappy. What’s left to say? $0.99 starting bids, Class A, and fairly popular sculpts. Again, these will be interesting to watch.

The fifth auction, 19 Vintage Y/S N.T. M.U.S.C.L.E. MEN. Kinnikuman Rare Colors + SALMON SUNIGATOR, serves as a wonderful reminder to M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors.

When talking about Class A M.U.S.C.L.E. figures “Interesting” and “Important” seemed to be used very freely as perfect synonyms. Once something is made important, than it easily becomes perceived as more valuable too.

This website is a responsible party in fueling the “importance” of Class A figures. Auction Watch alone could be pointed to as one of the worst culprits in fueling the Class A mania. Add in sugarpappy’s recent exciting, single Class A auctions with $0.99 opening bids and the mania builds even more. The Salmon #112 from the fourth auction should have every reason to have a large final price.

Collectors need to take a step occasionally. The fifth auction helps to remind us of that.

Another Salmon #112 showed up in a lot. No extra effort. It will receive the exact same amount of attention for M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors. The lot includes a Light Blue #31 too.

It is fine to be excited about Class A figures. And they are certainly interesting to watch, but they are not nearly as important as the prices suggest. The only winners are the sellers. They end up with too much cash for too little plastic. Speaking from personal experience; nothing changes after the figure arrives.

Enjoy Class A figures. They are certainly an interesting piece of the M.U.S.C.L.E. hobby, but don’t mistake them for important. And don’t overpay. Another will pop-up when you least expect it.

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