Auction Watch #253

Last week I predicted a “tweak” collector wouldn’t spend $16.95 on that figure. I was correct. The seller dropped the BIN price to $12.95, but I still don’t believe this is a fair price to a tweak collector.

I may feel like I know tweak collectors pretty well, but getting inside the mind of every M.U.S.C.L.E. collector is impossible. That’s why I am a bit surprised by the two Class A figures selling for $34.99.

Admittedly $17.50 per Class A figures isn’t horrible, but it doesn’t feel like a great price either for these two figures. But that’s coming from a guy that needs eight figures and never paid modern prices. Of course, today, I wouldn’t start a Master Set quest. It is the greatest quixotic task in modern history.

I wish I could have seen a final watcher count for the lot of M.U.S.C.L.E. stuff. My gut says the number of watchers, of this listing, helped it grow $45.75 higher after the post. I don’t have any data to support it, but my gut is screaming. After over 15 years of M.U.S.C.L.E. collecting I’m trusting my gut.

If a bunch of people were watching, then it feels like those people might be willing to throw $40.83 per item at this lot. We haven’t seen a lot like this one in quite some time – especially since everything was in pretty good condition.

I feel extra confident about that bold claim, because I am struggling to write this post. The M.U.S.C.L.E. landscape has been scorched and left festering. It looks bad out there, but I believe there can always be a M.U.S.C.L.E. silver lining. As of writing, there is only one listing providing that silver lining.

The listing, LOT of 59 M.U.S.C.L.E. MEN Muscle PVC Figures *EUC* Vintage, features two Class A figures; two interesting Class A figures.

Most recently the Light Blue #23 and #82 figures were included in the “omitted listing.” Before that, the last documented Light Blue #82 figure sold for $86.

I can see these figures selling for more than most people would expect for three reasons: (1) Class A collectors want them; (2) they are pretty popular sculpts; and (3) the sculpts look really good in Light Blue. I think the latter two reasons are the most important reasons.

I wish other eBay sellers could understand this lot. You don’t need to say something is rare. You don’t need to exaggerate. You don’t have to scam. You don’t have to set a huge opening bid or BIN. Don’t do this kind of stuff.

M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors will always sniff out good M.U.S.C.L.E. stuff – and that’s how you can make some money selling M.U.S.C.L.E. figures.

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