Auction Watch #263

Over two weeks have passed since AW #262 was posted, but there’s still plenty to talk about. As expected, both of the board games sold. I was surprised that both listings only had one bidder. Whoever got the game for $40 got an absolute bargain. Especially when compared to someone else paying $80 for basically the same thing.

The original belt listing had a $95 opening bid. It did not sell. The seller re-listed with a $75 opening bid and to my utter disbelief it sold. My hat is off to the seller. They found the only person in the world willing to spend $75 on that total piece of shit.

Finally, there were the three cans. The lot sold for $30. My opinion is that the winning bidder overpaid by 100%.

Coming back to eBay after an extended break is very difficult for me. I’ve lost the thick skin and perseverance that lets me wade through the shit, single-figures, assholes, and pure garbage. It was painful looking at the state of M.U.S.C.L.E. on eBay.

Thankfully there were two listings that were easy bright-spots.

The first auction, MUSCLE CLASS A FIGURE #145 LIGHT BLUE BLACK TOMAHAWK M.U.S.C.L.E., is a Class A #145 figure. Most importantly the listing starts at $0.99. We have seen the #145 figure show up many times. I wonder if this figure serves as an example of Class A price drop-off?

Many Master Set collectors may already own this figure. While the figure is certainly attractive, can it still demand a premium price? We’ll see – but I don’t expect it.

The second auction, MUSCLE CLASS A FIGURE #2 PURPLE BUFFALOMAN M.U.S.C.L.E., also starts at $0.99. And the Purple #2 figure has shown up many times too. I think Terri-Bull is popular enough that when a Class A version shows up it still demands a premium. I can see this ended at $50 or more.

The biggest problem with these two listings – $18 shipping?!? That’s crazy! The shipping is high enough that it could negatively influence the final price of both figures.

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  1. #1 by Terry on September 4th, 2018

    As the owner of the 2 Class A figures with $18 shipping I feel I need to explain why the shipping is $18.
    First they are being shipped from Australia
    Second and most important I am not covered by eBay if the buyer claims non receipt unless I ship tracked. It’s really stupid and I’ve been burned trying to help someone by offering cheaper shipping by taking the tracking off. Then the bastard claimed non receipt even though I had photographic proof it was sent.
    So now everything is shipped tracked and the cost is ridiculous
    Sorry people
    Professor Terry

  2. #2 by Chad Perry on September 4th, 2018

    That sucks to hear you were scammed.

    My shipping is usually a bit high too. If you want to protect yourself, then there’s not much that can be done about it.

  3. #3 by Supersaurus_Rex on September 4th, 2018

    I’ve been enjoying your website for sometime. I’ve found incredibly helpful in my start into collecting these figures. It’s saved me a lot of time and money!
    I was curious if you had any opinions on the segment at about 8 minutes into the following video:

    Does any of that sound right? 3 dollars a piece being average? I’ve mostly bought off of eBay, and I haven’t paid more that 75-80¢ a pop so far, though perhaps I’ve been lucky. Thanks again for a great website!

  4. #4 by Chad Perry on September 5th, 2018

    Supersaurus_Rex :

    Does any of that sound right? 3 dollars a piece being average?

    The simple answer is no.

    Thanks for the kind words too. Sharing this video has helped shape the Epilogue for this week.

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