The upcoming holidays seem to be driving the listing of M.U.S.C.L.E. auctions on eBay. There are currently hundreds to choose from, but the following three were all notable for a variety of reasons.
The first auction, M.U.S.C.L.E. Wrestling Figure , has committed what many buyers consider to be a cardinal eBay sin – using a picture that does not show the actual item. This topic has previously been discussed. The auction description seems aware of the transgression:
One rare pink m.u.s.c.l.e.wrestler from the 80’s.
Figure only is being sold – Does not come with background in picture.
Please contact me with any questions. – Thanks – Jeff
What makes the auction so surprising is that the auction clearly uses the picture from Nathan’s M.U.S.C.L.E. Page. This laziness, attempted avoidance of the figure’s condition, and/or the hopefully implied connection to Nathan’s M.U.S.C.L.E. Page will likely revolt and alienate most collectors. The seller’s other similarly listed figures will not sell. Sadly, collectors will not be able to resist the allure of #153, the “Claw.”
The first auction will sell for $1.99.
The re-use of pictures and Auction Watch #19 has tied the eBay seller woodridge22 to the University of M.U.S.C.L.E. Once again he has posted an attention grabbing auction, Custom M.U.S.C.L.E. men figures T-Shirt 4color3screen L.
The University of M.U.S.C.L.E. is always interested in fan-made M.U.S.C.L.E. clothing (see Fashion 100). However this piece could be considered for Fashion 200 with the $48 price tag for a Hanes brand t-shirt. As a price comparison, the University of M.U.S.C.L.E. purchased the Mishka NYC M.U.S.C.L.E. sweatshirt for $45, two dollars less than this fan-made t-shirt.
The current price will prohibit any purchases. The second auction will remain unsold.
Claw (#153) Madness appears to be gripping the M.U.S.C.L.E. community currently. This auction, 7 Different M.U.S.C.L.E. (153) Claw Figures!!! Mint!!, will help identify if the madness is continuing or increasing. Hopefully it will be a sign that collectors have regained control and once again realize that, aside from the Purple Claw (#153), the Color #153 figures are not rare and certainly do not deserve an inflated premium price.
This is the most difficult auction price to predict. If buyers are caught up in the frenzy, similar to the previous #153 auction, then the price could be near $100. If buyers are only moderately caught up in the frenzy, similar to only a few months ago when a lone Dark Blue #153 sold for $5, then the price could be near $35. The auction may end somewhere in-between.
The third auction will have a final price of $55.
Follow-Up: All three auctions have ended. The allure of #153 brought in bidders, and the first auction sold for $3.01. That’s a difference of $1.10 from the predicted final price.
Possibly the most surprising auction was the second auction. This t-shirt ended up selling at the Buy-It-Now price of $48.
The third auction had a final price of $112.50. That is $57.50 higher than the predicted price. It appears that the bidders in this auction valued the figures similarly to the figures from this auction.