Auction Watch #268


This 4-pack started at $0.99. It sold for $73.

I’m still most impressed by it starting at $0.99 and not using “rare” in the auction title nor the auction description. More sellers like this one would be invaluable to the M.U.S.C.L.E. hobby.

I wasn’t sure what was going to be featured in this week’s Auction Watch. eBay was so terrible that I momentarily thought, “Shit, is Auction Watch dead?” Thankful there is always something to talk about – or I can always find a reason to clap my trap. Realistically, it is probably the latter.

The first auction, VINTAGE MATTEL MUSCLES M.U.S.C.L.E.*25 MUSCLE MEN FIGURE LOT #1*, started at $9.99. At first glance, it looks like another lot of 25 mixed figures. Nothing to get to excited about at $0.40 per figure.

However, this lot has a Satan Cross. The figure that disconnects collectors’ brains and wallets – to a point. As of writing, there are five Satan Cross figures for sale. They all remain unsold because they are over-priced.

This SC proves that M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors ALWAYS find the good stuff. And they’re will to pay from the good stuff. But the days of radically over-spending are over. Take a hint. The exception, for the foreseeable future, will be Micro-Class A Madness.

I think this first auction will have a final price of $72.50.

The second auction, VINTAGE MATTEL M.U.S.C.L.E. *28 MUSCLE MEN FIGURE LOT #2*, is from the same seller. Apparently they believe three more figures are worth starting the auction with a five dollar higher opening bid. Isn’t that weird?!?!

Their first auction had a $0.40 per figure price.

Their second auction had a $0.54 per figure price.

But when they decided on the value of three extra figures they thought, “FIVE DOLLARS!”

The human animal keeps you one your toes.

Speaking of human animals, look at what I discovered: Logan is selling his figures.

Eight dollars per figure. Wow.

The original DB #29 already didn’t sell, thankfully it has been relisted at $8. I imagine the others will be relisted soon too. (UPDATE: As predicted, they didn’t sell. Both the Purple #189 was relisted and the Flesh #177 was relisted.)

The price tag is not the most surprising and/or confusing part of the listings for me.

Dark Blue #29 is a Class B figure. However, a Flesh #177 certainly is not. Why did he use B for the #177 figure? I’m guessing it was a careless error. The DB #29 was listed first. Why omit “Class” from the DB #29?

Was it to make room for “Lippy Bighands?” That’s not an auction title trade I would make. I’m still surprised how many people think those are the actual names. The name comes from an obviously joking I-Mockery post which has to be from, at least, 2002.

If Logan is trying to get top dollar, then “Class B” is a better strategy than “Lippy Bighands.”

Of course, I could be wrong. As Logan said, “I don’t think you really know much about them”

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