Auction Watch #274

In AW #273 I mentioned that I might have to break out the M.U.S.C.L.E. Pez Hauler if custom Haulers kept selling for top-dollar. The Hauler didn’t come anywhere close to $255. It didn’t come anywhere near the $50 I expected. It sold for $20.50.

Or did it? Has the Hauler been relisted or is there another one? The opening bid of $29.99 makes me think the seller was unhappy with the final price and relisted.

The poster and tube sold for $82.50. I expected closer to $100. I’m shocked and think this is further proof that M.U.S.C.L.E. prices are dropping.

The Purple #2 also surprised me – because the listing was ended. The seller had two other Class A figures (Magenta #54 figure and Purple #16 figure). They sold, respectively, for $103.50 and $24.95. What happened to the Purple #2 figure?!?!

Speaking of single figure auctions, I’ve been watching this one: Vintage M.U.S.C.L.E. Men Damaged Claw #153.

It will end not-too-long before this Auction Watch is posted. Longtime readers probably know that I’ve never been overly concerned with the condition of a M.U.S.C.L.E. figure. Of course, as I said before, it doesn’t mean I have to be a martyr. (Was a winner ever named? Oops.)

I have been curious to watch this damaged #153 figure auction unfold. Even in the throws of #153 Madness (maybe in 2012?) a Flesh #153 figure wouldn’t have sold for more than five dollars – and that would have been absurd!

Speaking of absurdity, and auctions that are still active, I could highlight most of the M.U.S.C.L.E. listing currently on eBay. The first auction, RARE YNST Muscle m.u.s.c.l.e men Kinnikuman ASHURAMAN D 199 1985 RED mattel toy, serves as an ideal representative example.

It would be ridiculous to even consider one eBay seller knowing about the M.U.S.C.L.E. Fallacy. Even if they knew about it; they wouldn’t have to acknowledge or accept it.

Hell, it would be pompous to think these terrible sellers have even Googled this silly little website.

It would be even more arrogant to think that people should accept and/or value my opinion.

However, they sure love to use my Classes – which are coming up on their 10-year anniversary. I’m not going to rant or explain anything again.

What makes a person think their figure, in this case a Red #199, is so valuable? Not too long ago a Class A Purple #199 sold for $49.99. I didn’t think that figure would sell at that price, but it did – to a single bidder.

Could there be a single bidder for this Red #199?

No. Absolutely not.

The Classes and Guide were always meant to be helpful tools. Unfortunately tools can be misused. It feels like eBay has become a breeding ground for stupid sellers wildly swinging hammers and chainsaws – and handing out nail-guns to each new seller. The good news is that with all the dangerous tools flying around, eventually, they should kill themselves off.

Fingers crossed.

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