Epilogue – Week of December 9th


[instagram url=https://www.instagram.com/p/BrVYbFAnFHy/ hidecaption=true width=320]Auction Watch #274 was almost posted yesterday. It was so close, but no success. I blame holiday parties for knocking UofM off-course. If I place the blame on holiday parties, then I also have to thank holiday parties for a tremendous amount of fun. Most specifically having the family with me in, and around, Tacoma, Washington.

I shared some pictures from the incredibly awesome Pinball Museum in Seattle. If you are ever in Seattle, then you have to go. It was fantastic. But we had an even better time in the Olympic National Park. I would share pictures, but they simply don’t do it justice. We hit Ruby Beach and Hoh Rain Forest – simply magical.

When we were in the rain forest, specifically the Hall of Moss trail, I told the boys to take turns taking pictures. I asked them to try and “capture the magic.” I didn’t really keep on eye on what they were shooting. My only care was sharing and not fighting. For the entire walk we mostly said, “Wow! Look at that!”

At the end of the hike, we saw an otter eating a fish. It was better than the Space Needle – which was still pretty frickin’ cool too. We spent the rest of the trip eating seafood and going to Dorky’s Arcade. The sheer volume of quarters we pumped into the machines would make me cry if I counted it up.

Hall of Moss

Space Needle

In the last Epilogue we had the AOTW Battle of the Champions Fatal-Four Way. The winner wasn’t a huge surprise. I thought it would probably come down to Winner #1 and Winner #2. My gut tells me that history helped push Winner #2 to the win.

After 239 days we finally have the super match-up I’ve been dreaming about. You can click on each picture to take you to their winning week. The title takes you directly to the auction (if it’s still listed).

Cast your vote and crown the first ULTIMATE AOTW Battle of the Champions Fatal-Four Way winner. Here are the four combatants:

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Remember to cast your vote and crown the first ULTIMATE AOTW Battle of the Champions Fatal-Four Way winner:

Who is the 1st ULTIMATE AOTW Battle of the Champions Fatal-Four Way Winner?

  • Champion #2 (33%, 5 Votes)
  • Champion #3 (33%, 5 Votes)
  • Champion #4 (27%, 4 Votes)
  • Champion #1 (7%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

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Let’s take a look at eBay.
First listing made me crabby.
Still like’em; shipping still too high.
“*RARE*” Can you guess what I think if it?
No.
Also no.

I know we’ve seen this guy before. I could only find this post, but he’s been in Epilogues too – I’m sure of it.

Has it ever been near $250?

It feel like the last three listings (or, at least, the previous two) point to the M.U.S.C.L.E. Fallacy flaring up in December.

Sellers like this on, and specifically this one, hurt the hobby.
$0.83 per ruined figured.

There may have been some gems hidden in these lots, but I’m guessing everyone has used the BIN to cherry-pick the best figures. If any of the Final Eight were in there, then I’m going to be quite disappointed.

We’ve already laughed at this, right?

$1.95 for a badly damaged figure; plus $3.50 for shipping. The seller has a bunch of single figures around $3. Obviously, to longtime readers, I hate it. And because of the M.U.S.C.L.E. transitive property I hate the seller too.

If he has around 120 M.U.S.C.L.E. figures, then he’s hoping to make around $360. But in the past month it looks like he hasn’t sold any M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. It doesn’t look like he’s sold any in six- or 12-months neither.

If you need/want $360 for around 100 figures, then your budget probably needs the, maybe, $100 from a large lot sooner than one year or more. Am I wrong?

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