Auction Watch #289

AW #288 had three listings we were tracking. What were the results?

Let’s start with the $37.90 Super 7 sale. Looks like someone scored a great deal because those packs still retail for $6. I can see 10 packs, plus whatever is stacked. Conservative retail price says that should sell for, at least, $60. It sold for half that price. Am I wrong to assume interest and demand have both decreased significantly?

Wolf’s figure sold. Not too shocking. And the large lot sold for $189. Not terrible. If you assign the three boxes $10 each, $5 for the open can, and $1 per figure, then you’re right around the $189 sale price.

We can’t stay in the past. What do we have this week?

The first listing, Super Rare M.U.S.C.L.E.S MUSCLE men toys. MATTEL 1980s Toys, Red 125 m.u.s.c.l.e, the the only listing worth talking about on eBay.

When anybody sees the $2,000 BIN it will stop them immediately in their tracks. That’s a ton of money for a few ounces of plastic. What makes a person think a $2,000 BIN is ok?

I don’t know. Maybe because the Red #125 is a Class A figure. The most recent Class A figures on eBay didn’t set the world on fire. And the Class A prices seem to be trending downward overall.

Some people do like to suggest the Red #125 is a particularly special Class A figure. I have never seen evidence to support this idea. There have been two recorded Red #125 sales on this website. In May of 2014 the figure Red #125 sold for $227.50. In March of 2016 there was a second listing that started at $0.99. It sold for $355.

It is also worth noting that, in August of this year, two BHS figures sold for $768.99 and $1,149.95. Those are Beta, Non-Poster figures.

But the biggest surprise is the seller: lint-speed. He was labelled the King of Class A Auctions because of his nearly endless Class A listings always starting at $0.99. He has been generous to the website too. I have even suggested he is, “helping keep the M.U.S.C.L.E. hobby healthy and alive.”

This recent listing has me completely stunned. Maybe I’m missing something?

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  1. #1 by Nick McMakin on September 24, 2019 - 2:44 pm

    I thought sugarpapi was the king of Class A

  2. #2 by plasticfiend on September 24, 2019 - 8:35 pm

    Lintspeed is just taking offers right now. He’s getting feelers, no one is actually expecting it to sell for $2K. It’s basically just an ad for the figure. He’s able to sift through and respond to a huge number of inquiries by exposing it to the most people (ie Ebay). He also put a post on LRG. I don’t think that there is anything nefarious at play here… it’s just an especially difficult to find Class A and lint speed is getting the lay of the land. If anything, it’s pretty smart.

  3. #3 by Chad Perry on September 25, 2019 - 9:22 am

    Nick McMakin :

    I thought sugarpapi was the king of Class A

    Sugarpappy was labeled the “King of $0.99 Class A Auctions,” but it didn’t stick quite as well.

    Maybe they should both be a part of the Class A Conclave? Or the Symposium of Sane Class A Sellers?

  4. #4 by Chad Perry on September 25, 2019 - 9:28 am

    plasticfiend :

    I don’t think that there is anything nefarious at play here… it’s just an especially difficult to find Class A and lint speed is getting the lay of the land. If anything, it’s pretty smart.

    I was never suggesting anything close to nefarious.

    My point is that the figure isn’t “especially difficult.” It’s fine if he’s using it for an advertisement. But we’ve seen him pop-up and we know what he has sold for.

    Plus, the Master Set Fools are declining. As each person gets a little closer there are less and less people interested in the figures. I think we’re on the final downswing of Class A prices – except for a handful of figures. My guess is less than 20.

  5. #5 by Walker26 on September 26, 2019 - 1:35 pm

    Seller having a BIN of $2000 is the same as someone in a Facebook group having something to sale, and says: “make me an offer.” Both are fishing to see what their item is worth. If the seller tries to say: “so and so is offering this” will the other person trust the seller? Unless I absolutely knew the person, I wouldn’t.

    To Chad’s point, just put the thing in public auction with a low starting bid if you want to sale it. That is how you’ll likely attract the most buyers. If a person doesn’t want to start it at $.99, start it at $100 if it’s really that “rare.” Seller will find out just how “rare” it really is if it sales. Just because something went for $$$$ years, months, or weeks ago doesn’t mean it’s worth it now. The people who really want it could have dried up.

  6. #6 by plasticfiend on September 26, 2019 - 6:46 pm

    And it’s … SOLD!

  7. #7 by plasticfiend on September 26, 2019 - 11:33 pm

    I totally understand Chad’s point – and it’s totally valid. In this case though, in the relatively small niche community, the seller is someone that a lot of us have come to know… and someone that has built up a lot of goodwill over the years. If he told me “so and so offered me this”, I would believe him.

    ALSO, Ebay has the ability to let the seller make an offer to all the watchers. So this gives the seller the ability to reach out directly to all the looky-loos watching the auction and make an offer. They can haggle accordingly.

    This is a new tactic for this seller, but at the end of the day, I feel like this figure was a bit more exceptional. Either way – it sold, and I’m sure the person that bought it is VERY excited to get their figure.

  8. #8 by lucas on October 2, 2019 - 5:42 pm

    Maybe it will sale around the world in 80 days.

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