Epilogue – Week of October 20th


The lack of response last week to the same buyer for both ULTIMATE AOTW Battle of the Champions Winners shocked me. Either you guys already knew, don’t care, or thought, “That makes perfect sense.”

I was in the latter category.

The mantra that the M.U.S.C.L.E. buying and selling has forever changed has been repeating. There might be some collectors that fear I’ve finally succumbed to full-blown hyperbole, but I don’t think so. Of course, the crazy person never thinks they are crazy.

Thankfully I have some evidence. Last week I asked, “How many weeks has this lot of #153 figures been listed?” My guess was two weeks, but I didn’t want to exaggerate. To the surprise of not a single person; the lot didn’t sell.

The lot has been relisted. How many weeks will this lot go unsold?

Let’s count. Is everyone cool saying this is the third week?

We haven’t seen one of these in some time. (If I’m being honest, then this isn’t a very cool one. It feels fine – at best.)

The trash can lid demolished its competitors. Will there be another runaway victor? Let’s find out.

The AOTW #1 is a nondescript lot of ten M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. The seller must be able to see something no other sane person can see because the lot has a $34.99 BIN.

The AOTW #2 was nominated for two reasons: (1) the $100 BIN for seven figures; and (2) having both a $5 opening bid and a $100 BIN for seven figures.

The AOTW #3 is just a terrible lot. I did worry that it had been selected before, but my quick search didn’t uncover it. With a $79.95 BIN for two trash cans and 17 figures it deserves its place – especially if it is a second time.

Finally there is the AOTW #4. This combatant was also selected for two reasons: (1) the picture seems like the least effective, least efficient choice; and (2) the $39 BIN for 10 Flesh figures.

Cast your vote and crown the next AOTW Fatal-Four Way winner. Here are the four combatants:

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Remember to cast your vote and crown this week’s AOTW Fatal-Four Way winner:

Who is the Winner of the 10/25 Fatal-Four Way?

  • AOTW #2 (67%, 8 Votes)
  • AOTW #3 (17%, 2 Votes)
  • AOTW #4 (17%, 2 Votes)
  • AOTW #1 (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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There was sadness when our ULTIMATE AOTW Battle of the Champions Fatal-Four Way Winner #1 was no longer selling her empty box.

We thought this was the fine image of our old friend.

It was painful to consider our journey was over. We watched as she started at $250. Unable to sell it, dropped down to $160. The drops continued: $149, $145, $139, $135, $125 and finally $120…for a beat-up, empty box.

When she did stop, we knew there was a zero-percent chance it actually sold. It is an empty box. M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors see crazy things, but this sale was simply impossible. Plus, there is no feedback posted by either party.

We now have irrefutable evidence the box did not sell. It has been relisted with a $150 BIN.

Oh dear lord. Some other dope has “bought” the box and there is feedback from the buyer this time. Interesting that the seller didn’t leave feedback.

I think there is zero percent chance this belt has actually sold. It will be relisted. Pay attention sellers, this winner perfectly demonstrate the level-of-asshole it takes to be an ULTIMATE champion. She truly is the ULTIMATE AOTW Battle of the Champions Fatal-Four Way Winner #1.

Our inaugural champion has a very worthy companion.

The initial listing for the $3 figure was for $1500. The entire story was covered in AW #284. Apparently, there’s still a little more to add. The figure is STILL for sale with a $100 BIN.

This seller probably could be a repeat winner with their other listings.

An original SHA, with the head spur still attached, in the original Flesh color was sold for about $185. This seller is attempting to sell a yellow, headless version for $1,000. That is the level of commitment needed to become the 2nd ULTIMATE AOTW Battle of the Champions Winner.

Sadly, it looks like our second champion has paused their grifting efforts. I do not see the figure for sale, nor do I see any feedback.

This poor guy to the left has to just wait. It is going to be quite some time before his three challengers emerge.

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