Auction Watch #301

I can’t remember the last time the results of an auction made me genuinely happy. The results from the last Auction Watch did that to me.

Given our most recent Class A problems I had some fears that the price could spiral out of control. That didn’t seem to happen.

Don’t get me wrong, $238.16 is a lot of money for several ounces of plastic. But this is a nice lot, plus it had two Class A figures. I think we’re looking at a lot where the Class A Purple #107 sold for around $100.

Not because it looks like I need the figure. Class A spending madness is avoidable, but it isn’t avoided. It doesn’t end until people willing to spend outrageous sums ends. Seeing the Purple #107 sell for about $100 suggests we might be at this point for the figure. I hope Red #139 gets there soon.

I had the expectation that we might see more M.U.S.C.L.E. listings. People having nothing better to do than clean out attics and basements. We must not have hit that stage of the quarantine. Or they just threw the rediscovered M.U.S.C.L.E. figures away.

The only listing that stopped me in my tracks, Vintage M.U.S.C.L.E. muscle men Wrestlers Kinnikuman Lot 8 figures Mattel Japan, was because I thought I saw a Class A Purple #1 figure with a $16.99 BIN.

It’s not. The Purple looking figures are Light Purple from the board game.

I don’t think the seller was trying to pull a scam. I think he’s just trying to sell some M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. But it does stress the importance of good pictures – both for the buyers and sellers.

I feel like I’ve said this before, but I’ll risk repeating myself. eBay so desperately wants to be Amazon. Their changes, in general, might make it easier for sellers to list items and buyers to get items more quickly – but they sure seem to shit on our tiny community.

Jeez. That seems too pessimistic. I’m sure there are lots of good sellers. It’s not so bad. I’ll reach out to golgo*13 again. I’ll share the link with him. He seemed pretty level-headed.

Here was his response:

Seeing that, I responded in the way that felt most mature and appropriate:

Apparently the seller is largely unfamiliar with the interwebs as this website is clearly an old school discussion forum. He responded:

The absurdity of the situation and continuing this discussion left me with only one reasonable response.

He managed to out crazy me. Well done.

Are you fucking kidding?!?! He’s going to claim it’s a prototype – and he didn’t want to “disclose” it.

IF that was true (and it is NOT), then you’d want to shout it from the rooftops. It would be in the auction title and even more detailed in the description. Unless…

He’s lying? Because he wouldn’t want to officially become an eBay scam?

From eBay :

The sale of unauthorized replica and counterfeit items is illegal. It’s also against eBay policy. Sellers who aren’t sure of the legality or authenticity of their items can’t sell those items on eBay.

Isn’t M.U.S.C.L.E. collecting the best?


  1. #1 by Scott on April 15, 2020 - 4:05 pm

    The board game is really cool and I haven’t seen many of them listed. I realized there were several figures as well, but I was truly surprised at the ending bid of $238.16. Maybe I am not ready for the big league of collecting m.u.s.c.l.e. I stopped at $85.

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