Epilogue – Week of June 7th

The quarantine should have been the best time to catch-up on every M.U.S.C.L.E.-related thing I’ve ever wanted to do. Instead, it feels like I have even less time. How is that possible?

I know full-well, but it’s still weird. The two posts I just can’t pull over the finish line are the second half of this post and a Figure Guide post that only recently became timely. I don’t think the boys’ baseball starting back up will make it any easier.

Marty. Cast some more.
The Purple #180 is driving this price up. 😉
I love the Woolworth price tag.
Ashurman is struggling to do a sit-up. Nice warp. Dumb price.
I don’t think those are the original figures, but I love that sticker.
– Can someone help me with this? Same seller. Same size lots. $6.25 opening bid and $0.99 opening bid. Huh? The shipping cost is even different.
Depending on the results of this auction, I might retire.
This is getting pretty funny.

Ok. All joking aside. What do you think a complete Master Set would sell for?

Not what some dope prices it at, but an auction starting at $0.99. I don’t think it would be very much. Sure, maybe a few thousand dollars – but probably much less than if you broke it up. Maybe the better question is, “Would there be a single winner or would a group win it?”

I think it would be a group of collectors – which would bring the price even lower. Gun-to-head; my guess would be $6500. What’s your guess?

$28? Huh?
The Purple #208 is driving this price up. Purple #208 & #180 do that.
What the fuck?
I’ve been wrong about a lot of things, but my ‘Rare Theory’ is rock solid.
Shit. The Purple #180 will push this price sky high.
Cute. Interesting. Moving on.
Stopped me in my tracks. Only to be disappointed.
And, one of these days, I’ll get that custom tin made.

I have to add, the comments to the right made me very protective. I don’t care what people say about me.

Don’t talk badly about Stan Resnicoff in any way, shape, or form. There shouldn’t be one single negative utterance, in any way, about that man. A single, faint aspersion is misplaced when talking about Stan. He is a saint in my book – and should be for every M.U.S.C.L.E. collector.

He took the time to chat with me and share all of his memories and insights. If you think he didn’t provide enough information, then you’re an asshole of an entirely new level. That man deserves nothing but the utmost respect from M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors.

Will Tseng seems upset Stan didn’t have any other people for me to interview about M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. Fuck you. Stan doesn’t owe me, M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors, or you anything.

If you didn’t find value in Stan’s M.U.S.C.L.E. comments, Marbleheads story, and entire book, then…then I don’t even know what to say.

Instead of treating Stan with reverence, maybe some M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors think I should have treated Stan more like below, “TELL ME YOUR M.U.S.C.L.E. STORIES NOW OLD MAN!!!”

And I thought I was the asshole.

Forever Unsold is trying out some new formatting. I like the spacing and size, but the pictures don’t work as well formatted as squares. That’s something I can play with next week.

Scoffing at these listings is fun, but I started thinking a serious question, “What would cause these people to start an auction at $0.99?”

Weeks and months passing, without selling, don’t do it. Then I thought, “Maybe they’re using the ‘can’t sell it for less than’ ideology?” That would only work for the SC listing – but we all know that’s just a keshi.

The sellers are looking for a specific, tangible goal: a sale. What is the advantage of not achieving it? I’m looking for any serious guesses.

Is there even an analogous situation that exists in the world? I can’t think of one. Failure is certainly a part of many processes, but normally actions are taken to avoid failure. No action is taken here. Where else would you see this behavior?

This was the fastest group of four combatants I can remember collecting in quite some time. And there was no debate. Sometimes I hem and haw about a few; not this time. These four felt like such easy, instant choices that it caught me off guard.

The AOTW #1 is a lot of 19 figures. Sure, there is a #180 in the lot but that doesn’t explain the $58 BIN – plus shipping?!?! That’s $3.05 per-figure. Maybe there’s some added cost for coming from a “drama freestyle home ( just positive vibes).”

The AOTW #2 is a seller named northtexasvintagegoods. She has three cans priced from $22.99 to $29.99. If she sells them, then she needs to share the trophy with her buyers.

The AOTW #3 made me think I was seeing things. I couldn’t be seeing a lot of 95 figures with a $414.99 BIN. I wasn’t mistaken. That works out to $4.37 per figure. I still think I’m seeing things.

The final spot was easily earned by the AOTW #4. Two #153 figures with a $79.93 BIN. That’s $39.97 per Flesh figure. At that price, a Poster Set would cost you $9,311.85.

Cast your vote and crown the next AOTW Fatal-Four Way winner. Again, here are the four contestants:


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

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There used to be a long write-up about the first and second ULTIMATE AOTW Battle of the Champions Winners. The 3rd winner has a tiny backstory, which made me think we don’t need the full saga anymore.

  1. #1 by Scott on June 12, 2020 - 6:27 pm

    Still boycotting M.U.S.C.L.E. auctions until some semblance of normalcy resurfaces. I only need #236 to complete my flesh collection, so I can wait it out until basically the end of time..which given current events may be coming to a theater near you this Christmas. The police video looks to be photo shopped and propaganda. I have fallen back and hit my head on concrete at least once….maybe twice…don’t remember for sure..(rim shot!) Bleeding from the ear is not that quick or ever!

  2. #2 by Scott on June 12, 2020 - 6:33 pm

    Also appears that the officer paused and bent forward to spit on the protester…given the angle of the attempt, I would venture a guess that that callous and brutal officer now has a huge hawker on the inside of his protective face shield.

  3. #3 by Atilary on June 12, 2020 - 11:39 pm

    If you haven’t seen that video until now you’re living under a rock, and if you go watch the whole video and still think it’s propaganda you need to follow up on those blows you took and your traumatic brain injury.

  4. #4 by Aaron Christel on June 13, 2020 - 5:33 pm

    I got the purple 180 lot foOr 3.75. No one must have seen it. Score!

  5. #5 by Chad Perry on June 15, 2020 - 10:44 am

    Haha! That made me smile Aaron. Well done.

  6. #6 by Scott on June 15, 2020 - 6:53 pm

    Ouch Atilary!! That hurt…just like if you had picked the rock up that I have been living under and struck me with it! The good news is that thanks to freedom of speech, I am allowed under the United States constitution to have an opinion and so are you…even if you are an ostrich and can’t quite muster up the strength to pull your head out of the sand. What in the world would make you think watching “THE FULL VIDEO” would sway my opinion? I don’t buy half the shit leftists put out there!

  7. #7 by Scott on June 15, 2020 - 7:53 pm

    “There’s something wrong with the world today, don’t know what it is, the light bulbs gettin dim..if you can judge a m.u.s.c.l.e. man by the price on EBay..your a better man than I. We’re livin on the edge..you can’t help yourself from bidding..we’re livin on the edge..you can’t help yourself at all.

  8. #8 by Chad Perry on June 16, 2020 - 10:15 am

  9. #9 by Scott on August 7, 2020 - 7:21 pm

    MIT just released a “deep fake” video of Nixon announcing the Apollo 11 disaster on the moon. You don’t think they can fake an old guy bleeding from the ear? C’mon now….wake up and smell the shit their shoveling. Do some research, if we don’t..Babel has a crash course in Chinese..we’ll be ok.

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