Auction Watch #331


Last week I said I would enjoy watching these “games.” Instead most of the games turned into predictable blowouts.

The trash, obviously, didn’t sell. The board game wasn’t a shocker. The Red #134 wasn’t shocking to me. The Green #189 went a little higher than I expected, but not to the point of disbelief.

I think the most interesting “game” was the lot. I really didn’t know if Red #113 and Dark Blue #73 could shake up a listing. They couldn’t. There were 77 figures in that lot. That works out to $1.35 per figure. Given the current marketplace, I think you could argue those two Class A figures had zero influence on the final price.

This week, at first glance, I was worried I was going to be dutifully documenting Class A sales. Thankfully, I found some interesting stuff too.

The first listing, Clawshine Resin Toy Jason Frailey The Godbeast tgb ko m.u.s.c.l.e. figure, is the best M.U.S.C.L.E. thing on eBay right now.

I have previously shared how I feel about this figure. It is genuinely a piece of M.U.S.C.L.E. history. And, depending on the final price, will further influence me on my “Recast the Neo-Classics” talk.

“Aren’t you going to complain it isn’t starting at $0.99?!?!”

I will always advocate for starting at $0.99, but this is easily worth the $14.99 opening bid.

In fact, I’m surprised that (as of writing) this listing doesn’t have a single bid. This seems like it’s the type of listing that should have instant action.

My initial disappointment with this Auction Watch was really from this listing. I saw it and thought, “I don’t want to just document some stupid Class A figures nobody cares about.”

But then I looked at the seller, it was the well-documented lint-speed and he had three listings. I decided to focus on two of them.

The #134 didn’t excite me because he’s always been one of the least desirable. In AW #137, back in 2013, he was in a lot of three figures and it sold for $2.47. Today he’s alone with an opening bid of $2.99. Will a new Fool or prospector bite on this figure?

I have no idea and I’m very curious to watch.

The other figure (Magenta #125) is also less desirable, but nothing like the #134. Pretty recently a Magenta #125 sold for $18. Will this one approach that price?

I don’t think so, but I’m going to enjoy finding out.

Finally, we have six listings from thedarknightreturns – who I assume is Matthew Cheng based on this and this auction description:

I guess Matthew could have an axe to grind with the Kinnikuman character, but my gut tells me he’s referencing my Facebook profile. He joins some rather illustrious company by trying to…shame…embarrass…or whatever he thinks he’s doing. The other people to use the eBay auction description pulpit: newhobby905, make-an-offer ohsooffices_1 and Matthew himself. I’m 97% sure Alex Forbes had something too, but I can’t find it. I remember it being painfully benign. Like a shot at the Classes or something.

Look, I said Matthew was stupid – but I explained why; like, in absurd detail. I’m not sure what makes me “low life garbage.” I wish he would have explained it.

Is it my history of scamming people? No, I think I’ve shown I’m against that.

Is it my history of silencing people I disagree with? Nope, not that either.

It must be all the M.U.S.C.L.E. secrets I keep? Shit, it’s not that either.

Is it because I’m not in the toxic positivity club? Well, I can live with that. I don’t know how many more times I can say it, “I’m sharing my commentary and opinions on everything M.U.S.C.L.E.-related. I don’t have to kiss any ass because I don’t need anything from people. I don’t want to sell anything to people. I don’t even care if people read my blog – but it is nice when it happens.”

Honestly, what entertains me about my two Canadian friends using their auction description to “get me” is their myopic lens’. They see the world through their hyper-focused view. Look at what is needed to “get” Matthew’s description.

  1. You need to know the UofM website.
  2. You need to know I run the website.
  3. You need to know on Facebook that I’m “Terri-Bull.”
  4. And then you have to know, in Matthew’s mind, that I’m a bad guy.

I am either flattered that he thinks I’m so important and well-known or sad that he’s using eBay to tell jokes to a very specific audience.

Anyways, here are the six Class A figures: #109


I don’t quite understand the dual strategy ($0.99 and $99, in Canadian dollars). These are all pretty nice Class A figures. They were going to attract attention with either price.

I’m most interested in seeing the final price of the Purple #15. The most recent documented listing had a second Class A figure in the lot. I’d like to see what it does on its own.

The rest I expect to be “normal” or sell for similar to what we’ve seen lately. AW #295 just had Green #163 and #191. A Green #186 recently sold for $168

A recent lot had a Salmon #107 and it didn’t feel like it made a huge splash. Maybe you could argue the buyer valued it around $100?

The Salomon #109 (not #107, like in the Auction Title & Description) isn’t really worth mentioning. The last documented sale was for $31.

With the exception of Purple #15, I expect all of these sales to be in similar neighborhoods. The more interesting observation afterwards: the number of bidders.

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