Sometimes it’s fun to just see something because it is big. Sometimes it’s fun to see something because it’s dumb. Auction Watch #38 lets you see both.
The first auction, Amazingly large (1015) color M.U.S.C.L.E.S lot M/NM, is notable for no other reason than it is huge. Large groupings of figures have been featured in the past (363 figures, 450 figures) – shockingly, this auction falls 19 figures short of the largest group of M.U.S.C.L.E. figures ever featured (1034 figures).
The seller, Battlechaser7, has been mentioned several times before. He submitted a picture for Sociology 200, and some of his other auctions have been featured (i.e., #153 auction, custom figure auction, etc.). This is a golden opportunity for a collector to pick up a tremendous amount of figures from another trusted collector.
The final price of this auction will be $527.80.
The second auction, vintage muscle men lot, is notable for no other reason than the prices are ridiculous. There are only 167 M.U.S.C.L.E. figures in the auction and none of them are especially noteworthy. The starting bid would give each figure an average price of $2.40. The Buy-It-Now price would raise it to $2.99 per figure. Plus, adding lunacy to the situation, the seller doesn’t currently have any feedback.
As a point of comparison, the final per-figure price of the figures in Auction Watch #37 were $3.88. That lot of 8 figures included a Class A figure and an incredibly attractive counterfeit figure.
This ridiculous second auction will not sell.
Follow-Up: The final price of the first auction was $405.00, which was $122.80 less than predicted.
The less difficult prediction was 100% correct. As predicted, the second auction did not receive a single bid and remained unsold. Surprisingly the auction was relisted with an opening bid of $325 and a Buy-It-Now price of $425. Considering 1,015 figures sold for $405 this auction will continue to remain unsold.