How much is it worth? It is possibly the most popular M.U.S.C.L.E. question.
The answer to the question often depends on a variety of issues. However, the question is rarely asked about empty boxes. This auction, 1985 M.U.S.C.L.E. Men Set of (4) 28 pc Boxes, Nice!, allows collectors at least one potential example.
28-packs might be the least popular packaging with collectors. 4-pack and 10-packs seems to evoke much more passion and excitement. Empty or open 10-packs are even coveted by some collectors, but rarely at a premium price (e.g., Auction Watch #2).
This auction, from the seller nztyz06, has set a price of $40.00 for all four, empty 28-packs. The auction states:
Vintage 1985 M.U.S.C.L.E. Men set of (4) 28 pc boxes. Thease are empty boxes, does not include the figures. Boxes are complete with plastic inserts that hold the men. They are not perfect, but in very nice condition for being 25+ years old. Still includes price tag from Payless Drug Store of $9.99 each. Very rare to have all four boxes in nice condition. From my original toy collection as a kid. This auction is no reserve. Shipping to the continental United States only unless special arrangements are made.Check out my other auctions for vintage 80’s toys.
A thread from LittleRubberGuys.com already offered two differing points of view: (1) that it was a fair, and convenient, price for all for boxes; and (2) that it was a ridiculous price for four empty 28-packs – regardless of any convenience.
The University of M.U.S.C.L.E. is inclined to agree with the latter point of view. While a M.U.S.C.L.E. collector may want an example of each 28-pack for their collection, this auction (while acceptable in almost every other capacity) is not terribly attractive with a starting bid of $40.00. In many cases the 28-pack box is a welcome addition to M.U.S.C.L.E. auctions featuring M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. The price of $40 may buy approximately 80 M.U.S.C.L.E. figures plus one or more 28-packs.
This auction will not sell.
However, if a single empty 28-pack box was sold, then how much would it likely sell for?