Sunday, May 20, 2007

Recent Significant eBay Sales

There have been two recent purchases that stand out in my mind - one was for a loose but intact and working Moon Suit and the other was for a rare, XRG-1 with Major Matt Mason set.

Major Matt Mason Moon Suit Working! Space Toy 1966
eBay Auction #180115322590
Winning Bid: $104.05
End Date: May-15-07 17:30:01 PDT

Description:
Here is Major Matt Mason space toy Moon Suit from 1966 with plunger. After all these years (40) the arms still expand when plunger is pressed. Original Toy with original arms. You will not be disapointed!

Please see photos for evaluation. In the second photo I am pressing the plunger when I took the picture to show this is the real deal. Excellent condition with no broken parts.

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I remember another, similar example selling for $250 a couple of years ago. I think it's interesting that for much less, one could buy one of Joe Sakora's excelent reproductions and a moonsuit shell to have a working example, with none the wiser plus the reproduction is virtually indistinguishable from the original. I'm not sure, however if Joe is still selling the repro arms, so the sale price of this one may be quite justified.

Major Matt Mason with XRG-1 Reentry Glider
eBay Auction #270111479100
Winning Bid: $3,150.00
End Date: Apr-28-07 16:27:04 PDT

Description:
Major Matt Mason and XRG-1 Reentry Glider stock # 6361 attached to card, blister bubble were Mason Matt was is missing, card is a little worn and dented in some spots otherwise in great shape for its rarity. All parts are still there including the Glider canopy. The stickers attached to the glidder are a little wrinkled and worn in some areas, Mason Matt 's white and black out fit has turned gray from time, but could easly be cleaned.

I have a couple more pictures of the back of the card i forgot to add, and I'm not sure how to add them now, so if you would like to see them I'd be more then happy to send them to you. Also this product is from mattel Canada so there is English and French writting on it. I will not end this auction early so please do not ask! Thank you.

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My Comments:

Besides being an extremely rare packaged set (the only OSS example I know of is owned by collector Alec Peters), this Canadian variation is virtually unheard of (it has both English and French writing, indicating it was for the Canadian market).

Another recent event worth mentioning - there's a seller (goldentreasures-nyc) who apparently found a batch of OSS Whitman 4559 Major Matt Mason Frame-Tray Puzzles: http://www.wildtoys.com/MMMPage/MMMmisc/MMMWhitman/Frametraypuzzle.jpg

These are still sealed and well worth the purchase - they starting off selling in the $130 range but have gone down to the $50-60 now that demand has lessened - still a deal by anyone's standard with an OSS puzzle approaching the value of a loose one.

-- Best, John

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