Sunday, December 13, 2009

eBay Roundup 2009.12.13

Here are the interesting auctions from November:

1966 MATTEL MAJOR MATT MASON SPACE FIGURE NEAR MINT


eBay Auction #200398991960
Ending Bid: $141.38
End Date: Nov 02, 2009 19:34:06 PST

Description:
This is a vintage unplayed with 1966 Mattel Major Matt Mason 6" tall space figure with movable arms and legs in good shape. There are no broken wires in the arms or legs. Comes with helmet which has a yellow visor that lifts up.Condition is very near mint unplayed with. Very clean with no wear at all.

My Take:
Basically your unrecognized (at least by the seller) White Rubber MMM figure - these really retain their value and from this auction enough know what evidence to look for to recognize them by photo.







Very Nice Major Matt Mason Calisto figure MOC No reserv



eBay Auction #230398905311
Ending Bid: $256.10
End Date: Nov 22, 2009 17:30:01 PST

Description:
Offered here is a very nice Major Matt Mason / Calisto figure still sealed on it's original card. The figure is as bright and clean as you would expect, with no rubs or factory defects visable at all. The card is un-punched, nice and clean with no stains or tears and has it's bubble firmly attached all around. There are two minor imperfections that I have tried to show in the pictures. The card has curved some over the years, and that has caused the bubble to indent some in the upper right hand corner. It has NOT caused it to crack or split in any way. I've tried to show it in the picture that has a close up of Calisto's face. With his head turned the way it is, he is looking right at the indentation. There is also a light surface crease that runs diagonally through the lower right hand corner above the price sticker. This figure is right out of my 25+ year Major Matt Mason collection and really is a nice, clean, sharp example of a hard to find piece and I'm sure it will look as nice in your collection as it has in mine. It is one of a small group of high grade Major Matt Mason toys I'll be reluctantly selling from my own collection over the next few weeks, all at no reserve. Due to current Ebay rules, I accept Paypal only and due to my own choice, I only ship to the USA, so no foreign bids will be accepted. Shipping is $10.00 and includes insurance and delivery conformation. All shipping is done via USPS Priority Mail and all items are carefully packed to insure they arrive safe and in the same condition they were in when I mailed them. My auctions always end on Sunday nights and if you send your Paypal payment before noon (EDT) the next day (Monday), at least for now, I can mail your package the same day. In all cases, I would like to receive your payment within three days from closing and for my part, I always try to have everything mailed by the end of the week. Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions and don't forget to check out my other listings for other cool stuff, as I will always combine your winnings from my other listings to save you on shipping. Thanks in advance and happy bidding!!!

My Take:
I remember when this figure used to sell for $500+ MOC like this - I think the market now understands that they aren't as rare as once believed. I do think someone got a good deal on this example - it's in better shape than mine and i paid considerably more.






Very Nice Major Matt Mason Scorpio figure MIB No reserv



eBay Auction #230399000209
Ending Bid: $480.00
End Date: Nov 22, 2009 17:40:01 PST

Description:
Offered here is a very nice Major Matt Mason / Scorpio figure in un-used condition in it's original box. The figure is bright and fresh and is basically in the kind of condition you would expect in a mint in the box figure. It is still secured to the insert with a double wire twist-tie that is still wrapped like it just came out of the factory. The box is pretty nice, with excellent cellophane (ignore the glare in the picture), but has been opened at one end and quite probably at the other end and been taped closed. All his parts are present, including his sealed cello bag of "search globes". In spite of the fact that everything appears to be in new condition, there is one small broken part. As shown in the picture, one of the handles on his"vest projector" has broken off. It looks like it would glue back on nicely, or could be replaced with one from your loose Scorpio figure. Also, on the tube where the"search globes" come out, one of the tips has been bent and looks like it would break off if you bent it back. I'm kind of at a loss as how this happened, as it seems stiff and new like it has never had it's loops bent back like would be necessary to put it on the figure. As they say, it was like this when I got it. On a side note, this is the same Scorpio figure that appears on the cover of Tomart's Action Figure Encyclopedia and Price Guide volume 2 and again inside as part of the Matt Mason listings. It also appeared in Tomarts Action Figure Digest #31. This figure is right out of my 25+ year Major Matt Mason collection and really is a nice, clean, sharp example of a hard to find piece and I'm sure it will look as nice in your collection as it has in mine. It is one of a small group of high grade Major Matt Mason toys I'll be reluctantly selling from my own collection over the next few weeks, all at no reserve. Due to current Ebay rules, I accept Paypal only and due to my own choice, I only ship to the USA, so no foreign bids will be accepted. Shipping is $10.00 and includes insurance and delivery conformation. All shipping is done via USPS Priority Mail and all items are carefully packed to insure they arrive safe and in the same condition they were in when I mailed them. My auctions always end on Sunday nights and if you send your Paypal payment before noon (EDT) the next day (Monday), at least for now, I can mail your package the same day. In all cases, I would like to receive your payment within three days from closing and for my part, I always try to have everything mailed by the end of the week. Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions and don't forget to check out my other listings for other cool stuff, as I will always combine your winnings from my other listings to save you on shipping. Thanks in advance and happy bidding!!!

My Take:
This is another figure that used to sell for $1000+ (I've seen them sell for $1500) back in the day that has now come down a bit as collectors realize that it's not as rare as once thought. Same seller as the Callisto above - I think this probably would have gone for a bit more if the chest pack wasn't broken.






MATTEL MAJOR MATT MASON SPACE MISSION TEAM SET 1968



eBay Auction #190351338156
Ending Bid: $189.50
End Date: Nov 27, 2009 12:25:38 PST

Description:
You are bidding on a rare Mattel Major Matt Mason Space Mission Team figure set. Set is in great condition with items showing some general play wear throughout. All item's included in the set are showing in pictures. Box shows some general storage wear throughout. Mattel 1968. A must have addition to any collection.

My Take:
The crappy photos didn't help this one one bit - I think it would have sold for $100 more if the photos were detailed. As is, it sold for about the value of the figures and accessories. This is a very hard box to find in decent condition for some reason - the insert was flimsy, as is the chip box so they are often mangled or crushed. The very small and blurry "cell phone" style photos only diminish the condition of the figures which appear to be very nice.



VINTAGE 1967 MAJOR MATT MASON by MATTEL, w/ PACKAGE



eBay Auction #300370070055
Ending Bid: $202.50
End Date: Nov 29, 2009 19:00:20 PST

Description:
Vintage MAJOR MATT MASON, from MATTEL's MAN IN SPACE series. He comes in his vintage carded bubble pack, which was opened from the back, but still displays nicely as you can see. Card is dated 1967. The figure itself looks great, with no broken limb wires. Also has a nice Helmet and Cat Trac. Very cool Space Toy from the 1960's.
Winning bidder covers Priority Insured postage, with NO handling or packing fee. Will be safely packed in sturdy box. Payment expected within 3 days of close. Our vintage toy auctions are offered and sold as-is, as shown, no returns or exchanges. Please ask all questions before bidding. Happy to provide any additional details, best before final day of auction. Thanks

On Nov-23-09 at 19:01:16 PST, seller added the following information:

In responce to a question, condition of the figure appears very clean, probably near-mint, but would not describe this as "factory mint". He has Blue Stripes, Silver Cuffs, and large red dots on forearms and ankles. The package at one time was neatly opened from the back with two cut lines, one 3/4" from top and the other about 1/4" from right side, as you can see in photo. Visually, from the front, it does not look as if the package was opened, so it still displays nicely.

My Take:
I think someone really got a bargain on this figure - black rubber MMM figures with unbroken wires and silver cuffs are very rare. Throw in the gold painted lettering on a very nice opened package and it makes for a nice deal indeed.




-- John

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Exploration of Space by Arthur C. Clark

One of my favorite paperback covers - it just seems very appropriate to post it here on my MMM blog.

-- John

Friday, November 20, 2009

eBay Roundup 2009.11.20

Here are the interesting auctions from October:

1968 Major Matt Mason Jeff Long Carded RARE


eBay Auction #160371249077
Ending Bid: $167.50
End Date: Oct 29, 200920:13:58 PDT

Description:
Here is a vintage Mattel's Man in Space Major Matt Mason Jeff Long figure on his original card. I do not know for sure but I think the card has been opened at some point. The figure does look played with though and I do not see any paint wear on him. The card shows alot of wear as well as the bubble. The bubble has dents and some cracks but has not yellowed. The item makes a great display piece and is the rarest Matt Mason figure out there. Check out my other auctions for more vintage toys from the 60's through 80's. Buyer pays shipping.

My Take:
Ugly bastard! I remember a few years ago when Mint loose Jeff Longs were selling for $250-300 - someone got a bargain on this very ugly card, especially if the figure is displayed loose. I guess it's better than not having a carded figure though.










1967 Capt Captain Lazer Major Matt Masons Friend Space


eBay Auction #390108505670
Ending Bid: $158.50
End Date: Oct 27, 200915:52:08 PDT

Description:
Up for auction is Capt. Lazer from 1967 by Mattel. Still has the instructions, side box front part, two lazer beams for his gun, foot thingees and whatever else you see here. I put batteries in him and all works fine. No damage seen, shipping to be $7.99, thanks. Am putting up Major Matt Mason in another auction and yes I do combine on shipping costs. No buy it nows.

My Take:
Interesting that this one went for almost the same amount as the NRFB example earlier in October. These are always good items when the overlay is included, as the box isn't uncommon, however the overlay is almost always missing.


VINTAGE 1969 MAJOR MATT MASON STAR SEEKER COMPLETE NMIB


eBay Auction #140353103659
Ending Bid: $152.50
End Date: Oct 24, 200920:11:32 PDT

Description:
VINTAGE MATT MASON STAR SEEKER BY MATTEL DATED 1969. LOOKS TO HAVE NEVER BEEN PLAYED WITH. STICKERS UNUSED AND STILL HAD PLASTIC OVER DOME WHEN I FOUND IT. HAS PLANETS WHICH ARE UNPUNCHED BUT BOWED AND A BIT SEPERATED FROM BACKING CARD IN A COUPLE PLACES BUT STILL CONNECTED. HAS ONE PIECE OF TAPE ON BOX TOP. HAS INSTRUCTIONS AND MATTEL WARRANTY CARD AND BOX INSERTS. BOX OPENING HAS SOME WEAR AND A TEAR. STAR SEEKER IS MINT. IF YOU COLLECT CONDITION LOOK NO FURTHER. BUYER PAYS $12 SHIPPING IN US.GREAT MATT MASON SPACE TOY FROM MATTEL. WILL SHIP WORLDWIDE. SATISFACTION GUARANTEED. THANKS

My Take:
I'm really surprised this Star Seeker didn't go for more - timing probably, or the photo of the partially mangled lid. Still a fine addiion to the collection...








MAJOR MATT MASON CAPTAIN LASER WITH HELMET 1970 NRFB


eBay Auction #170392789229
Ending Bid: $337.00
End Date: Oct 16, 200921:34:07 PDT

Description:
VINTAGE MAJOR MATT MASON CAPTAIN LASER

FIGURE IN MINT CONDITION...Never Removed from The Box

WITH HELMET ... VERY CLEAN, WITH NO FADING....the original cello is intact and sealed ...everything is still in the box...the box has heavy shelf ware but is still all there and really cool...the helmet is loose in the box it is mint he has a jet pack...box is marked mattel 1970

Minty with shelf ware...

Vintage toys are Not My AREA OF EXPERTISE ...But this set is in Spectacular Condition .... PERHAPS A KNOWLEDGEABLE COLLECTOR WILL KNOW More about it...please let me know any information and I will include it in my listing...

...please feel free to ask questions...I will be happy to add more pictures if they are requested...

GORGEOUS!!... LOVELY... everything is exceptional !
...I'm listing a bunch of Estate Items and will be Happy to combine shipping ...

My Take:
Fairly decent price for a boxed Talking Flying Major Matt Mason - interesting that the seller (who also was selling the Captain Lazer below) confused the figure - it's not like there are any differences or anything...


MAJOR MATT MASON CAPTAIN LASER Lazer EXCELLENT 1967


eBay Auction #170392788058
Ending Bid: $227.50
End Date: Oct 16, 200921:26:41 PDT

Description:
VINTAGE MAJOR MATT MASON CAPTAIN LASER

FIGURE IN MINT CONDITION...Never Removed from The Box

WITH HELMET AND 3 LIGHT SABER ATTACHMENTS. NOTHING IS BROKEN, AND its never had batteries in it. VERY CLEAN, WITH NO FADING....the original cello is torn but everything is still in the box...the box has heavy shelf ware but is still all there and really cool...

Minty with shelf ware...

Vintage toys are Not My AREA OF EXPERTISE ...But this set is in Spectacular Condition .... PERHAPS A KNOWLEDGEABLE COLLECTOR WILL KNOW More about it...please let me know any information and I will include it in my listing...

...please feel free to ask questions...I will be happy to add more pictures if they are requested...

GORGEOUS!!... LOVELY... everything is exceptional !
...I'm listing a bunch of Estate Items and will be Happy to combine shipping ...

My Take:
This would have gone for double had the package been in better condition.






-- John

Friday, October 16, 2009

eBay Roundup 2009.10.16

Not much going so far this fall.

Mattel MAJOR MATT MASON FLIGHT PAK figure1966 card MOC



eBay Auction #320431147891
Ending Bid: $550.00
End Date: Oct 06, 2009 15:05:23 PDT

Description:
Here's an awesome and rare carded MAJOR MATT MASON FLIGHT PAK (MAJOR MATT MASON WITH SPACE SLED AND JET PROPULSION PAK) astronaut figure set from the MATTEL MAJOR MATT MASON toy line, a MINT C-10 figure on a C-9 excellent UNOPENED PUNCHED CARD only with few signs of the time like minimal wears (see pic).

This toy is unopened and BRAND NEW as from the shelves of a 1966 toy store. More pics on request! This Major Matt Mason figure is the version with BLUE STRAP! Made by Mattel Inc. Toymakers in 1966 and available in stores in 1967.
Mattel Stock No. 6300. Comes with his helmet, space sled and jet propulsion pak .

The card says: “Authentic space equipment adapted from official space program – flexible space suit bends at all joints – astronaut flies on space sled or with jet propulsion pack”.

Feel free to ask me anything about this item!

I accept payments with Paypal! Priority Mail Shippings (1 week circa to arrive): 11 US Dollars.

Don’t miss this awesome Major Matt Mason brand new toy for your collection! Thanks for looking and happy bidding!



My Take:
Considering that this auction was for an item in ITALY I think the price remained very strong. If this were in the US I'd suspect a selling price more in the $750 range and perhaps higher. I think this is the iconic MMM collectible and most other buyers would probably also agree.


MAJOR MATT MASON GAMMA RAY-GARD PAK STILL IN PACK



eBay Auction #220470676037
Ending Bid: $88.00
End Date: Aug 30, 2009 21:10:12 PDT

Description:
MAJOR MATT MASON GAMMA RAY-GARD PAK
HTHIS AUCTION IS FOR A 1968 VINTAGE TOY THAT WENT WITH THE OLD MAJOR MAT MASON LINE.

THE ITEM COMES MINT STILL IN THE PACK BUT THE PACK HAS SOME SMALL CREASES AND THE TWO BOTTOM CORNERS ARE ROLLING UP AND NOT IN THE BEST SHAPE..

PLEASE CHECK OUR AUCTIONS FOR OTHER GREAT ITEMS PLUS WE ARE AND HAVE MARKED DOWN ALOT OF OUR ITEMS IN OUR STORE AND THINGS ARE SELLING FAST. THANKS

WE WILL GLADLY COMBINE SHIPPING COSTS ON MULTIPLE ITEMS TO HELP OUR CUSTOMERS REDUCE COSTS.

My Take:
There's been a general decline in the price of most of the carded accessories - I believe this is due to the most recent case finds (multiple cases of one assortment was found in the spring - you'll see those 4 carded accessories on eBay for $35-50). The remaining 8 cards are still selling strong as proven by the price of this Gamma Ray-Gard Pak at $88, even in the so-so condition. I think the cards are going back into an up-swing in prices with the announcement of the MMM movie. I predict that all figures and sets will start climbing.

-- John

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

eBay Roundup 2009.09.09

Major Matt Mason 1967 Mint on Card


eBay Auction #300334934106
Ending Bid: $211.38
End Date: Aug 08, 2009 19:05:00 PDT

Description:
1967 Mattel Major Matt Mason Mint on Card
This is the blue strap red dot version. The Matt Mason inside sits upon his cat track in perfect Mint condition having never been off the card. The plastic bubble on the card has a crease on the side but is not broken. The back of the card has wear on the edges and is not even. The seal on the card is very good keeping Matt protected from 40 years of space debris. This Mint Matt Mason is ready to re-enter earths atmosphere and be part of your collection. Thanks for looking and Good Luck!



My Take:
I thought the buyer got a good deal on this card - the cat trac cards with gold lettering (on the bubble) are a bit more difficult to find than the yellow lettered cards. The negative here was the damage to the bubble and the deteriorated back. Note that this card has the sticker over the copyright information so it's "transitional"...

COLORFORMS ALIEN HELMET! RARE Matt Mason


eBay Auction #180394465673
Ending Bid: $81.00
End Date: Aug 12, 2009 09:53:20 PDT

Description:
Attention Matt Mason and Space Toy Collectors I am listing several Matt Mason and Colorforms items at very low prices this week. This is an ALPHA 7 Helmet. NO MELT MARKS!!!! Has usual amount of scuffs but we all know these are harder to come by than the figures themselves. Don't let it get away....Check my ebay rating and bid with confidence




My Take:
All CFA accessories are difficult to find - this one is no exception (thought about bidding on it myself) - most of the accessories sell in the $25-50 range - good complete helmets/bubbles a bit more as you can see with the final price of this Alpha 7 helmet. Note the exceptional photos - it really helps an item get higher bids when the bidders know exactly what they are getting.

MAJOR MATT MASON JEFF LONG MATTEL MAN IN SPACE #6332
WITH LUNAR TRAC & HELMET MINT ON CARD NR!


eBay Auction #300339469155
Ending Bid: $307.00
End Date: Aug 23, 2009 19:22:22 PDT

Description:
This is a vintage Mattel space toy dated 1968 that has never been removed from it's package.

Major Matt Mason's Space Buddy Jeff Long sitting on his Lunar Trac. Raised yellow lettering on front plastic reads "MATTEL'S MAN IN SPACE". There is a graphic of the moon on the cardboard behind the toy with a space ship taking off.

Small writing on front reads "(c) 1968 Mattel Inc Stock No 6332".

Back of package features Jeff Long riding his lunar trac searching for rocket launch sites. Writing reads "Flexible space suit bends at all joints! Separate space helmet with movable visor! (c) 1968 Mattel Inc Hawthoren Calif /US Patented. US Design and Foreign Patents Pending. Contains articles made in Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan or US as designated theron. Printed in USA".

As you can see from the photos ~ the package has some shelf wear and there is some lifting of graphic on the upper right corner. Otherwise in excellent condition!

Shipping is via USPS Priority mail with Delivery Confirmation.










My Take:
This one sold for about what I thought it would, considering the big chunk missing from the card back (looks like it may have been glued to a display at one time and the back came off when removed). With mint loose Jeff Longs selling in the $100-200 range it's not uncommon for carded figures to go much higher than the others - I've seen mint carded Longs sell for more than $600.


1966 Mattel Major Matt Mason Space Station Man in space



eBay Auction #180399952830
Ending Bid: $153.50
End Date: Aug 28, 2009 14:55:21 PDT

Description:
This is an original 1966 Mattel Major Matt Mason Space Station. 3 roof supports All Space Girders and platforms original box with insert original instructions space radar beacon one faucet three chrome color locking pins decal stickers in station chair all blue solar panels shelf The following items are missing: center console display insert Purple bulb and bottom of beacon to hold batteries Phone one faucet I do have additional pics if you would like to see - i could only list 12. Please email if you are interested i will be happy to send. Condition as shown as is. Toy is in great condition, the box has seen its better days but is in tact. The beacon has some chrome discoloration due to age. High bidder will be responsible for $18.95 FEDEX ground shipping fee - this will arrive in 2-3 business days and includes tracking and insurance. If international shipping rate will increase. Please feel free to email with any questions. Thank you and Good Luck!






















My Take:
I remember a time when boxed nice condition stations were selling for $300 - this one is much more reasonable - but that may be a reflection of the current market and economic slowdown. Also the box has a bit of tape on it and I think collectors and understanding that the station is relatively common.

Mattel Contest Poster-Barbie and Matt Mason with access



eBay Auction #180400452866
Ending Bid: (high bid was around $2700 when it got pulled)
End Date: Aug 28, 2009 18:56:49 PDT

Description:
Mattel's Major Matt Mason deluxe space action set and Teen Age Fashion Model Barbie Doll on poster. The poster is 25" in length and 13" wide. The Barbie Doll is 11.5 inches tall. Matt Mason figure is 6" tall and includes on the poster a space helmet with moveable face shield, jet propulsion pak that mounts on the space sled or astronaut's back, ship control handle and space sled in original package. The date on the poster is 1966. This poster is a contest poster from Mattel called New "Funny Face" contest.


My Take:
I was quite excited to see this one on eBay - I know of only 2 fairly complete ones that sold many years ago (one or both were owned by a Drink Mix collector before being offered for sale - I'm not sure who ended up with them) - those two displays came from the warehouse of a mid-west grocery chain, so I was told. This store-display is very rare - from the description I'm sure the seller didn't know what he had - I've since learned that an MMM collector made an offer on the set and the seller pulled it from eBay to sell it outright. Lucky bastard!