Sunday, November 07, 2010

eBay Roundup for May and June 2010

I'm still trying to catch up on a backlog of auctions - these were the most significant for May and June (actually I didn't see anything for June but didn't want you to think I skipped a month).

Vintage Rare 1960 Major Matt Mason Space Ship & more EX



LOOK The Space Ship is in exc cond Very Bright Colors

Item number: 360256445995
Ended: May 02, 201013:14:23 PDT
Winning bid: US $129.99

Description:
Here we Have a very rare find vintage 1960s Mattel United States Astronaut Major Matt Mason Space Ship Case In excellent condtion. The Was very Well Taken CAre of Plus very bright & vivid colors with no Scuff marks on the plastic. Also comes with everything else you see in my pictures . The one matt rubber doll has paint missing on his eye's as shown in pictures the other one is good plus the green space creature is in excellent condtion. The ship is Please take a good look for your self .The ship is about 18 inches tall and about 9 inches wide. The metal snal lock is in excellent condtion with no rust . It will Be very hard to find another Space ship as good as this. The only thing i see missing on the ship are the 3 plastic blue parts that are on the bottom corners one is stil their. The inside is very clean and bright vivid Colors just like the outside of ship. The plastic carrying Handle is in mint condtion .all detailing is in excellent condtion. If you have any questions please ask.

Also have a look at my other space toys i do combined shipping.
Thank you very much for your time

My Take:
Decent deal on this set, especially with the extra figures and accessories. Not much going on for the months of May and June so slim pickings...












1968 Major Matt Mason Talking Command Console With Box



Item number: 250627208882
Ended: May 11, 201016:07:47 PDT
Winning bid: US $92.89

Description:
1968 Mattel's Man In Space Major Matt Mason Talking Command Console with the Box. In very nice and clean condition. I pulled the talk box and it just makes an odd sound. The lights are all there but i did not test them. The box has some shelf wear. Please see the photos for details. Buyer to pay shipping and Ins. Good Luck!!

Questions and answers about this item
Q: Hello, are there any defects to the item (splits and whatnots)? Thank you
A: There are no defects and or splits. Thanks

My Take:
I always like finding this box with the label right-side up - this is one of those boxes that usually is found with the label upside down (the image is split on the large surface with the corner seam). Not a bad set, but still less than what I would have expected to pay.



Major Matt Mason Toys Still In Unopened Blister Pack



Item number: 190396832834
Ended: May 20, 201018:09:13 PDT
Winning bid: US $856.78

Description:
You are bidding on a Major Matt Mason Vintage Space Toy Set. Items are still in unopened Blister Pack. Free Worldwide Shipping.

My Take:
The most interesting thing about this set is the short description and the fact that the images were scabbed of of Keith Meyer's MMM website. There was a bit of speculation regarding whether the entire auction was faked or what. To date no one has come forward and admitted to buying the figure. The problem with using someone else's images (besides the issues with copyright infringement) have to do with misrepresenting the item. I think this auction could have gone for a lot more if the seller had used actual photos as if the item was in this condition there would have been more competitive bidding.



1960'S MATTEL MAJOR MATT MASON ASTRONAUT MIB NIP RARE
SEALED IN PACKAGE XRG-1 RE-ENTRY GLIDER SUPER RARE VHTF



Item number: 360262215940
Ended: May 23, 201017:00:35 PDT
Winning bid: US $344.99

Description:
YOU ARE BIDDING ON A SUPER RARE 1960'S MATTEL MAJOR MATT MASON ASTRONAUT FIGURE WITH HELMET IN THE PACKAGE. PACKAGE IS SEALED AND FIGURE HAS NEVER BEEN REMOVED. HE HAS BLACK STRAPS AND IT LOOKS LIKE IT IS THE PAINTED WHITE VERSION NOT THE WHITE RUBBER VERSION. PACKAGE IS IN GOOD SHAPE BUBBLE HAS ONE DENT ON TOP AND THE CORNERS ARE A LITTLE NICKED UP. PLEASE LOOK AT THE PICTURES AND BE YOUR OWN JUDGE. I COULD NOT FIND THIS PACKAGE IN ANY OF THE SEARCHES I DID. IT IS EITHER A PROMO, A FIGURE THAT CAME WITH A VEHICLE OR SOMETHING AND THIS WAS IN A DISPLAY WINDOW IN THE BOX, OR A COMPANY BOUGHT OUT THE REMAINING INVENTORY AND PACKAGED THEM THEMSELVES. NO MATTER WHICH ONE OF THOSE YOU CHOOSE IT IS SUPER RARE. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THIS FIGURE LET ME KNOW. FEEL FREE TO MAKE OFFERS. WINNING BIDDER TO PAY WITHIN 5 DAYS. INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING WILL BE 28.00 DOLLARS PRIORITY CANADA 19.00. REMEMBER TO CHECK OUT MY OTHER AUCTIONS FOR MORE GREAT TOYS. THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK!

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On May-13-10 at 18:54:23 PDT, seller added the following information:
IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION BY AN EBAY MEMBER THAT THIS MAY BE FROM THE XRG-1 REENTRY GLIDER WITH MATT MASON. I HAVE INCLUDED A LINK TO A WEBSITE THAT HAS A PICTURE AND INFORMATION ON IT. PLEASE TAKE A LOOK THANK YOU http://www.majormattmason.net/6361.htm

FOUND ANOTHER SITE. http://www.wildtoys.com/MMMPage/MattelPlaysets/6361.asp

Questions and answers about this item
Q: Hi not 100% sure but this figure may have come with the orange carded XRG1 Re-Entry Glider (with Major Matt Mason) which is VERY RARE again can't be certain but a possibility? good luck Mark
A: Thank you for the information. I found a picture of it and will include the link to my listing.

My Take:

This was the most interesting auction for May and June - interestingly, this is the third I've seen in this state. It is indeed rare, however if you don't have the MMM XRG-1 Set with a missing figure, I'm not sure what its real value is? Apparently there are enough people who covet it to set a price of nearly $900! The last one sold for around $320 if memory serves. I've been told by more than one ex-Mattel employee from the era that often blisters like these would be offered at the Mattel factory store - that may be why there are still some of these and other blistered figures that would normally be found in sets - to be found these days in auctions. It does explain why these pop-up.



 

-- John

Sunday, October 03, 2010

eBay Roundup for March and April 2010

Besides being out of town a bit I've also started a new job so I haven't been able to devote as much time to posting these auctions - in an attempt to get caught up, I'm posting 2-month intervals - which actually may make more sense as during some months there isn't much to report.

Rare 1968 Major Matt Mason Talking Command Console


Item number: 120534694598
Ended: Mar 01, 2010 19:03:48 PST
Winning bid: US $161.38

Description
Up for auction we have a 1968 Mattel Major Matt Mason Talking Command Console with box and 3 astronauts. The talker does not work when the string is pulled it turns but will not talk. The console is in over all good condition maybe a bit if dirt and staining and a bit of rust on the rivets but no tears of the vinyl. There are a few places where the plastic of the consoles & seats and the plastic of the astronauts have stuck together. I count about a dozen small spots. The 2 plastics react with one another when they are in contact for a long period. The battery holder does have a small amout of corosion on it, it is not bad but it is there. I did notice 1 of the light bulbs in the console is missing. The box is a bit faded, stained and has some bug damage. Over all this is a nice display piece. Thanks for looking.

My Take
I was sorely tempted to bidding on this one myself. What stopped me was the melts in the seats and the upside-down sticker on the box. I've seen many of these boxes and only a handful with the image rightside up. Considering the three figures whoever won this auction got a steal - but the big bonus here is the hangtag - I've only seen a handful of these so I believe they're very rare.






















*MINT* Mattel Major Matt Mason Space Crawler /Orig Box!
1966 Unbelievably Untouched in Original Box Awesome


Item number: 300407681980
Ended: Mar 23, 2010 18:07:06 PDT
Winning bid: US $228.50

Description
You are bidding on an unbelievable example of a 1966 Mattel's Man in Space Major Matt Mason Space Crawler. MINT IN ORIGINAL BOX AND PACKAGING(DECALS STILL IN ORIGINAL PACKAGING). I am selling this for a friend of mine and this was tucked away in a closet untouched and unplayed with-the packing bands are still on the toy in the box (see Picture 7). I did not want to take the Crawler out of the box because of this. I doubt there are many examples of this toy and box in this kind of condition. In pictues 11 and 12 you can see the small amount of damage to box. The coloring on the box is still very vibrant. Thanks and please ask any questions. Will ship within three days of auction close. Shipping price will include insurance.

My Take
This one went for a bit less that what I expected - it may have been timing or the economy in general or it may have been the box condition. I've never understood why anyone would be hesitant to bid on bad boxes since in most cases the contents can be swapped for a better box. For some reason OSS crawlers are rather scarce.






















1967 Mattel Matt Mason's Buddy, Sgt. Storm, Sealed Card
Purchased from original owner. NM bubble/card. Mint toy

Item number: 220576270351
Ended: Mar 28, 201017:00:55 PDT
Winning bid: US $463.99

Description
Mattel launched the Matt Mason Man in Space series as the first non-violent (toy) exploratory mission. All equipment was used for exploration rather than as weapons. Even the aliens were extra-friendly. And like Barbie, each figure and accessory was sold separately with the exception of the Deluxe Space Station.

I purchased this Sgt. Storm, Matt Mason's Space Buddy posable figure from the original owner. It's still factory sealed on its original bubble-card and has been stored since new. It includes Sgt. Storm in flexible space suit with helmet and Lunar Trac vehicle. The toy is sealed on its original card with its original transparent plastic bubble. It's never been resealed or played with. The card remains unpunched (hang tag circle still in place).

Size: With card 8¼" x 5" x 2½". Condition: Toy is in mint condition without any discoloration, fading or deformation. The bubble is near mint without any yellowing, cracking, chips, scratches, breaks in the seal, crushing, or scuffs. The paint on the Man in Space logo on the front of the bubble is 100% complete. The condition issues which keep it from grading higher are all due to age shrinkage. Namely, the roof section was drawn inwards slightly. This caused a shallow horizontal bow close to the card. However, the seal was not compromised and the bubble did not crack. The bowing also created a faint dent on the upper right rear corner edge and another, sharper, on the front left corner. Both are located on the top roof section. The rest of the bubble including the sides, bottom, and the complete front are in mint condition.

The card is also in fantastic near mint condition. Colors are strong throughout although the rear right and rear lower edges show light scuffing. All four corners have a faint upwards curl (from the front). The card front has two small creases; one in the upper left corner and a second passing diagonally over the unpunched hole. The upper right front corner also has three or four tiny edge nicks. In addition to the scuffing already mentioned, the back side of the card has a faint corner crease in the upper left corner and also vertically near the lower left edge about 1" up from the bottom.

Incredible condition for a toy produced 10 years before Star Wars.

My Take
My apologies on the small image - the images were taken down before I could make local copies - I still thought the sale needed to be reported however so I'm providing the text with the eBay thumbnail.

MATTEL MATT MASON GAMMA RAY-GARD PAK MINT IN PACKAGE!!


Item number: 190384601376
Ended: Apr 04, 201013:45:14 PDT
Winning bid: US $104.49

Description:
MATT MASON'S "GAMMA RAY-GARD PAK" Mint in package.

Package is in superb condition. The art is bright like new and the card is crisp and straight, it even still has the hangar punch hole still intact. But of course nothing is perfect...the corners have small dents, barely noticeable, and there is a inventory sticker from a previous owner that I chose not to attempt to remove. I bought it about 20 years ago and it has been proudy displayed in a smoke free home.

My Take
Nice card here and still maintaining a fair value - 10 years ago this card would have sold for $250 - but that was right at the beginning of the MMM collecting frenzy. A more reasonable median price is around $150.







MATTEL MATT MASON RECONOJET PAK MINT IN PACKAGE!!


Item number: 190384604295
Ended: Apr 04, 201013:55:45 PDT
Winning bid: US $68.00

Description:
MATT MASON'S "RECONOJET PAK" Mint in package.

Package is in good condition. The card is a little bit bent and the bottom corners have small dents, barely noticeable, there is a inventory sticker from a previous owner that I chose not to attempt to remove. It even still has the hangar punch hole still intact. I bought it about 20 years ago and it has been proudy displayed in a smoke free home.

My Take
I would have expected this one to go for more as it's rather uncommon - another sign of our recession, I'm guessing.









Major Matt Mason Costume Full Size Helmet & Space Suit


Item number: 320509282966
Ended: Apr 04, 201020:12:57 PDT
Winning bid: US $40.99

Description:
Here is a one of a kind space suit for Major Matt Mason! I made this for a Halloween costume a few years ago. It's a full size Major Matt Mason space suit! Here is what you get...

Full size helmet (made of paper mache, but very substantial)
Helmet colar (made of wood)
One pair of black rubber gloves
One pair of knee pouches (made from foam)
Matt Mason mask (made from a picture of the figure and mounted on styrene)
Three small space suit blocks (see photo with gloves and mask)
One length of rubber hose for joints (uncut)

The costume is not the most comfortable to wear, but it sure got some great reactions! All you need to complete the suit is a pair of black boots, some tape, and a white jumpsuit. The helmet is made of paper mache with about a 3/4" to 1" wall thickness, so it is very durable. The visor is made of lexan and dose open just like the action figure. I'm adding a length of rubber hose for the joints, but because it arrived too late for Halloween, I did not get to use it. The joints in the pictures were done with black tape. The knee packs and other blocks are painted foam and were attached to the suit with double sided tape. When you get the whole thing is put together, it's really a head turner! This ships in a big box, 20"x20"x20", that is why the postage is so high. Have Fun! PayPal Only.

Question & Answer Answered On
Q: Hey there Tick, Great costume. I have been trying to make a helmet for many years. Can I ask you what you used for the visor? Many thanks, Cam Apr-01-10
A: Sure. It's actually two pieces of clear lexan that I laser cut. The outside cuts are the same on both pieces. One of the pieces was spray painted silver and has an oval shape cut out of the center. The other was airbrushed with an amber color tint from Germany. The two pieces were then heat formed over a buck to get that curved shape. The two pieces were glued together with Weldon. Then I mounted them on the helmet so they pivot on the two posts. It has actually worked very well. Good luck with yours!

My Take
I was sorely tempted to bid on this auction as well - I thought it would have gone for quite a bit more had it not been for the $72 in shipping.




Mattel's NEW MATT MASON SUPERNAUT POWER LIMBS PAK
Copyright Mattel 1968, MIP, old store stock!


Item number: 270554996237
Ended: Apr 05, 201018:00:44 PDT
Winning bid: US $72.00

Description:
You are bidding on a new, MINT IN PACKAGE, OLD STORE STOCK Mattel Major Matt Mason Supernaut Power-Limbs Pak. Stock no. 6343. This is part of the Mattel's Man in Space toy line.

Toy was purchased in 1992 in Italy and stored in a dry, non-smoking room (not a cellar), away from sunlight ever since.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: Card is bent and shows wear, creases. It's splitting in the corners.
PLEASE SEE PICTURES.

I am not a dealer. I am a toy collector who over the years picked up a few extra toys I am now selling.
If you have questions, ASK BEFORE BIDDING. Thanks.

My Take
I think the lousy photos prevented this one from selling for more - same with the Moon Suit below, also by the same seller.



Mattel's NEW MATT MASON MOON SUIT PAK
Copyright Mattel 1968, MIP, old store stock, UNPUNCHED!


Item number: 270554999316
Ended: Apr 05, 201018:00:44 PDT
Winning bid: US $61.07

Description:
You are bidding on a new, MIP, old store stock Mattel Major Matt Mason Moon Suit Pak. Stock no. 6301. This is part of the Mattel's Man in Space toy line.

Toy was purchased in 1992 and stored in a dry, non-smoking room (not a cellar), away from sunlight ever since.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: Card is bent and shows wear, creases. Still has part of a price sticker. Blister is detached about 1 1/2" at the top left corner and about 1" at the bottom. Blister is cracked on top of the pump. The wrench accessory is missing. As it is typical with this accessory pak, the rubber arms have self-destroyed. Still displays beautifully. PLEASE SEE PICTURES!

I am not a dealer. I am a toy collector who over the years picked up a few extra toys I am now selling.
If you have questions, ASK BEFORE BIDDING. Thanks.

My Take
Read my comment above - add to it that there was a fairly large find of the moon suit card.


MATTEL MAJOR MATT MASON SPACE STATION & CRAWLER DELUXE
ACTION PLAYSET BOXED COMPLETE!


Item number: 370360017490
Ended: Apr 10, 201019:57:41 PDT
Winning bid: US $312.01

Description:
Stunning boxed example of this large Mattel Major Matt Mason playset. Appears used maybe once and put back in the box. Huge set comes with all the pieces shown and complete. Space crawler works and is complete also. Figure is also in great shape with no broken wires. One of the best example of this set I've come across. So take a good look at the photos. SELLING WITH NO RESERVE! Make sure you check out my other items. I have several really nice antiques and toys up right now. Shipping gladly combined on orders where it is possible! So buy more than one and save on shipping! Welcome to Classic Eddy's. Feel free to email me with any questions we are happy to help. Shipping is extra and is paid by the buyer and non refundable. Don't worry we ship tons of items and do not overcharge on shipping. Payments must be received five days from the auction closing so we can ship your item fast. Feel free to use your credit cards they are welcome through Paypal.com. We love shipping International orders and ship all around the world. We prefer Paypal! Look over all our auctions we always carry great stuff! Thanks for taking a look and please feel free to place a bid!
My Take
The iconic Major Matt Mason set - this is indeed a fine example of a Canadian box. If I didn't already have one I would have certainly bid.


























Mattel Major Matt Mason Lunar Base Command Set + more


Item number: 200462276729
Ended: Apr 23, 201014:30:34 PDT
Winning bid: US $417.00

Description:
Early 1970 Major Matt Mason Lunar Command Center with original box. Set includes command center, uni-tread space bubble, space crawler, Major Matt Mason and Calipso. Extras include space glider, which holds figure and can be thrown in the air, 2 additional Major Matt Masons, Sgt Storm, Doug Davis and a 2nd Calipso. Both Calipsos having shooting gun accessory. Also includes a a moon tractor, space suit, space scooter, and 3 space carts. There is also some of the original packages and instruction manuals.

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On Apr-18-10 at 19:10:36 PDT, seller added the following information:
Early 1970 Major Matt Mason Lunar Command Center with original box. Set includes command center, uni-tread space bubble, space crawler, Major Matt Mason and Calipso. Extras include space glider, which holds figure and can be thrown in the air, 2 additional Major Matt Masons, Sgt Storm, Doug Davis and a 2nd Calipso. Both Calipsos having shooting gun accessory. Also includes a moon tractor, space suit with pinchers, space scooter, powder blue blow up backpack accessory, and 3 space carts. There is also some of the original packages and instruction manuals.

Space crawler works. Crawler winch works. Moon Tractor works. Red vehicle works.

Questions and answers about this item
Q: Hello Are all the figures wiring intact? Thank you! R.J.
A: One Calipso has a bad left arm, the MMM missing a lot of paint has a broken wire at 1 knee inside. I did get the battery lid off the red vehicle and it does work.

Q: Does the space crawler work? Does the winch on the space crawler work? Can you send me a picture of the spacemen from the back? Thanks Jeff
A: Crawler works. Winch works. I'll try to post the pic. Moon tractor works, red vehicle, can't get the battery lid off for fear of breaking it. It should work.

My Take
This is a pretty amazing lot and an instant collection - also a very scarce box.














MATTEL MATT MASON SATELLITE LAUNCH PAK MIP!!


Item number: 190389869555
Ended: Apr 24, 201015:59:14 PDT
Winning bid: US $51.07

Description:
MATT MASON...MATTEL'S MAN IN SPACE

1967 SATELLITE LAUNCH PAK MINT ON CARD!

Launches big payloads! Develops tremendous thrust! Boosts satellites in space! Remote control firing! Blasts off or fires silently! Doesn't your Matt Mason deserve this cool accessory pak? The satellite launch pak pieces are all there and secure inside the blister. The card is in good condition but shows some splitting on the lower left corner and on the right and left edges, (see pictures). The card is slightly warped but displays great!

GOOD LUCK BIDDING!

My Take
Another card that's now relatively uncommon (some in that same multi-case find) so the current market is saturated - still a cool card to own.








That's it for me. John