Thursday, December 27, 2007

eBay Roundup 2007.12.27

Mattel XRG-1 Reentry Glider MIB 1960s Major Matt Mason

eBay Auction #310009273675
Ending Bid: $484.99
End Date: Dec-23-07 23:32:44 PST

This is the "Majore Matt Mason XRG-1 Reentry Glider" stock #6360, by Mattel. The Glider has never been removed from the case, and appears to be in near perfect condition. The box has a crease along the , but it is still sturdy. The glider measures 17" x 18", and the box 18.5" x 4.75" x 21.5"

What a rare opportunity. Recently we acquired the privilige of selling new old stock mint and near mint toys from 1948 to 1970. Some of these items will never be uncovered in mint shape again. Many of them are one of a kinds, and a select few are one or 2 extras. As you know, the best opportunity for future collectible increases in value is the minty boxed vintage items. Everything is original and unplayed with.

New Seller to Ebay. Grew up in Auction Family business, but now I am working in Retail Sales. This is an extra project to save up for my College fund and support my 3 year old daughter. These items are going to be things consigned to me from local neighbors and estates. Nothing brand new, but some are never used. I will try to be specific, since I cannot answer emails at work. All of this is part time for us. Only home after work and days off. email questions to These items are not mine, so we maintain NO REFUNDS. Insurance issues are between you and the USPS or UPS. Must pay within 14 days or we reserve the right to resell for any reason.We have assistance with shipping which charges a few dollars extra per package for supplies and labor.

My Take:
I'm not sure who the winning bidder is, but he's certainly buying up some rare items (MMM, Batman and Captain Action if you take a look at his feedback history). This item usually sells in the $150-250 range so this prices is way outside the norm. It looks like two people who really wanted it just bid it up to this rediculous price - that's eBay for you! The under-bidder does look a bit suspicious to me with the private feedback rating - makes me wonder if it was just bid up. One thing that really aided this auction were all the images (even though the quality of the individual images weren't very good the number gives the viewer a really good idea of what's being bid on). The seller description in the ad was really good too and inspires confidence in bidding - kudos to this seller!

-- John

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Alec's Collection as of 2007.11.15

Nothing really exciting on eBay lately so I thought I would post this recent photo of Alec Peter's collection - the obvious new piece is the full-size MMM store standup (a recent acquisition). The rest of what you see in the background are all Old Store Stock pieces - look on the top shelf near center and you'll see two of the rarest MMM OSS items, the XRG-1 w/Major Matt Mason and the Gulf Promotion Card. The various carded items are US, French or German (why there are two different Sgt Storm Flight Cards). Alec truely has a collection to die for!

-- John

Monday, December 03, 2007

eBay Roundup 2007.12.03

There were a few items of interest (including a MOC MLP that didn't meet reserve at over $900), and some neat German items (including some carded accessories and a German carded Jeff Long) but the rarest item was this Quaker Oat Meal box:

QUAKER Instant Oatmeal Box 1970 f/ Major Matt Mason!

eBay Auction #180184215521
Ending Bid: $218.50
End Date: Dec-01-07 12:52:23 PST

This is a rather odd find!
Up for bid is an Instant Quaker Oatmeal (with Maple & Brown Sugar) box from 1970 (the oatmeal is LONG gone). On the back is a Space Toy Offer for Mattel's Major Matt Mason riding his CAT TRAC. Back then you could get both items for only $1.95 with 2 proof of purchase seals! Unfortunately the offer to get the now very rare and popular Major Matt Mason toys expired on December 31, 1970.

I know this is a rather strange item, but I thought someone might be interested.
Buyer pays $4.00 shipping. Insurance is optional. Thanks for your interest!

My Take:
I'm really surprised that this item didn't go for more - it's truly a rear MMM item. This is only the third I've ever seen - I bought the second one on eBay earlier this year. Along with the three cereal boxes, you rarely see MMM items that were promoted on food products. With the cereal boxes going in the hundreds of dollars, I would have thought that the exceptional condition of this box would have brought more.

I like how the auction poster seems to be apologetic about the box - what a surprise that it brought so much!

-- John

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

eBay Roundup 2007.11.18

Major Matt Mason XRG-1 Reentry Glider with figure
Rare and possible only example of Matt Mason Glider

eBay Auction #250186303993
Ending Bid: $4,350.00
End Date: Nov-17-07 20:00:00 PST

Hello. Offered here is the super rare version of Mattel's Major Matt Mason with XRG-1 Reentry glider. I have collected Matt Mason toys for almost 25 years now and I don't know anybody else who has one of these or anyone who knows anybody who has one of these. I have owned it for over twenty years and it was bought for me by a friend at a local drive-in flea market. It has been pictured in Tomarts Action Figure Digest and Tomarts Action Figure Encyclpedia volume two with alot of my other Matt Mason Toys. It's condition hasn't really changed over the years, but it has a few things that I need to point out. The plastic bubble around the Matt Mason figure is cracked and has a piece missing. It is possable to remove the figure, which I did once, from the package. The one time I did this, I found the figure to be like new and in stiff, unused condition. I very carefully put him back and never took him out again. I feel confident that it is the same figure that has always been in there based on it's condition. The card has a hole punched in it about two inches below it's original hanger hole (which is torn) and the bottom right hand corner is also split, all of which I have tried to show in the pictures Other than that, it is a bright, colorful package that has much more of the look of a true reentry than the other version. The glider itself is great condition with no breaks or splits as I do not think it has ever been flown. I truly believe that this may be the only example of this toy known to exist (if you have one, let me know) and I offer it here at no reserve. I accept Paypal or Money Orders only (NO CHECKS!!!). Shipping is $15.00 and is done via USPS Priority Mail and includes insurance and delivery confirmation at no extra charge. I only sell to the USA so no foreign bids will be accepted. Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions ( but not "will I end my auction early") and I will contact the winner after the auction ends to work out any details. Thanks in advance and happy bidding!!!

My Take:
This is hands-down one of the rarest production pieces. I know of only a handful with missing figures and one very fine, complete example (in Alec Peter's collection originally from Greg Recaro). Recently the only Canadian example surfaced (see previous post). I think this one could have gone over $5K given the right bidders. This one actually has some historical significance as it's the same as provided in Tomart's guides for toys.

mattels man in space major matt mason with moon suit

eBay Auction #270186153789
Ending Bid: $570.00
End Date: Nov-18-07 09:47:02 PST

Mattels man in space major matt mason with moon suit 1966 mattel.Size 13x13 in.In original bubble or blister pack never been open rare condition for a person that collects this type of item .

My Take:
This was the bargain for last week. I remember when these sold for $1200-1500 - especially in this condition. I think most of the heavy hitters were focused on the Flight Card set so this one went for cheap.

-- John

Monday, November 12, 2007

eBay Roundup 2007.11.11

Not much new or exciting, though I thought I would mention this:

Major Matt Mason Mobile Launch Pad Mattel 1968 NEW

eBay Auction #330184814712
Ending Bid: $171.38
End Date: Nov-11-07 13:30:09 PST
This rare mobile launch pad has the card and the blister package. They have split and I haven't reattached the two pieces. The are dusty but I didn't want to wash too hard. the Mobile launch pad itself is a perfect 10 out of 10. You can clean up as you see fit, as this is not my specialty. The toy is NEW NOS original, never out of the blister pack until it detached. I find no others on Ebay to compare with. Bid with great confidence as the toy is NEW and PERFECT!!! By Mattel 1968. Mattel's Man In Space. This launch pad had at least 3 different uses, 1) Satellite Launcher 2) Space Probe 3) Rocket Launcher. Used to tow 3 mobile missile systems. 7 days no reserve. Major Matt Mason Mobile Launch Pad with Blister Pack and card. Call with any questions
My Take:
First, understand that this is an extremely rare toy, apparently only offered in Sears stores in 1968 and 1969 (same time as the Astro Trac Missle Convoy Set) - it may also have been offered at Simpsons Sears in Canada during that time but this is unconfirmed. One carded example that I own has a sears price sticker for $1.99 - I've yet to see any other carded examples with a different price sticker (from another store) so it's difficult to say if it was offered elsewhere. Due to the over-sized card and weight of the MLP, carded examples are usually found with the bubble separated from the card (as is this example). Loose examples where going for $150-175 just a couple of years ago, but they have come down to a more reasonable $50-75. The best carded example I've seen (near mint) sold for more than $1500 (I don't remember the exact amount), owned locally by Alec Peters. Selling for less than $200, I consider this a good price, even with the bent up card - my initial thought would be that it would go for more in the $300-400 range.
-- John

Monday, September 10, 2007

Another eBay Roundup 2007.08.26 - 2007.09.05

A few new significant sales over the last couple of weeks - last was this Mexican Estacion Espacial, and earlier there was another Kretor, this time accompanied by Sark with instructions, and earlier, a Sgt. Storm Flight Card.

Rare Major Matt Mason SPACE STATION by Cipsa Mexico
Capitan Meteoro Estacion Espacial Boxed !!

eBay Auction #110165340706
Ending Bid: $366.00
End Date: Sep-05-07 18:44:14 PDT


You are bidding to a ****VERY RARE *** MAJOR MATT MASON SPACE STATION "CAPITAN METEORO ESTACION ESPACIAL", BOXED !! , made in Mèxico in the final 60`s by the mexican extinct factory CIPSA, under license of Mattel, USA .

This set is in VERY GOOD CONDITION, just it has a small piece broken on a red column (Nº 9 picture) plus minor wear around. The box is hard and straight with just some wear on the corners plus some sticky tape marks on the top........STILL IT LOOKS GREAT !

The Estacion Espacial is hard to come by for many reasons - the first is that for a foreign release, it's particularly difficult to find boy toys that were made in Mexico - collecting toys is not considered "macho" so sellers and buyers of boy toys are few and far between - this makes obtaining anything from Mexico difficult (not to mention the language and distance barriers involved). Boxed Cipsa pieces are rare indeed - this one is rather exceptional in that the box is decent and it's nearly complete (lacking the instructions and inserts) but otherwise has the locking pins (usually missing). I find this set more applicable for the advanced MMM collector as it's basically a remake of the US Space Station set using the same moulds - there are some color variations (the orange is more red and the chrome parts are not chromed - moulded in black plastic) - also the celo is paper instead of plastic. Still this is a fine example and better than my own (mine lacks the locking pins and beacon dish) - I was tempted to bid then found the current high bidder as a friend and associate so I refrained.

KRETOR & Zark - Sea Devil Major Matt Mason

eBay Auction #250156153692
Ending Bid: $381.99
End Date: Aug-26-07 15:15:00 PDT


Very rare 1969 Mattel water toy. Appears to be complete.
Kretor is complete but needs a good cleaning. Complete instruction sheet and orginial rubber bands are included.

Buyer to pay S&H for #2 from zip 53717, conformation and insurance. Lets be safe with these toys. Payment to be received within 2 weeks of the close of the auction or the item may be resold and negative feedback given. See our other auctions and save money by combining shipping.

Another good auction, this time with the bonus of the very rare instruction sheet - I think the prices on these are starting to come down a bit - there were several Sarks for sale over the past 2 weeks, all from the same seller and these kept going down in price. I think the market is about saturated with those wanting them about at the limit. I think if this seller had used better, larger images his final sale would have been higher but there are always many contributing factors.

Sgt Storm Flight Set MOC Major Matt Mason VERY RARE '66

eBay Auction #190145217556
Ending Bid: $650.00 (ended with BIN)
End Date: Aug-26-07 08:18:41 PDT


Very hard to find Sgt. Storm Flight Set on Card. Copyright reads 1966. This is a VERY RARE piece on the card. Figure and accessories are all ABSOLUTELY MINT and COMPLETE. The card cellophane is partially detached/sliced but it looks like it was cleanly sliced with a razor knife from just to the right side of the jet pack to the feet of the figure; just enough to be able to get the figure out. But the FIGURE is truly MINT and has not been played with. Some of the green printed card is lifted onto the cellophane in couple of small areas. The cellophane near the top of the figure's head area has a couple of cracks (see close up photo). Card has edge wear and is curved. Hole is unpunched. Sounds worse than it is; it DISPLAYS BEAUTIFULLY. Overall, a fantastic piece to add to your collection - - If I didn't have two kids in college I wouldn't be selling it! But we're taking this empty nest thing seriously and downsizing, so get it quick before I change my mind! All sales are final, so please email me (removed), before bidding, if you have any questions. US buyers will pay $7.50 for Priority Mail shipping (Parcel Post will be $6.15). Canadian buyers will pay actual shipping based on a package weight of 2 pounds. I'll pay the insurance and Delivery Confirmation. I prefer PayPal but will also accept Money Orders or Personal Checks (however, checks must clear before items are shipped). Thanks for checking out my auction!

The Storm Flight card used to sell in excess of $1000 - however a few years ago there was a find of 7-9 cards that pretty much filled in the collections of those who wanted one in the collection - a $650 BIN I would actually consider as too low - I think this collector got a very good deal indeed - there can't be many of these around as they seem to have only been offered for 1 year or so. This is certainly more desirable than a comparable Cat Trak card - I'm surprised more people didn't bid (or perhaps the BIN prevented the card from going much higher? Only the Shadow knows!).
-- John