Wednesday, April 15, 2009

eBay Roundup 2009.04.15

Major Matt Mason and Space Power Suit #6336

eBay Auction #280330818391
Ending Bid: $260.66 (Free Shipping!)
End Date: Apr-12-09 17:11:06 PDT

When originally found in basement last year this item was 75% sealed. Since being brought to a lower humidity enviornment, the plastic bubble has lifted. Item is now 25% sealed bottom edge only. It could be glued as all print lines up. I never took the contents out and aside from some minor staining on figure, looks to be in factory condition. Original price tag of $4.92 and date of 6-69 is on package. I am not a toy expert and have described this item as accurately as possible. This item was found sealed as stated and buyer can be assured that contents have never been removed from package.

On Apr-06-09 at 04:04:01 PDT, seller added the following information:
I have changed auction for this RARE Matt Mason to no reserve,here is your chance to acquire a great rare item . How many of these have you seen on Ebay?

My Take:
Someone got a great deal with this one - either that or we're seeing directly the affect of the crappy world economy, in action so to speak. I remember when the MMM "big cards" (meaning figures that came with Moon Suit or Power Suit) went for over $1000 on eBay or at retail, at pretty much any intact condition. Here we have the Power Suit card in what I would say is typical condition - the weight of the accessories almost always force the bubble to peel away from the card and there's almost always some warpage - even in this condition under normal circumstances this auction would have sold in the $400+ range. I'm contributing the deal made here to two different causes: the economy has curtailed spending; and second many of the more "hardcore" collectors probably already have this version, so a lessoning of demand. The seller also had an MMM cat trac card that sold for $165.27 (eBay #280330807147) - another tremendous deal!

-- John

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

eBay Roundup 2009.04.09

It's been a while since I posted - actually there hasn't been much of note for a while. A friend reminded me that I hadn't put anything on here in a while, so this is what I have from the past few weeks.

Matt Mason Space Ship Case Toy

eBay Auction #150334883414
Ending Bid: $338.88
End Date: Apr-01-09 15:15:31 PDT

This auction is for a Major Matt Mason Space Ship Carrying Case. It is in great shape. The graphics are super bright, the nose cone and thrusters are all present and not broken. Most of the time these areas of the toy are broken because the plastic is very brittle. This one is really clean. The inside of the capsule is in fantastic shape also. feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Buyer pays for shipping. Thanks

My Take:
This once again proves my opinion that the Space Ship Case is indeed a difficult item to find in decent condition (decent for me is all thrusters intact, nose-cone intact, door attached and good styrene deck with seat - some small cracks are OK but all the pieces are there and no major rips). Almost all you see have broken or missing thrusters and a busted nose - many are missing the deck/seat and or have a ripped door. Add about $100 for the above with an original tag (the tag is one of the hardest to find).

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