Here are a couple of notable May sales (June to follow in another post).
1966 MATTEL MAJOR MATT MASON SPACE SHIP CASE NM
eBay Auction #370203460141
Ending Bid: $271.03
End Date: May-23-09 19:08:00 PDT
We just picked up a great collection of Major Matt Mason toys & figures. Most of the toys are in very good condition with all of their accessories. I will describe these a best I can but please look at the pictures and ask questions. We will combine shipping on multiple auctions & do ship worldwide.
1966 MATTEL MAJOR MATT MASON SPACE SHIP CASE NM, APPROX 19" TALL, VINYL IS BRIGHT & CLEAN, PLASTIC IS IN GREAT SHAPE NO CRACKS OR BREAKS. VERY BRIGHT & CLEAN. GOOD LUCK!
These Space Ship Cases are relatively common - the issue with them is their fragile nature - first they are made of a vinyl covered cardboard which deforms and splits along the edges. Next the vacuform plastic snaps off if bumped, so they often are missing the nose-knubs (or they are cracked), and it's rare to see one that has all four thrusters intact. Finally, the hinge of the door is usually split and the vacuform shelf/seat is often broken or missing. Clearly the market shows what this one is worth.
And from across the border comes....
MAJOR MATT MASON SPACE STATION CIPSA MEXICO BOX RARE
eBay Auction #290318705046
Ending Bid: $102.50
End Date: May-27-09 08:43:57 PDT
VERY VERY RARE AND HARD TO FIND!!!!!
ESTACION ESPACIAL DEL CAPITAN METEORO BY CIPSA MEXICO
SPACE STATION MANEFACTURED IN MEXICO IN THE SEVENTIES
((IN MEXICO MAJOR MATT MASON IS CAPTAIN METEORO))
100% ORIGINAL 100% COMPLETE
INCLUDES ORIGINAL COMPLETE SET OF LEBELS AND SMALL ACCESORIES AND ORIGINAL INSTRUCTIVE CARDBOARD INSERT
ALL ALL COMPLETE !!!!
SPACE CONTROL CENTER ** COMPLETE DEFENSE CENTER** CONVERTIBLE DOME COMPLETE
((THE SIX SOLAR PANELS ARE IN GREAT SHAPE AS WELL )) NOT BROKEN NOT HIT
INCLUDES SET ( 3 ) OF RARE LOCKING PINS FOR SEGURING COMMAND CENTER TO PLATFORM ARE ALSO PRESENT HAS MICROPHONE WATER FAUCET CHAIR
OVERALL SPACE STATION IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION AND COMPLETE
(( MINOR DETAIL THE CHAIR THIS HIT OF THE LEGS ))
PLEASE SEE THE PICTURES
THIS RARE MEXICAN SPACE STATION INCLUDES BOX ORIGINAL BY CIPSA MEXICO
ALLS LITHOS IN SPANISH WITH RARES PICTURES
THE INSTRUCTIVE IS ORIGINAL IN LENGUAGE SPANISH BY CIPSA
THE BOX IN REGULAR CONDITIONS
BUT IS ONE RARE PIECE FOR YOUR COLLECTION OF MATT MASON
THE BOX SAY IN THE FRONT
*** CAPITAN METEORO***en la conquista espacial
ESTACION ESPACIAL estrategica base nuclear del año2000 para defender el universo de los terribles ataques de scorpio .........by CIPSA MEXICO
TALL OF BOX APROX 18" x 15"
PLEASE SEE PICTURES
PRESERVE TAPE IN SOME PARTS OF THE UPPER COVER
SHE LOSES PART OF THE PRINTED UPON WITHDRAWING THE TAPE IN THOSE YEARS
THE EDGES OF THE BOX SOMETHING CARVED BY BADLY STORAGE AND USE THE LOWER COVER WITH SOME SPOTS
SHIPPING COST FROM UNITED STATES 21.00USD
SHIPPING COST FROM CANADA 25.00USD
SHIPPING COST FROM FRANCE OR ITALY 30.00
REST OF WOLD 35.00
I AM NOT EXPERT IN THIS TYPE OF TOY PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR DUBS OR QUESTIONS MANY THANKS FOR SEE
I'm very surprised that this one didn't go for much more. At first glance these Mexican version items look the same as the US/EU - however the similarities really stop at the mold. The plastics used were in general of different quality and hue, making for unusual variations. This particular auction was very desirable as the Estacion is pretty much intact (the black locking pins are almost always gone, just as the chrome ones are in the US/EU versions) and this is only the second or third set of instructions I've seen. Someone got a great deal on this - if the seller were in the US it would have gone for much, much more.
Another post for June to follow. John
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I thought I'd put up a post before the latest eBay Roundup to talk a bit about the Whitman artwork that's made it to eBay over the course of the past year. I believe the first piece was the Coloring Book, followed by the Tray Puzzle, Round Boxed Puzzle, Big Little Book and finally the Punch-out Book (if anyone has different information, please let me know and I'll correct it). The seller is/was "goldentreasures-nyc" and appears to have been contracted to sell the remnants of the Whitman/Golden warehouse - he's been selling items periodically for the last couple of years - initially it was all file copies (if you were lucky enough to get one of these there's a stamp on the inside cover indicating that it's a file copy). Most older publishers would keep copies of materials as file copies to reinforce copyright - this could be as few as a couple and as many as 10-25, depending on the publisher. OSS examples as file copies of the MMM Whitman items started appearing and sold very well, until the market became saturated - the Press-Out book sold for $300+ when it first appeared, then eventually dropped to a final price of about $70 before the seller either ran out of them or realized that the market was saturated and stopped posting.
Bidding for the original artwork was fierce - I believe the most was paid for the Press-Out book - I managed to snag the Frame Tray Puzzle, one of my friends got the Round Puzzle, Coloring Book and Punch-out Book. Alec Peters got the BLB. In most if not all cases the artwork came complete with the original color cover illustration and color or interior line art (if a book). The Frame Tray Puzzle I purchased had a white tracing paper overlay with the puzzle title located in tape-on lettering. Alec's BLB came with all the interior illustrations plus a typed manuscript of the text. As the listing for the Punch-Out Book is still active, here are the details:
MAJOR MATT MASON PRESS-OUT BOOK ORIGINAL ARTWORK 1969
eBay Auction #120414065307
Ending Bid: $4,150.00
End Date: May 12, 200906:00:00 PM PDT
Up for auction is the original artwork for the MAJOR MATT MASON PRESS-OUT BOOK published by Whitman in 1969.
Interior Page Art 13 1/2"x 19" 3 pages
Back Cover Art 13 1/2"x 19"
All art is in very good condition.
Thanks for looking and happy bidding!!
These are all one-of-a-kind items that haven't seen the light of day previously - each sold in the thousands (yes, thousand"S") and are about as rare as a prototype item. The only thing preventing the bidding from going even higher is that most MMM collectors only search for Mattel items - so these are a bit esoteric for them.
To keep the images in a single post, here are those that were in the earlier ads.
Frame Tray Puzzle:
Stamp on File Copies:
Round Puzzle Art:
Coloring Book Art:
Big Little Book Art: