Observation: Just because it is “old”…

XYZ_interdit_XYZ_forbiddenThis really gets old for me when I am out and about or surfing for bargains… Just because something is more than ‘X‘ years old and is from brand ‘Y‘ does not automatically make it worth ‘Z‘. Honestly, we’ve all seen this at some point in our travels.

Something catches our eye, we pick it up and examine it then ask for the price. The seller gives some out of sight price and quickly exclaims…

“That is a vintage Star Wars toy… very “RARE (if you know me then you know that “RARE” is the only four letter word that I despise) and I’ve seen them go for up to xxx amount on Ebay!”

Well, Mr. Seller, let me break it down for you:

  1. Vintage is a commonly used term for items over twenty years old, at least according to Etsy. (9 times out of 10 the item is from the 2nd run of Power of the Force line or even all the way up to a few years ago)
  2. Brand Name (I used Star Wars since that is what I commonly seek out as a fan and a seller) don’t mean squat when factoring in collectibility and pricing. (Just because it is from the Star Wars brand, no matter the era, it doesn’t mean that it is worth some arbitrary number you place on it… do the research, grade your item and price competitively)
  3. RARE(click here for definition and rant on that dirty word) is how I like my steaks. Rare is not an item that I can see, literally, hundreds of times during each surfing session or dozens at every Swap Meet I attend. (As a seller you are an Epic Failure in my book when you list a loose Jawa, sans ion blaster, from 1978 and you are all excited because he has his cloth cloak and you believe that is rare because YOU don’t see them all of the time. If you would research your items then you would know that this item can be found EVERYWHERE for a fraction of what you are charging for it. No, $34.99, for the aforementioned Jawa is NOT acceptable… it is rather lame and makes you look very much so)
  4. Well, On The Ebay… This one is popping up more and more as I meet more sellers. Ebay is a wonderful place to shop and a really great tool for tracking and charting prices for items if you are willing to watch them for a little what to figure out what sort of prices the market will bear. With all due respect (and sometimes with much less respect to rude sellers) if you think it is worth that much on Ebay (which they obviously find the highest price charged then run like a one eyed monkey with scissors from a bull in a china shop) then why not go sell it on Ebay. The answer I get is I don’t have time (read: I am lazy), I don’t trust selling online (read: computers scare me and I am one step away from living in a cave) or I am not sure how (these people are the true rarity as they actually are relaying that they don’t know everything and they are usually the easiest, for me, to get along with and if they are nice enough I usually offer to help them if they are up for it)

I wasn’t going to write about things like this since I don’t like to run down the other guy who is also trying to make a living off of doing the same thing I am. There are some things that I just can’t bite my tongue over though. Also, I am not naming names nor am I pointing out who to avoid unless they are outright thieves then, trust me, I’ll sound off because the only way they can hurt me is by stealing from my fellow collectors.

A Quick Glimps of a Few of My Finds Today

   I found a lot of five “Spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi” action figures locally today. Each has its own mail-away box. The one I took out of the box doesn’t have the paper insert and is, obviously  not sealed in a bag like the other four. I also picked up some 1984 Olympic Tins by McDonald’s and three Star Trek RPG campaign modules from 1984 – 1985.

   I think I shall be keeping the one that came without the sealed bag and has the crushed box.

eBay Tip

   Try to avoid checking out the sorting method “Time Ending Soonest” first in your item searches. You will feel less pressure to bid in haste if you check out the “Newly Listed” items first. Sometimes you can find some great (buy it now) deals that you would normally miss by getting caught up in some emotionally charged, last moment bidding war. You want to be in this for the long haul and the wait period gives you time to change your mind on any potential bids that you may want to make.

   Disregard this tip if you live for that sort of last second action. It takes all kinds and I even enjoy a bout or two every now and then… but I always make a “hard deck” that I won’t fly below when bidding.

Happy buying and bidding my friends.

Passing of the Father of the Silver Age of Comics


Newsarama.com : Report: Legendary Artist CARMINE INFANTINO Dead at 87.

   A sad day for the world of Comic Books and those of us who collect and read them. Mr. Infantino is considered, at least by me, to be the father of the Silver Age of comics. He brought super heroes back into vogue in a time of mystery, science fiction, horror, western and romance comics. Next to Jack “King” Kirby and Julius Schwartz, Carmine Infantino is a hero to me and always shall be.

   Thank you Mr. Infantino. The industry will never be the same without you even though they keep attempting to repeat your success to varying degrees.

More here: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=44738

Quick Note: “Rare”

Dear eBay user…







1. (of an event, situation, or condition) Not occurring very often.

2. (of meat, esp. beef) Lightly cooked, so that the inside is still red.


uncommon – unusual – scarce – infrequent – sparse


So, let us recap… something that was produced by the MILLIONS, less than 120 years ago, is in NO way “RARE”. Learn your products, describe them better and price them accordingly. 

Mini pet-peeve rant finished 😉

LucasArts 1982 – 2013

   I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to mention the “passing” of a wonderful company. What does this have to do with collecting, picking or selling? Well I used to collect Star Wars games and the occasional other title that the company would publish. I am unable to play the oldies on my newer system without having to jump through a number of hoops (which I just may re-jump them).

   Now news just hit that the layoffs are starting at ILM. I am not sure if this is  business as usual for the industry or if Palpatine is running Disney. Either way this is a major shake up and the coming months will be interesting.

   My advice… let go of your attachments and preconceived notions, let these things unfold as they will. Better things may rise from these ashes.

   As for the people who lost their jobs today, as a man who was laid off in early 2011 and is still looking for gainful employment, I can only say that you all are very talented and you’ve worked for a Legendary Company so you won’t be out of work for long. May the Force be with you, all.