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

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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…

 

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rare

/re(ə)r/

Adjective

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.

Synonyms

uncommon – unusual – scarce – infrequent – sparse

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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.

Beware the Shipping

Vintage Star Wars Figures Lot on eBay. At first glance, apart from the UPSIDE-DOWN and SIDEWAYS photos, this seems like a great lot to bid on. Bidding starts at $0.99… what a deal! Well it really won’t be with a shipping price tag of $65.00 (USD). Now don’t get me wrong, this is an incredible lot and is very worth any high bids that it will inevitably receive but it will not take nearly that much to ship.

I’ve taken a few seconds to rotate a few photos from the auction. See the greatness of this decent sized lot.