Fratastic Pete’s December MarketWatch

Happy Holidays Space Freaks!

This month we resume the general coverage of the Market with an array of unique, rare, and high value items. With so much going on prior to the Holidays we’ve tried to show a diverse grouping of items this month. From rare figure multipacks to errors and transitions, we’ve pulled together a fun cross section to cap off 2012.

On the other side we’ll actually be looking at some more staples in the month of January, with a review of some of the more common carded figures and vehicles in the hobby at the start of 2013.

That being said here is this month’s Market watch Update for December:

Item: IG-88 12 Inch eBay link
Why: We haven’t featured many 12” figures this year on the Market watch, so I thought it was important to bring up this spotting of the rarest and highest demand figure in that series, IG-88. Here were have a good example of the boxed version of the figure, an AFA 75 may not be the best example but with a minimal run it’s still worth noting. The 12” line has held its value through the last few years, with a high price tag being attached to any boxed AFA or sealed examples. With a +$1000 price tag this piece drew a lot of attention from collectors in the market thus solidifying that the 12” line is still very strong as we close out this year.
Rarity (Scale of 1-10) – 5
Price (Scale of 1-10) – 6
Price of this auction: $1375

IG 88 12 Inch

IG 88 12 Inch

Item: ROTJ 4-Pack Italian? eBay link
Why: I believe we’ve covered one of these pieces this year but I wanted to highlight this particular piece due to the growing popularity in niche focuses in the hobby and the overall gravitation towards foreign carded pieces.
This particular set with Leia Hoth, Paploo (the coolest Ewok), Vader and the Imperial Commander, offers a great variety across all three movies in the original trilogy. Like others this piece drove a significant price point, this was in line with expectations given others that have sold in recent history.
It’s great to see that a few of these have survived all these years with their overall disposable design, but as many have seen a lot made their way into the secondary market which is great for collectors of many genres from MOC focuses to Multi Packs these are highly sought after in our community.

Rarity (Scale of 1-10) – 7
Price (Scale of 1-10) – 6
Price of this auction: $1150

ROTJ Italian 4 Pack MOCs

ROTJ Italian 4 Pack MOCs

Item: Lot of Latch Hook Kits – ESB eBay link
Why: Veering off the path from just action figures, one of my favorite auctions that were listed in with Vintage Star Wars toys was the lot of Empire Latch Hook Kits. One of the most off the wall items we’ve discussed this set of kits is actually one of the more interesting auctions of the past year. This set is in fairly pristine collection, but what makes it more notable is the breadth that comes in the auction. Featuring very cool backdrops and some of the more popular characters, these sets bring together a nice cross section from the release.

Rarity (Scale of 1-10) – 4/5 individually
Price (Scale of 1-10) – 5
Price of this auction: $750

Latstich Kit Lot ESB

Latstich Kit Lot ESB

Item: Luke Hoth Transition Card eBay link
Why: As the segment of transition cards continues to grow in popularity, with it grows the costs of participating in this segment of Vintage Star Wars collecting. This particular piece is a great example of the Empire to Jedi transition in great condition. Being a popular character with very detailed card art this piece drew an impressive $700 with a best offer. Overall the price is in-line with other auctions that have been discussed in the past year in the same category.

Rarity (Scale of 1-10) – 7
Price (Scale of 1-10) – 5
Price of this auction: $700

Luke Hoth - ROTJ Canadian transition

Luke Hoth – ROTJ Canadian transition

Item: Meccano Luke Jedi on Han Solo Italian Card eBay link
Why: What a cool piece, it’s difficult to find errors in any region, but finding a foreign piece like this on one of the original 12 card back characters with a Jedi figure is just plain awesome! I had to do a few double takes on this as at first it looked like a recard, but all signs show that this is legitimate. What a find and ultra-rare, however not ultra-high in demand overall. Most collectors interested in this item would more than likely be error card, Luke or Han focus collectors, however there should be some general cross over with the core MOC collectors in the hobby as a whole.
Unable to verify if this is truly 1 of a kind I’m leaving this with a rarity of 9, it’s tough not being more specific, but there is limited information on Meccano carded figures like this.

Rarity (Scale of 1-10) – 9
Price (Scale of 1-10) – 4
Price of this auction: $355

Luke Jedi on Hoth Foreign Cardback

Luke Jedi on Hoth Foreign Cardback

Item: Star Wars Laser Pistol and Laser Rifle Display eBay link
Why: To round off this month we have a really special piece, one of the rarest and most sought after display pieces from the Original Trilogy. A few of these have popped up over the years and all have gone for large chunks of cash, with this example being no exception to the rule.
Towards the end of the original Star Wars toy run the Laser Pistol and Rifle were released alongside some of the other larger toys such as the inflatable lightsaber. This specific piece is quite rare as it was a short run with a more specific topic vs. the more general figure displays. That being said it’s easy to see why this piece is one of the holy grails of display collectors, bright colors, great classic OT imagery and of course insane rarity.

Rarity (Scale of 1-10) – 8
Price (Scale of 1-10) – 8
Price of this auction: $3050

Laser Pistol Laser Rifle Display

Laser Pistol Laser Rifle Display

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