Happy July Space Freaks!
I hope everyone is starting to enjoy their summers out there in collector land. As usual we’ve seen a big uptick in auctions and the summer boom is in full swing on eBay, RebelScum and the Imperial Gunnery. This month we bring you another round of big auctions from the past few weeks, with some rare, not so rare and readily available items with some interesting ending price results. It’s a bit heavier then others as I feel bad as we’re book-ending this with two more editorial style updates focused on the reality of prices, trends and some new staple behaviors in the realm of Vintage Star Wars collecting.
Seal show – the items that never made it out of the package.
For the Seal Show this month we only have a few items to review. One of the more notable ones being the Y-Wing which we’ve never had the pleasure to feature before. Why you may ask, well simply put this is one of the toughest vehicles to find sealed that isn’t in the coveted super rare category with items such as the Cantina Adventure set and the Sandcrawler. With only a dozen or so graded examples out there you don’t see a sealed version come along very often, and certainly not in the condition which is near perfect in comparison to others that have sold over the past few years. With what would appear to be a hefty price tag for an ROTJ vehicle this piece is right on the money as C7 versions have sold for $5-600 consistently over the past two years, with this one being the best in at least 5+ years.
Y-Wing C9 – $969
Moving onto our second sealed auction we have a great example of one of the ESB 6 packs, and in this case the rarer of the two, that being the Red 6 Pack. We’ve seen these come up in the past and know that they are outnumbered by roughly 10-1 by the Yellow 6 Packs, thus making it much rarer and in all cases demanding a premium in comparison to the Yellow six pack. This one is particularly nice getting an AFA85 with a price that is out of this world at $7100. This is way above the average price seen and might have been driven up by the extra exposure the item had by being listed with the Yellow 6 pack at the same time.
ESB Red 6-Pack AFA85- $7100
Open to the public? – Loose and Opened items.
Although we only had a few items to cover in the Seal Show that doesn’t carry over to our usually sparse coverage of loose items in Open to the Public. In fact this month we focus heavily on all things out of the package.
The Vlix is right, is a saying heard many a times on the Vintage Pod, but in this case I’m not sure if the price on this Vlix is right. What would you pay for an incomplete action figure? Well a few years back the head (just the head) of a vintage Stretch Lizard (from the original Stretch Armstrong Line) sold for nearly $1000 on eBay. Here we have a full figure just missing the weapon. Although the NG grade was ultimately given due to the missing weapon, it’s still a strange way to treat what something that really doesn’t deserve a grade period.
Vlix – AFA NG – $2500
For the remainder of Open to the Public we have four staples from the original toy lines which are today regarded as some of the most coveted of the loose figures to be released. Four staples of the hobby that all saw great prices realized given they aren’t really rare but the demand is consistently high, given the relative sparseness of availability of the items.
First off we have a standard loose Yak Face, seeing a price of $270. This shows just how hot the market is these days given that a loose Yak Face would go for roughly $150 consistently in the last few years.
Yak Face Loose- $270
Running down the line we have Blue Snaggletooth, in good condition graded AFA75. Loose AFA figures have been really hot over the past few years, and with the rarer figures like Blue Snaggletooth we see consistently high prices even with items that are not in the best condition.
Blue Snaggletooth AFA75- $264
Finishing off the section we have two higher grade items that support the previous thoughts on AFA figures and their value today. However these are on the other side of the condition sphere as we have an 85 and 90 of the two most popular figures from the Droids line seeing prices of $250 and $300 respectively. Both figures in 85 condition consistently go for $150-200 each, so seeing these prices is pretty impressive.
R2D2 Pop Up Lightsaber Droids – AFA85 – $250
C-3PO Droids – AFA90 $300
Pete’s Picks – The rare and/or super expensive….
First off we have a great variant for all of you extra sweaty nerds that can’t just be happy with a Lili Ledy removable hood. Here we have the Lili Ledy Jawa with a dark thread stitch, with only a handful in circulation this is one of the holy grails for Jawa colletors and variant collectors alike. This particular saw quite a premium vs. one that sold earlier this year for around $1700, given the time of year it’s expected to see an increase in price, but with a 36% it’s a bit out of the norm.
Jawa ROTJ Lili Ledy Dark Stiches – $2690
Whenever we have a chance to highlight a Meccano piece I’m always delighted. The figures are so unique in that they take a lot of the elements of US carded figures and give it a slight spin and with Meccano I don’t know why, but the square cardbacks always intrigue me. This particular piece is of one of many collectors favorite figures given that it’s considered by many to be the best molding of a Han Solo figure. That coupled with the fact that it’s in good condition made this piece jump to the price of $3050 a very nice find and an awesome price.
Han Bespin MOC – Meccano – $3050
If you’re sick of me covering Mailer sets please let me know, until I get a lot of complaints I’m going to continue to showcase this niche line of items in the hobby. This particular set is the holy grail of Mailer sets, the 15 pack Lineart ESB set graded AFA85. It’s so impressive to see these items graded, and one of the few types of collectibles that I think is completely enhanced by the grading process as displaying these is not only difficult without a case, I’ve just never really seen a good way to showcase them period. This set is such a great item and so epic in appearance, with a price tag of nearly $4500 it has to be one of the most expensive mailer sets to ever hit eBay.
ESB 15 Pack Mailer Set Lineart – AFA86 – $4498
I won’t spend too much time on this piece given it’s been talked about on the Rebelscum boards in a separate thread. However I would be hard pressed to not cover a $50K auction for a vintage Zeb Kellock. Not only would finding a loose version of this be cool given the detail and high desirability of the 2nd generation of Droids and Ewok figures, here we have a carded figure from the line. In line with some of the Toy Fair samples of carded POTF figure that weren’t released this has to be one of the best preproduction items to hit eBay in recent history.
Zeb Kellock Salesman Sample AFA with CIB – $50K
That wraps up our update for this month, check back next month for our normal Monthly Updates for August, and later this month for the second installment of the editorial style “This is Reality, Please Come Back to It” where we cover, Boba Fett, Darth Vader, High Grade AFA and an added section abandoned auctions the new ultra evil in collecting.
Until then, Wampa Wampa;