March 7, 2009

WATCHMEN Auction

Way back in 1987, I was a big fan of Watchmen. I guess pretty much if you read comics in the mid-80's, you were a big fan of Watchmen. By today's standards, Watchmen is no longer unique or edgy, but at the time it offered a complexity, depth, grittiness and attention to detail you just didn't get in superhero comics, or, really, any comics I knew of.

I actually missed the original series of graphic novels and didn't read the story until it was republished soon after combined under one cover. And after reading it, I knew it was kind of a big deal. I guess that's what prompted me to buy these metal RPG figurines when i saw them in the comic book store. I had no idea what I would do with them, but I thought it was cool that someone had produced them for gamers. We never really used figurines when my friends and I gamed. We were more the joking-around-having-trouble-staying-on-the-subject type of gamers.

In any case, with the release of the movie, I'm putting these on eBay. It's been a LONG time since I've listed anything on eBay, so I let existing listings and already closed auctions be my guide. In case I screwed up badly and nobody bites, I decided to only list it for 3 days. We'll see what happens. You can follow along and watch my auction get no bids, or anemic bids here:

WATCHMEN DC HEROES Metal Figure Set 1987 Grenadier

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Posted by James at March 7, 2009 12:22 PM
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cool. I'm interested in seeing what you get for those. I can see it being hot since painting minis is a big hobby out there. These would be fun to paint.

I was lucky enough to get original copies of Watchmen so I have them in my comics collection, I think I actually bought 2 of each, one to read one to keep.

I've been thinking of putting my comics up for sale...

Good luck

Posted by: rui at March 7, 2009 8:24 PM

Hey, that went pretty well!! Semi-sniped at the end there, $53.90! Good deal for a box of figures, what foresight you had twenty years ago! Worth more than our investments from the same time frame. Phhht, economy.

Posted by: Maggie at March 10, 2009 4:05 PM

Yeah, not bad!

Posted by: James at March 10, 2009 4:11 PM

Any particular reason you didn't want to ship overseas? I haven't sold anything on ebay in a long time, but back when I did, I usually got a lot more money when people were bidding from afar.

Posted by: Julie at March 10, 2009 6:21 PM

Basically, by the time I got the question I wasn't sure how to add a shipping option for that. I gave it a couple of shots then said "screw it."

If I was more familiar with shipping stuff, I wouldn't have had a problem with it. It was more expensive shipping, but not unreasonable. Less than $15 I think.

But without the ability to add a shipping method, I would have had to just asked them to pay the difference, and I wasn't in the mood to deal with that.

Posted by: James at March 10, 2009 6:31 PM

I should say, by the time I got the question there was less than a day left and I had other things to worry about. My first sentence above doesn't quite make sense.

Posted by: James at March 10, 2009 6:37 PM

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