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Hepcat

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Re: Thats a little more like it! G. Strange Candy Bucket
« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2015, 09:18:25 AM »
I used to buy whole boxes of Outer Limits gumcards when they were new, 24 mint un-opened packs,and the mint box for a whole dollar and 20 cents.

What?! Where on earth did you get $1.20 back in 1964?

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Re: Thats a little more like it! G. Strange Candy Bucket
« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2015, 10:06:33 AM »
Hi Bob, couldn't agree more.  But, I don't want to offend anyone on this site, that's not my intent. Maybe I should look at this in another way perhaps. I guess you could almost say that the constant out-pouring of "collectibles" pertaining to monster type toys is in actuality, keeping the "spirit" of monsters in general alive??  We all know what happens when toys sort of go through their "cycles", a lot of the older tin and steel type toys now have a much more limited market, mainly because of collectors dying off for toys from this period, and the "newer" generation really not wanting these types of toys.  It's not to say that these toys are not good anymore, hardly the case, but, certain toys go through cycles, however, monster toys from the 60's and certain ones from the 70's are still quite popular. Which, is a good thing. It's just that I just can't see the logic, for the life of me, when someone buys a "limited edition" of anything really, for some big bucks, and like you so well said, you could buy something truly rare for the same money. But, that's just me. As mentioned earlier, some people like other things, and I guess this is what keeps collecting alive and well, at least for our type of toys.


As far as collecting goes, I think whatever floats a person's boat is fine by me.  Me personally, I'm a vintage guy all the way around, but still appreciate and buy something new when it trips my trigger. Last Halloween's oversized Frankenstein head light is a good example. Loved it, bought it, but there were people that complained about its $20 cost. That I just didn't get...if only everything cost $20!

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Re: Thats a little more like it! G. Strange Candy Bucket
« Reply #17 on: July 21, 2015, 11:38:28 AM »
Hi Hepcat!!  Yes, I know, a bit of money back then, especially for a 10 year old.  But as I mentioned, it was about 2 weeks worth of allowence.  I was really into building all the Aurora monster kits back then, couldn't get enough of them!  If you went into a regular retail hobby store (there were a few here in Reading), you usually paid full retail,98cents. But, if you went to Boscov's, Grants, Woolworths, McCrorys, or other discount stores, they were usually 88 cents, which at that time was a super deal!! It was tough deciding just what to get back then.  You had Famous Monsters magazine, which was 35 cents (but then went up to 50 cents later on) , the model kits, and, of course, the toys. However, if you wanted a really neat toy, the price, for that time, was really expensive. I remember my parents complaining many times, King Zor, The Great Garloo, Marx playsets, Robot Commando, etc. were all for that time quite a lot of money, anywhere from usually 10 to 15 dollars, depending on where you bought it. So, with that being said, I was usually very happy with a model kit, a pack or 2 of 5 cent gumcards, a magazine, and of course all the monster movies on tv, but the real treat was seeing one in the theatre!!!!!!

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Re: Thats a little more like it! G. Strange Candy Bucket
« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2015, 11:42:54 AM »
Up until 1964 when I got a paper route, I scrounged from my parents and went around collecting two cent returnable pop bottles to finance my various habits/addictions. Not too much different then from what I'm doing today!

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Re: Thats a little more like it! G. Strange Candy Bucket
« Reply #19 on: July 21, 2015, 11:53:44 AM »
Yes, I think most all of us (from that generation) did that!!  I had a red wagon to pull that I filled with returnable bottles, there was a public pool at the time near my grandmothers house, I usually made out like a bandit there with those bottles!!  I also remember vividly putting pennies in all those gumball machines to get those weird plastic figures if you were lucky, they were mixed in with all the gumballs, however, if you got a gumball with a red circle on it, you traded it in for a 5 cent candybar!!  When I think back, it almost seems unreal.

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Re: Thats a little more like it! G. Strange Candy Bucket
« Reply #20 on: July 21, 2015, 12:12:04 PM »
I also remember vividly putting pennies in all those gumball machines to get those weird plastic figures if you were lucky, they were mixed in with all the gumballs, however, if you got a gumball with a red circle on it, you traded it in for a 5 cent candybar!!  When I think back, it almost seems unreal.

With "unreal" meaning "fabulous"!

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Re: Thats a little more like it! G. Strange Candy Bucket
« Reply #21 on: July 21, 2015, 08:17:12 PM »
Don't know why it would amaze you.  In the realm of 1960's monster toys, or really, with almost any toys from that era, give or take 5 or 10 years, original price for the product has virtually nothing to do with prices of today for what these toys are worth.  I sometimes just don't understand the "mindset" sometimes of collectors. Aurora monster kits used to be a "whopping" 98 cents for crying out loud back in the day. Or, even cheaper at discount stores. Superman toys,Batman toys, Green Hornet toys, non-sports gumcards, all the "golden-age" monster toys, etc. were all usually really "cheap" by todays standards. I used to buy whole boxes of Outer Limits gumcards when they were new, 24 mint un-opened packs,and the mint box for a whole dollar and 20 cents. They were 5 cents a pack. Just remember, back then, that was about 2 weeks worth of allowence too!! Sure, we would all love to find these things at yard-sales, flea markets where the person just wouldn't know what he had, or other places. But, if you're a real collector, and just aren't "crying-the blues" because you want an item but don't have the funds available, you're going to purchase, plain and simple.
And I remember seeing sealed AURORA kits at toys shows...sometimes for $1000...in the 1980s! 

... And back then, one of these bucket heads went for $100-$200 or so...
I got a good buy then when I bought my bucket, the one I still have, for $75... (and that was like 1991 or later...) ??
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Re: Thats a little more like it! G. Strange Candy Bucket
« Reply #22 on: July 21, 2015, 08:29:30 PM »
I first realized that model kits could be a collectible as well when I saw Aurora monster model kits being sold at a Toronto comic show in 1982(?) for $15 apiece by a dealer from Buffalo. I think he was asking $35-$50 for the Munsters kit. I stupidly didn't buy any then but I did begin collecting model kits within a year or so.

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Re: Thats a little more like it! G. Strange Candy Bucket
« Reply #23 on: July 24, 2015, 01:41:32 PM »
Odd that nobody is complaining that Auctions that have not ended yet are being posted !?

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« Reply #24 on: July 24, 2015, 02:11:56 PM »
Why would they?  ???Anyone hunting this stuff is going to stumble across the same stuff anyway. Why not talk about it, as it happens? :angel: 8)

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Re: Thats a little more like it! G. Strange Candy Bucket
« Reply #25 on: July 24, 2015, 02:19:03 PM »
You've been here long enough to know that it has been brought up before not to post auctions before they have ended

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Re: Thats a little more like it! G. Strange Candy Bucket
« Reply #26 on: July 24, 2015, 02:39:39 PM »
I dont think its a board rule as much as it just people who disagree with it. Because their mentality is still that of collecting being "the big secret stash I uncovered".  Everyone knows ebay exists. Its not some secret, little, out of the way, curio shop or garage sale. :angel:

Its not 1990. This is  the information age. Anyone with a keyboard and internet access is going to run across the same pile of loot thats changing hands perpetually... as one of us dies off. Who really cares if we talk about an auction "while its running" or after it has died? I think thats stupid. Or greedy. :blank:

Recently I posted a link to a Vincent Price "Butch" figure by DD. While it was active. I got the same complaint there. I don't own the figure. But I thought someone selling one off was bizarre as there were only 20 made. It sold for the opening bid. No bidding war, no fighting, no nothing. World's changed. People who have big bucks will always snipe, they will always be looking, and one person talking about something here isn't going to change a doggone thing.  because ebay has been around since 1995. 20 years is enough time for the entire world to know about it, and whats on it. ::)

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Re: Thats a little more like it! G. Strange Candy Bucket
« Reply #27 on: July 24, 2015, 03:04:41 PM »
 Here, here, Anton! I appreciate when people gives us a heads up about things like this. This is the perfect place to mention it. I'd rather a UMA brother/sister be alerted of something they might want, than have the E-Bay mongers eat it up. I never look for Clinton buckets because of the sky-high prices. When a reasonable one pops up, I'm likely to not even know about it. Now, I have a shot at one (that I probably will miss...my sniping skills aint so good).

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Re: Thats a little more like it! G. Strange Candy Bucket
« Reply #28 on: July 24, 2015, 08:16:32 PM »
Personally, I have nothing against active auctions being discussed. It makes for interesting conversation. I've avoided it in the past because some folks get aggravated about it. As was mentioned, these eBay auctions are common knowledge with interested parties having saved searches galore. The public already knows about them so why not enjoy discussing them? UMA is monster info central anyway. Honestly, why is this still treated as taboo by some?  ???

Maybe a poll is in order to find out how many are opposed to, or in favor of, live auctions being discussed.
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Re: Thats a little more like it! G. Strange Candy Bucket
« Reply #29 on: July 24, 2015, 08:43:50 PM »

I don't think active auctions should be discussed here, as 99% of the discussing would be done by people not even bidding or having interest in buying the piece, anyway. The notion of drawing attention to an active auction at a specialized board like this one seems kind of asinine, really. 

 

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