Saturday, August 2, 2008

And the winner is... not me.

The Premier Collectible Auction in San Diego came and went last week, with some big ticket items being sold and others going unsold. The event was created by and had literally hundreds of vintage toys up for worldwide auction, with some one-of-a-kind items from Star Wars, GI Joe, and many other toy lines. Most of the toys were AFA graded, and one of the most talked about items was the GI Joe USS Flagg Aircraft carrier - the only one in the world known to be graded and still in its original unopened box. The starting bid was $5,000 but ended up getting a lot of bids and sold for $15,000.
I actually owned one of these mammoth GI Joe aircraft carriers back in the mid-80s. It was a Christmas gift, and like many of my early toys it was eventually played with to death, and is lost to time. If I could only go back and tell my nine-year-old self what that toy's future value would be... not that I would have listened.
Another featured item was a Star Wars Boba Fett 1979 prototype action figure that was priced at $100,000! It did not receive any bids. Which sort of doesn't surprise me... is any toy really worth 100 grand?