Originally Posted by Wilycub
I just saw someone selling a "MOC Lion-O with Thunderwings" for USD 6000! Now I'm no collector so I don't know the value of such carded figures but 6 grand seems like a lot of dough to dish out for what is... well, essentially a toy.
When you think about it, graded figures should go for a premium - an AFA graded figure is protected by a well made, high quality case and has been independently verified by a third party, that provides a professional, unbiased opinion on the piece. The seller has also taken the risk of sending the figure to the AFA - the piece could be damaged in transit or could back with a lower than wanted grade. Grading is also a costly process. All that said, when you're going after a piece that is graded, you have to use common sense. I don't think anyone will pay anywhere near $7,000 for an AFA 75 Thunderwings Lion-o - which is an okay grade. A more realistic price would be $1,500 - $2,000 depending on the buyer. The seller is (was?) a member on this forum - maybe he could provide some insight behind his pricing, but I honestly think it's priced waaaay too high, as are most AFA graded pieces on eBay.