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@ Dodd: Mega Challenger is a old name for these puzzle, I think it was the first name in europe before cube21.


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Oscar wrote:
Jin H Kim wrote:
eBay has a tendency to devalue even great custom puzzles unless it's super-ultra-unique or your name isn't Tony Fisher. ;)


Sorry, but there a lot of crap being sold. I just got a couple of extremely poorly made "custom puzzles".

You have to create a reputation based on creativity and quality. That is why the puzzles by Tony, Katsuhiko, Anthony and Hidetoshi are highly valued. They are both intersting and also very well made. Incredibly smooth.

For the record, I would like to say that the puzzles that I bought from you Jin are also very well well made. In my book, your puzzles are well worth it.


Agreed. Don't forget Mike Grimsley's Evil Twin!

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oh come on, I am by no means anywhere near what that lady and gentlemen are. I would love for that day to come someday though :wink:

thank's for your very kind compliment though Joseph.

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I'm not too good when dealing with compliments either, so I will just say thank you all for the positive words. I have been spending a little more Time on something different than before, but it's too early to say if I can pull it off successfully. So far so good though

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Oscar wrote:
Sorry, but there a lot of crap being sold. I just got a couple of extremely poorly made "custom puzzles".


Would you mind warning us by telling us more?


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Oscar wrote:
Sorry, but there a lot of crap being sold. I just got a couple of extremely poorly made "custom puzzles".


Would you mind warning us by telling us more?


The puzzles were auctioned by mariuszd73. To be honest, I don't know if any other of his puzzles are equally poorly made. I also did not pay an exorbitant price for them, otherwise I would have returned them. You can see from the following picture that the pieces of the Dodecahedron are misaligned. The puzzle is also stiff and some of the rotations are hard to make.

My only point here is that this puzzle is not in the same class, and therefore it is not worth as much as a puzzle made by the other designers mentioned.


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2 people bid over $45 for a Rubik's Game. The box is very rare and is different from the 3 that I have but I wasn't going this high.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=6011802869

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2 people bid over $45 for a Rubik's Game. The box is very rare and is different from the 3 that I have but I wasn't going this high.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=6011802869


I wonder how much a sealed one would go for.

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Rubik's Cube and Smart Alex - $6

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 6015118728

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Nice find on the Smart Alex.

How about a Rubik's Ultimate MOC for $56

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6013467964

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something you definetely don't find on the streets

http://cgi.ebay.com/ONE-OF-A-KIND-WOOHO ... dZViewItem

a woo hoo mystery man rubik's cube that sold for $59.52

the description says

"Cube measures 2 1/8" on each side and weighs over 14 ounces. Stainless Steel Metal Alloy with an .850 Mil Coating, Triple Coated with Chromium using Electro-Plating process and Highly Polished attached to the top is a different sticker for each side."

interesting...


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It does exist!!!

A 2 color Dino Cube w/box for $312.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=ADME:B:EOIBUAA:US:11&Item=6013639237

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this limited edition cube went for $676.66
higher then the last limited edition cube sold.

http://cgi.ebay.com/RARE-LIMITED-EDITIO ... dZViewItem

-chris joe


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France goes crazy: standard used old 3x3 without box for $70:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 6012410166


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chris_joe wrote:
this limited edition cube went for $676.66
higher then the last limited edition cube sold.

Hmm... I can't help noticing that the seller also deals in limited-edition lithographs of some decidedly non-cubical subjects.


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this limited edition cube went for $676.66
higher then the last limited edition cube sold


This is the same cube that sold last time that didn't meet the reserve. Different seller in the same state though. Too bad it didn't have the case and the 2 certificates that originally came with it. I tracked one of these down a few years ago and the seller wanted $3000 for it. I told him good luck but I am not paying that much.

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Ok, this auction hasn't finished at the time of going to press, but I paid £16.00 a week ago for an identical one, absolutely mint. I reckon I got a good deal.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ORIGINAL-1st-EDIT ... dZViewItem

It's rare to see them go this high.


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marcopolo wrote:
Ok, this auction hasn't finished at the time of going to press...



Marcopolo,

Welcome to the forum.
Please read the rules. http://twistypuzzles.com/forumrules.shtml

You can only post your own active auctions.


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Yep, my mistake, I was aware of the forum rules and apologise for that.

Shock got the better of me. :shock:

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Ok, this auction hasn't finished at the time of going to press, but I paid £16.00 a week ago for an identical one, absolutely mint. I reckon I got a good deal.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ORIGINAL-1st-EDIT ... dZViewItem

It's rare to see them go this high.


I think it's the "1st Edition" claim which gets the higher bids. So what if it is the *ninth edition* - very few know!

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Mint Magic Octahedron "Star Puzzler" with original box for $145:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 6017346406


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Can this be a Hungarian Supernova??? It looks like it to me and it was only $52.00

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8729877776

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Can this be a Hungarian Supernova??? It looks like it to me and it was only $52.00


What else should it be? I defined the price (was second highest bidder) and certainly would've bid more if I weren't somewhat bankrupt these days ;-)

Here was a Tomy Pyraminx for $24:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 6017757657
The reason? The seller blocked me, only because I'm from Germany. Hello-o... I can of course always find someone inside USA to forward an item to me. So no reason to block me, at least in my opinion. And the system told me right *after I had confirmed my bid*, great. Had I seen the block earlier I could've at least tried to do something against it. Could I have known from the auction page? I don't see any warning, and I usually don't have problems bidding in other countries. The system told me the seller explicitly forbid me to bid because I'm not registered in a country where he sends to. EDIT: I told ebay about this, hopefully they'll do something about it. Somehow I doubt it, though. They haven't been very helpful in the past.


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A rounded snake. Very rare. I have only seen 1 other of these and it is several hundred dollars.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=8738446916 56 Euros

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Here was a nice one that would like to have, but not it got too pricey for me.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... %3AIT&rd=1

The same seller sold a Missing Link for $5.50. It ended before I had a chance to bid. Ow well, maybe next time.

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A rounded snake. Very rare. I have only seen 1 other of these and it is several hundred dollars.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=8738446916 56 Euros


Mine cost me 75 GBP + 25 GBP in custom taxes when it got here! I was well shocked! 100 GBP altogether! I've got blue and white one with it's box and Japanese instructions.
Will swap it for something rare though.
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Wow!! Two original sealed 1980 Rubik's Cube auctions, ending 5 minutes apart. The first sells for $258 and the second sells for $20

http://cgi.ebay.com/RARE-Original-Vinta ... dZViewItem

and,

http://cgi.ebay.com/ORIGINAL-IDEAL-RUBI ... dZViewItem


I bet the user "stika-jon" was happy to be outbid on the first one!

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You see that everyone once in a while, but it still blows me away when I see some noobs trying to out-do each other. But for someone with an 80 feedback to be doing that? Yikes.

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Wow!! Two original sealed 1980 Rubik's Cube auctions, ending 5 minutes apart. The first sells for $258 and the second sells for $20

Hehe, I saw there's a new post in this thread and knew it's about this auction :D. Surely one of the "what the ...?!?" category. I always feel tempted to ask the buyer why he bid so much too much, but it wouldn't be nice to the seller... Btw, I think even $20 is above average.


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sometimes the bid can go that high because sometimes people who want something really bad put a crazy maximum bid. (let's say maximum bid of $500 and a current bid of $1) So let's say that crazy bidder runs into someone that's just like him, wanting the item so bad, he'll put a high bid automatically making his maximum bid. (so let's say he puts $1000. so the bid is right now at $501 or whatever and the maximum bid is $1000. big mistake lol

hope you understand

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Jin H Kim wrote:
You see that everyone once in a while, but it still blows me away when I see some noobs trying to out-do each other. But for someone with an 80 feedback to be doing that? Yikes.


LOL!
Great use of the word "noob"

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Wow, a flowered Jewel puzzle for $410.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6023734956

Lucky for me, I found one for $10 a year ago

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Sealed Hungarian Rubik's Cheese for $199.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 6025995063
(also look at http://www.pizzafalo.hu/pizzak.htm )


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Wow !

...An actual Rubik Cheese in it's original packaging ! :shock:
This is probably one of the rarest Rubik puzzles !

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How about a Rubik's Cat Bed :lol:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7733843147

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Wow, That cheese is an amazing find. Of course it would have to be listed during the holidays when I rarely look at a computer. It even has an original Rubik Sticker on it. Great price for such a rare item.

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Just in case you wondered about the link to the pizza restaurant: that's there to show that "sajt" indeed means "cheese".


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2005 world champs trophy for $88.47

http://cgi.ebay.com/Rubiks-World-Champi ... dZViewItem

and an 18 inch rubik's cube.... storage box :lol: ($24.99)

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-1980s-Rubik ... dZViewItem

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Extraordinary.

Sealed Mini Rubiks for £127 UKP today:
http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6027183852

and identical one for only £14 UKP just a few days before. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6004283282&sspagename=ADME:L:RTQ:UK:1


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I have received my "Rubik SAJT" today.

It is the original "Rubik's Cheese"... still sealed.

Thanks to Philip K. for his post in TwistyPuzzles forum... otherwise, I wouldn't dare to place a high bid on it... in fact, my bid was twice higher than the final price. Luckily, most of the people (including Dodd) are on vacation. I got it cheap -- half the price I am willing to pay for.

p.s. The one sold by Hendrik Haak (no packaging) was 475 EURO ~ which is close to US$600!!!

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Congrats on a great find. Take several pictures for us since this is such a rare find. Send them to Sandy so the database can get updated. Every serious collector gets at least 1 lucky find. I think I have 3 great deals to my collection.

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Congrats!
I was surprised how little it went for!
I was going to bid a lot higher for it when a tragedy struck my family: my father died on New Year's night, so I had to fly out to Russia immediately.
I have just came back home and wanted to see who was that lucky person.
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wow... so sorry to hear that Vadim... such a tragedy especially at New Year night...!

My deepest condolences.





As for the cheese puzzle, I am not surprised puzzlemaniac got it... even though last time he told me he was running out of money!!! :? :P

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Sorry for the late reply! I am working long hours recently... writing scheduling algorithms for a coffee manufacturer... so that I could have money buying more puzzles. LOL!!!

OK. I have posted 6 pictures on my web site:

Go to http://www.PuzzleManiac.com

Click on "My Other Puzzle Collections"

Click on "My Collection of Rare Puzzles"

Click on "Rubik's Cheese (SAJT)"

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I think that Octahedron of yours deserves a slot in the "rare puzzles" category. After all, it's going for over $200 a pop. Isn't that worthy of being rated highly? :wink:

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wow... Puzzlemaniac... now that is some *cooooool* collection! :D

I think I should convince my father to sell one of his properties and give me the cash to reinforce my collection! :P

But to be honest, I still have not tamed many of my puzzles, so I can wait. The only thing is, the price of many rare puzzles may increase even more as time goes by!

Oh well... LOL



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Peter,

All I have to say is... I am glad I didn't pay $500+ dollars for a Dogic... especially, not my father's money. LOL!!!

I have been collecting puzzles for 15 years and my collection has no comparison to Dodd's. I wonder how long he has been collecting Rubik's cubes?

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Well... I still don't have a full time job and right now I am finishing my second postgraduate degree...! (both theoretical) :P
So I do not possess much cash right now, although the future looks bright!

One strange thing about me is that (because of my background) I am not interested in all rare puzzles, but only those which are "mathematically different".

For example, the group generated by Rubik's cheese is a normal subgroup of the group generated by Rubik's UFO.
And it is well known that Rubik's cheese is a very rare and sought puzzle. But for me having the UFO is good enough, as long as I can "play" with that particular mathematical group! :D
Jaap's web site has been really helpful to me at this point as it categorises puzzles via a mathematical way!

In the future I plan to place online some pics of my collection. You will notice that I have very few "3x3x3 mechanism style" cubes for the same reason as above!

So in other words, if I see any rare puzzle that is also "mathematically different" compared to the ones in my collection, expect me to bid very passionately! :wink:



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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7000812844

A Korean 2x2x2 with Flags. For the first time, I finally outbid Kar.

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Dodd, congrats! Actually more for outbidding Kar than for winning that cube :D. I recently saw something I was somewhat interested in and it only had one bid so it was still low but the bid came from Kar so I didn't bother bidding...


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