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  1. Macross/Animation Cel Collection Thread

    Mandarake is famous for low balling offer prices when buying from private collectors. I've worked with them in the past and they are terrible if you ever consider consignment. Also their final sale prices generally go higher because there is simply more interest. Some of their items listed over 10,000 yen will come with a certificate which in and of itself is utterly useless and not worth anything. But to some collectors they feel it is like a certificate of authenticity. Also final sale prices for their store, auctions, and BWA are generally higher than YJA largely due to collectors being aware they refresh inventory, so if they want the item they must fight hard to own it. On YJA and evilbay items can languish for years, which is of no benefit to anyone. Moreover compared to cel dealers, Mandarake has a deep pipeline that no one can match. But as the previous comments noted, none of this matters unless you the collector are willing to participate or allow bastard scumbag POS like urbantreasurehunterjapan and the numerous wannabes to continue to operate.
  2. Macross/Animation Cel Collection Thread

    Cel inventory circa late 1990s to early 2000s is vastly different than today. Gone are the multitude of cel dealers. Gone are the excellent selection from dealers, online, and even with cel communities. Gone are the annual sales. Gone are even the majority of sellers and suppliers to them. Point is what is left are scraps and these POS scalpers are merely worsening the collecting environment. As for shill bidding it is a moot point after YJA changed how usernames appear and how activities can be tracked. Now you can be bidding but you neither know against whom and you cannot determine the final winner. IMO, just focus on the real issue, namely whether or not to stay in the cel collecting game or not. That is the only thing ultimately that you can control, everything else, is noise. Good luck.
  3. Macross/Animation Cel Collection Thread

    Yes jvmacross you are correct. You accurately defined a shill bidder and the state of evilbay's inventory. Also concur the biggest issue for existing cel collectors now are POS scalpers like urbantreasurehunterjapan and small wannabe's like silvrdrago and saraliso. No scalper helps other people let alone collectors. Scalpers are just self-centered, greedy and directly creating more problems for the average collector. As harsh as it may sound, either you beat them at their own game or quit the game entirely.
  4. Macross/Animation Cel Collection Thread

    Exactly! The main reason why the tracker went down was because the person maintaining it said there basically was no point. There are less than six dedicated dealers domestically, and handful of scumbag POS scalpers (which we identified and discussed in this thread). The rest of the dealers are closed.
  5. Macross/Animation Cel Collection Thread

    Yes Yann's defunct site is a good primer. I posted this url awhile ago, glad he still hosts it.
  6. Macross/Animation Cel Collection Thread

    Those codes are the sequence numbers used in production. The A and B letters plus numbers indicate the different timing. This information is typically referenced by staff in the production timing guides or storyboards booklets. Also a thing to know about sequence number, it is used to designate if some sequences are held longer, others are key, opening, eyecatch, ending, while others are repeated. There is a lot more to cover but that is a high level overview. As for non-sequence numbered cels those generally are not production cels; however, it depends. Some might be test cels, others are replacement unused sequences, while others are model sheets. Also it might be a hanken used for advertising, and some might even be used in post production. In the end you really need to be a detective when researching artwork. Good luck!
  7. Macross/Animation Cel Collection Thread

    Saw it but did not want to participate. Did you?
  8. Macross/Animation Cel Collection Thread

    Urbantreasurehunterjapan (UTHJ) is the recipient of countless jokes and the focus of massive disdain among cel collectors. He operates out of Japan but his English is terrible and he does not bother to communicate; so do not waste your energy. This seller is the definition of a price gouger; he absolutely does not care about the cel and artwork communities he harms. He is a prime example of what is wrong with this hobby when he deliberately flips artwork with mark ups exceeding 300%. Sadly it just takes one buyer to support his practices. I've encountered at least three collectors who purchased from UTHJ and paid excessively inflated prices. Most are seasoned collectors so they know what he does, but unfortunately they do not care where they obtain their drug of choice as it were. And in regards to whether or not anyone on the MW forums think UTHJ is cool, lets just say if you review the older posts you will find some users that inaccurately believe UTHJ provides a service.
  9. Macross/Animation Cel Collection Thread

    Our friend urbantreasurehunterjapan is such a considerate and wonderful seller, he keeps thinking of ways to help us save our hard earned monies. @jvmacross Glad you avoided the auction. Doubt those were authentic.
  10. Macross/Animation Cel Collection Thread

    How did it go jvmacross?
  11. Macross/Animation Cel Collection Thread

    Nice sequence jvmacross! And yes we will probably see those counterfeit cels appearing on ebay very soon. The seller probably did not know they were counterfeits as they post a wide variety of authentic cels and other anime goods.
  12. Macross/Animation Cel Collection Thread

    Hmm it is plausable for the counterfeiters to create their own tracelines. But it would make more sense to do reproductions for most memorable scenes or even hankens. This most recent batch were fairly obviously non-production cels from the same shots as the paint-it yourself sets. As for the recently sold cel from AL it is authentic.
  13. Macross/Animation Cel Collection Thread

    One thing that is odd is how did the counterfeiters remove the pre-printed signatures? JVMacross don't you own these reproduction coloring cel kits? Is it relatively easy to remove the signatures?
  14. Macross/Animation Cel Collection Thread

    Counterfeiters are the top reason why buyers need to conduct their due diligence. Even seasoned dealers have missed well made counterfeits. New collectors like yourself need to dedicate a lot of time and energy to study art and learn more, otherwise you risk becoming duped.