It happens to every collector at one point or another, but it still hurts when an item you wanted to add to your collection slips through your fingers. Last week, while looking through one of emovieposter’s current auction catalogs, I found an item that completely grabbed me by the lapels (if I had been wearing lapels at the time) and screamed at me to buy it.
This 1972 King Features Syndicate Flash Gordon poster by Grant Morrow is the coolest thing I have seen in a long time, and pretty much sums up everything I could ever want in a poster. I had to get it. I placed it in my watch list and also set up an alarm on my phone to remind me to bid. Through a variety of reasons, I was not able to place a higher bid in time, and the poster sold to another collector for $72.
I was distraught and immediately tried to find another one of these posters online, but had no luck — this is a poster I have never seen before and I fear it is now going to go on my list of white whales — collectibles that I hope to own someday, if I can ever find it again.
If anyone out there has this poster in your collection, or know of someone who is willing to part with one, please let me know!
Have you ever felt the pain of missing the chance at acquiring a prized item for your collection? It sucks.
Oh yeah, I feel your pain! Last year I was notified of auctions for not one, but three toys I had never seen before. They were on eBay, with Buy It Now. I quickly stuffed all three in the cart and checked out, only to have my credit card declined! I ended up having to cancel my purchase, and when the items got relisted, someone else bought them. Much more painful than simply being outbid, which has happened to me a number of times…
Ouch! You can get some great deals with Buy It Now, especially when the seller doesn’t realize what they have, but you have to be quick! Hopefully, you will find those items again someday.
And hopefully you will find your poster again!
George (GI Jigsaw) says
I wonder which is worse? Missing out on something, or selling something you’ll never see again?
To paraphrase Alfred Lord Tennyson, “Tis better to have had and lost than never to have had at all,” but barely. 😉
I know I have regrets over a few items I’ve sold off in the past, but at least I got to enjoy them for a while. Of course, if I had to sell them for financial reasons, I might have a different opinion.
Matt K says
I’m completely addicted to emovieposter.com, and I feel your pain of missing out on some amazing posters- for whatever reason. All you can do is put it on your ‘want’ list and cross your fingers.
Paul ZIMMERMAN says
My father has that exact poster in a frame. It’s in Ohio and he’s willing to part ways with it for the right price