Then again, that one button does give you a nice shot of Ghost Rider’s bottom…ladies.

§ August 3rd, 2012 § Filed under pins § 6 Comments

So I have to admit, a not-insignificant portion of my reasoning for buying these from a collection brought into the store on Thursday was so that I could scan ’em and put the pic up on my site, like so:

Okay, to be completely honest I wouldn’t have bought them if I didn’t think I could sell them. And while this still-sealed “collector’s” button set from 1990, complete with serial numbering (#0823 out of, like, a million, probably) has all the appearances of something that would do well on the eBay, the truth of the matter is that sets like these generally sell for around zero dollars there. However, I do have enough people passing through the shop who still are stoking the smouldering embers of interest in our favorite demonic motorcyclist, despite the best efforts of Nicolas Cage, that I’m reasonably certain I might be able to sell this in-store for, oh, a couple of bucks, maybe.

The set might have benefited from the buttons featuring more icon-y poses like this:

…as opposed to using three of the buttons to show Ghost Rider just fightin’ dudes:

…as that level of detail may not be “read” easily or appreciated properly when the button is used as intended (on a Levi’s jacket, backpack, or, perhaps, a baseball cap), where generally only a fleeting glimpse of said image is likely. Or rather, as buttons usually are used as intended, rather than as the “collector’s” item this, and other similar comic book button sets released by Marvel and DC in the ’90s, were supposed to be used…bought and packed away into your long boxes, where they sat and waited for that far-off day, a decade or so into the 21st century, when you would pull them out and take them over to the local funnybook store where the guy behind the counter may take pity and give you a buck for them because he might want to talk about them on his website.

6 Responses to “Then again, that one button does give you a nice shot of Ghost Rider’s bottom…ladies.”

  • J.W.Rollins says:

    I have a couple of Batman pin sets from about the same time. I remember buying two of the sets with and image from The Dark Knight so that I could wear one and stash the other away for “investment”.

  • Old Bull Lee says:

    Nowadays there is such a glut of items like this, from talking keychains to toasters, that anyone interested in this kind of thing likely has a closet full of stuff. Back then it was at least somewhat rare to see this stuff appear.

  • philip says:

    Pity Bucks are the new Euro!

    While I can’t speak for the rest of your loyal readers, I am just obsessive enough to want to know how this turns out. Without naming names, please let us (me) know if/when you sell these.

  • Robert in New Orleans says:

    These are horrific. Not in the spooky hair raising on the back of your neck way, but in the I can’t believe I’m looking at this way. But hey, if you’re gonna sell these for less than SRP, I think they’ll be reckoned a bargain and move like the hotcakes I’ve heard spoken of in hushed and reverent tones.

  • pell says:

    The things you do for us, Mike.

  • Snark Shark says:

    yup- that ONE looks pretty cool. the others? meh.