Silver Surfer promotional quarters on eBay
The Silver Surfer promotionally altered U.S. quarters have been appearing for sale on eBay ever since their dispersment by Twentieth Century Fox earlier this week for the promotion of their upcoming Marvel Entertainment summer release Fantastic 4 movie. A quick check of eBay reveals that between May 27th and June 1st the closing prices are ranging between $90 and $150 for examples of this Franklin Mint modified California quarter. Current auctions, with from one to six days till closing are ranging between $10 and $150 or so, with a few odd balls opening at 99 cents with buy-it-now prices near $150.
It will be interesting to see in the weeks to come, how much these prices will drop. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer hits theaters June 15th, so after that the coins may begin to cool off. We are told that the mintage is 40,000 and while film, comic and coin enthusiast fever will keep things going for a while, I would expect that once the movie leaves the theaters these promotional items will be much easier to get at lower prices.
Other angles of this story are being explored by a few of my web writing friends; Ray Sidman of CBG and Dave Harper of Numismatic News. Keep an eye on the Numismatic News and Comic Buyer's Guide websites for future developements.