Twin Ports Bid is offering a mother lode of science fiction items, from “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” action figures, board games, ornaments and posters to “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” trading cards. There’s even a brand-new Admiral Akbar costume purchased at Prange Way in 1983.
The huge personal collection is something Nate Finstad, co-owner of the Superior auction company, doesn’t see every day.
“To get this much, especially of the sci-fi stuff, all in one, from one person, crazy unique,” he said.
It took three people two days to unpack the nearly 20,000 pieces, now grouped in 554 lots.
“It was kind of like Christmas for me as we were digging through the boxes,” Finstad said, and many items brought back childhood memories.
The business, which opened in October 2017, takes items on consignment from a five-state area. Items are usually auctioned online. Twin Ports Bid also offers live auctions, private sales and consignment services.
“Our goal honestly is always to get the best results for our sellers,” Finstad said.
Large lots close slowly, four items per minute. No last-minute sniping is allowed. If a higher bid is posted, a three-minute extension allows other bidders a chance to top it.
Finstad brings more than a decade of experience to the business. He said sellers are often downsizing, moving or just ready to pass on their treasures when they come to Twin Ports Bid.
“It’s amazing what comes through the doors,” Finstad said. “I’ve pretty much seen everything that you could see come through an auction.”
Every job is different and it’s chaos 100% of the time.
The small business employs three and makes it a point to give back. Twin Ports Bid has held fundraising auctions for the Superior Fire and Police departments, Lake Superior Zoo and Superior Sunrise Rotary. During October, a firefighter’s boot on the desk will collect donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Finstad said Twin Ports Bid’s downtown location at 1322 Banks Ave. is a nice fit, although it's outgrowing its 6,000-square-foot space. Traffic is good and there’s an influx of new business and growth downtown.
Once the science fiction auction closes Thursday, Oct. 3, Finstad will gear up for another unique sale. By the end of October, nearly 400 clocks from a single collector will be up for auction. The items include mantle clocks, cuckoo clocks, grandfather clocks, open-faced clocks, desk clocks, even an 1800s clock that hung in a railroad depot.
"We don't normally see collections this big," Finstad said.