Like every other milsurp... Handpicks vanish first, VG next, then the run of the mill condition, then the bottom of the barrel stuff, parts worthy guns.
Hardcore collectors usually swipe the handpicks, smaller collectors who want a used look, but not rough/higher end shooters usually the VG, heavy shooters/modders usually take the run of the mill, tinkerers/obsessive parts hoarders/ones who like to play and piddle with the parts guns.
There are only so many in existence, so many imported and they aren't made any more.
Happened on the SKSs and Type 53s from Albainia, the Cz52 handguns, M48s, Mosins and the rest, all down through the years. I have never seen parts/low end offerings placed before the handpick. Retailers will make their money up front off the handpicks and VG.