Bill’s lovely story about his magnanimous friend and a little Mexican fella called Bib inspired me to share my own recent little story…
Return of my Early Bird DT Luke
After many years of trying and then giving-up after being told we couldn’t, we suddenly found out that my wife was due to have a baby. It was the best news ever! But with all our savings exhausted, we had to urgently raise cash for all the stuff we needed. So my old Star Wars room was converted into a beautiful nursery and vast swathes of my collection were sold – it was sad to see them go but we wanted a baby more than anything.
I sold loads, including nigh on most of my rare items such as my mailers, my entire POTF coins, proof sheets and some Luke Jedi MOC. I haven’t regretted that decision one bit. But towards the end, when I already had enough money, I ended-up selling my prized DT Luke, my Blue Snaggletooth, and my Vinyl Cape Jawa – these 3 figures were bought by me before I had the internet. Back then, my only guide was my trusty Steve Sandsweet’s Concept to Collectable book. I was still a kid in school and my only source of income was a morning paper round and a few hours on a Saturday taking orders and washing dishes in a little burger restaurant.
The lady (Wendy, at the ToyLoft), from whom I bought Luke and Snag used to run adverts in the Star Wars Magazine. She was very kind and allowed me pay in instalments. It took months and months for me to buy them, but when I had finally paid enough for them, they were my prized pieces; they stood proud only display and I even took them to school to show everyone.
I am not sure why I sold them, but I regretted it straight away. I contacted the dealer to ask if I could buy them back, but they were already sold-on. Looking at his eBay sells, I could see that he made back all his money back on my Vinyl Jawa alone. I never saw the others go for sale and assumed he already has a buyer waiting. The dealer is actually a really nice guy and I can’t blame him for doing his job well.
It’s nearly coming to 2 years since I started to self-off my old collection and as our outgoings have become a little less expensive to handle, I recently decided to try and get back into the hobby and rebuild my loose figure collection as a start.
I couldn’t believe my eyes browsing through eBay 2 weeks ago; I was window shopping at the rarer figures, when I saw a little chap that had the same paint ops markings as my old DT Luke. When you have your figure for that long, you know where all the knocks and bumps are, when the paint didn’t quite cover the limbs or mouldings.
It would have been nigh on impossible to prove 100% that he was the one, but for the fact the new owner had not released the figure from the AFA case (I had them graded so I could get them verified by Tom Derby). I quickly grabbed my phone and scrolled back though the photos looking for the last photo of the DT Luke… I had the reference number and could just make out his reference number in the auction phot - it was my old Luke!
I called my wife over to tell her, she asked me if I was sure it was mine and I nodded; without hesitation said get him back. I am not really a fan of AFA these days, but even I had to admit if it wasn’t for the fact that it was encased with the serial number, I would have never been able to 100% confirm it.
So, with great anticipation, I waited for what felt like an eternity to receive the figure in the post. It arrived whilst I was in work, so my wife rang me. I was so excited when it arrived, I asked my wife to unpack it live on Face Time whilst I was still in the office. Its brilliant to get him back, but it cost me an extra £1200 on top of what I sold it for to do so. The seller’s best offer price was £1800, but I think if he knew it was originally mine I could imagine him wanting more. It is crazy how prices have suddenly rocketed.
My next quest to try and get back my old Blue Snaggletooth and VC Jawa, but I can wait patiently I have their AFA serial numbers and they are out there somewhere.
Wendy’s Toyloft advert as in the Star Wars Magazine and Price List – I used to nag her to post me these! Notice – I had marked up the figure I wanted.
My three figures ready to sell (but luckily for me, I captured the AFA serial number)
Ebay Seller photo – I recognised the figure straight away, but I could also just make out the AFA number.
My Luke Back home...
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