39090 – Power Droid
On an initial glance you ask yourself “why did they make this figure?”. But then you remember it was the 70’s – robots seemed pretty futuristic and I imagine adding droids to the collection helped give Star Wars that sci-fi feel. Then you actually play with this little guy and realise how neat he is, especially the “click click” (or “gonk gonk”). He actually appeared in all three Original Trilogy films – popping up in places such as the Sandcrawler, Death Star, Echo Base & even Jabba’s dungeon (being tortured no less !!).
He must be a popular figure as there were a high level of sales this month – and a great range across all three movie cardbacks and of course plenty of AFA items ….
Star Wars cardback
20G – AFA75 (C75 / B75 / F85) – $251.51 – eBay link
20D – non-graded – $136 – eBay link
I’m assuming this was the 20D (which had a black sticker covering the Boba Fett offer on the back) however looks like the sticker was peeled off and took a bit of the cardboard with it.
20E – non-graded (c6) – $61 – eBay link
This cardback is pretty rough – but shows for even a relatively small sum of money you can have a figure from the original 20 figures on a Star Wars cardback. If you put this in a clear case (acrylic or starcase) it would look pretty decent and is a great bit of history. However there’s a high chance this was bought and sent off for “U grading”, but we wont go there!
These next two really show the premium buyers will pay for that AFA grading…
21A – Offerless – AFA85 (C85 / B85 / F85) – $405.01 – eBay link
21A – Offerless – non-graded – $139 – eBay link
And these next two show the power of an AFA85 – big premium over the AFA75..
21B – Offerless – AFA85 (C85 / B85 / F85) – $680 – eBay link
21B Back – Offerless – AFA75 (C80 / B75 / F85) – $299.99 – eBay link
Empire Strikes Back cardbacks
I found a few ESB cards with offers. As I’ve mentioned a few times I was initially not a fan of the cardback with offer, but once you get a few you really appreciate them, and its also neat to think to back to the actual time the offer was “in play” and you would send those POP’s away. Waiting for that little white mailer to arrive with the figure seems like an engrained childhood memory for lots of us.
21 Back – Secret figure offer – $53.00
This was actually pretty rough on the back – the “Secret Offer sticker had been partially torn off.
21 Back – Secret figure offer – $127.50
A better example of the card, though I’ll admit I prefer the offer sticker design on the previous example
47 Back – with 4-LOM offer – $51.00
Return of the Jedi cardback
77 Back – $89.99
Foreign MOC – German 45 Back – $249.95 – eBay link
Loose graded – U90 – $320.00
POTF Mail-in coin – $384.00
Revenge of the Jedi proof – AFA85 – $232.61 eBay link
I know Skye mentions this but I’m also surprised just how cheap these proofs can go for, given how rare they are. This was a nice example and hopefully went to a focus collector, as a pre-production item in a character focus really helps set it off.
Celebration VI Star Tots – $35.00
These Star Tots were really well done. Having not attended CVI I didn’t pick any up and I did hear a few stories of just how popular they were. Kudos to the team who put these together.
Keep an eye out for a future post where Pete and I delve into a thorough analysis of the AFA85 / AFA80 / AFA75 to work out where you should spend your money