Vintage Star Wars memorabilia continues to be popular, even though several sequels and prequels have been made since the original film in 1977. From action figures to posters, coffees mugs to wall clocks, there's a big market for memorabilia featuring Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and other early Star Wars characters. There are scads of collectibles from all Star Wars films, but fans and collectors especially prize vintage items from the original trilogy. The avid collector can always find a willing buyer and net good money for their treasures by using good business sense and monitoring the collectors' market.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Take inventory of your Star Wars collectibles. Check all the vintage items you want to sell for wear and tear and signs of ageing. Action figures garner greater profits they have all their accessories and you can still pose them.
Grade your vintage collectibles. Action figures rate from a low C-1 to a C-10 for rare and perfect. Posters, costumes, light sabres and other items can be rated from poor to mint condition. Check with a collectable appraiser or Star Wars expert if you're unsure how to tag your item's condition.
Price your memorabilia. Consult Tomart's Price Guide to Worldwide Star Wars Collectibles, the Official Price Guide to Star Wars Memorabilia, and other vintage collectable price guides and magazines. Note current prices listed in these guides, but also research Star Wars actions on eBay to gauge the best selling prices for your Darth Vader action figure or Jabba The Hut Magnet.
Determine the best way to sell your vintage Star Wars collectibles. eBay is the quickest and most popular way, but contact online stores, science fiction fairs and conventions and more specialised routes to get in touch with serious collectors willing to spend big bucks on a Yoda PEZ dispenser or the Sears Cantina Adventure Set based on the original movie.
Present your vintage collectable in an attractive manner. This will increase its value to prospective collectors. An action figure is worth more if stored in its original box. Encase comic books in a clear plastic bag. If photographing Star Wars collectibles for online sales, shoot it from a few different angles and use a quality digital camera.
Tips and warnings
- NRFB (Never Removed from Box) action figures and other collectibles fetch more money than other items.
- Remember that foreign collectors are often willing to spend big bucks on American Star Wars collectibles.
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