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Posted by: Bill Cable     October 7, 2010 1:32:29 PM CDT

Collected thoughts:

The Modern Collector
2010-05-14 08:39:02

I write this comic from experience.

Back in 1997 I was a fresh-out-of-college, underemployed POTF2 collector and new member of OSWCC. I went over to OSWCC president Chris Fawcett's house quite often and was awed by his amazing Vintage collection. Thinking back now I rightfully should have been completely dumbstruck, but at the time the extent of my collectible knowledge was what was on the pegs at Ames at any given moment. "First shot? Carded sample? What are those? Hey - did you see they misspelled Saelt-Marae's on the Rebel Fleet Trooper cardback??!!"

While I loved the Star Wars toys I collected as a child, I couldn't imagine "collecting" them. They were just TOO EXPENSIVE! I could get like eight figures for the cost of a single Vintage carded Return of the Jedi figure. I could never afford that! And stuff like 12-backs?? $100 for a single figure? Preposterous!!

I had an appetite for much more affordable fare...

Looking back, that position was a bit ridiculous. Thirteen more years of Hasbro producing modern figures has made it absolutely untenable.

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