In an effort to set myself an easier goal than the collection of Palitoy figures on their first card, which gets more impossible with everey figure I obtain, I have recently been trying to collect mint copies of the 1980 ESB Official Poster Monthly, and in order to keep it a bit interesting, I've decided to focus on the UK versions only. There were five published in total, and as far as I can tell the way to tell the difference between the Uk and US versions is the cover price (pounds rather than dollars), and the lack of a bar code on the UK versions, which have a coloured rectangle in the same place.
So far I've fairly easily found issues one to four, but issue five is proving tricky. I can find the US issue 5 with the black and white bar code, and I can also find issue five with a blue coloured box where the bar code should be, but it is clearly marked $1.50 every time. Then I found some double packed bundles of issue 2 and issue 5 which are UK issued (they sold for 90p), but issue 2 is UK and issue 5 is the hybrid with a dollar price but no bar code. I also vaguely remember picking up a double pack back in the day.
Is it possible that issue 5 was never published with a pound price on the front because of a misprint, and that when the publishing company realised this they bundled all of the copies of the "$1.50 but without bar code" versions with unsold UK copies of previous issues in order to still sell them?
Or is it just the case that I've been unlucky in finding an issue 5 with a UK price?
If anyone knows, I guess this is the place to ask, right?