Mini99 wrote: retrotoyinfo wrote:
Darth Bobby wrote:I’m sure I saw them right at the end of the line. I have a memory of seeing them in a shop and being put off by the logo and coin. I may have imagined it but I have a vivid memory of seeing Amanaman and not knowing who he was. Would have been mid eighties, ages after everyone had given up collecting Star Wars. It was Fenwicks in Newcastle.
It sounds like you saw one! It's possible. Despite their current perception of rarity, there were large numbers for sale in the USA. Many UK collectors did not even know they existed in the early 2000's, and were not particularly sought after in the UK. I would say the collectability of them in the UK is quite a modern phenomena
I saw many POTF cards for sale at toy fairs in the mid to late 90s, and indeed bought quite a few.
So they were certainly known about then.
They were always at a premium, I remember buying an Imperial Dignity in 1997 for £90, which taking inflation into account would be more than today’s price!
It's interesting to know they were available at toy fairs in the 1990's. While many collectors might have known about them, I still think they seemed a bit obscure and agree more of a premium might have been put on them then, than now. Although I think in the last couple of years, the prices have escalated dramatically. I remember buying a carded POTF C-3PO around year 2000 for £100. Certainly on eBay in the UK around the year 2000, there was not a large amount for sale, but still had a premium on them.
A problem with the POTF cards is on quite a few of them, over time the bubble yellows, often making the bubble fragile and can easily crack. The Han solo in carbonite is one that often yellows very much.
Here is a couple of my POTF cards. The Emperor was originally $1.19 at Kay Bees!