I have seen more than one thread on this forum over the years basically asking the question, "Do you regret selling anything?" Well, fortunately I've never sold a double-telescoping Obi-Wan for 50p, but unfortunately I've never owned a real one either. I don't really regret selling any Vintage stuff (not that I've sold that much of it anyway, really), but there is one thing that I really do regret that is to do with Vintage, and that's selling my old cabinets.
Back in the early nineties when I first got back into collecting Vintage figures, I quickly realised I wanted a wall-mounted cabinet to display them in. I also started collecting the modern line (don't shoot me!
), and so I wanted a second cabinet for them too. I didn't like my chances of buying ones of the right sizes for my needs, and besides, I wanted bespoke ones; made to measure for the figures they were to hold. I thought about it, and really couldn't see any reason why I couldn't make some myself. I mean, how hard could it be?
So I wheeled out a sheet of paper and a pencil, drew up some plans, and got building!
However, I wanted more than just display cabinets. I wanted STAR WARS display cabinets, and so I hit upon the idea of painting the background of each with the Star Wars logo! I'd always been quite artistic, and so I set about carefully measuring and scaling up a highly accurate Star Wars stencil which I then used to paint onto the back of each cabinet. And they looked amazing, even if I do say so myself... right up until I put the figures in! I hadn't realised just how much the logo detracted from the figures and vice-versa. All that effort and I wished I hadn't bothered! And so when I inevitably made more cabinets as the modern line collection grew, I didn't bother with the logo, but otherwise the design remained the same.
Well, eventually I moved house and I took my cabinets with me, but for a variety of reasons, I didn't put them back up on the walls straightaway. Time passed, and I reluctantly came to realise that my old design was no longer fit for purpose. The modern line had expanded so much that I felt I should build something bigger and better. The old cabinet design was also imperfect; they were good as far as they went, but the covers were quite fragile when not fixed in place, and also had a tendency to go out of true during their manufacture, making most of them a slightly different shape to the cabinets behind. Don’t get me wrong; I was really proud of those cabinets, but I knew I could do better, so I did. The problem was, what to do with my old cabinets, of which there were now four?
They were no longer of any use to me, but I couldn't bear the thought of just throwing them away. I thought there must be hundreds of collectors out there that would leap at the chance of owning them, but the problem was trying to find them. This all took place about 16 years ago, long before I found this forum, and although I probably was using eBay by then, I couldn't possibly mail the cabinets anywhere. Placing adverts in the local rags and collectibles shops yielded nothing, and so I eventually hit upon the idea of trying a local auction house. They accepted the cabinets and sold the lot... for £5!... Great.
I really hate the fact that I don’t know where they went; that I can’t be sure that they went to a good home. I can only hope that they did and that they’re still being used today. I had no choice really as they were far too bulky to store and I needed to free up space in my house, so they had to go, but I really do wish I had known about this forum back then. I'm quite certain I could have found some deserving and appreciative homes for them, but now I guess I'll never know
So no, I don't regret selling any Vintage, but I do regret selling these in the way that I did: