To sell, or not to sell?


Decisions, decisions. With two babies on the way, and the need for both space and money, I am finally getting off my butt and taking some tentative steps into the world of eBaying — beginning with a couple of redundant items from my CD and DVD collections. Meanwhile, I am wondering what to do with items like the ones depicted above and below: sell, keep for now, or toss out?

For some reason, I was never much of a Star Wars action-figure collector when I was young. I got several when the first movie was still pretty new — the three above being the only ones whose whereabouts I still know — but I never got around to getting any of the Empire or Jedi toys. I did, however, make a point of collecting the entire Return of the Jedi bubble-gum-card set, and I believe I held on to all my doubles and triples as well. (I think I got up to six copies of a Lando Calrissian card before the set was complete.)

Anyway, some of my friends are telling me to hold on to these toys just a little longer, and to let them “appreciate”.

Meanwhile, I have to get rid of a number of the papers, magazines and other periodicals that I’ve been stockpiling, and that probably includes the first year or two or three of Premiere magazines; the very first issue ever, pictured here, came out near the end of my final year of high school, in 1987, and is still in extremely good condition (few or no wrinkles, fingerprints, etc.).

It’s scary to think that I’ve had that magazine for more than half my lifetime, now, but at any rate, I have a sentimental attachment to it, and would rather sell it and its successors than toss them. However, I haven’t a clue if there are any collectors out there who would want to snap it up, either individually or in a set.

Anyway, first I’ll learn the eBay ropes by selling those other items.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://www.nickalexander.com Nick

    Hi Peter…

    As an experienced eBayer, one way to find out if there is an interest is to do a search on closed items similar to yours, and find out how much they went for. It can also give you hints as to what people usually look for in these magazines.

    Whatever people cannot get online, is a big plus. If there are rare articles based on people who are stars today (but just starting out then) would probably be a big draw as well….

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03704760215708914240 Bruce Geerdes

    Where are Luke and Leia’s capes? ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07395937367596387523 Peter T Chattaway

    If there are rare articles based on people who are stars today (but just starting out then) would probably be a big draw as well….

    Good point, Nick — which reminds me, I have an old copy of Entertainment Weekly from, like, 1992 or thereabouts which features Jennifer Connelly as the cover girl for “tomorrow’s stars”. It took a while, but she did get there in the end!

    Where are Luke and Leia’s capes?

    Luke never had a cape. But yes, Leia’s is missing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15729167937433295927 Geosomin

    If you have an R2D2 I’ll buy him (or han solo or obiwan…). I have a book of how much star wars stuff is worth if you need some specifics (not sure how I ended up with it). It covers pretty much every kind of memorabelia if you want me to look some stuff up. Looking at closed auction prices would be a good hint of what to set any minimum bids for. It’d be tougher for things like comics tho.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15729167937433295927 Geosomin

    Hold on to them cuz you like them. They’re only valuable to you for that. I have a friend who bought a house by selling off his collectables. Just keep what you’re attached to and cull the others. Even if it’s “really valuable” it’s probably more valuable to you as $$ for your new abode and munchkins. My theory about what I keep (well what’s left of it) it keep it if it means something to you. Just my 2 cents

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07395937367596387523 Peter T Chattaway

    Well, that’s Han Solo in the picture there!

    I know I used to have R2-D2 (and C-3PO, and Darth Vader, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Chewbacca, and a Stormtrooper, and an Imperial commander, and Luke in X-wing pilot gear), but I’m not sure where those ones are right now.

    I also used to have some Black Hole action figures — d’ya think any of those might fetch a good price? :)

    Oh, and in addition to the action figures, I should also still have a Barbie-and-Ken-sized Luke Skywalker doll.

    Believe it or not, I’m not planning on selling any comics — not yet, anyway, and not unless I happen to have doubles of some issues. My wife may want me to off-load some of my possessions, but she does want to keep those, at least!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15729167937433295927 Geosomin

    If you get a list of action figures let me know…I’m trying to get the few from my childhood collection back that I really liked (my Mom gave all mine away without asking…sniff!). *I* think the Black Hole ones might be worth something. We had a few (again, given away) but I remember looking a few up and they were worth a bit. If you let me know what you’d like for Han (or if you find R2)or just let me know when the auction is up I’ll bid fair $$ for him. He’s one of the one’s I’d like to find. I *do* know the figures are worth more if you have the packaging or little gun bits. Luke having his lightsaber will make him WAY more valuable. I know there’s people here locally who’ll take your stuff and sell it on Ebay for you and just take 5%…maybe that’s the way to go if you’re nervous about it. I’ve bought lots o stuff on Ebay but never sold, so I can’t offer any help…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17776897108406930562 Václav Patrik Šulik

    Peter:

    I’ve read about your twins of and on for awhile — but I don’t know if I’ve ever congratulated you. This is very exciting news — I’m looking forward to hearing about the changes in your life over the next few years. Congratulations and my the Lord richly bless you and your family.

    Warmest regards,

    William P. Sulik


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