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SHOPS & CENTERS Collector Anecdotes And Antics Collecting Vintage Star Wars Toys: Truly A “Force� To Be Reckoned With AFA. Controversy aside, this has also led to an increase in prices for higher graded specimens as collectors attempt to get the most coveted examples of their favorite vintage toy lines. The history of these

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grading company that certifies and assigns a numerical grade to each toy it reviews before encasing them in a tamper evident plastic case. Action Figure Authority (or AFA for short) is the premier third party grading company for toys and action figures. While collectors were cautious to accept a grading service devoted to toy collecting when the service first premiered, its popularity grew as the value of vintage toys and the rise of fraud increased with the continued success of Internet auctions. As such, there are a lot of collectors who will not buy a vintage toy or action figure on the Internet unless it is graded by

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In October of 2012 the science fiction world was turned upside down when it was announced that George Lucas would be selling the coveted Star Wars franchise to the Walt Disney Company. Mickey Mouse and friends would assume all rights to the franchise for an estimated cost of $4 billion dollars. The announcement generated even more excitement than that of Disney buying the beloved Marvel Comics franchise back in 2009. Hardcore Star Wars enthusiasts were split on the news, as some were now happy that Disney owned the rights to the series since a lot of fans criticized George Lucas for failing to announce any new theatrical material in almost a decade. As soon as the deal was signed Disney quickly announced plans to release the next three movies in the ongoing space saga. The first of these new films will be released in 2015 and will be a direct sequel to 1983’s “Return of the Jedi.� While details of the next film in the

series are being kept under extremely tight wraps, the collecting market is taking notice. The prices of quality vintage Star Wars toys and action figures from the original trilogy of films are steadily rising. Thanks in part to the popularity of toy collecting and reality-based collecting shows like “Toy Hunter,� vintage Star Wars toys remain some of the most popular toy lines ever to hit the collector’s market. Some of the most coveted toys are generally still factory-sealed or new in their original package. Much like coins, currency, and comic books, toy collectors also have a third party

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