News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - Iola, Wis.—Star Wars collectors are experiencing Hasbro-hype deja vu. The announcement of shipping redemption vouchers in empty action figure boxes is a reminder that the upcoming Star Wars movie will soon introduce a whole host of new collectibles. The new hype will also renew interest in existing collectibles, which could influence values of collectibles. So how will collectors know if they are paying too much or selling for too little? Stuart W. Wells III, author of “Warman’s Star Wars Field Guide” and “A Universe of Star Wars Collectibles,” advises doing some research to determine fair value.
Prices vary at each dealer and in different geographical regions. Wells suggests using several resources to determine a fair price. No single price can cover all situations, so use several reputable collector references, research past auction results and check numerous sellers for the item you want to buy or sell to get a feel for the market. Pay great attention to condition as this will make or break a higher value. Wells writes in “Warman’s Star Wars Field Guide,” “The single price given in this book should be used as a guideline or baseline. If you find the item that you want to buy for 10 percent to 25 percent less than this price, you are getting a good deal. If you are paying more, but you really want the item, that’s ok, too. Just shop around a little first to see if you can do better.”
Published by KP Books (formerly Krause Publications Book Division), “Warman’s Star Wars Field Guide” and “A Universe of Star Wars Collectibles” contain thousands of listings, covering various types of collectibles including action figures, games, statues, trading cards and wall art. The field guide is a portable 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch, 512-page book with 250+ color photos and up-to-date pricing. It was released this month.
Wells is a well-known authority on Star Wars and lives in Conn. He is available for interviews. Both books are available from KP Books, Dept. PR05, 800-258-0929, www.krausebooks.com or from major bookstores. KP Books is an imprint of F+W Publications, Cincinnati, Ohio, a special interest publisher serving hobbyists and enthusiasts in categories as writing, fine art, genealogy, crafts, antiques, various collectibles and outdoors.
Collecting Tips to Avoid Buying High and Selling Low
+ Research values from numerous dealers
+ Consult several reputable and updated price guides
+ Check past auction results
BOOK AT A GLANCE
“Warman’s Star Wars Field Guide” by Stuart W. Wells III, 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches, 512 pages, 250+ color photos, paperback, ISBN 0-89689-134-8, $12.99.