- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: House of Collectibles (12 April 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375720758
- ISBN-13: 978-0375720758
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 23.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,880,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Official Price Guide to Star Wars Memorabilia Paperback – Large Print, 12 Apr 2005
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About the Author
\Jeremy Beckett has been collecting Star Wars items since he first picked up George Lucas' original novelization of A New Hope in 1976. He has amassed a collection numbering in the thousands. Jeremy joined Rebelscum.com, a Web site totally devoted to Star Wars collecting, in 2001, and now manages their dedicated European Star Wars collecting sister site as well as his own retro computer Star Wars gaming Web site, The Emulator Strikes Back.
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I expected a few more pictures of the products in the book, but it is mainly text. Its still a great book with lots of information, but just dont expect lots of pictures.
But there was plenty of other collecter information on what to look out for.
Its a shame the prices are all $ so you have to work out the exchange rate.
But it depends what you want this book for!
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
My two main concerns about this book were the quality of the rating system and the price guide (both seemed somewhat misleading). For example, on page 25 he shows a picture of a vintage R2-D2 figure that is in TERRIBLE condition, but gives it a C6 rating. However, I think most collectors would give it a much lower rating (and many would probably just throw it away it's in such bad shape!). Further, if anything, the price estimates provided in this book seem too low! For example, the price guide says a mint/complete loose blue Snaggletooth sells for $55 (but, I've never seen one go for that little anywhere). So, if the author is selling his mint/complete blue Snaggletooth at that price, I'll take it!
Other minor concerns include a price guide that is more confusing than most, and calling the book an "official" price guide when there doesn't seem to be any formal connection at all (I didn't see it stated anywhere, but it seems this is just a name the publisher uses for all their collectable books).
In sum, most of the information provided in this book is not new and is also available elsewhere (by far the best option being John Kellerman's Star Wars Vintage Action Figures: A Guide for Collectors). Though you'll probably pay more for many of these other books, most will contain a lot more photos, be in full color, and be printed on high quality semi-gloss paper. By contrast, this book contains only a modest number of photos, is 98% black and white, and is printed on newsprint. For all of these reasons, I give this book 3.5 stars (rounded up to 4 stars because even an average book on Star Wars collectables is still pretty good).