>So I kind of figured my Star Wars toys were worth diddly, since they were loose, but just out of curiosity, I started clickng around some of the collector sites on the web. And guess what I wish I hadn’t learned? Well, it seems that my blond SW Luke Skywalker, if he still had his original double telescoping light saber (which I very distinctly remember him having — I got him in the “Early Bird” pack) would still be worth quite a bit of money even loose because the telescoping light sabers are rare. (I think my white-haired Obi Wan, who is also missing his saber, *might* have once had a telescoping one, but I *know* my Luke did.) Darth Vader, alas, the only one still with his saber, has a mere single telescoping saber, otherwise he’d be worth mega-bucks, even loose. Of course, that doesn’t mean I’d find someone to *buy* Luke, with saber intact, for a lot of money, but still, that one little missing piece of cheap plastic makes me want to bang my head on the desk.
Collecting is weird and so is eBay, by the way. I was looking at what people were bidding for SW trading cards on eBay — because, yes, I have some of those, too — and people were bidding $15-20 a piece for some individual cards, but not bidding at all for complete sets where the minimum was $5. Can someone explain that to me?