Earlier today, I did something that was either really stupid, or incredibly amazing — I just don’t know which. I need your help.
I purchased this signed Star Wars poster from “some guy.” There is no documentation and all the information I have is that this guy, let’s call him “Slipping Jimmy,” bought it at a pawn shop years ago. The red flags were flying high, but damn if I wasn’t intrigued. Jimmy and I exchanged several emails over the last week or so, and I ended up getting the poster after Jimmy agreed to lower the price quite a bit.
We met in a big box store parking lot at a predetermined time, and Jimmy seemed like a nice guy — older than me, and driving a late model hybrid — he can’t possibly be a scammer right? Scammers don’t drive eco-friendly vehicles!
Now that I have the poster in hand, the more I look at it, the more I’m leaning towards the possibility that the signatures might actually be legit. Help me Internet! Star Wars posters, and autograph collecting especially, are not my thing. Did I get totally hosed, or is there a chance that these signatures are authentic.
The poster has 12 signatures:
George Lucas, Sir Alec Guinness, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Williams, James Earl Jones, Gary Kurtz, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Peter Mayhew, Ralph McQuarrie
The poster itself is an obvious reprint, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was taken around to various shows and conventions to gather signatures by a fan. Forging a signature is one thing, but forging a dozen takes a bit of work. Of course, that might just be me trying to justify this purchase!
The poster is in a custom frame and looks great whether the signatures are real or not, so I’ll gladly hang this in the cave. It makes a great pairing with the Hildebrandt brothers’ signed poster I picked up earlier this year.
So, what do you think? Trash or treasure? If anyone out there has some pointers on how to determine the authenticity, I’d love to hear it!