Need information on vintage-era wanted posters
In an effort to continue fixing up a 1967 Ford Mustang coupe for my daughter (head rests and 3-point seatbelts for safety are next on my list), I am considering parting with some items from my Star Wars collection. As you can probably imagine, it is no easy task (nostalgia galore!), but I think I can manage. To this end, I am looking for any additional details, confirmation/correction, and/or valuation information on these posters:
They measure approximately 11"x17" (double an 8½x11" page) and are printed on a construction paper type material. I believe them to be bootleg/unlicensed merchandise primarily due to the lack of register, copyright, or trademarks, although the Indiana Jones poster does have a Paramount Pictures copyright mark.
From what little information I have been able to find on the web, they were sold through catalogs and magazine ads by a company called Star Trek Galore or Intergalactic Trading Co. (both were in Longwood, FL at different street addresses, but in the same neighborhood). These companies were known to sell unlicensed/bootleg merchandies and were the subjects (along with others) of at least one lawsuit in 1977.
I have also read that they may have been used on and around college campuses by local movie houses with a limited budget to spark student interest in showings at local theaters. Others report them being sold at bookstores and convention/trade shows.
The Star Wars Collectors Archive lists the Star Wars posters with a 1983 date, but no photos or additional information is included.
Any additional information, clarification, or correction on the nature, purpose, and/or value of these posters is greatly appreciated!
Here is an older thread that may have some information to help you out
WANTED Dead or Alive Han Solo poster (Could use some help)
I did find that thread as well as this one:
ELECT Leia Organa Poster
They were the only two places on the web that I found with any kind of substantial information. I am hoping that, with a little more exposure, some additional details will come out.
Last edited by encryptedbytes; 09-28-2013 at 11:10 AM.