To add to my previous post about how dumb I had been at one point. Note: take heed…I was only dumb for a brief period. This was most likely due to my blonde hair.
I was going through some of my existing collectibles and had realized something that had also made me quite mad. Back in the hey days of Star Wars, I recall masks/helmets being a particularly cool Star Wars item to have and to hold.
At one point there was only one “authorized” manufacturer of Star Wars helmets and masks, a company called Don Post Studios. Around the year 1982, I remember buying a Darth Vader helmet for $65. (that was a lot of money back in the day!). It was a simple two piece helmet made out of plastic that fit together using velcro. To this day, those first run helmets are worth a considerable amount of money if still in their original condition.
If I recall that was the year I got my first set of contact lenses: the go ahead to get the helmet…otherwise I couldn’t wear it as I wouldn’t have been able to see a thing (now I know how Luke Skywalker felt when he donned a Stormtrooper helmet).
Sadly, I ruined it. That is to say the value of it in today’s market. I was attending a halloween party in my full blown homemade Darth Vader costume. Unfortunately I didn’t realize that without taking off the helmet, I couldn’t drink! In a fit of insanity (or maybe too many beers and overheating) I decided to make a hole in the ‘chin’ of the mask…small enough for a straw to fit through. Big mistake. That dropped the value of the mask to nearly zilch. Having realized this I sold it to a friend around 12 years later for around $25.
The Force sure wasn’t with me on that one…another collectible I wish I had never parted with.