Saturday 22nd March saw me take another trip to Memorabilia at the NEC in Birmingham - the show has really exploded into a place for all things Comic/TV/Movie related in the last few years and now has grown so big visitors from all over come to check it out.
My trip to the event last year was more of a browsing session as I was pretty sure trying to pick up Django Unchained figures would prove just a difficult a task as it sounded.
This year I attended with a purpose - to pick up any Preacher comics I could find along with a Jimmy Hart WWF LJN figure (MIB) for him to sign at next months Wales Comic Con. I also had my normal Back to the Future purchasing eye out!
Background Info on my search points -
Preacher is a comic book series created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon and ran from 1995-2000 and it would seem as if it is all set to become the latest TV series hit from AMC (who also make The Walking Dead). I've recently been purchasing the Preacher comic books in online auctions and thought I'd see what I could find at the show.
Jimmy Hart is the former WWF (WWE) Manager of numerous Tag Teams and Single Wrestlers - working with greats such as The Honkytonk Man and Greg 'The Hammer' Valentine, not forgetting the Immortal Hulk Hogan and Brutus 'The Barber' Beefcake.
Back to the Future - Is and will always be my favourite film - no introduction needed there!
Upon arrival I started browsing with no sign of Preacher or Jimmy Hart's - I did find a couple of the Walter White Vamonos Pest Control Breaking Bad figures but at £35 a piece I knew I could get them cheaper away from the show.
Walking round I did see a lot of great things - A Back to the Future 2 poster magazine - which again at £20 seemed way too high. Planet of the Apes figures from the initial revamp of the series at £5 each (I was going to offer £10 for 3 if I found nothing else) but then as I was heading back towards the exit I thought I'd chance my luck and walk round one more time.
I found a seller who specialised in old movie posters - I had a look to see if there were and BTTF 2 one sheets - but no good. They then had their 'bargain boxes' so I browsed through - and was in luck......
First Out came these Jurassic Park : The Lost World Lobby Cards -
I've always enjoyed the Jurassic Park Series and knowing previously lobby card sets holding value in later years picked them up.
Next out of the bargain box came this Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull German Poster -
Not my favourite of the Indy films but something worth having - it may well be this gets framed and put onto the wall of my planned 'Man Cave' at some point.
Last up was something I was delighted to have found - initially I was convinced that they were Back to the Future 2 Lobby Cards from Germany - however the CIC Video sign suggested perhaps they should have been included with some kind of video promotion..... it wasn't until I got home that night I realised they weren't lobby cards as such......
The above photo isn't the best quality buy what it actually turned out to be was a poster size sheet of scenes from the film. Very unique and very cool - especially if your a BTTF fan like me!
These purchases lead to me walking round a bit longer - chatting to sellers and gaining new contacts.
Then on was pretty much my last stop of the day I found a seller who had Preacher comics I numbers! My aim of the day was done!
I purchased a number of the Preacher comics he had - I can't explain how happy I was to get them, those I picked up are in the picture below -
My day was a success - I went with an aim and was able to complete it!
The Jimmy Hart mission continues but for my Preacher task I am now only 20 issues short of a full 66 comic set!
I toyed with the idea of attending a second day but with Wales Comic Con just a month away the pennies will be saved for that!
I'm certainly looking forward to the next Memorabilia later in the year - this looks set to be my new thing to do every six months now!
Back at the tail end of September 2013 Premiere Props held one of their regular auctions through ICollector - and included within this sat some Back to the Future lots, which, needless to say caught my attention.
Back to the Future props always demand top dollar - screen matched items can sell for massive figures and as much as I would love to sink every penny I have into owning items from the film it simply can't happen!
I was fortunate enough to win some Cafe 80's slides a few years back - and also own a couple of Biff Co items too however unless I win the lottery the big pieces aren't going to be coming my way.
So it was with a careless bid on the off chance I may win something I went after the above item - 'A Ford Sign' - I put in a bottom bid - and somehow won it!
Sure I know its not screen matched (although part of the fun will be rewatching the movie in the hope it fleetingly appears)
My plans for it? Simple - frame the COA - and hang the item in my man cave - it makes for cool viewing and is a great conversation piece.
There is something genuinely cool about owning something from your favorite film - big or small - and for now its small things like this that will keep me entertained.
Of course if any eagle eyed BTTF fan out there can spot if this does show in the film at all let me know.
Its another Back to the Future piece for my collection.
2015 looks set to be a bumper year for BTTF fans with the 30th Anniversary, The Musical and Self Tying Laces set to make it a year to remember.
Who knows - maybe we will get a working hoverboard by then too........
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