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ORIGINAL STAR WARS INSERT (NSS version)

BOOTLEG STAR WARS INSERT (NSS version)

The usual Hall of Shame fake sellers, including Tom Loce (Ebay ID: tloceposters) and Rick Toler (Ebay ID: rokmodataol) have been selling these Star Wars bootleg NSS inserts for more than 10 years.  They refuse to say where and how they obtained these bootlegs. Tom Loce frequently threatens to sue anybody who questions his bootleg sales.  It has been alleged that these bootlegs were printed by an NSS employee after hours. No one really knows since the bootleg sellers are not talking. In any event the bootleg sellers have unlimited supplies of them and have sold hundreds (if not thousands) to unsuspecting buyers. Here are some screenshots showing the bootlegs available for sale on Ebay.

VIDEO STAR WARS INSERT

(Lucasfilm version)

Bootlegs of NSS Star Wars inserts infest the market.  Fortunately, they can be readily distinguished because the bootlegs are cropped compared to the original NSS version, as shown below.


First, on the original (below left) there is plenty of sky between the white border and the helmet.  By contrast, the bootleg (below right) is drastically cropped at the top. The helmet extends all the way to the top of the art. 

Movie poster collectors should be extremely cautious when buying Star Wars insert posters.   As shown above, there are three US versions, an NSS original (left), an NSS bootleg (above center), and a video Lucasfilm insert (above right).

The Lucasfilm video insert is easy to distinguish.  Look for the “1977 Lucasfilm” in the lower left.  It was distributed to video stores in the 1980s.  We know it was printed after 1980 because the GAU logo at the bottom center is to the left of the phrase “LITHO IN USA”   As shown below, prior to 1980 all inserts were printed with the GAU logo to the right of the phrase “LITHO IN USA.”

DISTINGUISHING LUCASFILM STAR WARS VIDEO INSERT POSTERS

DISTINGUISHING NSS STAR WARS INSERT AND BOOTLEG

Rick Toler (Ebay ID: rokmodataol) selling bootleg NSS Star Wars insert (screenshot May 2013):

Tom Loce (Ebay ID: tloceposters) selling bootleg NSS Star Wars insert (screenshot May 2013):

ORIGINAL STAR WARS

NSS INSERT

BOOTLEG STAR WARS

NSS INSERT

INTERNATIONAL INSERT

I’ve recently been sent an image of the rare international insert that lacks the PG rating:

Randy Poling (Ebay ID: bradburied) selling bootleg NSS Star Wars inserts (screenshot January 2014).  Unlimited supplies of perfect rolled Star Wars insert poster THIRTY-SEVEN years after the movie came out.  Will miracles never cease?

KNOWN SELLERS OF FAKE STAR WARS INSERT POSTERS

Screenshot from March 2014 showing numerous fake bootlegs being sold by Rokmodataol and Bradburied.  You can spot the cropped top from a mile away.

Also as show below a fighter below the Death Star is missing on the bootleg: