think he gets a bad rap for all the fake props he has sold in the past. Unfounded??--You can contact almost ANY major prop house in the world, and they will tell you the same thing. I can also direct you to quite a few toy/prop dealers here in the US who have been ripped off by good-ol' Jayson as well.
I don't see how that excuses him of the FACT that he has sold FAKE props in the past. I would suggest you contact Christie's or Sothebys, and ask any of the experts at either house, and see what they have to say.
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The POTF Yak Face Mailer has long been a debatable subject primarily because of the sole source of these items - Jason Joiner. Bill is, as previously mentioned, a pillar of the SW community and a great bloke to deal with. However, and as he quite rightly alluded to in the auction details, the validity of the piece can't be verified 100%.
Despite my better judgment, I am going to repost what I originally wrote. I want to stress that I am only doing this due to the numerous members who have reached out to me privately. Some have suggested that it is my "duty and obligation" to share any information I have about this subject.
Just to be clear, I have nothing to gain or lose from my comments. I do not own or have not sold any bagged Yak Faces. This post is not be seen as any type of commentary for or against Tom D, AFA/CIB. I'm neutral... consider me the "Switzerland" of the collecting community.
I attended the FX 95 Toy Show in Orlando in 1995. I was on a buying trip for Starlog, and was acquiring large amounts of collectible pieces for our stores. It was this particular show that these Yak Faces first made their appearance (as best I recall).
Jason J (Joiner) set up his booth and unpacked numerous suitcases. He traveled back then with his toys in suitcases to save time and money I assume. Space back then, was key. Jason would usually pack items inside larger boxes to save space and maximize the use of the suitcase.
At this show I watched as he unpacked a 12" Stormtrooper. Inside the box, along with the doll, were what appeared to be 70-100 bagged Yak Faces. I watched as he dumped them all over the table. He had more under the table.
I know the numbers were greater than 50 pcs, because I was trying to do a deal for 50 pcs for Starlog. Instead of the Yaks, I spent the money on some "prototypes" he had set aside on the table. The protos were: Gold domed R2-D2, and the Gray Limbed Snowtrooper. He also tried to sell me a Lili-Ledy 12" R2-D2, stating that it too... was a prototype.
The booth also consisted of such treasures such as Burkes original costume from Aliens, and an original Luke Skywalker HERO lightsaber (screen used) from Star Wars... the latter of which, Jason hung from his belt strap and wore around the show (much to the amazement of onlookers).
Looking back, I should have just walked past the booth. But then again... it was amusing to see all the stuff piled up high.
For what it's worth... I was there with Mark Clark as well, who was a dear friend. RIP buddy.
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e30318is wrote:I am amazed he is still active on RS... Wonder why he hasnt been hounded out? It sounds like he is a blatant scam artist, normally the masses speak and scammers are shown the door?
lee gray wrote:I have seen him at a couple of events he has organized , I have heard dodgy things about him but at the same time I am not really sure because if he was as dodgy as people say then i dont think he would be doing so many successful shows without harassment.
e30318is wrote:Thanks Joe- looks like there is my afternoon reading sorted
If that is the guy it's not who I was thinking of. From the quotes you posted he sounds just a tad shonky. With his association that jawa will never be accepted. Total travesty if it is real
I am amazed he is still active on RS... Wonder why he hasnt been hounded out? It sounds like he is a blatant scam artist, normally the masses speak and scammers are shown the door?
Maulster79 wrote:At the empire day with Gary Kurtz. In the proP section where you can't take photos they have a case on display with palitoy 12 backs. 1 is A VC Jawa. I'm gonna see if they let me photograph it.
I'm not shitting you and I doubt they would have repo shit next to Harrison ford star wars contract.