Bootleg - Church Promo Cards - 1999
This unique promotional card set was created by a publisher of
religious promotional materials at around the time of the release of
Episode One. Given out by some churches, and by church groups, the
cards are 16 cm by 10 cm in size, and similar to a postcard.
The front of each card features a character or scene from The Phantom
Menace film. The back of each card uses the terms The Force and The
Dark Side to retell the christian story.
The status of this card as a 'bootleg' set has been a bit of an
interesting story. Originally I believed the cards to be a bootleg
product, but then publisher stated that they had obtained copyright
permission to use the Star Wars images, and a Lucasfilm
copyright does appear on the back of each card. Sounds like a
legitimate set, right? Well, after purchasing cards, I sent some along
to the good people at Non-Sport Update magazine, and they were able to
ask Lucasfilm directly if the cards were a licensed product. The Lucasfilm answer was a resounding "No!" so it appears the cards are bootleg after all.
It can be difficult for the average collector to know if cards or other
items are legitimate or not, but one hint that failed to catch my eye
was the incomplete copyright notice. The cards have a copyright that
IMAGE ©Lucasfilm Ltd. SHOOTING STAR
A real product always has the same copyright information, and should read:
©LUCASFILM & TM ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USED UNDER AUTHORIZATION (company name and info here).
I realize not all fans care if products are
properly licensed, but supporting licensed products supports Star Wars,
while unlicensed products only support the company that made them.
Despite it's bootleg status, like many other unlicensed items, this card set is unique and interesting.
Cards were unnumbered, and generally were distributed one card
at a time, but the complete set does contain four different images.
I have a limited number of sets of these cards available to trade or sell.
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