However the movie franchise, Star Wars, has played a pretty big role in my life as well. Go ahead and laugh, but I'm totally being serious.
The first trading cards I ever collected were the 1977 Topps Star Wars cards, which eventually led me to collecting sports cards. After years of collecting sports cards, I eventually worked at two different card shops where I met tons of fellow collectors and sports enthusiasts.
One of those people is my buddy Mike, who recently held a private signing with Jeremy Bulloch, who was the actor who played Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Like many Star Wars fans, Boba Fett is one of my favorite characters. Over the years, I've slowly put together a small collection of his stuff.
Three years ago, Santa Cruz Skateboards produced a limited edition, hand assembled skateboard made of Mapa Burl, Rustic Burl, Walnut Burl, Padoik and Ebony wood veneers. These skateboards had an MSRP of over $400, but NHS Fun Factory was blowing these out for $99.95 (free shipping) back in February.
The stars were aligned, because that's when Mike was putting together the private signing with Bulloch. He ended up signing it in black Sharpie right under Boba's helmet and added the inscription "Boba Fett".
When Mike handed him the deck, he told him that this was the first time he's ever seen this skateboard before. So I guess it's safe to say it's a "one of a kind" piece of Star Wars memorabilia.
Mr. Bulloch also signed my Funko Pop:
Both of these items are nice additions to my Boba Fett collection that now stands at a total of five signatures:
Official MLB Baseball
2015 Topps Tek Autograph
2014 Topps Chrome Helmet Medallion
Star Wars Black Series Figure
Santa Cruz Blister Pack Skateboard
2013 Hasbro Amazon Exclusive Slave I
I also own the 2015 Lego UCS Slave I, but I'm still honing my skills on simpler sets. One of these days, I'll bust it out and build it though.
Until then... I'll continue to collect Star Wars memorabilia, watch everything and anything that Star Wars related, and celebrate special days like... May the Fourth.
Happy Star Wars Day and sayonara!