Steve Sansweet—a prolific Star Wars author and collector, and the proprietor of Rancho Obi-Wan in Northern California—posted that over 100 items from his collection have been stolen, “the majority of them vintage U.S. and foreign carded action figures, many of them rare and important pieces.” Reportedly, several of those pieces have already been “resold or professionally appraised for a total of more than $200,000.”
According to Sansweet, the thefts were discovered when the sale of an ultra-rare Boba Fett action figure was tracked from its buyer to a man named Carl Edward Cunningham. Cunningham, whom Sansweet refers to as “a good and trusted friend,” surrendered to police at the end of March but is currently out on bail pending additional hearings.
The Rancho Obi-Wan site is urging any fans who have found themselves in possession of any too-good-to-be-true vintage Star Wars collectibles that may have been stolen by Cunningham to contact them to figure out if it’s one of the pieces in question.
I’m having a hard time imagining that the stuff Sansweet has on display isn’t under glass, so I’m curious as to how all this went down. I know Flack’s done the Rancho Obi-Wan tour, so he’s probably in a better position to know how it’s all set up.