R2 Sensor Scope ESB 45 Back Carded Sample
Carded Samples can come in a variety of styles. The figures can be painted Hardcopies, Internal First Shots, First Shots, or production figures. The card backs can be Sample Cards, Proof Cards, or production cards. Finally, the bubbles can be hand cut or production quality and can be applied by hand with glue or double sided tape or applied by machine. These samples would mainly be used for presentation internally, as salesman samples, or for photographic purposes. In other words provenance is key when dealing with Carded Samples. With so much variety involved a collector must make sure their source is rock solid.

What you see here is an ESB R2 carded sample. This particular sample is a production figure and production bubble hand glued onto a 45 back proof card. Arena Offer cards were used for a number of carded samples to have turned up though most I've seen have been sample cards, not proof cards. Sadly, part of the buuble has started to lift on this example but this is to be expected on hand glued pieces such as this. It's amazing that the seal has lasted this long and in no way does something so trivial take away from a great piece like this.

Bryan is an avid R2-D2 collector and this is a great addition to his ever growing R2 collection.

Description by: John J. Alvarez
Photo: Tom Neiheisel
From the collection of: Bryan Simmons
Country:United States
Film:Empire Strikes Back
Category:Prototypes / Action Figure Related


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