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Post by Commander Clint on Sat May 30, 2015 12:13 am

Bantha Tracks Fan Club Patches

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Some of these patches were originally included as part of "Official Fan Club Kits" and others were only available for purchase through the Bantha Tracks Fan Club newsletter .

Please be aware that there are numerous reproductions floating around . We will do our best to document the ones we believe are original and try to provide as many photos and as much information that we can to help everyone tell the difference . Unfortunately it will not be a easy task so , in the meantime , buyer beware when purchasing patches .

Fan Club Kit Patches

1977/1978 Star Wars Official Fan Club Patch

Actual Size :  2 " Diameter

The top patch shown is obviously used - it is quite faded and there is some remainder of thread used to sew it on something . This patch is most likely original and the thread pattern may help identify other originals . The next 3 patches seem to match the thread pattern of the faded one .

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The next patch is quite different on the back , possibly a Reproduction scratch

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1980 The Empire Strikes Back Fan Club Patch (Red Boarder & White Text)

Actual Size :  2 "  x   3 "

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1980 The Empire Strikes Back Fan Club Patch (White Boarder & Red Text)

Actual Size :  2 " x   3 "  ( 5.1 cm x 7.6 cm )

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1983 Return of the Jedi Fan Club Patch

Actual Size :  2 3/8 "  x   4 1/4 "  ( 6 cm x 10.8 cm )

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1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - Star Wars Fan Club Patch

Actual Size :  4 1/2 "  x  2 " ( 11.4 cm x  5.1 cm )

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1985 Lucas Film Fan Club Patch

Actual Size :  3 " x  3 "  ( 7.6 cm x 7.6 cm )

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1987 Lucas Film Fan Club Patch (Silver on Black)

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1995 Lucas Film Fan Club Patch (Red on Black)

Actual Size :  3 5/8 " x  1 13/16 "

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2003 Bantha Tracks Fan Club Patch

Actual Size :  2 1/2 "  x  4 "

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Patches Purchased Through Bantha Tracks

1980 The Empire Strikes Back "Vader In Flames" Patch

The "Vader In Flames" patch was originally made for film cast and crew only . In 1980 it was replicated to sell to Fan Club Members and was available to purchase beginning with Bantha Tracks Issue # 10 (Summer 1980) . It remained available for purchase all the way through Issue # 32 (Spring 1986) .

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Actual Size :  3 1/8 " x   4 7/16 "

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Due to the extended period of time that the Fan Club replica patches were available it should be expected that they can be found in slight pattern and color variations .

All 3 of these patches are originals :

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The reproductions tend to be lower quality and seem to be different enough from the originals that they can usually be told apart by comparing them side by side :

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1981 Star Wars A New Hope Patch

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The first time this patch was available to purchase was in Bantha Tracks Issue # 12 (May 1981) . It remained available for purchase all the way through Issue # 32 (Spring 1986) :

Due to the extended period of time that these patches were available it should be expected that they can be found in slight pattern and color variations . Both of these patches are originals :

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The reproductions tend to be lower quality and seem to be different enough from the originals that they can usually be told apart by comparing them side by side :

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Note :  Bantha Tracks Issue # 12 also offered a "limited supply" reissue of the 1977/1978 circular Official Fan Club Kit . All the paperwork , photos , book cover etc. are marked 1981 . Unfortunately since the patches are not date stamped we have not figured out if the 1981 circular patches are different and , if so , what the differences are .  sos

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1982 Star Wars Logo Patch

Issue # 18 of Bantha Tracks (November 1982) was actually the first time the "Star Wars Logo" patches were available for purchase through the Fan Club .

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Actual Size :  2 1/8 "  x   3 7/8 "

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1982 Revenge of the Jedi Yoda Patch

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The only time this patch was available to purchase was in Bantha Tracks Issue # 19 (Feb 1983) . It would seem that the Fan Club didn't get Return Of The Jedi's title change before they had already made "Revenge" patches to sell to fan club members . By the time the February issue was ready to send out they had this explanation :

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3 months later , in issue # 20 , the "Revenge" patch was corrected with a "Return" patch . Due to the very short time the Revenge Of The Jedi Yoda patch was available it is by far the hardest fan club patch to find and the patch that is reproduced/faked the most often .

This is a original patch :

Actual Size :  3 1/4 "  x   5 3/8 "

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2005 Revenge of the Jedi Yoda C&D Visionary Inc. Patch (Lucas Film Licensed)

This patch is actually a licensed reproduction and is about a 1/4 " smaller then the originals are :

Actual Patch Size :  3 "  x   5 "  Card Back Size :  4 3/8 "  x   5 7/8 "

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Here are comparison pics of the original 1982 patch with the licensed 2005 reproduction Revenge Of The Jedi patch :

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The reproductions tend to be lower quality and seem to be different enough from the originals that they can usually be told apart when comparing them side by side :

Other Known Reproductions :

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1983 Return of the Jedi Yoda Patch

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The 1st time this patch was available to purchase was in Bantha Tracks Issue # 20 (May 1983) . It remained available for purchase all the way through Issue # 32 (Spring 1986) :

Actual Size :  3 1/8 "  x   5 1/4 "

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Due to the extended period of time that these patches were available it should be expected that they can be found in slight pattern and color variations .

Here are comparison pics of the 1983 Return Of The Jedi patch with the 1982 and 2005 Revenge Of The Jedi patches :

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Revenge of the Jedi Patch

Actual Size :  2 3/8 "  x   4 1/4 "  ( 6 cm x 10.8 cm )

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FACTORS / STAR NOVELTIES PATCHES

Post by Commander Clint on Sat May 30, 2015 12:20 am

Star Wars Factors / Star Novelties Iron On Embroidered Patches

1977 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Factors Etc. Inc. (USA)

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Brotherhood Of Jedi Knights

Actual Size :  3 " x  2 " (7.6 cm x 5.1 cm)

This is the first issue patch .  The second issue patch is 3.5" long .

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Darth Vadar Lives

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May The Force Be With You

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Star Wars Logo (White on Black)

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Star Wars Logo (Blue on Yellow)

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Please note that this patch can be found in 2 original variations and at least 1 reproduction . The colors are different on the originals but the easiest way to tell the difference between them is the TM circle marking (by the "S" in Wars) . The reproduction is pretty obvious :

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The backs of all of the Star Novelties Patch packages are identical :

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THINKING CAP PATCHES

Post by Commander Clint on Sat May 30, 2015 12:25 am

Thinking Cap Co. Patches

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1980 The Empire Strikes Back Patch

Actual Size :  4 "  x  2 1/2 "  ( 10.2 cm x 6.4 cm )

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1980 Star Wars Rebel Forces Patch

Actual Size :  2 3/4  " Diameter ( 7.0 cm )

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Re: PATCHES

Post by Commander Clint on Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:50 pm

Star Wars Saga Darth Vader Patch

LFL 1980 American Can Co. ; Dixie / Northern Inc. (USA)

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This patch was given away as a 4th place prize in a sweepstakes contest held by Dixie Cups in the 1980s . This patch is fairly uncommon and was limited to a run of only 1000 produced .

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Actual Size :  3 "  x   4 "

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Darth Vader "May The Force Be With You" - Iron On Patch

LFL 1981 Scholastic Inc. (USA)

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Actual Size :  2  9/16 " x  1  9/16 "

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PATCHES

Post by Commander Clint on Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:14 pm

Boy Scout Patches

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These patches were obviously Star Wars inspired but we are fairly confident they were not licensed by Lucas Films .

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Post by Commander Clint on Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:28 pm

Disneyland Star Tours Patch

LFL 1986

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Star Wars The First Ten Years Patch

LFL 1987

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Re: PATCHES

Post by Commander Clint on Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:07 am

I just was looking at some patches that arrived today, from James. afro   Thank you so much James. bowwing
So I was checking out this thread, to see if any pictures were needed.  Of course not, with James on the job.  I noticed that the Black & Red, Return of the Jedi & Revenge of the Jedi patches have a question mark with the entry.  So I went into my magic book and they are from the Fan Club.
I just tweeked the entry to say Fan Club Patch. rockon

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Re: PATCHES

Post by ourchickenshack on Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:05 am

bump

Since I have been doing a lot of updates and organizing the fan club thread it's helped put together a bit more info/history into the patches available .

I have updated the Fan Club Patch post at the top of this page with quite a bit of new photos and information What a Face
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Re: PATCHES

Post by cantina_patron on Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:06 pm

You have been busy James. clapping
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Post by grinchy on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:34 pm

great info, you have been busy! Very Happy
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Re: PATCHES

Post by ourchickenshack on Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:05 pm

Thanks guys Very Happy

I just added some more info and photos on the 1982 Revenge / 1983 Return Yoda Fan Club patches , including several reproductions .

Unfortunately I don't know the exact sizes of the repros because I don't want to buy them - I just borrowed images from ebay  Wink

While editing the pics I noticed a couple fairly easy ways to spot the reproductions . The most consistent giveaway is seen on Yoda's left shoulder - on both the original Revenge and Return patches his shoulder is rounded while the repros have a sharp cornered shoulder :

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Note that the red and orange circles around Yoda are much more defined on the originals then the repros .


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Post by Commander Clint on Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:25 pm

Great info James. Thanks for sharing how to spot the repro's. clapping
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