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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

Star Wars 1977/1978 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 2 patches in the middle seem to match the thread pattern of the faded one . The patch on the bottom is quite different , 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

Actual Size :  3 1/8 " x   4 7/16 "

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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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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 :

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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

The 1st 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) :

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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 . 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" of the 1977/1978 circular Official Fan club patches (along with the entire Fan Club kit) .


1982 Star Wars Logo Patch

Issue # 18 of Bantha Tracks (November 1982) was actually the 1st time the Star Wars Logo Patches were available for purchase through the Fan Club .

Actual Size :  2 1/8 "  x   3 7/8 "

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Revenge of the Jedi 1982 Yoda Patch

Actual Size :  3 1/4 "  x   5 3/8 "

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

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 1982 and 2005 Revenge Of The Jedi patches :

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Other Known Reproductions :

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Return of the Jedi 1983 Yoda Patch

Actual Size :  3 1/8 "  x   5 1/4 "

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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 (Black)

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Star Wars Logo (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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EMPIRE STRIKES BACK PATCHES

Post by ourchickenshack on Sat May 30, 2015 6:20 am

Star Wars Saga Darth Vader Patch

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

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Actual Size :  3 "  x   4 "

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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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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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BOY SCOUT PATCHES

Post by ourchickenshack on Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:58 am

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 .

Actual Size :  4 " Diameter

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Post by ourchickenshack on Wed Sep 07, 2016 7:38 am

Disneyland Star Tours Patch

LFL 1986

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Star Wars The First Ten Years Patch

LFL 1987


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Post by ourchickenshack on Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:11 am

Picked up a large lot of Bantha Tracks Newsletters (#5 through #33)  , Fan Club Patches and a few other goodies  What a Face

Quite a few new patch photos and information from various issues of Bantha Tracks have been added to the posts above .

I am fairly confident that the patches I just bought are original but I have seen a lot of patches while shopping on Ebay that are without a doubt fake and even some licensed 90's remakes by C&D Visionary .

This brings me to the question of which patches are original , re released , later licensed releases or even bootleg / fakes  banghead2

I have been grabbing pics here and there of the ones I believe to be suspect and will add more info as I find it . The Bantha Tracks Fan Club newsletters are a great source to help identify what was originally available , when and how  Very Happy  .

In the meantime , if anyone has any patches , photos would be a fantastic way to help the research  Very Happy

If you happen to know without a shadow of a doubt that your patch is original that would help even more  sos


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Re: PATCHES

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

It's going to be tough to figure out which ones are original? I would think that if it has "TM" on it some where, then it would be original or a re-release?
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Post by ourchickenshack on Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:00 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:It's going to be tough to figure out which ones are original?  I would think that if it has "TM" on it some where, then it would be original or a re-release?

Yes it will probably be pretty tough to tell and unfortunately the TM symbol means nothing to the fakers :

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The patch on the left was my childhood patch and is in your collection now Clint ...

Here is a link to the Ebay listing of the 2 fake Empire Patches shown above :

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The top 2 patches shown next are definitely original but one lacks the TM mark ...

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

The stitching is definitely finer & the colours are off, on the repo's. Thanks for showing them. Once you see them side by side like that, the differences are glaring. bowwing
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Re: PATCHES

Post by the89thchris on Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:19 am

That photo of the photographer with the flame Vader patch is awesome lol he's so cool
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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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Post by ourchickenshack Today at 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 new photos and information What a Face
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