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

Star Wars 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 Fan Club newsletters .

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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Note :  Bantha Tracks Issue # 12 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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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 Revenge / Return of the Jedi Fan Club Patch

Due to the last minute name change of the movie the 1983 ROTJ Fan Club Kit could have came with either a Revenge or a Return patch . The Fan Club had already produced the Revenge patch and had to produce Return versions after the movies name changed . Both versions were randomly inserted in the Fan Club Kits mailed to members . It seems that the Revenge patch is not much , if any , more uncommon then the Return patch and that they were produced in fairly equal numbers .

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 patches were available it should be expected that they can be found in slight pattern and color variations . All 3 of these patches are Fan Club originals :

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The reproductions / fakes 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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Here's another repro / fake :

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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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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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This patch is very similar to the 1977 Star Novelties release and can be a bit confusing . The Fan Club version (pictured on the bottom) is wider and the stitching is neater :

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

Star Novelties Iron On Embroidered Patches

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

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Brotherhood Of Jedi Knights

1st Issue Patch Actual Size : 3 " x 2 " (7.6 cm x 5.1 cm)

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2nd Issue Patch Actual Size : 3 1/2 " x 2 " (8.9 cm x 5.1 cm)

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Darth Vadar Lives

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May The Force Be With You

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Actual Size :  3 1/2 "  x  2 "

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Star Wars Logo (White on Black)

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Actual Size :  3 1/2 "  x  2 "

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This patch is very similar to the 1982 Star Wars fan Club release and can be a bit confusing . The Fan Club version (pictured on the bottom) is wider and the stitching is neater :

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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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No "TM" Version

Actual Size :  3 1/2 "  x  2 "

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With "TM" Version

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

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

Thinking Cap Co. Patches

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1980 The Empire Strikes Back Patch

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

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Reproductions / Fakes :

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1980 Star Wars Rebel Forces Patch

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

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

Kenner ESB Sweepstakes Offer Patch

Kenner 1980

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This patch was given away as a 3rd place prize in a sweepstakes contest held by Kenner in the 1980s .

Actual Size : 3 " x 4 " ( 7.62 cm x 10.16 cm )

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This original bagged patch is from the collection of Maulster79 :

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Reproductions / Fakes :

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

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

Kenner ROTJ Employee Patch

Kenner 1983

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The original versions of these patch's were only offered to Kenner employees internally in 1983 and were not offered to the public until C&D Visionary was licensed to release a slightly altered version around 2005 .

Actual Size : 3 " x 4 " ( 7.62 cm x 10.16 cm )

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C&D Visionary Reproduction Patch

Actual Size : 3 " x 4 " ( 7.62 cm x 10.16 cm )

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

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 Commander Clint Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:25 pm

Empire Strikes Back 10th Anniversary Patch

LFL 1987

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Actual Size : 3 " x 4 1/2 " ( 7.62 cm x 11.43 cm )

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Post by ourchickenshack Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:00 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 Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:49 pm

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Post by Maulster79 Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:10 pm

Hi guys,

This patch was part of Kenners ESB Sweepstakes Offer ...

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Post by Commander Clint Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:01 pm

Added some patches.

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I do have 2 patches that I can't verify.  If anyone can help verify that they are licenced 30th anniversary patches.

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Post by ourchickenshack Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:49 pm

Very cool Clint , awesome that the sweepstakes patch turned out to be original cheers
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Post by Commander Clint Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:00 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Very cool Clint , awesome that the sweepstakes patch turned out to be original cheers

Thanks James. cheers
I see if Grant can provide some pictures of his sealed one.
I think the Yoda 30th anniversary patch may be authentic with the LFL 2010 on it. But the other one might be swag. I can't find any info on the web, the SWCA or in Gus & Duncan's book.
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Post by ourchickenshack Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:38 pm

added a ESB Thinking Cap patch still in original package to the library …

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Post by grinchy Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:50 pm

Thanks for all the great info, they are very cool items
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Post by Commander Clint Tue Dec 22, 2020 12:34 am

James, That's a great addition. clapping
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