The promotional Star Wars glasses offered by Burger King from 1977 to 1983 have always been a part of my collection in some varying configuration, albeit in an incomplete state. As a child, I collected a number of them as they were released and had since lost them to breakage, wear. They were well used as I had little regard for collectible value, or foresight for the nostalgia they would represent one day in the future.
In my early adult years, I found a Lando Carissian glass at a Salvation Army and immediately purchased it for under a dollar. A few years later, a friend gave me three more glasses from Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, unwittingly planting a seed from which a slow obsessive nag began to build. To feel right with the world, I’d need to complete the collection!
Over the years, I’ve slowly added to my collection, holding out for especially good deals on eBay or Etsy. The final piece, a glass featuring Darth Vader and Boba Fett, arrived in today’s mail. Witness my emotional journey in the photo set below.
I find it odd, yet fortuitous that these glasses are so inexpensive for fragile items of their age. As it’s been said, something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.
Enjoy this 1977 Burger King commercial for the first set of glasses.