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Star Wars Phantom Menace Advance Fake?

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#1 mayoradamwe


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 8:14 PM

I recently picked up what I believe is an original double sided one-sheet advance for The Phantom Menace.  Before purchasing I did my research on how to spot a fake (mainly, this page) and the listing description even seemed to corroborate the original details (emphasis added by me):


You are bidding on a 100% original double sided movie poster for Star Wars - The Phantom Menace.I bought this in 1999 when the film was released.I'm a collector,myself.It was purchased from a reputable dealer.The poster in excellent condition.There is some very minor edgewear on the bottom left.I took a pic but it's so tiny you can't really see it.You can't really see it in person ,and in a frame you wouldn't see it at all.Trust me...the poster is in great shape...you won't be disappointed! It measures 26 13/16 inches x 39 11/16 inches.While most original movie posters are advertised as  27X40,that's just approximate.They are usually just under 27X40..like this one. Poster will be professionally packed and shipped in a sturdy tube.Again,I'm a collector so I know how important  a good sturdy tube is for shipping.


Now that I have the poster in hand I see that the actual exact measurements are 26 7/8 inches 39 13/16.  So width is off by 1/16" and height off by 1/8".  The reference page above also mentions that the sand detail is lost in the reprint, something I can't confirm or deny without a comparison.  I'm not sure about the "L" in Lucasfilm either.  Again, nothing to compare.


The thing that immediately got my attention was the Star Wars logo.  It seems the printing alignment is off which either leads me to believe this is indeed an original that was printed by multiple plates or that this is a fake and they couldn't even bother aligning the colors.


I have a couple photos (which can be viewed full size here, the upload attachments here wasn't working) in the hopes that someone can either confirm or deny the authenticity of this particular print for me.  Thank you!

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