By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary
“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror over a Blu-Ray DVD edit,” I thought to myself. “I fear something remarkable has happened for sports fans, though.”
Those were my thoughts when I finally got my hands on a remarkably odd piece of new officially licensed Major League Baseball memorabilia on Saturday while all the other Star Wars geeks around the globe were busy watching their new DVDs.
What is it? It was proof that The Beard is even cool in Carbonite.
With The Force buzzing about the six movies’ Blu-Ray DVD arrival — and their new edits — there was a little less attention paid to a Star Wars item recently released by the San Francisco Giants and Lucasfilm Ltd. for a recent stadium promotion — the newest and most eccentric Brian Wilson item yet.
It’s a three-sided statue showing the Giants closer frozen in Carbonite on one panel and Han Solo as immortalized in The Empire Strikes Back on another. Wilson, of course, is frozen in his game-finishing crossed-arm tribute to his father, while Solo is frozen as seen in the film. (“I know,” a few of you just said. Ironic?) The back panel bears a Giants logo as well as the Star Wars logo.
Why make this? Why not? … And does anything involving Wilson make that much sense these days?
Fans who bought Star Wars Day ticket packages for the Diamondbacks-Giants game earlier this month (Sept. 4) got one of these items during an event that also included a costume contest and a post-game screening of Empire. Since then, more than 100 copies of the statue have been sold on eBay with them fetching as much as $45, while most have sold in the $20-35 range.
While there have been plenty of Star Wars items in the past (and even more odd promotions with this release), this just might be one of the weirdest items yet for the masses — both for sports collectors and Star Wars fans alike.
And, shockingly, only part of it has to do with Brian Wilson.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.