(Virginia Beach, Virginia) Star Wars memorabilia collector Ted Peterson collects action figures and posters from the popular movie series and considers himself a veteran of the on-line auction website ebay.
"Mostly I like to collect the original, or vintage, line of four inch action figures. I began my hobby about five years ago, but I really got going when I found out about ebay in 1999. My first auction victory was for a mint on card Empire Strikes Back Princess Leia in Bespin Gown outfit." Said Peterson.
Peterson has been making winning bids on a regular basis since his initial purchase. Yet, as of late, he has been on quite a roll. "Three weeks ago I won a loose, complete vintage A-wing pilot on my opening bid. Can you believe that? Since then, I've won several original posters and some nice Droids TV series figures. But the most impressive part is the vintage Amanaman figure I won with one second left in the auction.
"You don't know what a rush it is to hit that 'place bid' button and just feel that rush of adrenaline as you just know you've got the winning bid. It's almost euphoric.
"When I see 'DarthTed' [his ebay screen name] listed under the winning bidder, I know I've accomplished something."
Asked about what others think of his hobby, Peterson replied, "My girlfriend supports my interest in action figure collecting."
When pressed further about this statement, Peterson admitted he had not had a girlfriend since junior high school, but claimed to have several "buddies" on his AOL Instant Messenger who were quite possibly females. He later broke down in tears as this reporter crept quietly out of the apartment.