Queensland man Nick Ibrahimoglu has spent his life collecting Star Wars memorabilia, amassing a collection of rare, expensive and in-demand items that make would make most Star Wars diehards dizzy.
But he’s ready to give it all away in order to support those he loves.
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Ibrahimoglu, from the Gold Coast, is half Turkish.
He’s selling his collection to help his family, who are grappling with the aftermath of the recent earthquake in Turkey.
Eleven of his relatives have died. Dozens more are displaced.
His collection is extremely important to him, with items dating back to the 1970s, but his family comes first.
“I just can’t imagine the pain these people are going through,” Ibrahimoglu said. “You can’t fathom it.”
Seeing the pain people are going through in Turkey has “broken” him.
“Seeing a father holding his 15-year-old daughter’s hand while she was under the concrete and she’d passed away,” he said. “He was still holding her hand.”
“That broke me.”
His father, Harry Ibrahimoglu, came to him and asked him to help raise some money for their family overseas.
“I instantly said, ‘Dad, I got your back. I’ll make this happen’,” Ibrahimoglu said.
“I didn’t know how but I was going to do it.”
He started ringing up family and friends, trying to figure out what to do.
Fighting back tears, Ibrahimoglu detailed the overwhelming support he has been given.
“It’s blown me away,” he said.
A meaningful collection
The collection has brought him a lot of joy over the years.
“The great thing is, is that you become a big kid again when you start getting into this,” Ibrahimoglu said. “You go from being 50 back down to being 13.”
“This collection means the world to me because I’ve been collecting it for so long,” he said.
However, it was easy to decide to part with the collection, Ibrahimoglu said, because his family needed the money so badly.
“They think they found a two-bedroom home they could rent, so they’re going to try and fit around 20 people in a two-bedroom home,” he said.
Ibrahimoglu has also set up a GoFundMe for his family.
The collection contains everything from the classics to the modern, the popular to the pricey like a rare 1978 Greedo toy.
“It’s around the $2000 mark,” Ibrahimoglu said. “It blows me away too.”
While the entire collection is believed to be worth around $16,000, some items are so old their true price isn’t known.
Ibrahimoglu wants a Star Wars expert to give him a correct valuation.
“We want to get as much as we can because this is something I’ll never be able to replace again,” Ibrahimoglu said.
“But it’s going to do so (much) good for so many lives.”
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