Stephen Geppi (action figure collector)

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2015-06-26 10:50:24

Stephen Geppi (action figure collector) is a collector of examples of popular culture including action figures. Career

Stephen Geppi is founder of Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest English-language comic book distributor.

The former postman opened the first Geppi's Comic World shop in 1974.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum

Geppi owns Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore, US, which houses a noteworthy collection of action figures.

The museum has a wide collection of displays on popular culture from the past 250 years, most of them from Geppi’s own collection.

Around 6,000 items are on display. There are a number of film posters as well as comics, games and toys, many of them rare.

One of the oldest pieces is a set of 18th century marbles.

Action figure collection

Geppi has a collection of Star Wars action figures which is displayed at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum.

In 2003 Geppi purchased the original 1963 G.I. Joe, handmade by its creator, Don Levine. Geppi bought the item for $200,000 at a Heritage Auction Galleries auction, making it the world’s most expensive action figure.

Mr Geppi said at the time: “My purchase of GI Joe does not mean that he will go into a dark and dusty bank vault. I plan on making sure he is visible.”

The figure is displayed at Geppi’s Diamond International Galleries.

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