Last year Steve was entered into the Guinness World Records has having the world’s largest Star Wars memorabilia collection. How can you sustain such fame? By being an answer on Jeopardy, of course! Appropriately under the category “Guinness Records 2014.” Check out the full story on Steve’s StarWars.com blog.
Rancho Obi-Wan has officially been recognized by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® 2014 as housing the galaxy’s largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia! It’s been exciting to be one of a handful of top-featured record holders for 2014. So we’re celebrating and also helping to secure the future of what we do best: Inspiring through the Force of Imagination!
It’s WORLD RECORD NIGHT @ Rancho Obi-Wan
on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013
from 4 pm to 11 pm.
WORLD RECORD NIGHT @ Rancho Obi-Wan will be an evening filled with fun and friends!
- Dinner, drinks and dessert all night.
- James Arnold Taylor will perform a special excerpt from his one-man show.
- Each attendee can participate in a unique and fun trading-card bounty hunt featuring sketches by Lee Kohse on one of 15 very special Rancho Obi-Wan trading cards.
- Steve will host a live auction of special items donated to Rancho Obi-Wan, many of them one of a kind. Auction items include unique collectibles donated by James Arnold Taylor; Prop Store; artists Jerry VanderStelt, Joe Corroney, Gary Kezele, Doug Cowan, Katie Cook, Brian Rood, and Gabe Farber; and a selection of other great collectibles.
- Great music will be provided by talented artists Denise Vasquez and Randy Martinez.
- There will be other VIPs attending.
- Award-winning photographer Victoria Webb will be chronicling the evening’s activities.
- And each attendee will receive the ULTIMATE SWAG BAG filled with record-breaking goodies:
— A Rancho Obi-Wan “Officially Amazing GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS®” Drawstring Bag
— A copy of the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® 2014 book with special bookplate and bookmark
— A commemorative Rancho Obi-Wan GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® 2014 Record Holder T-shirt in your size
— A commemorative Rancho Obi-Wan GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® 2014 Record Holder patch
— A commemorative Rancho Obi-Wan GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® 2014 Record Holder challenge coin
— A commemorative Rancho Obi-Wan GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® 2014 Record Holder lanyard & badge
— A commemorative event ticket
— Other special goodies! None of these will be available separately, only as part of this special fundraiser.
A $250 donation per member to attend (a part of that amount may be tax-deductible) will benefit Rancho Obi-Wan. Funds raised will be used for insurance, utilities, professional services, maintenance on the buildings, and protection and preservation of the collection. No funds are ever used to acquire collectibles. Monies raised will also enable us to continue our public outreach to schools and community programs, and to donate tours to other charitable organizations. (See below for an option to help Rancho Obi-Wan and get the Ultimate Swag Bag even if you can’t attend the event in person.)
Space for this event is extremely limited and this invitation has the following restrictions:
— One space available per member. You can RSVP for multiple members (or add a new member) at the same time you make your RSVP.
— Members attending must be 21 or over.
WORLD RECORD NIGHT @ Rancho Obi-Wan
Donation & Party RSVP – $250.00
Registration for this event is now closed.
Swag bags are still available below.
Thank you for your support!
If are you unable to attend this event in person but would still like to support Rancho Obi-Wan for this special fundraiser, make a $250 donation and we will send you the extremely limited WORLD RECORD NIGHT @ Rancho Obi-Wan Swag Bag and trading-card set as a thank you gift. Bags will be shipped mid-November.
DONATION ONLY – $250.00
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“I don’t have the world’s longest fingernails, shortest dog, or largest collection of vacuum cleaners. But, according to the globally-recognized authority on such things, Guinness World Records 2014, I have amassed the “Largest Collection of Star Wars Memorabilia” in the galaxy. But who knew that would be such a big deal?
Since last Thursday, when the latest edition of the Guinness book was released, video of me and the collection has been on hundreds of broadcast and cable stations in the US and in places from Japan to New Zealand, and Guatemala to Scotland. Further, there have been hundreds of Internet sites ranging from the expected hardcore Star Wars fan sites to Huffington Post and Time.com that have run photos, videos, and stories. Even Craig Ferguson was moved to mention me by name and show a photo of me and the collection during a slightly snarky monologue on The Late Late Show — making us officially part of the zeitgeist!”
Rancho Obi-Wan has been officially recognized by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® as housing the “Largest Collection of Star Wars Memorabilia” in the galaxy! Steve Sansweet has amassed more than 300,000 unique Star Wars items since 1977. The just-released GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® 2014 Edition features an amazing two-page photograph of part of the collection.
Steve started his Star Wars collection before the movie even premiered, plucking his first piece, a 20th Century Fox/Lucasfilm promotional booklet, from the wastebasket of a colleague at The Wall Street Journal. As a born collector who loves science fiction, he naturally picked up anything related to Star Wars, and over the course of time the collection grew to enormous proportions.
In 1998 Steve purchased a former chicken ranch on the outskirts of Petaluma, California with a large-enough space to store the collection, and named his new home Rancho Obi-Wan. Today Rancho Obi-Wan is a 9,000 square-foot non-profit museum. Star Wars fans can experience the magic of Rancho Obi-Wan first-hand by scheduling a tour, personally guided by Steve.
“I’m delighted with the recognition from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS, which for years has been the authority in these matters,” Steve said. “We were really excited to work with the Guinness folks. Preparing the photo shoot set a record in my book for one of the most fun-filled days ever at the museum,” Steve added. “We were especially happy to have Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS in the U.K. and a huge Star Wars fan, with us to personally oversee the shoot. We kept adding so many great items that we don’t even know how many individual ones can be counted in the photo!”