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Pirate Theme Postcards (c. 1989)

zenparticlezenparticle Member Posts: 38
edited March 2012 in Collecting
I was rummaging through some of my old documents and I found some old LEGO postcards that I remember getting 23 years ago (though I don't recall how I got them). When I found them, I was so thrilled, that I had to share them with you all. I scanned them and they still are not the best quality. Maybe someone knows a trick in PhotoShop to touch up the scans to look better. I am simply shocked at how well they have kept all these years. Forgetting I had them certainly helps. I hope you all enjoy them. I need to find some non-acidic document protectors for these.


  • prevereprevere Member Posts: 2,923
    Ahhhh, the days before licensed LEGO product and POTC. A thing of beauty!
  • zenparticlezenparticle Member Posts: 38
    Yes indeed. They registered at the high end of the scale of awesomeness!
  • zenparticlezenparticle Member Posts: 38
    I just finished some research and was reminded where I got them. They were exclusive to members of the LEGO Builder's Club that year. I am sure a lot of people received them, but not sure how many are still circulating out there. I am sure many just got trashed over time. Regardless, they are amazingly cool. I think I may need to frame them for my LEGO room.
  • yys4uyys4u Member Posts: 1,093
    Look at how crisp and clean those vintage sales are! Mine are so dirty looking and saggy... wish I could get them to look like new again.
  • kufkuf Member Posts: 66
    sweet! I am just re-building the 6270 Forbidden Island, and then the pirate ships.
  • DuchessaDuchessa Member Posts: 287
    Beatiful stuff! I really like the old pirate theme, and I'm trying to buy the whole line. But there's so much great stuff available right now that I rarely can afford things that are on my back log...
  • mr_bennmr_benn Member Posts: 943
    I think that these pictures were also used in some of the catalogues and promotional material at the time. The arrival of pirates coincided with the peak of my younger self's Lego obsession (different to what it is today!) and I couldn't get enough of them!
  • SupersympaSupersympa Member Posts: 534
    I love it!
    Those were the real lego stuff!
  • legos4everlegos4ever Member Posts: 45
    Wow, awesomeeeeee!
  • Farmer_JohnFarmer_John Member Posts: 2,405
    edited March 2012
    Would love to have a poster of those to hang up in my new Lego room. That would be sweet!

    I wonder if I have any old lego stuff hidden anywhere???
  • LeelaLeela Member Posts: 53
    Beautiful, thanks for sharing. Pirates is the only theme, other than City, that I have a tiny collection of. Childhood memories :)
  • zenparticlezenparticle Member Posts: 38
    Pirates was one of the first themes that I ever collected as well. Still have a lot of them as well. Caribbean Clipper, Forbidden Island are the two that come to mind immediately. Built them not long ago just to make sure I still had all the parts still. I hope they bring back the classic Pirates line after POTC goes away.
  • starfire2starfire2 Member Posts: 1,335
    ^ Pirates was the first Lego sets I ever received. I wish I still had them. I love pirates. Arrr!
  • goosebogeygoosebogey Member Posts: 35
    I had a go at restoring one of them - let me know if you want to see more!
  • zenparticlezenparticle Member Posts: 38
    Wow. Not bad. What did you do to clear some of the "scanned postcard" look?
  • goosebogeygoosebogey Member Posts: 35
    edited March 2012
    For the marks / creases I mainly used clone stamp, sharpening it was also able to reduce the blur a bit, of course then you highlight the 'streak' type effect - I think that comes from scanning glossy paper, I'm not sure if there's any way to get rid of that.
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