Over the years here there's been a lot of debate as to why a lot of collectors won't share images of their rare stuff or contribute images to the archives. I've always been big on sharing images of rare, interesting and historically significant prototype and pre-production images from my collection.
That was until today.
Someone sent me a link to this auction for a custom carded GI Joe figure today and i was pretty shocked to see that the artwork they used was jacked from my original presentation art that, until tonight, i had showcased on my site alongside several other images of original Joe art i own.
The seller was kind enough to stop the auction when i told him the image was used without permission and he claims to have bought the cardback from a seller in Florida. If *anyone* knows who that seller might be or who made these cardbacks, i'd really appreciate knowing.
As a result of this i've removed all of the artwork that i had showcased on my site and i'm contemplating removing all of my pre-production Joe images. I honestly can't believe someone had the nerve to do this and it's a perfect example of why so many collectors refuse to show images of thier stuff to the community and want to stay under the radar. Myself included at this point.