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Collection-star-wars-texas-excess-Philip-Wise-RoanokeOur series Texas Excess celebrates the hobbyists and hoarders who crisscross the state—and sometimes the world—to add to their pet collections. With obsessions ranging from Santas to salt shakers, these Texans take collecting to the extreme. The current collectionRoughly 2,500 pieces of Star Wars memorabilia, artwork, busts, figurines, and weapon replicas.The collection at its height19,000-plus pieces.Years in the making 27.Most meaningful pieceA Carrie Fisher–autographed medallion that reads “We’ll always have Alderaan.” Wise was friendly with Fisher during her life, and the piece now has a prominent place in his private museum.In two adjacent buildings in the North Texas town of Roanoke, in this very galaxy, one man has amassed enough replica weapons and figurine fighters to engage in intergalactic warfare. For nearly three decades, Philip Wise has…

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