Having said that, a popular collectibles website is now claiming to have a whopping fifteen spheres from the making of Phantasm III headed for the auction block. The only question is - are they real? Read on to see pics, find links to the auctions and learn my doubts.
User PropDomain on the iCollector website has listed these fifteen spheres across three auctions, several of which appear to be ultra-rare black Jody spheres. If these are genuine props, then this represents a most incredible opportunity for phans to get their hands on actual pieces of the Tall Man's sentinel army.
As for my doubts... these listings don't mention any certificate of authenticity being included or explain how the seller came into possession of these props. Unless the seller was sphere-man Kerry Prior himself, I'd be awfully suspicious. Given Don Coscarelli's extreme penchant for saving props and wardrobe, I'm surprised at the sheer volume of spheres up for auction. PropDomain has already sold off dozens of various other Phantasm III spheres, one of which sold for $4,000.
I will admit that some of their previously sold spheres look incredibly authentic. It's also worth mentioning that PropDomain has a mighty impressive offering of genuine horror props for sale and in the archives. The spheres may all indeed be real, but without revealing how they were acquired or offering a certificate of authenticity, I'd strongly advise all buyers beware. The new balls don't actually go up for auction until March 7th.