Meet Marcia Tysseling: Inside the Collection

From costumes to one-of-a-kind movie props, Marcia’s collection has a jaw-dropping valuation!

Aug. 14, 2022

Marcia Tysseling plunged into the movie props and costumes world as the owner of Star Wares on Main, a star-studded costume and prop resale shop catering to some of Hollywood’s biggest names and production companies. After selling her business, Marcia held onto her favorite memorabilia from movies and television shows including Jurassic Park, The Shawshank Redemption, and Laverne and Shirley. Joined by expert Mark Short, our host, Lisa, explores Marcia’s high-end collectibles and even dons costume pieces from Thelma and Louise. After valuing the well-curated collection, Mark Short proposes a trade that could have Marcia flying as high as a bird…or plane.

1. Thelma & Louise costumes

A number of clothing items from the 1991 film Thelma & Louise are some of Marcia’s favorite items. Just Brad Pitt’s hat alone is worth several thousand dollars! Combine that with the full getup of Thelma and Louise, played by Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon respectively, these items would certainly help Louise recoup some of her stolen life savings!

2. John Travolta’s jacket from Phenomenon

Released in 1996, Phenomenon isn’t the most memorable John Travolta movie, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t value in this screen-worn jacket! Vintage back then, this jacket is one-of-a-kind with remnants of a cigarette burn right in the collar, an unmistakable authenticating factor.

3. Prison uniforms from The Shawshank Redemption

These jackets are from the backs of Red and Andy, seen in the Shawshank prison yard. The Shawshank Redemption is widely regarded as an all-time classic movie. Thus, it’s no surprise that similar items from the film have sold for about $15,000! According to our expert, these jackets worn my Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins could be worth even more.

4. The Shawshank Redemption ledger

The Shawshank Redemption is Marcia’s favorite movie of all-time, so it’s no shock that her collectibles from the film go beyond the prison uniforms. She also has the ledger from the movie, complete with a letter of authenticity!

5. The Shawshank Redemption letter

Topping off her expansive collection for just The Shawshank Redemption, Marcia reveals the iconic letter that Andy plants for Red under the tree. The hand-written letter is the original, and even by itself could sell for upwards of $10,000!

6. Dr. Hammond’s cane from Jurassic Park

This famous prop piece to the original Jurassic Park film was held my none other than Dr. Hammond, played by Sir Richard Attenborough. The famous amber cane with a mosquito inside could be one of the most valuable items in Marcia’s collection. Paying just $2,000 for this prop, seeing a solid return if she were to sell would be quite the understatement. A prototype alone sold for roughly $60,000. This, with the proper authenticity records, could have a six-figure price tag if it were to hit the market!

7. Costumes from Speed

Worn by Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves, these outfits from Speed are just a pair of the 50 costumes Marcia had from the film at one point. The box-office hit, along with the Hollywood standouts who wore these costumes, gives them a steady increase in value.

8. Laverne & Shirley robe and Boo Boo Kitties

Marcia and Cindy Williams, who played Shirley on Laverne & Shirley, have compared their precious Boo Boo Kitties after once meeting at an auction. Over time, the two have become friends. As a result, Marcia has obtained the classic green robe that Laverne frequently wore, along with another Boo Boo Kitty!

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jyakamin 22 months ago
This was such a fantastic episode. Marcia is so knowledgeable and clearly very passionate about what she collects. All the artifacts were also in such great shape and she had interesting stories attached to each of them. I can hardly imagine a better expert in the business as someone who owned her own store, worked closely with Joan Rivers, and had access to so many authentic prop pieces for decades straight from the source, she just seems to be someone who absolutely knows what she is doing. I hope she gets more episodes and opportunities to share her things.
dmirarh jyakamin 21 months ago
And Lisa is hott...
DRoger123 22 months ago
Marcia has a rich history in the business. She's a pro!!!
ToddK 22 months ago
What a collection! This was one of the best episodes yet! Marcia should be one of your expert appraisers! Imagine what trades she could bring to the table to tempt other collectors! Epic!
marciatysseling10 ToddK 22 months ago
Thanks…I’m humbled. I actually think I’m doing an episode as an expert next month. 🤞🏼
KevinY 22 months ago
Hi Collector’s Call!

I just saw Marcia’s episode and wanted to write in. Marcia invited me to watch the shooting of the episode and the final product is amazing with the intermixed personal photos and photos of actors wearing the pieces! Marcia is definitely an expert on Hollywood collecting, but she also has a lot of personal experience with the studios and the celebrities which makes it a trifecta. The “High Hopes” duet at the end with Lisa was also very sweet. Thanks for allowing me to watch the making of your wonderful show first hand.


Kevin Yamanaka
drummerman77 22 months ago
We need more Joan memorabilia it would create such a buzz!
Thanks for watching the show! I couldn’t agree more. Joan definitely had her own following and I think people might enjoy seeing her items.
peterboutin 22 months ago
Great episode! I think this collector could be your next expert!
Glad you enjoyed the episode. I guess I’m a bit biased, but I think what made it so special was the way it was edited to include movie clips of some of my items. Even though I was there…I saw it when you saw it and I was pleasantly surprised.
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