FLASH! “G.I. Joe’s #1 Fan,” James DeSimone, Suffers Heart Attack, Decides to Sell Most of Collection

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"GIJOE's #1 Fan," James DeSimone (Photo: James DeSimone)

“GIJOE’s #1 Fan,” James DeSimone (Photo: James DeSimone)

Stunning News From California:

In an exclusive to The Joe Report, the son of famed GIjOE collector and entrepreneur, James DeSimone, has revealed that his father recently suffered a heart attack and has decided to sell off the majority of his vast GIjOE and vintage toy collection. Dubbed “GIjOE’s #1 fan” in the 1990s by Hasbro executives, DeSimone is famous for forming the first GIjOE collector’s club back in 1985, hosting numerous GIjOE toy shows, publishing a series of popular GIjOE price guides, and manufacturing numerous reproduction IRWIN vehicles, some of which can still be purchased from his well-known “GIjOE Information” website (found HERE). The news of DeSimone’s condition first came to our attention thanks to Eagle-Eyed Field Reporter, Michael Dunn, who alertly wrote in to The Joe Report with the following intel:

“James DeSimone recently suffered a heart attack, or so I have been told by someone selling off his collection. The only GIjOE-related item (so far) is a banana box full of sandbags that he had used in one of his giant dioramas. I have not heard of anything else (GIjOE-related) of his for sale yet, outside of the sandbag auction found HERE.”

And so it begins. After suffering a heart attack, famed "Joelebrity" James DeSimone enlisted the aid of his son, Jonathan DeSimone, to begin selling off his vast GIjOE and vintage toy collection. According to Jonathan,  the grey powder is not mold, "It is dirt, sand, greenery, and foliage mixture. These were taken right off a 4' x 8' board of a beachhead landing diorama." (Photo: Jonathan DeSimone)

And so it begins. After suffering a heart attack, famed “Joelebrity” James DeSimone enlisted the aid of his son, Jonathan DeSimone, to sell off his vast GIjOE and vintage toy collection, starting with this box full of unsightly sandbags. According to Jonathan, the gray powder is not mold, “It is a dirt, sand, greenery, and foliage mixture. These were taken right off a 4′ x 8′ board of a beachhead landing diorama.” (Photo: Jonathan DeSimone)

DeSimone's magnificent self-published guide to vintage 12-inch GIjOEs has become required "reading" for all Joeheads. (Photo: James DeSimone)

DeSimone’s magnificent self-published photo-guide to vintage 12-inch GIjOEs has become required “reading” in every collectors’ “Joe Library.” OOH-rah! (Photo: James DeSimone) Click to enlarge.

Further investigation by The Joe Report has revealed that the “someone” referred to in Dunn’s account is Jame’s own son, Jonathan DeSimone. When asked to comment about his father’s health and the source of the sandbags being auctioned, Jonathan confirmed our questions, by declaring:

“I am his son, Jonathan. And yes, Dad had a heart attack and we are clearing the attic. His heart is about 1/3 of what it should be, for the past year now. You can contact my dad through his website.”

We tried contacting James as his son suggested, but apparently he is resting much of the day and has been unable to reply. According to Jonathan:

The base of the figure awarded to James bears a plaque with this inscription from Hasbro. (Photo: James DeSimone)

The base of the figure awarded to James bears a plaque with this unique and memorable inscription from Hasbro. (Photo: James DeSimone)

“My dad does need a lot of ‘down time.’ All I can suggest is to try again.”

Bottom Line: Just how extensive Jame’s sell-off of his massive (and famous) toy collection will end up being remains to be seen. Our thoughts and prayers go out to James and his family during this difficult time. We wish him the speediest of recoveries and the best of success with his future auctions and GIjOE shows. And thanks to TJR Field Reporter, Michael Dunn, for his assistance with this article. If you’d like to send James a “Get Well” message of your own, we suggest you email him HERE. He may not be able to reply for a while, but we’re sure he’d love to hear from you. Go, James!

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12 thoughts on “FLASH! “G.I. Joe’s #1 Fan,” James DeSimone, Suffers Heart Attack, Decides to Sell Most of Collection

  1. Get well soon, James! 🙂
    —Mark

  2. Les Baptiste says:

    rest and get better!!

  3. Joe Essid says:

    James, get well soon and thanks for all you have done for this hobby of ours.

  4. GIJOEBILL says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with you James!!
    Have a speedy recovery!!

  5. jason says:

    Get well soon! Rest. Take it easy. Don’t sell anything. It will only stress you out. You don’t need that, my friend. The thought of me selling anything of mine gives me palpitations!!!! Sincerely, get better soon. Good luck, Jason

  6. Carson says:

    Rest up James! Sell it all if you gotta, you can always have fun tracking it down again should you decide to.

    The stress of selling much loved collectibles is usually offset by the stress relief of having money in the bank!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Get well Soon, Peace My Fellow Fan….

  8. Jewel72666@aol.com says:

    I sent two messages via e- mail ths week, the picture of him dated July 1960 him wearing a tuxedo was from my parents wedding.. Was thinking he may have more maybe tem since we don’t have any.

  9. Mike says:

    Hope to see you up and about soon, buddy! Take care and best wishes. I lost my entire collection as an (ex) friend stole it from me over 20 years ago. I bought a few sets, but could not replace it all.—Mike

  10. Allen Yuen says:

    I hope James Desimone is better now.

  11. randolph guzmann says:

    Very sorry to hear about your health. I went to one of your greedy collector shows. I’m so thankful that this collector sickness is gone from my being. With people like you, it wasn’t just a fun little hobby, you had to have it ALL! People like me or my two son’s couldn’t even get close to purchasing a item because of all the people like YOU. I just can’t believe what I heard. You had some items in multiples of 10 or 20. Wow. Now in a rush to sell it all.

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