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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Screen Used has a Klingon Rifle for sale. At $ 4,999 this is a pretty fair deal. These are incredibly rare and I was lucky to get one from It's a Wrap.
Made for Star Trek III, these were basically disruptor pistols with an added "stock". The pistol was an entirely new design from the "Death STing" used in The Motion Picture. This design was used through Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager. The only change being the tip, which was constantly breaking, resulting in the "beak nose" version.
You can see it on Screen Used's website.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Over the last two years I have been able to help CBS with their Star Trek archive. First, flying to ST. Louis and Orlando and cataloging the props & costumes at the Star Trek exhibition, then by housing and cataloging the props from the Las Vegas Star Trek Experience museum exhibit.
Now CBS has a great young lady named Holly who is in charge of the cataloging everything and she is doing an amazing job. The other day she sent me these photos and asked me to identify this prop.
Of course I sent it off to Jorg Hillebrand in Germany. As many of you know, Jorg is simply the best at identifying props from Star Trek. He has a near photographic memory and is the go to guy when you need to get a screen cap of a prop or costume.
So Jorg came up with this:
Jorg wrote to me:
I can tell you that the small device was originally made for Geordi's interface suit in "Interface". The prop was modified after this, though, and I seem to remember having seen it in a later episode, can't place it at the moment though.
Holly then sent me this image from the CBS inventory. So supposedly, according to this doc, it was used as Soren's communicator in Generations. Jorg is still looking, but I didn;t find it in Trekcore.
But this is the type of thing that is fun about this hobby.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Last month I won three Tricorders from the Premier Props auction. They were pretty darn good deals, and one reason may have been because no one was sure if they were real or not.
As I said in my article before the auction: "Now the problem with the two Hero Light-Up Tricorders is that unless you bust open the back and take photos of the insides, you can't tell if these are production-made, or are the ones made for Star Trek: The Experience."
But since I am in Los Angeles, and live 10 minutes from the two guys who can actually tell you, I decided to take a chance. What was funny was that people who I told kept saying "Aren't you worried about getting your money back?" And frankly, I am a bit surprised. If they were fakes, why wouldn't Premier give me my money back? The last thing they need is a scandal with fake Star Trek props with a guy who has a big mouth and a platform to broadcast from! :-)
So I took the chance and here is what we found:
Mk IX Static Tricorder - REAL
Mk X Hero Tricorder - REAL
TR-890 Relativity Tricorder - FAKE
Now, every auction house runs the risk of auctioning off fake props. You take the opinion of a consignor you know, who may have other good stuff, and you basically roll the dice.
As I said, the only way to truly know if a TNG era hero Tricorder is real is to bust it open and look at the electronics. So I took all three to Brett Jones, who, outside of Michael Moore from HMS, the guy whose shop actually built them, knows more about Tricorders than anyone.
This turned out to be a replica. In fact it was a replica made by HMS to be sold at the Star Trek Experience at Las Vegas. Brett Jones busted this open (OK, he didn't "bust" it open, but used a fine point screw driver!) and immediately we found that it had the wrong power and distingusihing marks on the circuit board that identified it as a fake.
A keen eye can spot the give away
I got my money back from Premier Props as I expected. Of course, I had acces to the best resources in the hobby. If you didn't, and won this item, you would have wound up with a fake and not even known it. And this is why I think many people stay away from these auctions and the prices are low. A good price on a fake is still a bad deal.
But the big issue is Movieprops DNA, which claimed to have "Authenticated" these props.
More on that next article.
Friday, November 15, 2013
These are replica Quark's Bar bottles that are pretty spectacular. They are up for sale on eBay right now.
Set # 1
Set # 2
Set # 1
Set # 2
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Several Phase II tunics have shown up in the last few years. Doug Drexler had a Sulu version, and my buddy Grant just sold a Chekov. Well, here is a McCoy!
As with the Sulu and Chekov tunics, this tunic has a paper tag with it (not pcitured). I handled the Takei too, and these are all awesome pieces and the cheapest you will ever be able to get a TOS principle character tunic for. The Chekov went for $ 2,000 last week.
This McCoy tunic was obtained from Prop Store of London and will come with their COA.
$ 2,500 plus shipping. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Another fake TOS prop is up on eBay, and this time, the seller was told by members of the Trek Prop Zone (the forum for collectors of replica Star Trek props), that it was fake. But he didn't listen and kept the listing up,and it of course didn't sell. It is, as always, worth making a note of this and saving the photos. The dead give away is the extended metal plate. And the TPZ members even identified WHICH replica kit it was!
From the eBay ad:
This communicator prop from Star Trek TOS was sold to me by Forrest J Ackerman from his person collection in 1997 for an undisclosed price. While Forrey had been a good friend for many years, he only agreed to sell me the prop after a decade of my relentless cajoling. Though I hate parting with it, recent financial concerns have forced my hand. Besides, it's time someone else enjoyed the prop as have I these many years.
This prop was seen only in long shots, and is not one of the pristine models used in tight close-ups. Constructed for durability (props were always being dropped during filming) the antenna hinge employs hardware less fragile than that found in the close-up models.
The display case features corporate logos providing a very brief historical overview of the original series - which was greenlighted by the unsung visionary Lucile Ball herself when running Desilu,
The prop is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Mr. Ackerman on his stationary.
Ok, so a few problems. First, everyone knows that half the stuff in Forrest J Ackerman's collection was fake. Word is that he used to loan stuff out, and the unscupulos people who borrowed things copied them returned fakes and sold or kept the real ones. So saying it is from Ackerman's collection is not good provenance.
As always, when in doubt, check with the Trek Prop Zone or the Star Trek Prop, Costume & Auction Forum.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
A few Tricorders have sold within weeks of each other at the Premier Props and Screen Used auctions. The take away is that prices are down on Tricorders.
There were two static Mark IX Tricorders. The one at Premier sold for $ 799.50 (including BP) and the one at Screen Used sold for $ 1,180 (including BP). Pretty close, and this establishes an $ 800-1,2000 range for a static Mk IX.
PREMIER PROPS STATIC TRICORDER $ 650 & $ 149.50 BP = $ 799.50
Check out the auction page here.
SCREEN USED STATIC TRICORDER $ 1,000 & $ 180 BP = $ 1,180
Check out the auction page here.
On the Hero front....
A Hero Mk X sold at Premier Props for $ 2,337. Check out the auction here.
While the Screen Used Mk X Medical Tricorder went unsold. Check out the auction here.
With an opening bid at a very high $ 4,750, the Tricorder didn't sell. It was a medical one, so very nice, and had a holster. But this is WAY above where the market is now for Tricorders. I think it sells at $ 3,500.
So that is it for now!
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Some of you know that I have been producing a Star Trek movie called "Axanar". If you are on Facebook, you can find our page here:
Well, Gary Graham will be reprising his role of Ambassador Soval in Axanar, and I am starting to look for costuming for him. So do any of you have either of these two lots, sold by IAW?
If so, please email me at email@example.com
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Julien's Auctions is having another one of its high-end auctions and this time, they are selling some prime TOS items.
Sadly, their signature Star Trek item is a TOS Kirk tunic with an autograph marring the front. Everyone I know was horrified when they saw this. Obviously someone had no clue that having a star sign a valuable prop or costume actually DEVALUES that item.
This is a Season 3 Double Knit tunic. Less desirable than the Season 1/2 velour. The Velour Kirk tunic in last year's Profiles auction went for $ 80,000 before buyer's premium ($ 98,400 with BP). This one? I think it is worth HALF that at best, and more like $30,000.
The auction description:
A pale green Starfleet uniform tunic made for Captain James T. Kirk, played by William Shatner, for use in the third season of Star Trek (Desilu Productions, 1966-1969). While appearing gold onscreen, the actual color was described as "avocado" by costume designer William Ware Theiss. The tunic is made of a double knit stretch nylon with attached black spring weave collar. The tunic is closed by a hidden zipper, which runs from the waist to the top of the collar and finished with a hook closure. The tunic also has a double gusset design on both sides, a construction technique exclusive to the tunics made for Shatner. The Command delta shield insignia is zig-zag stitched to the left breast of the tunic and the sleeves are finished with the command braid made of multiple colors of thread embroidered over gold Mylar. The braid configuration signifies the rank of captain, and the size, hemline placement and age of the materials and components is consistent with a tunic made for Shatner. The tunic has been hand signed by Shatner across the chest with black marker. A photo of Shatner with the signed tunic is included. Also included is a pair of custom knee high black leather boots made originally for Shatner. The boots, size 9, are hand inscribed “Shatner #2,” “W. Shatner” and “W.S.” The boots were used by Shatner, then moved to background player costuming when they became too worn for principal actor wear. Shatner’s name is crossed out and the word “Stock” is hand inscribed above. The original leather sole and heel have been replaced as well. The boot zippers do not match, which may indicate that the pair was put together from two different pairs or a zipper was damaged and replaced.
You can see the complete auction ad here.
You can see the complete auction ad here.
This video bothers me. Why would you PROMOTE a costume so marred by an autograph? All you do is make people think that is OK.
So boys and girls, remember, don't EVER get a costume signed! It detracts from the value.
Friday, October 11, 2013
The Golden Closet has a Star Trek V Nimbus III Rifle up on their site. We don't see these very often, but they are around.
The Golden Closet contacted me about promoting it, which I am happy to do, but I did tell them I thought it was priced high. They were very nice when I told them this and say they will talk to the consignor.
Now I think this is a $ 1,200 prop. Why? Well...
1) The prop isn't rare, we have seen them before.
2) It was not used by a principle character
3) It's just not very attractive. It isn't a "cool" prop like a Phaser or disruptor.
That being said, some people (like Aaron Carlson!) love Star Trek V and so this would be a cool addition to their Star Trek V collection.