Week 11 Preview
OK, this week is pretty lame. It is the worst week yet as far as selection of good items goes, and there are no hero costumes. Only a few good items at all, but some bargains to be had in main actor stunt and civilian costumes as well as guest costumes. Now, I am not complaining. I need some time off. My Satan's Robot and Admiral Janeway costumes arrived Saturday. Both beautiful, but they were not cheap, and so breathing room is most welcome.
There are only a few costumes of note this week. The highest priced costume right now is the Star Trek III Vulcan musician's costume, which is actually quiet nice. One like it sold a few weeks ago for $ 1,325. I think it is a good piece that will display well, and at a reasonable price. I think overall, the good values in these auctions are in the $ 1,000 - $ 1,500 price range, where you can pick up nice costumes that will display well, and hold their value.
I think the best costume in the lot is the Star Trek: TMP female cadet jumpsuit. I really like these, and they display very well. I have two on display, my Kirk and my Decker. I think this is well worth $ 1,000 -$ 1,200 if you can get it at that price.
The Admiral Jameson costume was another that did not hit reserve when it was on auction a few weeks ago. It failed to hit reserve at $ 725 and so is up again. At least It's a Wrap has started to use reserves sparingly. My guess, based on the previous high bid, and the Admiral top that went for $ 600 a few weeks ago, is that this is about the price this one will go for. Without pants, I don't think it is as attractive. If I were to win a piece like this, I think it would be best to either find the pants, or have some made to go with it, then I think it will look sharp.
The Trip Tucker costume is pretty boring and already over $ 500. Not sure about that one. Yeah it is Trip, but pretty boring. I think much higher and it is a bad deal.
The Picard Racquetball costume is pretty fascinating. I think any Picard costume will be attractive. This is the type of costume that will look best on a mannequin.
Where are the bargains in the costume selection?
Look at the Enterprise Klingon Costume, which I think could be a steal. Basically this is the predecessor to the Klingon costumes we all have come to love. A nice item which will probably go well under $ 1,000, so very affordable.
The Klingon Augment costume is a beautiful piece! It is made of a leather look material with beautiful accents. If I didn't have so many costumes to display already I might go for it. I think this is a great deal in the $ 600-800 range
How about the Harry Kim baby costume from "The Thaw"? Kinda cute, and if you have a kid you can dress him up for his or her first Hallwoeen in a real Star Trek costume!
As far as props go:
The high item now is the Enterprise Medical Supply Containers from Phlox's sick bay. These are already over $ 400, but I like them. I think they make a cool display with the Star Fleet graphics on them.
The Half an Enterprise Missle, actually a Torpedo, is quite nice. The last one went for $ 1,503 the first week of January. I think it would look great mounted on a wall.
The Voyager Ping Pong Set is pretty cool. How about playing Ping Pong with an actual Star Trek prop! Right now it is less than $ 200.
As I said last week, this is a good week for bargains I think. Pay attention to the items currently under $200, especially the costumes. This is the week for you collectors on a budget (or with a wife!), as you can get some beautiful costumes at reasonable prices I think.