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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Profiles in History auction issues

The new Profiles in History auction continues today with the Star Trek items at 2:00EST. You can find the Star Trek Items here.

Now Profiles was the main source for Star Trek props and costumes before Christie's and IAW. They had some impressive auctions like the Matt Jeffries auction of 2001. They have had a ton of props and many costumes for auction and their catalog is brilliant and fun to read through.

But there are also a lot of people in the collecting community that question the authenticity of some of the Star Trek props that seem to pop up in their auctions. Rumors of new props from the original molds coming out of the back door at HMS, the prop house that did a lot of work on the different TNG and later TV shows, have been circulating for years. (I should note that I spoke with Michael Moore for over 2 hours during the last PiH auction, and he denies anything like this has ever occurred. HMS does make most of the prop kits for Roddenberry.com and is very well known, Mike even authenticates props for Profiles)

Brett Jones if Federation Surplus and I did check out the Star Trek items in person at the last auction and there were a number of the props that looked very suspicious. Most of the props from one consignor (supposedly a former prop shop employee) were purposely aged with a brownish patina. A few like that might have gone unnoticed, but most of them? I know I have not seen any props so aged from Star Trek, and neither had Brett, so that was a huge red flag. The two Phaser rifles were very suspicious and didn't sell. (They were also very overpriced).

PiH also won't give you any provenance on the pieces, or even tell you who the consignor was. And since last time all the suspicious pieces came from one seller, it made for a very difficult situation for buyers to have full confidence in. Now, there were pieces from another consignor from Japan (who we believe we knew) and his pieces were very clean and looked dead on. I actually split one of those lots with Brett. The consignor's two Suliban pistols went at INSANE prices.

Now, there are no pieces in this auction that fall in the above category. Authenticity is not the issue this auction.

With Profiles problems with the alleged Planet of the Apes Statue of Liberty piece, one would think that PiH would bend over backwards to provide clear provenance. But even in this month's auction, key pieces like the Star Trek III Communicator, have no provenance whatsoever.

Examples of Shaky Descriptions

Profiles doesn't put much effort into their descriptions and puts misleading text and photos in. Last time they incorrectly identified a rifle as a TR-116 when it was clearly not. They also stick by these claims even when confronted with the facts. This time we have more bad, or incomplete descriptions.

The Star Trek III Communicator's, history is in question, even according to Profiles. PiH claims it comes from an associate of Jein's (unnamed) and that it was made at the same time as the others for Star Trek III, but wasn't made for the production. Sounds like some prop guy made an extra one for himself.

The Star Trek III Phaser is NOT the one Profiles claims. They claim it was used by Kirk in the final scenes on the Genesis Planet, but the one Kirk is holding has flashing lights and this one does not.

The Static Starfleet PADD is claimed to be from First Contact, but it is clearly NOT. In fact Trek expert Jorg can't find this PADD ever being used. It is in fact a Cardassian PADD repainted, and the photo Profiles uses isn't even of this PADD! PiH did tell me that this came from John Dwyer, the Trek set decorator, so it is legit. But that piece of information should be in the description.


Ridiculous Prices

As mentioned in my previous blog post on this auction (reprinted below), the opening bids for many of these items are insane.

The Klingon Bird of Prey Wing Section is priced at Christie's levels as that is where the consignor won this. But market realities are that this is worth maybe half that now.

The Geordi holo-Suit Apllicator is 1 1/2" long and someone wants $ 1,000 for it??? STAY AWAY. This is a total joke. The prop isn't of any significance and it is tiny.

The Model Miniature Casket/Probe sold for $ 2,200 at Christie's and now the seller wants $ 6,000? What drugs is this guy on? This guy expects a 3-fold increase in price for a mediocre prop in 17 months? Get a life.


The Data Head Appliance snd Lore's SFX Thumb are both crazy at $ 4,000 starting bids. On eBay, these are $ 2,000 props max.


The Picard De-Assimilation Neural Link is another joke. $ 1,500 for what? A background box? STAY AWAY

Finally, someone is smoking crack if they think the Trill Computer from DS9 is worth a $ 6,000 starting bid ($ 7,200 with Buyer's Premium). This prop is MAYBE worth half that.

Remember the Buyer's premium is 20% and so you have to add that to the final price.

Frankly, I think half the item sin this sale are totally out of control and not worth half what teh starting bid is. Profiles needs to come to Jesus on where the market is now.


PRICING (I wrote this blog last week, but it is worth repeating here)

Now I know PiH lets consignors set the opening bids, but many of their Star Trek items are just ridiculous. The prices often have no basis in reality and many sellers are just trying to make a quick buck. (The Doctor Chaotica costume sold last year for $ 2,700 at Screen Used Props and now that buyer expects the bidding to START at $ 4,500!).

Someone needs to tell Profiles in History and the consignors, that the market is flooded at this point. With over 7,000 items sold in the past 17 months, it's a buyer's market.

So what is totally overpriced?

The Klingon Costume at an opening bid of $ 10,000 is absolutely insane. I know the seller bought this at Christie's and so could have paid over $ 9,000, but I bought one just like it for $ 2,500 last year from IAW. Yeah, if you bought a Klingon costume at Christie's you are WAY under water, like a lot of homeowners these days.

The Geordi LaForge uniform starts at $ 4,500 and is WAY overpriced. An identical costume with a comm badge and boots sold for $ 3,000 at Christies. So why would this seller think that it was now worth 50% more WITHOUT the comm badge and boots? A Generations LaForge just sold for $ 4,055 WITH a VISOR.

The Distressed LaForge Tunic is an even worse buy. A $ 3,000 starting bid????? Give me a freaking break. That is a $ 1,500 item MAX.

Same with the Worf Tunic, which is distressed. Starting bid is $ 4,000, but this is a $ 2,000 MAX, even with the comm badge.

Finally, a Burned Starfleet Uniform with an opening bid of $ 1,000? This is MAYBE a $ 500 item, since you can get a perfect one for under that on eBay from IAW.

All I can say is AVOID THESE COSTUMES. PiH doesn't seem to want to come to grips with market realities, and they have nothing you can't get for significantly less on eBay through IAW. These prices will never be recovered in the secondary market in my opinion.

Alec

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Cool Item of the Week - Week 66

We have instituted a new award each week, the "Cool Item of the Week". Each week, the members of the Star Trek Prop, Costume & Auction Forum nominate and vote on what is the coolest item of that week.

This week:

The Valiant Master System Display was the overwhelming winner.



It's a Wrap eBay auctions - Week 66 Results

62nd week of IAW auctions (auctions ending March 21st)

While this is the 62nd week of auctions, It is titled Week 66 to be consistent with the Star Trek Auctions Archive.

Note that I will not be covering Buy It Now items, as they are mostly background costumes, or boots or uniform parts. None of which is either interesting or important to write about!


Well, there were only THREE costumes this week! And none of them were very interesting.

The Travis Mayweather Starfleet Uniform went about where it should at $ 1,625. We have seen plenty of these (8 total) and so a pretty common costume.

Carolan and Chrissy, two rather prolific Forum posters won the Voyager Tuvok Starfleet Uniform and Costume Lot. At $ 870 it was a good deal for a bunch of pieces and a distressed Starfleet Uniform.

The Ferengi Waiter Costume Lot went to another forum member, Francis, and went for a reasonable $ 768. Francis is a big Ferengi collector,and this was a very good deal.


As far as props go:

The USS Valiant Master Systems Display was a great piece and went pretty high at $ 3,383. It was big and a lot of people showed interest in this piece. I figured it would go at least $ 2,500, so this price was not really a surprise. This will make a beautiful centerpiece to any collection.

The Starfleet Power Cell was a re-list and my good buddy Anthony won it this time at the bargain price of $ 1,525. This piece had so many interesting aspects to it and lights up! For Anthony to get it so cheap is a coup.

The Interplexing Beacon Power Actuator was an interesting prop that we have seen a few times, but I am not sure how the two pieces go together! At $ 1,339 I felt it on the high side, but obviously this turned somebody on!

The NX Beta Flight Control Panel Wall Unit was a nice piece and I won one that was similar about a month ago. This one went for only $ 1,025, which was about half what I paid. Mine did have a much better and bigger light up central graphic though, and so I feel good about that!. Still a great piece and very big. It took me an hour to unpack this and then clean up all the peanuts!


The Borg Queen Skull and Spine Mold was actually a casting, not a mold. My buddy Brett of Federation Surplus won this for $ 1,005 and I know he was excited about winning it. Brett is a master prop maker and hopes to make some copies from this, so we all might be able to have one.

The Voyager Hirogen Pistol was a beauty and went to Forum member Jay, who I know is pretty fired up to get it. It was a resin piece so pretty sharp and the paint job was nice and the colors vibrant. The price was pretty fair as well.

The Voyager Warp Plasma Container from "Fair Trade" was a cool piece that was prominently featured in that episode. At $ 760, I think the buyer got a neat prop for a fair price.

The DS9 Circuitry Bay 47 PADD went for a very reasonable $ 695. The Path Analysis PADD went for $ 577, so that was a pretty good deal as well. And the world's biggest PADD collector, Willie Bath from the UK, won the Ds9 Systems Integration PADD for $ 544. This was probably the nicest of the lot as well.

The DS9 Federation Console Computer went for a very reasonable $ 660. I think we are seeing a ceiling in the $ 700 range for nice props that aren't recognizable from a particular episode. This week we saw a lot of nice props in the $ 300-700 range. This is one. If the buyer back lights it, this will be even more impressive.


THIS WEEK'S AWARDS:

Best Costume of the Week: The Travis Mayweather Starfleet Uniform was the best in a bad week.

Best Prop of the Week: The USS Valiant Master Systems Display was awesome!

Best Buy of the week:
The Enterprise Commander Tucker's Harmonica was a very cool, signature prop, and at $ 359, a great deal!

Worst Buy of the week: Nothing this week!

Sleeper of the Week: The Feature Style Klingon Communicator at $ 188.50.


HIGHEST PRICED ITEM THAT SOLD

Star Trek: DS9 USS Valiant Master Systems Display at $ 3,383

Star Trek: Enterprise Travis Mayweather Starfleet Uniform at $ 1,625.

Star Trek:
Enterprise Starfleet Power Cell at $ 1,525.

Star Trek: Voyager Interplexing Beacon Power Actuator at $ 1,339

Star Trek: Enterprise NX Beta Flight Control Panel Wall Unit at $ 1,025


Alec

Monday, March 24, 2008

Cool Item of the Week - Week 65


We have instituted a new award each week, the "Cool Item of the Week". Each week, the members of the Star Trek Prop, Costume & Auction Forum nominate and vote on what is the coolest item of that week.

This week:

The Borg Costume was the big winner and deservedly so. It was quite a beauty.

The Enterprise Half a Missile came in second (maybe if it was a whole missle things would have been different!).



Thursday, March 20, 2008

It's a Wrap eBay auctions - Week 65 Results

61st week of IAW auctions (auctions ending March 15th)

While this is the 61st week of auctions, It is titled Week 65 to be consistent with the Star Trek Auctions Archive.

Note that I will not be covering Buy It Now items, as they are mostly background costumes, or boots or uniform parts. None of which is either interesting or important to write about!

The Cal Hudson Starfleet Uniform was used by famous character actor Bernie Casey in the DS9 episodes The Maquis, Parts I & II. This lot even came with two scripts, which is a nice touch. At $ 1,358, a reasonable buy for a TNG two piece by a named actor.

The Future T'Pol Civilian Costumes were a great deal at $ 987. For two costumes, you can't go wrong! Now we all would prefer a T'Pol jumpsuit, but a $ 3,000+ we also need to be realistic. So getting these was a good move.

The Borg costume from Descent Part I & II was a steal at $ 961. For a full Borg costume to go this cheap is amazing. This was a nice one and had all the right pieces. and since these aren't like the foam and latex ones from the movies, it will last longer. Stay away from the foam ones as they will disintegrate quickly. (Some already have started). This will need a full mannequin, but will look great when displayed.

The Captain Kirk Nexus uniform from "Generations" was incomplete, not having the vest he wore and it was a stunt costume, but still cool and at $ 928 reasonable. If you need a Kirk, you can either get a civilian costume or a stunt uniform. Depends how bad you want a piece that Shatner wore. Both options are less expensive than a full blown Kirk costume. (I am sure there are more rock climbing costumes!).

At $ 810, I really liked the Enterprise Away Team Jacket prototype. This is one of those unique pieces that shows something of the evolution of the costumes and I think it looks great.

The Ensign Vorik Starfleet Uniform at $ 798 was a great deal on a character costume from Voyager. A smart buy and I like these in Operations gold. Background costumes of this type gor for at least this much, so bravo here!

As far as props go:

The Enterprise Half a Missile was cool and will look great mounted on a wall. My buddy Daryl bought one and then upgraded to a whole missile and it is truly impressive. I think this was reasonably priced at $ 1,253.


The DS9 Turbo Shaft Model went for $ 999 to model maniac Adam. I am not sure how all the pieces go together, but I am sure Adam will figure it out.

The Enterprise Communicator and Translator were very cool, though sadly, not the working versions my buddy Anthony snagged at the Vegas Con. He had paid $ 1,800 for those and that was a good deal. So $ 910 for non-working versions is about right I think.

At $ 899, the Quantum Dated Xindi Probe was a great deal for a beautiful prop that has some great metal craftsmanship to it. A prop like this probably cost Paramount a few thousand to get built. I like this one a lot and think the buyer got a very good deal.

The LCARS style Computer Interface Panel went for a healthy $ 895. I guess that is OK, but there are so many of these panels, that I think they just aren't that rare. However, they are rather iconic in that every TNG era show has had them.

The DS9 "Waltz" prop and concept drawing lot was interesting as it had Sisko's cast from that Episode, 4 Dabo chips and a lot of copies of concept drawings. I had some interest in this, but the fact that the drawings were just copies made me back off. None te less a cool lot and at $ 622, a good deal, since Dabo chips by themselves have been going at $ 500 a set of four.

THIS WEEK'S AWARDS:

Best Costume of the Week: The Borg costume from Descent Part I & II at $ 961.

Best Prop of the Week: The Enterprise Half a Missile at $ 1,253. Who wouldn't want one?

Best Buy of the week:
The Borg costume from Descent Part I & II was a steal at $ 961.

Worst Buy of the week: Nothing this week!

Sleeper of the Week: The TNG Lt. Worf Civilian Costume at $ 545 was a great deal.


HIGHEST PRICED ITEM THAT SOLD

Star Trek: DS9 Cal Hudson Starfleet Uniform at $ 1,358.

Star Trek: Enterprise Half a Missile at $ 1,253

Star Trek:
DS9 Turbo Shaft Model at $ 999

Star Trek: Enterprise Future T'Pol Civilian Costumes at $ 987

Star Trek: TNG Borg costume from Descent Part I & II at $ 961.



Alec

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Cool Item of the Week - Week 64

We have instituted a new award each week, the "Cool Item of the Week". Each week, the members of the Star Trek Prop, Costume & Auction Forum nominate and vote on what is the coolest item of that week.

This week:

The Engineering Kit and case had plenty of tools and was definitely popular, going for $ 2,600.


Friday, March 14, 2008

In Memorium - Darrel Hyde

A good and dear friend of mine, who was known throughout Star Trek Prop colletcing has passed away. Darrell Hyde, known as Phaserfetish on numerous prop boards, passed away from complications from the flu. He was young, in his 40's I believe, and leaves a wife and son.

Darrell and I had become very good friends, though we had never met. We spoke a few days ago after playing some phone tag. We would spend 30-40 minutes on the phone every couple of weeks. We spent a lot of time talking about his experience with Mark English fakes. He and I were finally going to meet at the end of the month when I came out to California.


Darrell had been in the hobby for 20+ years and had seen the hobby change a great deal. He knew a lot about Mark English fakes and was upfront about being taken in by ME fakes. I would talk to him just to learn about the history of Star Trek Props. His knowledge was amazing. He had so many friends in this hobby, and everyone is really saddened by this.

He also was instrumental in my identifying my TMP Klingon Death Sting. I spent about 4 hours on the phone with he and Brett Jones when trying to determine if it was real (we thought it was fake) and then after I got it we spent another 3-4 hours on the phone trying to figure out if it was real. Darrell produced the photo that proved it was after some digging.

Darrell had decided to go into counseling and that was why he was in school. I had a lot of respect for him for doing that. As was mentioned previously, he had just bought his dream car, a black Corvette.

I am truly saddened by this and send his family my condolences. Darrell will be sorely missed.

Alec

It's a Wrap eBay auctions - Week 64 Results

60th week of IAW auctions (auctions ending March 8th)

While this is the 60th week of auctions, It is titled Week 64 to be consistent with the Star Trek Auctions Archive.


The Voyager Tom Paris Uniform Lot and Rank Pip Box at $ 2,104 got some interest because it was a different version of this costume we have seen so many times. I don't like that it doesn't have a turtleneck undershirt, but the small wooden box with the rank pips was very cool. I think it was a good deal overall.

The Nemesis
Reman Military Uniform at $ 1,985 was right on traget as far as the price goes. It is amazing how these consistently sell at almost the same price, right around $ 2,000. And they are worth it! These are spectacular costumes and I strongly urge you to buy one if you have any interest. They are amazing works of craftsmanship and they look absolutely amazing in person. But fi you want to wear one, you better be skinny, as these guys were THIN! (The two piece Xindi variant would be easie rto find one that fits).

The Dr. Carol Marcus Regula 1 costume at $ 1,932 was an absolute steal. Why? Well, this is simply one of the most recognizable and important female guest star costumes in all of Star Trek. They are BEAUTIFUL on display as I have one and I can tell you it is stunning. My good buddy from the UK Andy, won the top at Christie's (for about 1/10 of what he would have paid!) and so he and my buddy John went in on this as there were two sets of pants with this lot, obviously, the pair that should have been with the Christie's lot Andy won was included here. So Andy and John went in, allowing Andy to finish his, and John to join the very elite World Wide Carol Marcus Costume Owner's Society.

I thought the B'ellana Torres Starfleet Uniform went for $ 841, which was OK, but boy, was this beat up! It did come with a Maquis Rank Pip though.

A really nice Bajorn Militia Uniform went for $ 710. It was complete and about $ 150 mor ethan these usually go for, but still a great deal.

The Star Trek V Spock Camping Costume had tags indicating it was a sample and not scre used, but still, at $ 666 a great deal I think for a recognizable costume.

Finally, the Star Trek, TMP Costume was a top we haven't seen before and so very interesting. At $ 632, a decent buy for something unusual.

As far as props go:

The Voyager Engineering Kit and Carry Case at $ 2,600 was a fantastic prop because it had so many pieces in it. This went about where I thought it would, as it was clearly the cream of the crop this week and really intriguing for all its pieces.

The
Enterprise Molecular Analysis Scanner Case at $ 1,314 was a nice prop, but not very interesting I think. Just seems a little bland to me.

The Klingon Knife was not a Mek'Leth as IAW described, but actually a D'K Tahg as they have correctly reported in previous auctions. At $ 1,294, this was priced about right. IAW noted it was the last one in this good condition, which is what had me go after it. I need one for my Klingon Costume.

The Nemesis Phaser Rifle at $ 1,136 was incorrectly described as a Type III Mark III, when it is in fact a Type 3c. You can read about Type 3 Phaser Rifles on my blog here. None th eless, this is a good deal. I paid $ 2,000 for one just like this, though mine was in better condition. Still a good buy I think.

The TNG Starfleet Cortical Stimulator was crazy at $ 1,051 for a prop that was 2" wide!! Why anyone would spend this kind of money for a tiny prop is beyond me, unless the buyer assume it was the one used on Picard (which would be a very bad assumption!).

The Romulan Disruptor Rifle was a good deal at $ 800. I have one of these and they are beautiful. To get a Star Trek rifle, made of resin and from one of the main races, is very good indeed.


THIS WEEK'S AWARDS:

Best Costume of the Week: The Carol Marcus Regula 1 costume at $ 1,932 is iconic!

Best Prop of the Week: The Voyager Engineering Kit and Carry Case at $ 2,600 was very cool!

Best Buy of the week:
The Alien Tsuntkatse Fighter Costume at 168 was complete and a great deal at $ 168.

Worst Buy of the week: The Red Themed Starfleet Inventory Application Sheet at $ 405 was CRAZY! It's a single sheet of stickers!

Sleeper of the Week: The Star Trek V Spock Camping Costume at $ 666 was a very wise buy.



HIGHEST PRICED ITEM THAT SOLD

Star Trek: The Voyager Engineering Kit and Carry Case at $ 2,600

Star Trek: Voyager Tom Paris Uniform Lot and Rank Pip Box at $ 2,104

Star Trek: Nemesis
Reman Military Uniform at $ 1,985

Star Trek II:
TWOK Dr. Carol Marcus Regula 1 costume at $ 1,932

Star Trek:
Enterprise Molecular Analysis Scanner Case at $ 1,314


Alec

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Profiles in History - INSANE PRICES

Well, the new Profiles in History auction catalog is out and available on eBay as well. You can find the Star Trek Items here.

Now I know PiH lets consignors set the opening bids, but many of their Star Trek items are just ridiculous. The prices often have no basis in reality and many sellers are just trying to make a quick buck. (The Doctor Chaotica costume sold last year for $ 2,700 at Screen Used Props and now that buyer expects the bidding to START at $ 4,500!).

Someone needs to tell Profiles in History and the consignors, that the market is flooded at this point. With over 7,000 items sold in the past 17 months, it's a buyer's market.

So what is totally overpriced?

The Klingon Costume at an opening bid of $ 10,000 is absolutely insane. I know the seller bought this at Christie's and so could have paid over $ 9,000, but I bought one just like it for $ 2,500 last year from IAW. Yeah, if you bought a Klingon costume at Christie's you are WAY under water, like a lot of homeowners these days.

The Geordi LaForge uniform starts at $ 4,500 and is WAY overpriced. An identical costume with a comm badge and boots sold for $ 3,000 at Christies. So why would this seller think that it was now worth 50% more WITHOUT the comm badge and boots? A Generations LaForge just sold for $ 4,055 WITH a VISOR.

The Distressed LaForge Tunic is an even worse buy. A $ 3,000 starting bid????? Give me a freaking break. That is a $ 1,500 item MAX.

Same with the Worf Tunic, which is distressed. Starting bid is $ 4,000, but this is a $ 2,000 MAX, even with the comm badge.

The Model Miniature Casket/Probe sold for $ 2,200 at Christie's and now the seller wants $ 6,000? What drugs is this guy on? This guy expects a 3-fold increase in price for a mediocre prop in 17 months? Get a life.

The Data Head Appliance snd Lore's SFX Thumb are both crazy at $ 4,000 starting bids. On eBay, these are $ 2,000 props max.

Finally, a Burned Starfleet Uniform with an opening bid of $ 1,000? This is MAYBE a $ 500 item, since you can get a perfect one for under that on eBay from IAW.

All I can say is AVOID THESE COSTUMES. PiH doesn't seem to want to come to grips with market realities, and they have nothing you can't get for significantly less on eBay through IAW.

Alec

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Cool Item of the Week - Week 63

We have institued a new award each week, the "Cool Item of the Week". Each week, the members of the Star Trek Prop, Costume & Auction Forum nominate and vote on what is the coolest item of that week.

This week:

The TNG Medical Travel Kit at $ 1,575 barely nudged out the Maroon Command Uniform. This is a great piece and certainly VERY COOL!


Saturday, March 8, 2008

It's a Wrap eBay auctions - Week 63 Results

59th week of IAW auctions (auctions ending February 29th)

While this is the 59th week of auctions, It is titled Week 63 to be consistent with the Star Trek Auctions Archive.

The Feature Film Style Maroon Commander's Uniform at $ 3,325 was a good deal for a desirable costume. My good UK buddy (and Picard look alike) Giles won this one and was very happy with it as he should be. The velcro for the badge is unique, and this one has Admiral's pants and a belt. The inside of the jacket is tan, and if it had been white I would have gone after it myself! :-)

The DS9 Dr. Bashir Season Four costume went for $ 1,825 and came with boots. Hero costumes go in the $ 1,500-$ 1,800 range, so this was pretty fair. I don't think this style is as popular or desireable as the black and gray style, but still very cool.

The
Nemesis Data Stunt Uniform at $ 1,603 was fairly priced as well. I think the black and grays look great in operations gold and this one looks sharp. These look great when you display them and everyone should get one!

The
TNG Klingon Robe at $ 1,371 seemed a little high to me, then I was told by my friend Lyn that it was General Chang's from Star Trek VI and I am most impressed!!! Checking the screen caps, I see she is right! So very sharp eyes Lynn!

The Admiral Kirk Away Team Jacket was nice, though unfinished. It was listed as Star Trek II, but was actually from The Motion Picture. At $ 1,136 it was a good deal and if dyed tan like in the movies, will make a nice display piece.

The Star Trek III Vulcan Hand Maiden costume went for $ 1,102. That price was really for the excellent jewelry which was very cool.

We have seen plenty of Feature Style Starfleet Trainee uniform before. This one was complete with the exception of the belt and sold for $ 988. A fair price I think. The fabric from these uniforms are heavy and these display well.

The Star Trek: TMP Class A Sciences uniform was a beauty and at $965 a good deal.

The Star Trek V: Starfleet Commando Boots went very high at $ 910. Yes, these are incredibly rare and very cool, but a bit high. If you needed these to complete a costume, then it was probably worth it.

As far as props go:

The TNG Medical Travel Kit at $ 1,575 was a beauty. I think a lot of people were interested in this and it went for a great price. The fact that important and interesting props are going around $ 1,500 is another sign of how prices are dropping. This was a $ 3,000 prop last year.

The Enterprise Dr. Soong Lesson PADD at $ 695 went pretty reasonably. I don't think this was a particularly interesting PADD, but it is important, and the text on the PADD is cool.

The Enterprise Vulcan "Stone of J'Kah" at $ 668 was a really great deal. This was an important prop in the episode and so I think my buddy Jordino got a great deal.

I wasn't crazy about the Star Trek Transponder Telemetry PADD as it had a paper graphic on it. Plus, there are so many PADD's out there (Mike Moore from HMS said there were probably over 1,000 made over the years) that I don't see spending $ 632 on one with a paper graphic.


THIS WEEK'S AWARDS:

Best Costume of the Week: The Feature Film Style Maroon Commander's Uniform at $ 3,325.

Best Prop of the Week: The TNG Medical Travel Kit at $ 1,575 was a beauty.

Best Buy of the week:
The Enterprise Vulcan "Stone of J'Kah" at $ 668 was a steal for a great prop.

Worst Buy of the week: The Enterprise Terran Empire Starfleet Dagger at $ 394. Spend $ 20 and get a real metal one on eBay.

Sleeper of the Week: The Star Trek V: Kirk's "Go Climb a Rock" T-Shirt at $ 527 was an awesome deal.


COOL ITEM OF THE WEEK (as voted by the Star Trek Prop, Costume and Auction Forum)

The TNG Medical travel Kit


HIGHEST PRICED ITEM THAT SOLD

Star Trek: Feature Film Maroon Commander's Uniform at $ 3,325

Star Trek: DS9 Dr. Bashir Season Four costume at $ 1,825

Star Trek:
Nemesis Data Stunt Uniform at $ 1,603

Star Trek:
TNG Medical Travel Kit at $ 1,575

Star Trek:
TNG Klingon Robe at $ 1,371


Alec

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

More eBay fraud. Fake Cristie's Voyager PADD


Seems like we have another attempt to defraud collectors by referencing the Christie's Auction. This eBay auction claims to be a screen used Voyager PADD, but no such lot was auctioned off at Christie's AND the guy doesn't take PayPal.

In addition, check out his feedback. 4 negatives in the last 6 months and people are claiming he is a crook!

STAY AWAY form this auction. This has all the red flags of someone trying to pass off a fake: no provenance, false claims, and no protection for buyers. Plus the negative feedback makes this guy a bad seller.

I have emailed the seller, and will keep you all posted.

Thanks to UK watchdog (and my favorite Picard look-alike) Giles Aston for his eagle eye pointing this out!

Alec