Star Trek Original Series Collectibles & Memorabilia
Star Trek Original Series Collectibles and Memorabilia are items relating to the original television series Star Trek, as opposed to later incarnations such as feature films and spin-off shows.
Star Trek was a television series started in the 1960s which ran for only three series in it's original format (although producing several spin-off series' and eleven feature films). The series' key characters were Captain James Kirk (played by William Shatner), Dr Leonard McCoy, or 'Bones' played by deforest Kelley and half-human/half-Vulcan Spock, played by Leonard Nimoy.
It was created by Gene Roddenberry and produced by Desilu Productions, which later became Paramount.
The Star Trek collectibles market is a huge one with lots of range for collectors.
Types of Memorabilia
Types of Star trek memorabilia range from DVDs and merchandising to models, costumes, art and action figures. The ten most expensive pieces of Star Trek: TOS memorabilia ever sold at auction are:
- The Enterprise Command Chair – Kirk's chair from the original series set – sold by Profiles of History for $265,000 in 2002.
- Costume worn in 'The Tholian Web' by Medical officer Dr McCoy. Silver lame suit which was sold in 2006 by Christies, New York.
- Season 3 Spock costume. First officer's tunic sold by Profiles of History in 2003 for $115,000.
- Command Module from the Enterprise. Featured through the original series, sold by Profiles of History for $80,000.
- Archive of scripts by writer Joan Pearce. Complete set of scripts for each of the 79 episodes, including alternate endings, and notes from shooting and production. (240 in all). Sold by Profiles in History in 2006 for $55,000.
- Original typecast of 'The Making of Star Trek' (1968, Stephen E. Whitfield and Gene Roddenberry). Contains hand written notes/revisions, original photos and publishing contract. Sold by Christies, New York in 1994 for $55,200.
- Costume from 'Amok Time' worn by T'Pau (Celia Lovsky). Sold by Christies, New York for $54,000.
- Tricorder. Original set prop sold by Profiles in History at a 2001 auction for $45,000.
- Special effects prop – model Enterprise. Sold by Profiles in History for $42,500.
- Star Trek sound-stage model. A 1966 1/4” scale model of the stage layout designed by Production designer Matt Jefferies. It was sold by Profiles of History for $40,000.
Guide for collectors
The most valuable items to Star Trek: TOS collectors are generally items manufactured during the show's run on NBC which are in scarce supply! These include the first set of trading cards (produced in 1967 by Leaf) and the Gold Key Star Trek Comics (Issue #1 released in 1967.) items considered particularly valuable are those that were released in limited numbers and an affordable option for collectors who wish to specialise are the Playmates plastic figures – lines were changed regularly and editions were numbered. An important thing to remember is to ensure items are licensed – items released unofficially have little to no value.
Useful links for collectors of Star Trek:TOS memorabilia include:
- Star Trek Prop, Costume and Auction Authority Hosted by Gerald Gurian this is a site dedicated to Star trek memorabilia with extensive information for collectors, including cast photos and auction results
- Star Trek Collector's Guide This Ebay-based guide offers some valuable advice to collectors.
- Star trek Memorabilia Official merchandise for sale, including dvds and action figures.
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