Saturday, October 15, 2011



Friday, September 30, 2011

Archiving my Star Trek collection

Well, as many of you know, I have a pretty substantial Star Trek collection.  I have both props and costumes, and I love my collection dearly, as you all love your own.  Now that we are about to be done with auctions at Propworx till the Spring (the Iron Man 2 auction next month will be the last for at least 5 months, we are looking to next do Captain America at C2E2 in Chicago in March), I have tasked my photographer with photographing my entire Star Trek collection.  Then I will be having Damaris due a book on my collection that I plan to have printed.  

My greater goal is to do a Star Trek book on props, costumes and the collectors who have substantial collections.  So I may be calling you guys in the near future.

But look for more articles on my collection here shortly.  


My collection displayed in my old house.  Sadly I have much less room in Newport Beach!

The first Vegas display in 2008

Friday, September 23, 2011

Kor costume from Deep Space Nine

John Colicos played Kor, the first Klingon, in the TOS episode Errand of Mercy.  He later went on to reprise that role in 3 great Deep Space Nine episodes, "Blood Oath", "The Sword of Kahless" and "Once more unto the Breach".

I got to know John Colicos when I had him for an event I put on in Pennsylvania in 1999 that was a Battlestar Galactica reunion (John of course played the baddie Baltar in the original BSG).  Little did I know it would be his last convention appearance ever, as he soon after passed away.  John was a tremendous person, open and friendly and was a huge hit with my crew at the event.  At dinner the first night with Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict in attendance, it was John who amused us with his stories of acting with Richard Burton! 

I think it was soon after when I was watching Deep Space Nine for a second time that I really started to enjoy John's character.  And then, once the It's a Wrap auctions started we all started looking for those costumes that we really wanted.  By the time I realized that I wanted this costume, both the hero and stunt versions had been sold in their "Enterprise" re-purposed forms.  But the hero shirt, belt and gauntlets came up for sale and I won them.  Of course the overseas collector who has the hero jacket doesn't have any of the hero elements so I win there!  ;-)

I then tracked down the two costumes, and contacted both parties who won them.  One wouldn't sell, but Dave Jackson, of Backlot props, won the stunt costume and so I stayed on him.  When he sold everything to Abacus, my opportunity came, and when they put the costume in the Heritage auction last year I won it.

Now both the hero and stunt jackets had been re-purposed for "Enterprise" and had additional fur etc. attached.  I removed those elements and was able to put the costume together.   The only element I need is the boots, but those have never appeared.

My Propworx photographer, Nick Savoy, took these photos and he is taking photos of a lot of my costumes so I can do more posts like this.  I will try and post more often!


Friday, September 2, 2011

Who Mourns for Galileo?

A 5 minute video on the restoration and legacy of the Galileo Mock-Up.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

This is what happens....

When your team turns on the brand new alarm system and don't tell you the alarm code!  You get a visit from the Police.  Who just happened to both be geeks!

I spent about 30 minute giving them a tour of the Propworx offices, showing them the BSG auction items, and my Star Trek collection.  Officer Jensen (on the left) asked about my Kor costume and even knew about the Treaty of Organia!

I loaded them both up with Propworx catalogs and they looked like they had a blast.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Harriman Maroon

Well, finally the Harriman Maroon has surfaced, but not quite in the condition I hoped.  This had long been my Maroon of choice (If I couldn't land a Kirk).  But when it came to market, it was just Harriman's jacket.  The pants were not his, and the shirt wasn't even the right color.  I passed. 

Now, I don't think the costume was overpriced at $ 6,500.  Heck, if it was all his, I think it is a $ 8,500 costume (at least I would have gone that high on a complete Harriman), besting the previous non-principle high of $ 7,600 for the Admiral Catrwright Maroon that IAW sold.

But the problem with a "Frankenstein" costume (as my good friend Adam Schneider would call it) is that you can never say it IS Harriman's Maroon.  And that really bothers me.  If I have it on display, I would have to say "Well, the jacket is Harriman's, but the pants and shirt aren't." every time I showed it off!  Oh that sucks.

Now, that is me.  I hope the new owner gets it and loves it and enjoys it.  He should, it is still a great piece.  It just didn't do it for me, and it was really disappointing to see such a mismatched costume (not the fault of PSOL - I am sure this is the way it came).

I actually would rather have a complete background Maroon that just the Harriman jacket Maroon.  Is that weird?  Well, maybe.  Collecting Star Trek props and costumes is weird in general!  I mean we all have our quirks, and that is actually what makes this hobby kinda cool.  I mean, Anthony likes different things than Adam, than Dana than Donna and so we all support each other and love it when one another lands a great piece.

Well, just an insight inside the bizarre inner workings of my collecting mind.


Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Prop Store of London Star Trek sales.

The Prop Store of London has been releasing items all week from the big collection of Star Trek props and costumes it bought recently.  I should have been keeping track of prices as the items were listed, as PSOL hides the prices once the sale is made.  I hate that practice, as having a record of prices is so useful as so many of us know from using the Star Trek Auction Archive.  So I have compiled a list.  If you know the prices of any of the items not listed below, please let me know!

Also, PSOL has been posting items at 10am GMT and 10am PST.  That means those of us on the West Coast have to wake up at 2am in order to get a shot at the items, which basically sucks!  But the things we do for props and costumes. 

I will review a couple of the key pieces in coming blogs.  A bunch of people have commented on the fact that PSOL will post items that have already been sold.  Collectors would like to know they always have a shot at buying something.  But PSOL is well known for first offering key items to its best customers before posting them for the public.  And there is nothing wrong with this, but collectors feel cheated sometimes.  Collectors need to understand that a lot of times it is just better to set a price and sell it to a well off collector and not have to worry about if an item will sell online or at auction.  

There are more items coming Monday I am told, but I also hear that we have seen the best of the collection already.  So it will be interesting to see what comes our way!

ST II: TWOK Tunic $ 35,000

Captain Kirk Class A $ 24,995

Captain Harriman Maroon $ 6,495

Romulan Warbird Khazara Translight $ 745

Voyager Vidian Model $ 12,459

DS9 Pistol $ 699

TOS Cadet Costume $

AzetBur Klingon Costume $ 7,995

DS9 Blue Jumpsuit $ 1,245

TOS Radiation Suit $ 8,995

TNG Data Tunic top $ 3,750

Generations Mark VI Torpedo $ 1,995

First Contact EVA Rifle $ 5,659 Hero

Yesterday's Enterprise Phaser $ 2,745

Star Trek VI Klingon Mask $ 1,495

TMP Male Engineer Uniform $ 1,245

ST III Vulcan Robe $ 995

Star Trek First Contact Phaser Rifle $ 2,499

Star Trek IV Spock headband $

Star Trek VI Klingon Mask $ 995

Enterprise Soval's ears $ 745

TNG Dustbuster Phaser $ 3,995

Star Trek VI Rura Penthe Mask $ 1,295