“Set Phasers to Stun!”
“To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before…”
“Beam me up, Scotty”
These are all iconic lines taken from the original Star Trek TV series (1966-1969).
Being a baby-boomer, I remember rushing home from school in the late ’60s, to watch Star Trek reruns on the “boob tube” with my friends and siblings. Even though I’ve seen each show at least 20 times, I still enjoy watching those reruns today. Recently, I was thrilled to find a VHS collection from the original Star Trek series at a garage sale…Treasure!
Not to say I’m a dedicated “Trekkie,” I’ve still waited in a long line to get James Doohan’s autograph, and I made it a point to visit Star Trek: The Experience, which was a themed attraction held at the Las Vegas Hilton in Nevada back in 1999.
What do I mean by a “Trekkie?” A Trekkie is the ultimate devoted Star Trek fan. They attend most StarTrek conventions or events, and literally, memorize everything there is to know about the StarTrek TV episodes and movies. Some even dress in costumes related to the Starship Enterprise’s main characters-Captain James T. Kirk, Spock, Doctor McCoy, Scotty; and a Yeoman, who is the captain’s personal female assistant. Additionally, they dress up in various Star Trek, United Federation of Planets sovereignties, such as the Klingon, Borg, Vulcan, Romulan, or Andorian Empires. Furthermore, Trekkies are avid collectors of anything Star Trek-related. Some fans will spend thousands of dollars to own a personal item or prop used during the filming of a particular Star Trek episode.
Who remembers “Khaaaaaan?” I believe Ricardo Montalbán (1920-2009), the actor who played Khan in the original 1967 Star Trek episode called “Space Seed”, and later returned in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in 1982, was my favorite Star Trek villain.
Here is a list of ten of the most expensive “out of this world” original Star Trek series, auctioned memorabilia lots ever sold.
1. The most expensive Captain Kirk item sold at auction was Kirk’s Starfleet tunic and pants from the original Star Trek series. The highest bid was $72,000 in the summer of 2016.
2. This phaser weapon from the original 1960’s Star Trek TV Series, sold for $78,000 in 2011. (When I visited “StarTrek: The Experience” at the Las Vegas Hilton- there was an original 1960’s phaser on display and it had the appearance of a simple toy gun.)
3. A Klingon Battle Cruiser model made for the original Star Trek TV series, sold for $74,750 in March 2006.
And…If you’re interested in learning the “Klingon” Language; check out YouTube, Trekkie videos.
Moving on to the next original Star Trek must-have treasure…
4. How about the Star Trek fan who purchased this command module section from the original U.S.S. Enterprise for a whopping $92,000 at an auction in 2003. As James T. Kirk would say: “Warp Factor One Mr. Sulu.”
5. Mr. Spock’s blue tunic shirt worn during the 3rd season of the original Star Trek TV series sold for $123,250 in 2003!
“Live long and prosper.”-Spock
Did you know it was the actor, Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015), who created the Vulcan pinch and salute hand gesture? He stated it was somewhat based on the Orthodox Jewish blessings he remembered from his childhood.
6. How about the ultimate Star Trek prop collectible-The original Star Trek TV series “command chair” and platform, which sold for $304,750 in 2002.
7. If you watched the original Star Trek TV series, you should remember this hideous face shown on your TV screen after each Star Trek episode. It’s called, Balok’s puppet head and it was used in the Star Trek episode called “The Corbomite Maneuver”-from Season 1; Episode 10. It sold for a scary $80,500 in June 2010.
Did you know in this early episode, a young Clint Howard (Ron Howard’s little brother), plays the alien “child” sharing some delicious “Tranya” drink with the USS Enterprise crew at the end?
8. A spacesuit that was worn by Dr. McCoy, the same as these pictured below, from the 1960’s Star Trek TV series episode called “The Tholian Web,” sold for over $120,000 at a Christie’s auction in October 2006.
9 Capt. Kirk’s Phaser Rifle from the 1966 Star Trek-Season 1; Episode 3, “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” sold for over $231,000 (auction fees included) in 2013, at Julien’s Hollywood Legends auction.
The two main characters in this Star Trek episode-Lt. Cmdr. Gary Mitchell and Dr. Dehner (Played by Gary Lockwood and Sally Kellerman), had to wear sparkly contact lenses- which consisted of some good old tinfoil sandwiched between two lenses that covered the entire eye. Mitchell had some difficulty seeing through them. He could only see by looking downward while positioning his head upwards.
10. Original Star Trek TV series Shuttlecraft TV exterior prop known as the Galileo NCC-1701/7, which measures 24-ft long, 9-ft tall and 9-ft wide in the front, sold for $61,000 at Kiko Auctioneers auction in 2012. (The thruster dome was missing and the exterior definitely needed some work done.)
During its heyday in the 1960’s, this is what the Star Trek Galileo shuttlecraft once looked like.
Thanks to Mr. N. J. Schneider, who purchased the original Galileo when it was auctioned off; restored and then donated it for exhibit at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
OK, all you Star Trekkies fans, if you’re ready to beam aboard an accurate reproduction of the Starship USS Enterprise, it’s now possible by visiting “Star Trek Original Series Set Tour” in Ticonderoga, NY. Walk down the corridors of the USS Enterprise, tour the engineering room; sickbay, the Captain’s Quarters; the transporter room, briefing room; and of course, the unforgettable bridge where most of the exhilarating galactic action took place.
Just this last weekend, on May 4th-5th, Captain James T. Kirk was live and in-person for questions, along with autographed photos of himself. All for just $1,500 per ticket.
I leave you with this quote-
“You may find that having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting. This is not logical, but it is often true.” -Spock
For more stories from Contributing Writer, Patty Penke, and to find out if you have any vintage items worth a substantial amount of money, check out her new book available on Amazon: www.amazon.com/Stop-Throwing-Cash-Trash-Transforming/dp/0692515011