The second week of Star Trek auctions on eBay from It’s a Wrap Hollywood ended like the first, with only 69 of the 100 lots selling. There is a growing grumbling amongst Trek collectors over the minimum prices, with many feeling that It’s A Wrap lack understanding of the Trek collector market. The fact that 1/3 of the items are not selling due to overly high minimum prices seems to bear this out. However It’s A Wrap may be getting the message, many of the items that failed to sell due in week 1 have now appeared for week 3, but now without any reserve prices. The week of Christmas is always the worst sales week of the year on eBay, none the less, It’s a Wrap Hollywood used the week to put a lot of small, less desirable background props on this week’s auctions. 22 items, mostly bags and fabric went for under $100.
Costumes still the big sellers
The biggest seller was a The Tom Paris Voyager Uniform for $3,650 (actually well above market value). Manny Coto’s Admiral’s uniform from "Enterprise" went for $2,739, which was very strong for a non-star uniform. This shows how popular the producer who injected a bit of ‘prequelness’ into Enterprise still is. Two well known prop collectors bid this one up, which is even more surprising. But the eventual winner filmwelt-Berlin, a deep-pocketed German prop collector, is know for paying high prices for Trek memorabilia. The third highest priced auction was an interesting one, the "Enterprise" alternate universe Starfleet uniform for the "Avenger NX-09". This blue jumpsuit had both the Terran Empire patch and the Avenger NX-09 patch. A great piece, it went high for a background player (my high bid was $ 1,100) but certainly is very desirable, as all alternate universe pieces are. Rounding out the top five were two props. The highest priced prop sale was two "Enterprise" control panels which went for $ 2,000. Prop prices were high in the Christie’s auction, and they continue to be in the eBay auctions. After that was a Jem’Hadar Kar’takin, the bladed weapon of the Dominion Warriors from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It went for $ 1,125.
The big sellers for week 2
Top 5 items sold
|Voyager Tom Paris Uniform||$3,650|
|Manny Coto "Enterprise" Admiral’s Uniform||$2,739|
|Mirror Universe Terran Avenger Uniform||$2,225|
|Enterprise Maco uniform||$1,025|
who are they kidding? $1600 for two damaged foam phasers?
Top 5 Items not selling due to reserve prices
|Star Trek Type 3 Phaser Rifle||$2,125|
|Star Trek Voyager faux phasers||$1,600*|
|Enterprise Klingon Bat’leth||$1,525|
|Star Trek Voyager B’Lanna Torres Uniform||$1,026|
|Star Trek Type 3 Phaser Rifle||$1,025|
* no bids
Things looking up for week 3
Another 100 auctions have been listed by It’s a Wrap Hollywood this week. The selection is better than last week, and features a Klingon Costume, a Dax uniform from DS9 and some other nice uniforms and props from DS9 and Enterprise especially. Significantly, the MACO assault kit, Xindi costume and Klingon Disruptor from "Enterprise" have all been re-listed without reserves after failing to sell in week 1.
Alec Peters has joined TrekMovie.com as our Auctions and Collectables Editor. Alec has been a Trek fan since the 60s and collector of memorabilia since the 70s (counting 3 Star Trek Captain’s costumes in his collection). As Founder and CEO of Auctionworks, he is also an expert in auctions and eBay. For more check out Alec’s Trek Auctions Blog