As expected the poor selection during week 11 resulted in a record low of $35,718.While the lack of reserves meant that every item sold, there were only 5 items that sold for more than $ 1,000. A Vulcan Musician’s costume was the highest selling item and a Klingon costume from Star Trek: Enterprise was a good buy at $1,125. Although not as Iconic as a TNG uniform, it was a nice piece. The Admiral Jameson top went over $1,000, which was higher than when it failed to hit reserve a few weeks ago.
I really like the Starfleet Jumpsuit from The Motion Picture at $ 967. I happen to love these costumes, though I think few people liked them at the time. I own Kirk’s Jumpsuit and Decker’s jumpsuit (thanks Andy!), and they display really well.
On the Prop front, I almost went after the Orion PADD as it was a real beauty. Reasonably priced at $1,125, I think the buyer got a good deal on this beauty. The Son’a PADD at $521 was a good deal as well. These pieces came into their own in TNG and are all over the place in the TNG era series. Between TNG, DS9 and Voyager, there are a bunch of these that will be propping up over the next few months. The half a missile was pretty cool as well. Mounted on a wall, these props look great.
There were over 60 items under $300 in this week’s auction and so a lot of people got cool items at a good price. I really love the fact that so many collectors can get items that were used in the series. Prop collecting has been a very small hobby and the collectors very private. Before these auctions, you had to bid in a Profiles in History auction in order to get a Star Trek prop, and even then, the pieces were very expensive. Now people are able to get props at an inexpensive price. And even though they may not be a hero phaser, they are important pieces to the collectors who buy them.
Alec’s Auction Awards:
Best Costume of the Week: The Vulcan Musician costume. Nice piece, and the best on a bad week.
Best Prop of the Week: The Orion PADD. Really a beautiful prop.
Best Buy of the week: The Star Trek: TMP Jumpsuit at $967 is a great deal for a classic costume.
Worst Buy of the week: Since there were so few items that sold high, there were really no bad deals.
Sleeper of the Week: Ferengi Bloodlines Costume. A Ferengi costume under$ 800!
Week 12 Preview
Well, this week is a step up from last week and there are some nice items this week. A lot of Voyager items with some Enterprise items mixed in. The first rank pins too were listed this week, these being the Maquis rank pins from Voyager. I think one of the things that was most interesting this past week, is we have seen an influx of new bidders, which is probably going to keep some prices up for a while.
This week’s Reman costume is already at $ 1,850. A great piece, I have wanted one myself, but have been patient as I think there are a bunch of these in the warehouse. These costumes were also turned into the Xindi costumes on Star Trek: Enterprise with the removal of the shoulder piece and the addition of the gold wire shoulder pieces. This one is nice in that it includes two latex headpieces that were used. This will undoubtedly be the highest selling item this week, and well worth it. The last one went for $ 1,930 without the latex headpiece. I think this one might go for $ 2,500-2,600.
The Voyager Torres Starfleet Uniform is interesting in that, as indicated in the description, it is the rarer two piece version rather than a jumpsuit. It also has the Maquis rank insignia pin. However, the piece is distressed and sadly, the auction description offers no photos or details of the distress.
One of the problems I have had with the It’s a Wrap auctions, is the lack of detailed descriptions when needed. Now I know the guys in the warehouse work their tails off, but a sensitivity to the needs of the collector would help them serve their customers, minimize the number of questions they get, and get them higher prices for their items.
The Harry Kim uniform is nice and complete, sans the communicator badge. It is currently at $ 820 and will probably go around $ 1,500. Remember, the Voyager character costumes have gone for around $ 1,300 each so far.
The Enterprise Uniform is a background one and should go for $800-900 judging by what has happened in the past. It is a nice costume with undershirt. Where are the bargains in the costume selection?
The Voyager Vorik costume is a nice piece and I like this as a great potential bargain. Vorik was a semi-regular character and had a prominent role in an episode or two. I think this goes at a reasonable price and think it is a good potential deal.
The Ferengi costume is at $ 128!!! It is a background character and should go cheap. I think this will be a great deal and probably the sleeper of the week. If you like the Ferengi, and want a cheap costume, this could be it.
As far as props go:
The Travel Isolinear Storage Assembly is a nice piece and will be the top prop this week. It lights up and is quite nice. The Thoracic Hypo spray kit is also a nice piece. Both these items will go over $ 1,000 easily.
The Star Trek Phaser Rifle is a nice example of the Type III Phase Rifle. It is a stunt version and in rubber, which, as you know if you have been reading my blog, is not my favorite material. They crack over time and wind up looking pretty poor. But this one is certainly a nice one and has some great detailing. It is already at $ 565 and will go over $ 1,000 easy.
Speaking of rubber, stay away from, the Next Generation Type II Phaser unless you get it cheap. It is rubber, and latex, two materials that do not age well. it is also molded as one-piece, so you can’t take it out.
Finally, there are four Voyager Maquis provisional rank pins. Two Lts., and ensign and a crewman. Now what is interesting is that IAW tells you they have a bunch of these! So don’t bid these up too high! Just be patient f you need one for a costume.
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