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Updated: July 26, 2023

As noted in recent articles, there are many Star Trek "Original Series" ( 1966-1969 ) era prop replicas that have been traded in the marketplace as authentic, fooling experts, dealers, and auction houses, as well as collectors. As a result, there are profound challenges in authenticating the iconic, high value props from this classic television series, especially the Tricorder, Communicator, and Phaser. The current 'state of the marketplace' poses a significant potential risk for Star Trek collectors who could inadvertently buy an inauthentic piece. The most productive manner in which collectors can help other collectors to mitigate this risk is by talking to one another, sharing information, and spreading awareness of the 'state of the marketplace' for these types of props and underscoring the importance of formal and thorough authentication.

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