Rittenhouse prepares super high-end Star Trek set

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The newest Star Trek movie comes out this weekend, and the newest Star Trek trading card set comes out next month.

Rittenhouse Archives is creating a product with few cards and a high price point, but delivering exactly what every collector wants out of a box – autograph relic cards of Chris Pine (Captain Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock).

The price point for 2013 Star Trek Movies Trading Card Collectors Set sits at $749.99. In addition to the autograph relic cards, Rittenhouse will include nine Star Trek Into the Darkness Preview cards.

Just 250 sets will be made for the set scheduled to come out June 19.

This product is a holdover until late this year or early next when Rittenhouse will create movie cards based on the 2009 and upcoming movies. That set will include autograph cards, Starfleet uniform relic cards of all of the main bridge crew, pin cards and more.

Pine’s and Quinto’s autographs sell for a hundred of dollars when they hit the secondary market. Pine’s autographs from the 2009 set have a high Beckett book value of $450. Quinto’s Star Trek has a high Beckett of value of $150. He also has an autograph from the 2008 Heroes Series One set.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. Richard
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Interesting gambit.
    I can see a hard core collector with a ton of money getting these, but anyone trying to
    “invest” will likely never see a profit.

  2. Posted May 14, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    As Spock would say: “fascinating!”

  3. JayKayZee
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 5:05 am | Permalink

    As Spock would say – “Illogical.”

  4. JayKayZee
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    I think in this case Spock would say – “Illogical..”

  5. Posted May 15, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    This is pretty “illogical” as JayKayZee pointed out above.

    Rittenhouse has some precedence here, both with price and release size, but this is a different case. They have released 3 Spartacus related sets at $750/box and earlier this year they released the 2013 Spider-Man Original Animated Series Lenticular trading card set. The difference is that the Spartacus releases had 15 packs per box which included 30 autographs and 15 relics total. Not to mention the chance to pull an Andy Whitfield autograph in the first release. The Spider-Man set came with a 9 card lenticular set and 1 Paul Soles autograph but that was only $90/set.

    The thing is that those releases gave value for the price, though I do feel that the Spider-Man release was overpriced, but either way the price could be justified within reason. Here you are essentially paying $750 for two relic/auto cards #/250.

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