2007 Rittenhouse Dr. McCoy Costume Card

Today we introduce the first Dr. McCoy item to Zach Trek II:

Dr. McCoy is one of my favorite characters from Star Trek (he was the first character I featured on original Zach Trek), and this is one of my favorite Star Trek items from my collection. I have had this card for many years, and originally intended to feature it on original Zach Trek, back when I was still maintaining it. Way back then, I found a link on Rittenhouse’s web site featuring the costumes they used for the costume cards in this series. In the years ensuing, that page became a lot harder to find again, but I did dig it back up:

If you scroll to the bottom of that page, you’ll see the photo for this card, “MC11”, and you can click on the image to enlarge it.

Before we look at more photos of the card, here’s a trivia question to go with it: Can you tell what scene from the movie the photo on the card is from? If you can tell without some research, you’re a bit more serious a Star Trek nerd than I am! (answer at the end of the post)

I like that they numbered them through 1701.

The only thing that bothers me about these cards is the wording on the back. This is “an authentic piece of Star Trek II…Costume Material”, but it doesn’t say, “This is a piece of a DeForest Kelley costume”. Looking at the pictures on the page linked to above, I see no reason to doubt any of these costumes are legitimate, and I’ve noticed more recent Rittenhouse costume cards are more explicit, so I’m guessing it was just a poor choice of wording on their earlier releases.
All the examples of this card that I’ve seen have swatches of red fabric. That makes sense, as that’s what you’d want to see in the card going with this costume, but it leaves me wondering, what became of the rest of the jacket? Did it just get thrown away, or is there someone out there with a bunch of fabric scraps that were once the lining and edges of a DeForest Kelley costume?
To accommodate the fabric sandwiched inside, the card is just a little thicker than a U.S. quarter.

Now for the answer to the trivia question: This scene is from the Kobayashi Maru simulation at the beginning of the movie. I wasn’t even really thinking about what scene this was, but in reviewing my photos for this post, I noticed the sign behind Dr. McCoy, which appears to say “No smoking at any time on bridge”. I thought that was odd, as I didn’t remember seeing such signs before, and there is a reason for that: According to the “No smoking sign” page (!) on memory-alpha:

In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, director Nicholas Meyer had “No Smoking” signs posted on the bridge of the Enterprise. According to the text commentary for the film, at Gene Roddenberry’s insistence, they were removed. Roddenberry felt that enlightened future Humans would not have hang-ups or addictions like smoking. The “No Smoking” sign can still be seen on the bridge in the opening “Kobayashi Maru” scene.

I think I agree with Mr. Roddenberry on this.

Next week on Zach Trek: On Tuesday, we’ll introduce a character who sometimes commanded the Enterprise. On Thursday, we’ll introduce the first featured video.

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