Anthony Sforza is the ultimate Star Trek fan. That's because he has over $500,000 worth of Star Trek memorabilia to prove it.
Anthony Sforza is the ultimate Star Trek fan. That's because he has over $500,000 worth of Star Trek memorabilia to prove it. Since he was young, Sforza was fascinated with the franchise. He started collecting Star Strek memorabilia in the early 80s.
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His obsession with Captain James Kirk and his Starfleet crew didn't stop there. Soon after, he found himself buying props, costumes, and pieces from the set. Overall, Sforza spent an estimated $500,000.
In 2010, he decided to create a Star Trek memorabilia in his basement to host and showcase his gargantuan collection. To mimic the Starship Enterprise, Sforza bought pieces of the set in an auction and pulled it apart to figure out the materials used.
"It was very difficult at first to find materials that they used on the show. I tried to call them but getting an answer was impossible," he said. "Fortunately, I was able to purchase a piece of the original set, which I pulled apart to find out the exact paint and materials that were used – that’s how I created the basement."
After logging 1,500 hours on the ambitious and costly project, Sforza successfully finished his surreal Starship Enterprise replica which is based on the NX-01 set. Sforza says that he is planning to expand his basement to display his constantly-growing collection.
"I'm going to expand a little bit, probably another 25 feet outside to display more costumes because I can't put more in here. It's too tight," he told Barcroft TV.
Interestingly, the 48-year old fan has the full support of his wife, Annette, and sons Michael and Daniel.
“I think that it’s cool because he has all the belts and badges and everything is here to show just how much he loves Star Trek,” Daniel said.
His 46-year old wife is also very appreciative.
"When Anthony first told me his vision for the basement I couldn't see it the way he did until he started building it. Once that started happening we all started getting very excited because we were seeing his vision come to fruition."
However, Anthony's sister, Marion, 44, thinks that his brother is a freak - but in a good way.
“Anthony’s been obsessed with Star Trek for as long as I think I’ve been alive," she said. “I think he’s a freak. But he loves it and he could be into worse things so if that’s what makes him happy then that’s great.”
One of Sforza's best collections is a model of the transporter console. He also has a cool collection of phaser guns, tactical uniforms, and action figures. He even installed a window that has a commanding view of the deep space.