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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, April 4, 2024

‘Star Trek’ Fan Leaves Behind a Collection Like No One Has Done Before

Estate planningTroy Nelson, an avid Star Trek memorabilia collector, tragically took his own life shortly after the sudden death of his brother, Andrew Nelson. The immense collection left behind by Troy, spanning action figures, models, posters, and even life-size replicas, has garnered widespread attention on social media.

Troy's passion for Star Trek started in the late 1970s, with his collection growing over the decades. The enduring popularity of "Star Trek" has solidified its place in pop culture, with numerous television series, movies, novels, and comics contributing to its status as a cultural institution. For devoted fans, collecting memorabilia is a common practice, offering a tangible connection to the beloved franchise. 

His family remembers him constantly scouring eBay for new items, unaware that his brother Andrew often beat him to the purchases as gifts. The reason behind Troy's deep connection to the franchise remains a mystery to his family, though it may have provided him with comfort during difficult times.

For more information see Sopan Deb “‘Star Trek’ Fan Leaves Behind a Collection Like No One Has Done Before”, The New York Times, April 1, 2024.

Special thanks to Lewis Saret (Attorney, Washington, D.C.) for bringing this article to my attention. 


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