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'Beam them home': Trekkie fan appeals to thief who stole treasured collection

By Leona O'Neill

A huge Trekkie fan, who had up to £25,000 worth of rare and expensive Star Trek and Dr Who trading cards stolen from his home, has asked the thief to leave them in a public place so he can beam them back home.

The science fiction-mad man, from Creggan in Londonderry, who speaks fluent Klingon and wishes to be identified only by his first name John, was an avid collector of the original art and hologram trading cards.

He had gathered 3,782 of them over the course of 25 years, but they were all stolen from his home on May 30.

John said that many of them are of sentimental value, given to him by friends and relatives who have since passed away.

The cards range in price from £1 to a couple of hundred pounds and together his collection is estimated to be worth anything between £5,000 and £25,000.

"I started collecting Star Trek and Dr Who cards over 20 years ago," said John.

"When I bought them I put them straight into a folder with plastic wallets so they were in immaculate condition, despite their age.

"I collected them myself, buying them in a shop in Derry back in the 1990s.

"People who knew I collected them would pick me up some.

"Close friends, who have passed away, would have given me ones so they are very special to me."

John, who is currently recovering from thyroid cancer, said he would be happy if the thief would leave his cards in a public place for collection.

A life-long fan of the show, he said they hold more sentimental value to him than any monetary value.

"I am a big Star Trek fan," he said.

"I taught myself to speak Klingon. It's actually easy, it's really just growling.

"There would have been a science fiction club here in the city and there would have been Star Trek people, Klingons and Romulans there. I am a big guy so I went for Klingon.

"To be honest my cards had been sitting gathering dust in a folder in my house for some years.

"Then my niece told me that she was a big Dr Who and science fiction fan and I went and dug them out to show her. She's only 13 and was so excited to see them.

"I had said to her that if there were any duplicates she could have them to start her own collection.

"I left them out to show her the next day, but the house was broken into and they were taken. I had computers and laptops but they weren't touched, just the cards.

"I want to say to the thief to let this newspaper or local media know where to find the cards."

In a direct appeal to the person responsible, John added: "Just leave them somewhere so we can get them back. That's all I really want, to get them back to show them to my niece and see how happy she is looking at them."

Police have urged anyone who has any information to please contact 101 quoting reference 737 of 05/06/17 or if you wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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