NEW YORK -- Two hundred people a day are calling the consumer affairs office of Hallmark Cards Inc. in Kansas City screaming for a $20 replica of the Starship Enterprise from "Star Trek" with blinking red and green lights. It is Hallmark's most successful Christmas ornament since it launched the Hallmark Keepsake Magic Christmas Ornaments line in 1973.
At a time when it seems like nothing is selling, there doesn't seem to be a store anywhere where the Starship hasn't sold out.
"This is the most demand we have ever had for a single ornament," said Betsy Helgager, spokeswoman for Hallmark cards. "There are waiting lists in some stores of as many as 300 hundred people."