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From Carson's turban to Spock's ears: 10,000 pieces of TV history need a home [PHOTOS]

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In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 photo, James Comisar holds an original TV Guide issue featuring William Shatner, and Leonard Nimoy of "Star Trek." The item is part of his television memorabilia collection in a temperature- and humidity-controlled warehouse in Los Angeles.

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In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 photo, James Comisar holds the costume George Reeves wore in the 1950s TV show "Adventures of Superman." The item is part of his television memorabilia collection in a temperature- and humidity-controlled warehouse in Los Angeles.

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In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 photo, James Comisar shows a dress worn by Lucille Ball. The item is part of his television memorabilia collection in a temperature- and humidity-controlled warehouse in Los Angeles.

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In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 photo, James Comisar holds a communicator prop used on the original Star Trek series. The item is part of his television memorabilia collection in a temperature- and humidity-controlled warehouse in Los Angeles.

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In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 photo, James Comisar shows costumes from the "Star Trek" original series. The items are part of his television memorabilia collection in a temperature- and humidity-controlled warehouse in Los Angeles.

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In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 photo, James Comisar shows Fess Parker's "Daniel Boone" coonskin hat worn in the late 1960s television show. The item is part of his television memorabilia collection in a temperature- and humidity-controlled warehouse in Los Angeles.

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In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 photo, James Comisar shows a Stetson hat worn by actor Larry Hagman portraying oil tycoon J. R. Ewing in the "Dallas" television show. The item is part of his television memorabilia collection in a temperature- and humidity-controlled warehouse in Los Angeles.

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In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 photo, James Comisar shows boots worn by actor Larry Hagman as oil tycoon J. R. Ewing in the TV show "Dallas." The item is part of his television memorabilia collection in a temperature- and humidity-controlled warehouse in Los Angeles.


James Comisar has collected some 10,000 items of TV memorabilia and is seeking a permanant home to display his heroic archival efforts. He would like to put them in a museum. 

Comisar is the first to acknowledge that more than a few have questioned his sanity for spending the better part of 25 years collecting everything from the costume George Reeves wore in the 1950s TV show "Superman" to the entire set of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."

Then there's the pointy Spock ears Leonard Nimoy wore on "Star Trek" and the guns Tony Soprano used to rub out a mob rival in an episode of "The Sopranos."

"Along the way people thought I was nuts in general for wanting to conserve Keith Partridge's flared pants from 'The Partridge Family,'" the good-natured former TV writer says of the 1970s sitcom as he ambles through rows of costumes, props and what have you from the beginnings of television to the present day.

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