One of the upsides of "pack rat" behavior (and there aren't many) is that occasionally, in the piles of mostly worthless junk one holds onto, one will find a gem. So it is with this item from my teenage years, back when the original "Star Trek" series was on the air in its first run. I was hooked on this show the moment I first laid eyes on it.
Back then, there was not a lot of "Star Trek" merchandise to be had. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the series, saw an opportunity to fill that void (at least partially) and created Lincoln Enterprises, a mail-order outfit which sold a variety of items related to "Star Trek", including bound scripts, glossy photos, gold-plated U.S.S. Enterprise pendants, and so forth. I saved some of my meager earnings from my paper delivery route and ordered a few of these treasures, one of which was this certificate.
Although it purports to be a document which commissions the holder as a "flight deck officer" on board the Enterprise, I see it it more as proof positive (if any such proof is ever needed) of my bonafides as a true "Star Trek" geek. -- PL