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Discontinued Hallmark Legacy Cords in High Demand (2021) *UPDATED*

The Legacy Cord powers up to four Magic Keepsake Ornaments produced in 2009 and earlier. Unfortunately, it was discontinued and not available this year. This means there are 15 Star Trek ornaments (and hundreds of other Hallmark ornaments) that will remain dark, quiet and motionless if you are without.

The cord can be found secondhand on eBay at a premium. So far this month 20 Legacy Cords have been sold on eBay averaging more than $180 each. Considering each cord only lights four ornaments you would be paying $45 to power each ornament.

Hallmarkstartrekornaments.com has had more than 7,500 searches for Hallmark’s Legacy Cord just in 2021. There is no doubt Hallmark should bring back the Legacy Cord for the longtime Hallmark faithful.

“I am desperately looking for legacy cord.please bring it back.”

Nelda Cummings September 28, 2021 at 2:06 pm

“Really need to bring these back for those of us that just want to enjoy our ornaments. eBay prices are outrageous!!!!”

Camille Johnson October 24, 2021 at 4:40 pm

“Please bring back the legacy cord. Missed it the first time — will not if you bring back.”

Pat November 21, 2021 at 10:08 pm

“Why stop making The legacy cord? I have many ornaments prior to 2010 that I now cannot use. We enjoyed them and spent a lot of money on them. Come on Hallmark!”

Paula Page November 24, 2021 at 11:29 am

“I have been a collector of your Hallmark Ornaments for many years, especially the Peanuts Plug Ins plus many others. I have so many that one cord would be enough to power up my ornaments. I can’t afford to pay the high ridiculous prices for the few i find on the secondary market. How can we enjoy these ornaments with no source of power? Please bring these Legacy Cords back so we can have a Merry Christmas and keep the tradition alive.”

Ellen Van Handel December 4, 2021 at 11:41 pm

“I agree with all of the comments! I would love to power my Star Wars Hallmark Ornaments with the Legacy Power Cord and not have incandescent light bulbs interfere with the new LED ones. Please bring it back, Hallmark, for us collectors.”

Josh December 7, 2021 at 12:58 am

“I have quite a few of the older Star Trek ship ornaments that plug into the older style Chrismas lights.  Does Halmark sell any kind of powered strip with these older connections?” 

Geoff H., email, December 7, 2021

“Good evening, do you know where I may be able to locate and procure the Legacy Power Cord? I have several Star Trek ornaments that I would love to display. Any help you could provide would be gratefully appreciated.”

James, email, December 8, 2021

“Have spent hundreds of dollars on hallmark ornaments, this is bs that you no longer sell the cord to connect the magic star trek, journey to space and all the other that i paid at least 25.00 and more for.”

terri zwingle December 11, 2021 at 4:07 pm

“Please bring the legacy cord back. I have collected your ornaments since 1978. I purchased the movement ones and enjoyed them. Now I can’t find any where they work. Please bring back the legacy cord or something similar. Thank you I am disgusted that I paid the extra money for the motion ones and now Hallmark does it support them? I have a dated Hallmark ornament for every year from 1978 forward and would like all of them on my tree….”

Joni Marusak December 12, 2021 at 11:40 am

I understand and appreciate people’s concern about the Legacy Cord. I do believe there’s an alternative in the marketplace that will offer a solution.

Hardware stores, home-improvement stores and online retailers still offer strands of lights that accommodate the outdated “pigtail” connectors. Do a search or read the packaging for “incandescent Christmas lights” with incandescent being the key word. A Lowe’s in my area currently is offering a strand that would work for less than $3, which is a bit of a savings over eBay. If you want to make sure a strand will work, slip one of your less-valuable ornaments in your pocket and check the connection for yourself at the store.

A new incandescent strand also gives the bonus of additional lighting that a Legacy Cord doesn’t. One rule-of-thumb from my engineer friends: plug no more than four pigtails into any one strand of lights. They can be a power drain on the whole cord as it is and plugging in five or more risks blowing a fuse on the strand.

Hope this helps. Merry Christmas and keep those tree photos coming!

Kevin Dilmore, Dec 13, 2021 3:49 PM

Please bring these back. I spends thousand of Dollars at Hallmark and it’s not fair that I can’t power these ornaments anymore.

-Kimmkr, Dec 24, 2021 6:21 PM

Sorry, This is a poor excuse from Hallmark. They have been in very short Supply for years. My store only ever got a few of them ever year. I finally had it lined up to snag one this year and they discontinued them. I dont want to use older style lights on my pre-lit tree so these options are not even options. Hallmark is just being greedy and sees it as a reason to force folks to buy newer versions.

-Scott, Dec 28, 2021 1:00 PM

None of the current incandescent strings that I checked out fit the Magic Ornaments. The sockets are too small. I checked many big-box retailers like Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Target, and Walmart and all the light sockets were too small. The only exception was the set of Phillips incandescent lights I purchased. Those were too large. I have one string of older lights that fit when I hold them in with electrical tape. Kevin, if you know of a specific brand of newer incandescent lights that fit the Magic Ornaments, I’m all ears. If I find one that fits, I’ll update this post.

-Lisa, Dec 28, 2021 6:02 PM

I am trying to power my old Star Trek ornaments. I have tried what you suggest and it doesn’t work. Others have had the same experience as shown in the comments below. Do you have a better answer?

-Patrick Sharp, Dec 31, 2021 1:45 AM

Please, please, we are also desperate for a legacy cord. I thought I had ordered one but received a magic cord instead. So frustrated!

Jody Yoxsimer, January 9, 2022 8:03 pm

I want one so bad! Why are they SO expensive on eBay?

Megan, January 10, 2022

Hallmark Star Trek Ornaments compatible with the Legacy Cord:
1991 Enterprise, 1992 Galileo, 1993 Enterprise D, 1994 Klingon Bird of Prey, 1995 Romulan Warbird, 1996 Voyager, 1997 Defiant, 1998 Enterprise E, 1999 Rio Grande, 2000 Borg Cube, 2002 Delta Flyer, 2003 Scorpion, 2004 Vulcan Command, 2004 “The City on the Edge of Forever”, 2005 Locutus of Borg

Hallmark Legacy Cord No Longer Available (2021)

According to Hallmark’s website the Legacy cord is no longer being offered. The Legacy cord was used to provide sound, light, and motion when connected by the “pigtail” of up to four Magic ornaments produced prior to 2010 (1983-2009). Magic ornaments were originally powered by plugging the ornament into an incandescent light string but the newer LED light strings were not compatible with the older ornaments. The 64″ Legacy cord resembles an extension cord with four connectors spaced 18” apart and was a great solution to the light string issue.

Unfortunately, fifteen Star Trek Magic ornaments and more than 200 other Keepsake ornaments will remain quiet, dark and motionless unless you have access to the older light strings or were savvy enough to pick up the Legacy cords when they were available. Secondary ornament sites were offering Legacy cords for more than $70.00 but are listed as out of stock. There is currently only one Legacy cord listed on eBay, it is being offered at $139.99.

Hallmark Star Trek Magic Ornaments:
1991 Enterprise
1992 Galileo
1993 Enterprise D
1994 Klingon Bird of Prey
1995 Romulan Warbird
1996 Voyager
1997 Defiant
1998 Enterprise E
1999 Rio Grande
2000 Borg Cube
2002 Delta Flyer
2003 Scorpion
2004 Vulcan Command
2004 “The City on the Edge of Forever”
2005 Locutus of Borg

Image from 2020 Dream Book

Hallmark Ornament Electric Cords (2020)

Keepsake Power Cord $14.99
(Powers Storytellers ornaments)

Bring your Magic Keepsake Ornaments to life with more power, more excitement and more fun! This special cord powers up to 7 ornaments or accessories. Works only with Keepsake Power Cord ornaments from 2017 and newer. This cord is required for our interactive Storytellers collections (ornaments each sold separately).

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Keepsake Ornament Magic Cord $14.99
(Powers ornaments produced from 2010-2020)

Oohs and aahs abound when a Magic Cord is around. Each cord powers up to seven 2010-2020 Magic Cord Christmas ornaments—or six ornaments and a tree topper. Connect up to three Magic Cords for bigger displays. Ornaments each sold separately.

  • Christmas tree ornament electrical power supply cord.
  • Compatible only with Keepsake Power Cord ornaments from 2017 and newer. This cord is required for our interactive Storytellers collections. (Ornaments not included.)
  • Powers up to 7 of the compatible ornaments. Instructions included.
  • Plastic power supply cord is lead-free and measures 82.75″ L x 0.94″ H x 0.25″ D.

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Keepsake Ornament Legacy Cord $14.95 Out of Stock Online and in Stores
(Powers ornaments produced 2009 or earlier)

Bring light, motion, music and other sounds back to your vintage Keepsake Magic Ornaments. This convenient cord will power up to four Keepsake Magic Ornaments produced in 2009 and earlier.

  • Christmas tree ornament electrical power supply cord.
  • Compatible with Keepsake Magic Ornaments from 2009 or earlier that were light-string powered originally. (Ornaments not included.)
  • Powers up to 4 of the compatible ornaments.

Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Legacy Cords and Magic Cords (2017)

Keepsake Ornament Magic Cord
Regular price $6.95

MAGIC PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Oohs and aahs abound when a Magic Cord is around. Each cord powers up to seven 2010-2017 Magic Cord Christmas ornaments—or six ornaments and a tree topper. Connect up to three Magic Cords. Ornaments not included. Learn more about Keepsake Ornaments.
Christmas tree ornament power source.
Powers only Magic Cord ornaments from 2010-2017.
Powers up to 7 Magic Cord ornaments, or 6 ornaments and a tree topper.
Connect up to 3 Magic Cords.
Ornaments not included.
Instructions included.

Keepsake Ornament Legacy Cord
Regular price $14.95

LEGACY CORD PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Bring light, motion, music and other sounds back to your vintage Keepsake Magic Ornaments. This convenient cord will power up to four Keepsake Magic Ornaments produced in 2009 and earlier. See which past ornaments are compatible by downloading the list.
Christmas tree ornament electrical power supply cord.
Compatible with Keepsake Magic Ornaments from 2009 or earlier that were light-string powered originally. (Ornaments not included.)
Powers up to 4 of the compatible ornaments. Download the list.

Keepsake Power Cord (Required for Storytellers)
Regular price $8.95

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KEEPSAKE POWER CORD PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
REQUIRED FOR STORYTELLER ORNAMENTS

FREE WITH STORYTELLER ORNAMENT PURCHASE
SPECIAL ONLINE OFFER: Add this Keepsake Power Cord to your shopping cart. It’s FREE when you purchase a Storyteller Keepsake Ornament now through 7/23/17.

Q: What is the Legacy Cord and how does it work?
A: Our Legacy Cord brings back the magic to Magic ornaments sold 2009 and earlier. More than 200 ornaments will function with sound, light and motion when connected to the Legacy Cord. Each Legacy Cord plugs into an outlet and supports up to 4 Magic ornaments.

Q: What is the difference between the Magic Cord and a Legacy Cord?
A: Hallmark’s Magic Cord is the power source for Keepsakes Magic Cord ornaments. When these ornaments are plugged in and one is activated, the Leader ornament leads the other ornaments plugged into the same Magic Cord in a synchronized sound and light show. (Note: some ornaments do not lead and only follow other lead ornaments.) Following this show, the ornaments will remain lit but there is no continuous sound. The Magic Cord will work with the Wonder & Light Magic ornaments sold in 2010. The Magic Cord cannot be used with old illumination ornaments or Keepsake Magic ornaments prior to 2010. Each Magic Cord is 13 feet long and can connect up to 7 ornaments (or 6 ornaments and a tree topper) at a time. For a larger display, up to 3 Magic Cords can be connected, allowing for more than 20 ornaments.

Prior to 2010, Hallmark’s earlier Keepsake Magic, Light and/or Special Feature Ornaments were designed to be powered by only UL Listed light strings which employs 2.5-3.5-volt plug-in type lights. Our Legacy Cord brings back the magic to these older Magic ornaments. The Legacy Cord plugs into an outlet and supports up to 4 Magic ornaments.

Q: What light string can I use to power my older Magic ornaments?
A: The Legacy Cord is perfect for bringing back the magic to Magic ornaments sold 2009 and earlier. More than 200 ornaments will function with sound, light and motion when connected to the Legacy Cord. Each Legacy Cord plugs into an outlet and supports up to 4 Magic ornaments. If you are experiencing lower than optimal performance of old ornaments on the cord, try moving those with a lot of magic function to separate cords to help distribute the power appropriately.

Q: Why aren’t my Magic Cord ornaments working together?
A: Some ornaments require more power than others. Magic Cord ornaments that have a motor inside take all of the cord’s power to operate. Therefore, when an ornament with a motor is activated, the other ornaments connected to the cord do not follow the show of the lead ornament. However, when the ornaments are in their “constant on” mode or when a non-motorized ornament is activated, the ornaments will coordinate in a synchronized show. Up to three Magic Cords can be connected together, but all three transformers must also be plugged in to separate power sources (one for each cord). In addition to the familiar light and sound functions that have been a part of many Magic Cord performances from the beginning, we recently introduced automated movement into some of our products. We are very excited about the new storytelling opportunities that come with this additional feature, but we’ve had to make some difficult choices in order to include this movement. Due to the larger power requirements needed, our products with movement use all of the available energy from the Magic Cord when they are activated. This means other products connected to the cord to “go dark” during motion performances, eliminating the synchronized, “full-cord” light show that many of our other Magic Cord ornaments provide. When the motor is not in use, however, our motion products still “follow” along with the performances of other “leader” products connected to the cord. We regret any confusion that this variation in function has caused and hope that consumers will appreciate the enhanced individual performances of our new motion products as we do!

15 Hallmark Star Trek Ornaments compatible with the Legacy Cord:
1991 Enterprise
1992 Galileo
1993 Enterprise D
1994 Klingon Bird of Prey
1995 Romulan Warbird
1996 Voyager
1997 Defiant
1998 Enterprise E
1999 Rio Grande
2000 Borg Cube
2002 Delta Flyer
2003 Scorpion
2004 Vulcan Command
2004 “The City on the Edge of Forever”
2005 Locutus of Borg

Hallmark Legacy Cord & Magic Cord (2016)

The Legacy Cord is compatible with all 15 Star Trek Magic pigtail ornaments and more than 200 other Keepsake ornaments.  All “Magic” Hallmark Star Trek ship ornaments from 2005-2016 have been battery-operated and stay powered-on for less than thirty seconds after the “on” button is pushed.  The Magic Cord is not compatible with any Hallmark Star Trek ornaments.

Legacy Cord 2009 & Before (Powers up to four ornaments) $14.95

Free your vintage magic Keepsake Ornaments from their light strings! This convenient cord will power up to four Magic Keepsake Ornaments produced in 2009 and earlier. Learn more about Keepsake Ornaments.

Keepsakes electrical power supply cord.
Powers up to four vintage Keepsakes magic ornaments (2009 and before).
The Legacy Cord is only compatible with vintage Keepsake magic ornaments (2009 and before) that were light-string powered originally.

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15 Hallmark Star Trek Ornaments compatible with the Legacy Cord:

1991 Enterprise

1992 Galileo

1993 Enterprise D

1994 Klingon Bird of Prey

1995 Romulan Warbird

1996 Voyager

1997 Defiant

1998 Enterprise E

1999 Rio Grande

2000 Borg Cube

2002 Delta Flyer

2003 Scorpion

2004 Vulcan Command

2004 “The City on the Edge of Forever”

2005 Locutus of Borg

Magic Cord 2010 & Later (Powers up to 7 ornaments or 6 ornaments and a tree topper) $5.95

Oohs and aahs abound when a Magic Cord is around. It’s perfect for Christmas trees and mantels to power Magic Cord ornaments from 2010 or later.

Hallmark Gold Crown Exclusive.
Powers up to 7 Magic Cord ornaments, or 6 ornaments and a tree topper.
Powers only Magic Cord ornaments from 2010 and later.
Connect up to 3 Magic Cords.
Ornaments not included.
Instructions included.

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Magic Cord is not compatible with any Hallmark Star Trek Ornaments.

 

Legacy Cord (2014)

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Retail: $14.95

Item # QGO1543

The Legacy Cord from Hallmark works with magic ornaments produced prior to 2009 that were powered by plugging the ornament into a light string. The cord resembles an extension cord with connectors and will power up to 4 ornaments. Simply place the cord on your tree or mantel, attach the enclosed transformer, connect past Keepsake Magic Ornaments and plug the transformer into any wall outlet.

Legacy cords can not be connected together.
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Compatible with all 15 Star Trek Magic pigtail ornaments and more than 200 other Keepsake ornaments. http://www.hallmark.com/hallmark-resources/KOC-2014fit/pdf/Legacy%20Cord%20Ornaments%201.2.14.pdf

2016 Legacy Cord info here.