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lunareagle
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From: Michigan
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posted 08-25-2006 09:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunareagle   Click Here to Email lunareagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would love to hear about other people's favorite Robbins Medals and why?

atpowell
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From: Pittsburgh, PA USA
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posted 08-26-2006 11:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for atpowell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine would be Apollo 16. Reason - it's my first Robbins. I bought it at the UACC Astronaut Scholarship Foundation auction this year in San Antonio. It came with a beautiful letter from Charlie Duke on his mission letterhead, it is a stunning piece (I've never actually seen a Robbins up close) - and has incredible depth in the design. On top of it all, the monies for it went to a good cause. The only downside... I've been bitten by the bug and now am looking to add more to my collection!
- Albrecht

teopze
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posted 09-03-2008 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for teopze   Click Here to Email teopze     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello everyone, my name is Patryk, nice to meet you all. I just wanted to say that I bought my first silver STS Robbins Medallion (STS-51F).

Quite frankly I didn't know what to expect... I found one on eBay and simply wanted to have one.

Today I got mail with the medallion. When I looked at it I was very much surprised... It looks SO MUCH better than what I expected. It is excellent (!), so many details, the shape etc. etc. I'm so happy I managed to buy it... and I already know that I want/need more

I also have a question; is there a meaningful way of estimating the 'correct' price of a given medallion? It's often tempting to bid more.

lunareagle
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posted 09-08-2008 09:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunareagle   Click Here to Email lunareagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by teopze:
I also have a question; is there a meaningful way of estimating the 'correct' price of a given medallion? It's often tempting to bid more.
I suppose the only way to keep up on values is to continue monitoring the public sales of the medals. The market for them is certainly becoming more sophisticated and advanced collectors are focused on putting sets together that meet very specific criteria. A definite hierarchy is becoming the foundation for collecting the medals as well. For example, a medal from a crew member is most desirable, then from an astronaut other than a crewmember, then one without provenance. There is and should be a premium for some over the other based upon this reasoning even though all are really the same.

As far as unflown medals, the market so far has seemed comfortable with common unflown medals, mostly STS medals, in the $200-$400 range. And those normally come without any provenance. In this more accessible and more affordable area, I would still recommend to collectors to strive to get medals that are from astroanuts, even if they were not mission crew members. I believe that the values are not efficient at this time. Look at common medals offered by collectors and not from astronauts selling in the $300 + range lately. Then look at the unflown ones offered by moonwalker Charles Duke in the last Heritage sale. The few that did sell were in the same $300 range, while a host of others didn't even sell. These were all offered with signed letters from Duke, which had good value by themselves. I was very surprised.

I see that there are again a number of these being offered by Heritage in this next sale. We will see if the market adjusts itself to my argument.

Good Luck in your collecting and congratulations on your acqusition. I remember mine like a first love.

Howard Weinberger

set
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posted 09-22-2008 04:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for set   Click Here to Email set     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I own several flown Robbins, and they are all great items. Two of them (A12 and A16) are from crew members of their particular missions (with letters) which is also very cool.

If I had to pick one as a favorite, it would be the A11. This to me was the "holy grail" of Robbins medallions, for obvious reasons as well as the fact that it launched on my birthday. To have a flown artifact from this mission is very special to me. It comes from the collection of an Apollo astronaut, although not an A11 crew member.

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