posted 02-15-2009 02:36 PM
I was just looking at the current Heritage auction, and noticed that both the Skylab I (SL2) and Skylab II (SL3) flown Robbins medallions from the collection of John Young are numbered 16. The significance there is obvious.
Jim Lovell's flown Skylab II (SL3) Robbins medallion in the last Heritage auction was numbered 13. The significance there again is obvious.
I wonder if they requested those numbers or more likely did a crew member ensure the medallion number's were gifted with this special significance in mind?
I have done some researching on Skylab Robbins in the past and if correct, there have only been 4 flown Skylab II (SL3) Robbins medallions ever offered for public sale - the one upcoming from Young being the fourth.
There were only 55 silver medallions flown on that mission, so the total population is extremely small (2nd lowest of all pre-STS missions) but does anyone own a medallion from the Skylab II mission from an Apollo era astronaut's collection with a similarly significant serial number to the astronaut owner? I wonder if this is a neat pattern or an anomaly?
If no one owns a Skylab II Robbins, do the Robbins collectors out there own any Robbins with specially numbered medals to the original astronaut owner, or the mission (i.e. medallion number 15 for the Apollo 15 mission). Do we know if there was a tradition as to whom received the medal number for that mission - or was it totally random?
Should 'specially numbered' medallions be considered 'premium' medallions?
Thanks for any opinions or thoughts.