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Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-24-2009 05:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Although NASA celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008, the space agency has ordered their official 50th Anniversary commemorative medal from Winco Intl. This medal will officially commemorate NASA's 50th milestone, and will be ready in late April 2009.

For the first time, NASA has allowed public orders of a flown-metal medal from the one-time production run of NASA 50th Anniversary medals that has been authorized.

The medal will be minted in part from metal flown on a space shuttle mission.

The number of medals to be minted was not yet known but it was characterized by Winco as much more limited than what is the norm for NASA authorized medals.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-26-2009 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Winco will not be accepting retail orders for these medals from the general public however they have extended a special offer to collectSPACE. Readers who contact Winco through Wednesday, March 4 will be able to order up to five of the medals for themselves.

The rates are as follows:

  • one (1) to two (2) medals are $9.95 each;
  • three (3) to four (4) medals are $7.00 each; and,
  • five (5) medals are $5.50 each.
Small plastic display stands (as pictured below) are also available for $1.50 each. If ordering stands, the following shipping fees increase by a $1.00.

Shipping and handling is as follows:

  • for one (1) medal add $3.50;
  • for two (2) to three (3) medals add $4.50;
  • for four (4) to five (5) medals add $6.00;
The shipping rates quoted are for U.S. domestic orders only. Please contact Winco for international shipping rates.

Orders can be placed by contacting Winco directly, either by phone or via e-mail.

skye12
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posted 02-27-2009 10:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for skye12   Click Here to Email skye12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seems like buying 5 @ $5.50 each is the way to go rather than 1 @ $9.95.

xlsteve
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posted 02-27-2009 04:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for xlsteve   Click Here to Email xlsteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I placed my order today, and I appreciate them allowing us to order these, and Robert for arranging this.

liebeek
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posted 02-28-2009 06:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for liebeek   Click Here to Email liebeek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I contacted Winco and they were very helpful.

It looks like a great coin and I would like to thank you Robert for making this buy possible.

randy
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posted 03-01-2009 11:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've ordered one. Thanks to Robert for making these available to us before anybody else gets them!

spaceman1953
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posted 03-02-2009 06:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ditto... thanks for setting this up for us! It is sincerely appreciated!

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For those that ordered thru e-mail did you get a response that the order was received? I placed an order a couple days ago but have not heard anything back. Thanks!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-03-2009 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I heard from Winco's president last night, he mentioned they were running a bit behind in the follow-up to orders, but expected to catch up soon.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-04-2009 08:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Due to a few NASA orders that have been delayed, Winco has extended the order deadline to March 10, 2009. Winco still anticipates being able to ship by the end of April (no later than beginning of May).

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posted 03-04-2009 05:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mcduffstuff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I called and talked with them last Wednesday and this Tuesday and both times they took my name and info with the promise to send me an order form. So far I have not received anything. Anybody have a similar expereince or have the form I need to send in?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-05-2009 07:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Winco usually does not work with retail orders so this has been somewhat new for them and as such they are working through a backlog of requests. They assure me however, that they will get in touch with all those who contacted them.

If you have concerns, you can call (818) 718-1191 and talk with whomever answers the phone. If you still experience problems, you can contact Winco's president Andy Boston at Andy@GoWinco.com and he'll take care of you.

I would ask however, for patience. They are processing these orders as a special opportunity for collectSPACE readers and I'd like them to feel comfortable doing so again when appropriate in the future.

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I placed my order the other day and I have confidence in Winco. Many thanks to Robert for facilitating this offer.

Rizz
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posted 03-05-2009 10:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
FYI, from their order form:
In consideration of NASA's graciousness in allowing us to offer this medallion to the public, Winco must ask for your sensitivity - PLEASE, no reselling on ebay or at any other auctions. Although Winco cannot control what you do with your purchase, we must make this request and also mention, if there is an auction problem on these coins, NASA may never allow an offer like this again. Thanks in advance for your sensitivity to this more than appropriate request!

ilbasso
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posted 03-06-2009 12:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Shall we start a pool as to the date the first one shows up on eBay or astro-auction?

mdmyer
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posted 03-06-2009 06:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdmyer   Click Here to Email mdmyer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bet it is within hours of someone receiving one. It might have been better if they had limited the orders. I only ordered two, one for me and one for Miranda.

When I placed my order they took my credit card number so I don't expect any problems with the order. Not waiting for them to contact me or following up with anything else.

spaceman1953
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posted 03-10-2009 03:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Like Mike Myer, I felt comfortable with the ordering process.

I got an email with the order form, invited to send it back any number of ways as well as sending credit/debit card information, and followed up promptly. I did not see the information concerning NON-reselling of these on the form, however, but that was surely not my original intent anyway, because the sale price was so reasonable.

It took a couple of days before they "hit" the credit/debit card... I thought maybe they were waiting till things were shipped. But I did not care, because, with me, you always gotta take the money when it is available! I did not and do not expect any problems getting my order when the medals are available.

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posted 03-11-2009 03:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jeffbassett   Click Here to Email jeffbassett     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the heads up and opportunity on these.

I ordered five of them, one for each of my kids and two for myself. I placed the order right over the phone. They said they would charges as they are shipping. The charge just showed up on my account, so I expect they should be shipping soon. Looking forward to adding them to the collection.

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posted 03-29-2009 08:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very efficient, they even e-mailed me the shipping rates to the U.K. for confirmation before processing my order!

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posted 04-20-2009 12:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 86horn   Click Here to Email 86horn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone received theirs yet?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-20-2009 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Winco is expecting receipt of the finished medals at the end of this week and if possible, will begin shipping them to customers on Friday (if not, then definitely next week).

teopze
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posted 04-22-2009 06:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for teopze   Click Here to Email teopze     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So, any news on the number of produced medallions? I wonder how do they understand "much more limited than what is the norm".

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-22-2009 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll inquire as to the number produced, but with regards to the "more limited" than norm, that was as a result of NASA ordering fewer be produced than in the past.

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posted 04-30-2009 12:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received mine in the mail today. Made in China sticker on the case - which I assume refers to the case itself!

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Received my medals today in the mail. Very nice packaging. I also bought one plastic stand and one of medals is now on display at home with other space coins. Thanks Robert for the heads up on these coins!

randy
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posted 05-01-2009 10:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got mine today. I am very satisfied with it. Thanks again to Robert for the heads up on this collectors item!

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posted 05-02-2009 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for daveblog   Click Here to Email daveblog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine arrived in NJ this morning. A very nice addition to my small but growing collection!

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posted 05-02-2009 05:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jeffbassett   Click Here to Email jeffbassett     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My order arrived here in Ohio today. The coins are beautiful pieces. A huge Thank You to Robert and all others involved for making these available to us.

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Got mine today - Very nice.

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Ditto, mine arrived Friday or Saturday. Suppose I gotta keep that Made in China label on it, huh? (Other editorial comments I will keep to myself!)

Thanks to all involved for giving us a GREAT souvenir!

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Received mine today - so glad I ordered extra! I plan to keep one for myself, and am awarding the others to deserving students from the high school astronomy club.

Robert - as always, thank you so much for keeping us advised of these wonderful opportunities!

xlsteve
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Mine was waiting for me when I got home last night. It's a really nice piece.

A stupid question - is the medal permanently in the holder? Or can the holder be opened. I didn't want to try it for fear finding out the answer was 'no' the hard way. Not that I'll be opening it up, just curious.

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I just received my medallions today, and they do indeed look very nice. My only other comment relates to the Made in China stickers proudly affixed. Since the piece of a space shuttle was exported to China to use in the melt, would that constitute a violation of the rules prohibiting exportation of spacecraft and missile components? Seriously, though, these are very nice items.

In answer to the question above, yes, the plastic case can be opened. It's a friction-fit case, and can be opened by prying the seam with a sharp edge.

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posted 05-05-2009 04:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No, we are assuming that only the plastic case was Made in China.

They can be opened, and without removing/tearing the label. The case sits inside itself. I opened one partially to clarify that there appears to be a black "ring" around either the medallion or between the two pieces of the plastic case? But then I clipped by thumbnail/tool before I got it all the way open and did not retry opening one.

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I still didn't get my coin but I'm sure it will change soon.

At the same time, I found something potentially disturbing. In my opinion it was rather inevitable, but still maybe some formal action should be taken?

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Originally posted by teopze:
In my opinion it was rather inevitable, but still maybe some formal action should be taken?

I agree it's unfortunate, and was likely to happen. I'm not sure what action could be taken, though. Once they've bought it, it's that person's to do with as they like. The 'no-ebay' clause was based on the honor system anyway, and that is not binding for some folks. Plus in this economy, people are trying to make money any way they can.

liebeek
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I have not received yet as well so I suppose it takes a little longer being in Europe. Hope to receive this week though.

Heard so much about it here and cannot see for myself.

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Mine arrived in New Zealand yesterday - they are fantastic and so much better than the photos show - and big!

Nice job Robert - what a great opportunity you secured for us on this.

liebeek
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Received today! Really great coin! Very happy with it.

Again Robert: thank you very much for making this possible!

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Nice looking coin! Wish I found this site sooner.


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