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themadviking
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posted 09-05-2006 07:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for themadviking   Click Here to Email themadviking     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Greetings, everyone! I just received an unexpected package from Willabee & Ward. It contained two "NASA Collectable Emblems" (not ordered) plus an invoice for $28.50 (not wanted).

Now, I know that I don't have to pay for unsolicited merchandise, but I'm wondering... has anyone here ever heard of these guys?

Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.

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posted 09-05-2006 07:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikelarson   Click Here to Email mikelarson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They are owned by the same folks that run Easton Press and (I think) the Danbury Mint. They specialize in collectible patches and frequently issue replicas of Apollo and STS patches. Give them a call and I'm sure they will straighten everything out.

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posted 09-05-2006 08:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for themadviking   Click Here to Email themadviking     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike, thanks so much for the reply. Now that I think of it, I had an account with Danbury Mint for my wife (Boston Terrier stuff). Makes sense how I got on a list.

Again, I appreciate the feedback.

KSCartist
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posted 09-05-2006 09:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rick, good company but a bit slow in the customer service department. I signed up for their Super Bowl emblems (giving friends and relatives patches for the years their favorite teams have won). But after 12 months I still haven't received all of my NE Patriots Super Bowl patches.

I received the same space patch stuff that you did, but I'm not convinced that they'll do every mission. Besides I've been collecting those for years and don't need W&W.

John K. Rochester
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posted 09-06-2006 06:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for John K. Rochester   Click Here to Email John K. Rochester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Plus, I wasn't all that impressed with the quality of the Willabee-Ward patches.

(No... they will not do every mission.)

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-06-2006 06:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My understanding was that the patches were sourced from AB Emblem and that W&W did not produce their own patches for their sets. Am I mistaken?

John K. Rochester
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posted 09-06-2006 02:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John K. Rochester   Click Here to Email John K. Rochester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That may be, Robert. I purchased the patch set and subsequent "binder" about 10 years ago. Maybe they are using a different company, but found some of mine to be lopsided, miscolored, and with the "embroidery string" hanging.

Also, some of the photos that the patch set were attached to describing the missions were inaccurate to the mission described.

Hopefully, it's better now...

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posted 09-06-2006 06:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for themadviking   Click Here to Email themadviking     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will echo the sentiments that the patches are not of the best quality and, in this case anyway, appear a tad overpriced. There's always that "caveat emptor" thing isn't there?

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posted 07-30-2007 09:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chomper   Click Here to Email chomper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by John K. Rochester:
Also, some of the photos that the patch set were attached to describing the missions were inaccurate to the mission described. Hopefully, it's better now...
Someone has some of W&W's space mission patches for sale rather inexpensive on eBay. Does anyone know if these information cards are relatively accurate and would be good resource for a classroom? Many thanks in advance.

Liembo
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posted 02-10-2013 10:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These W&W single page patch auctions are cluttering up my saved searches, I tell you what.

Liembo
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posted 03-04-2013 09:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have a scan or decent photo of a W&W "Apollo 1" patch?

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