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posted 03-06-2008 03:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As noted on my Crew Patches site there exists a version of the Apollo 12 patch that looks very similar to the crew patch but which has a plastic backing and so is presumably a later version.

On the site I note two subtle differences that are visible on the front of the example I have when compared with the regular crew patch:
The distinctive pattern of stars is identical but there are a few subtle differences. In particular the replica version lacks a dark line on the prow of the ship and a dark shadow on the jib (the triangular sail at the front).

These differences are confirmed by an example currently listed on eBay.

At first glance it's a crew patch but if you look at the two indicators I mention you can verify (without needing to see the back) that it's the plastic-backed version.

In any case this is still an interesting patch, and apparently a pretty rare one as it doesn't seem to appear any more frequently than the bare back crew patch.

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posted 03-11-2008 05:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Andrew pointed out to me an example of what is apparently the Apollo 12 crew-like patch in an eBay sale of a Willabee & Ward "Official NASA Emblems" patch collector panel.

I've seen that in another example of this panel the patch is a regular AB Emblem version.

If anyone out there has an example of the Willabee & Ward Apollo 12 panel can they confirm if it has a regular AB patch or the crew-like plastic backed version?

I've always assumed that the patches in those sets were by AB Emblem. Does this imply that AB made the plastic-backed crew-like patch? Do the presentation cards state the patch manufacturer on them somewhere?

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This listing on eBay apparently solves the mystery of the crew-like Apollo 12 patch.

This particular example was made by AB Emblem approximately 10 years ago, so mid-late 90s.

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