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teopze
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posted 03-15-2009 06:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for teopze   Click Here to Email teopze     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's a lazy Sunday for me today so I started to wonder... what do you think is the ultimate collectible lapel pin?

I understand that it can be very subjective, as everything that concerns collecting, but there are always some well established 'holy grails'. For instance, in the case of medallions, the Gold Flown Apollo XI Robbins medallion would probably be such holy grail.

When it comes to pins my thoughts are polarized in the direction of some Snoopy Pins perhaps, but that might be slightly to obvious... any ideas?

spaceman
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posted 03-15-2009 04:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not sure how many lapel type pins have flown in space. They must be truly collectible with the right provenance. Robert is proudly displaying one for the 'collectSPACE' site in the 'Artifacts' section.

I'll have to do a bit of reading and see how/when others have flown. I'm sure other site members must know of other flown and collectible pins.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 03-15-2009 05:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would imagine it would have to be a gold astronaut pin. Worn only by flown astronauts having flown itself...

IMHO the runner up would be one of the 50 gold Grumman lapel pins flown to the lunar surface on Apollo 12 one or two of which are currently in collectors ownership.

davidcwagner
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posted 03-15-2009 11:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for davidcwagner   Click Here to Email davidcwagner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One of the Apollo 12 surface flown gold Grumman pins is available on Dick Gordon's website for $6,000. A good deal on a real treasure. Out of my price range though.

86horn
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posted 03-20-2009 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 86horn   Click Here to Email 86horn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting discussion and I agree with what has been posted so far. When I first read the title, I thought more along the lines of ones on a more personal nature. All mentioned are way out of my teacher-salary price range. Besides a couple given to me by astronauts, the one(s) that means the most is the original STS-114 and eventual insignia used. Being an Educator Astronaut finalist, I had the opportunity to attend the launch and met a lot of special people who worked hard in getting us back up.

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posted 03-20-2009 02:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Voyager1975   Click Here to Email Voyager1975     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, I agree totally. The STS-114 mission insignia is one of the best designs ever created. It has always been a favorite of mine since day one.

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posted 03-22-2009 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pterodactyl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One pin that may deserve consideration is Deke Slayton's diamond studded gold astronaut pin.

The Apollo 1 crew had intended to fly the gold pin, and present it to Deke post flight. Fate intervened and the Apollo 1 widows gave it to him after the accident. This scene was recreated in 'From the Earth to the Moon's' Apollo 1 episode.

The pin was subsequently flown to the lunar surface by Neil Armstrong on Apollo 11. Apparently Deke considered the pin his most important possession for the rest of his life.

Philip
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posted 01-16-2010 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well European pins are hard to come by, but this manufacturer has some nice collection cases.

idrvball
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posted 01-22-2010 06:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for idrvball   Click Here to Email idrvball     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was wondering if anyone had any information on these two pins I have. I have been trying to find something, like when they are from, or where they came from.

I can't find any markings on them. Any ideas?

Go4Launch
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posted 01-23-2010 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have not seen the astronaut figure pin before, but the Gemini spacecraft pin is fairly common. I'm not sure of the source but I suspect both were issued commercially as commemorative items. The Gemini pin was also issued as a set of cufflinks.

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posted 01-27-2010 07:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for to-the-stars   Click Here to Email to-the-stars     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Both pins (or more correctly is to call them tie tacks) are related to Gemini program and were issued at the times of Gemini flights.

Gemini pin is also known with gold-ish plating rather than silver-ish. There are known later (probably 1970s) re-issues of Gemini pin very similar to one shown by Mike though same differences are noticeable.

Both pins were also issued in the version of earrings, tie clasps, cuff-links and other sort of jewelry. This was very common for 1960s space memorabilia.

cspg
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posted 02-02-2010 08:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Philip:
Well European pins are hard to come by, but this manufacturer has some nice collection cases.
Thanks for the link, Philip. The pins are neat.

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posted 03-21-2010 01:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kytydad   Click Here to Email kytydad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was just wondering about this pin I inherited. If anybody can tell me about it? I would appreciate it, thanks.


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Go4Launch
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posted 03-22-2010 07:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have always been under the impression those were issued by NASA to employees in the 1960s but am not completely sure. They are fairly common, however. They turn up regularly on eBay and don't command a very high price.

xlsteve
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posted 03-22-2010 10:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for xlsteve   Click Here to Email xlsteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by pterodactyl:
One pin that may deserve consideration is Deke Slayton's diamond studded gold astronaut pin.
That pin appears to be in the upcoming Bonhams Auction. I'm very surprised that its for sale, I would think it should be in a museum.

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posted 03-22-2010 11:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Byeman   Click Here to Email Byeman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My favorite is a representation of the lithium atom. It is something like this.

PerryM
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posted 04-26-2010 08:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PerryM   Click Here to Email PerryM     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At an Apollo 13 event, I saw one of the launch team tie-tacs. I was lucky enough to find one from a guy whose father worked with the launch team and received one of them. Can anyone tell me any information on them, like how many were handed out, how many made, how common are they, and a relative value? The guy is sending me the bio of his father and how he obtained working for NASA. Thank you all you have always been such great help.

Go4Launch
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posted 04-26-2010 09:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perry, my comments apply to the gold- or silver-toned Apollo Launch Team "pins" that I think you're referring to (which occasionally show up on eBay). I have been collecting such space jewelry for 40 years and they are the only Launch Team pins I have ever seen for Apollo. And yes, you are correct that they were originally sold a tie-tacs, complete with the little chain and bar you'd put through your shirt button!

They typically show the mission insignia with "Launch Team" in an outer ring and are about 1/8" thick. Truth be told, these were made commercially and were sold to anyone at souvenir and gift shops in Cocoa Beach during the Apollo program. They were still available at the long-gone Beach One shop on A1A across the street from Ron Jon's as recently as the early 1980s. I suspect that Tom Foley of Cape Kennedy Medals was behind them but not sure. Ken Havecotte may have more information to add.

Many were made -- they seem to be uncommon these days but not scarce. Ones for Apollos 7-10 are harder to find. I think the value, like many space collectibles, is what someone will pay -- I'd put a value on them of maybe $20 each? They originally sold for about $2-3.

P.S. I have recently been told that the Apollo/NASA pin pictured above may have been issued by Rockwell.

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