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dogcrew5369
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posted 04-01-2009 10:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why are astronaut class patches not available?

I think they are among the most important outside of mission patches, yet they seem to be completely off the collecting radar. Are these patches even available to the public?

benguttery
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posted 04-02-2009 08:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for benguttery   Click Here to Email benguttery     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They are indeed very difficult to find and acquire. I may have one or two originals and the rest are reproductions.

I negotiated on and off without success with a fellow who bought two at an astronaut benefit or scholarship auction who wasn't really that interested in them. He got interested when collectors starting offering some big bucks for them.

If you think about the small size of the astronaut classes, there just aren't many of these made. Perhaps a few hundred patches. They are indeed neat and just about as hard to find as Gemini mission patches.

Maybe our friend Chris Spain will build a site for astronaut class patches (hint, hint).

spaced out
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posted 04-02-2009 09:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
More a topic for Jacques and Luc at SpacePatches.nl I would have thought, since they provide very comprehensive coverage of patches up to the present day.

dogcrew5369
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posted 04-03-2009 10:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by benguttery:
If you think about the small size of the astronaut classes, there just aren't many of these made.
What I get from your statement is that the supplier only made class patches for the astronauts and not for the public. Bummer.

Bill Hunt
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posted 04-05-2009 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bill Hunt   Click Here to Email Bill Hunt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, these are only made for the astronauts themselves.

It wasn't easy, but over time I've been able to find most of them as originals. I'm missing only four I think. Patience far more than anything else is what's required.

Oddly, the toughest part has been confirming them as originals vs. replicas, which are numerous.

Jacques van Oene
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posted 04-06-2009 08:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacques van Oene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We are working on pages for these ascan patches, so they will come soon.

As Bill said, these patches are hard to find. and there are a lot of souvenir patches around. So you have to know what is real and what is "fake." But I have a lot of original ascan patches and the differences between them will be placed on spacepatches.nl soon!

hoorenz
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posted 04-06-2009 10:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have 78, 80, 84, 92 and 95.

Bill Hunt
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posted 04-06-2009 09:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bill Hunt   Click Here to Email Bill Hunt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's the list of what I have:
  • 1978 - Original
  • 1980 - Original
  • 1984 - Original
  • 1984 Maggots - Original
  • 1985 - Original
  • 1985 Black Thorne - Original
  • 1987 - Original and Replica
  • 1990 - Replica
  • 1990 Hairballs - Replica
  • 1992 - Original and Replica
  • 1992 Hogs - Replica
  • 1995 - Original and Replica
  • 1995 Flying Escargots - Unknown, likely Replica (was there EVER an original?)
  • 1996 - Original and Replica
  • 1996 Sardines - Unknown
  • 1998 - Original
  • 2000 - Original
  • 2004 - Original AND Replica
So I need 1990, the 1990 Hairballs and the 1992 Hogs, and I'm not sure about the vintage of the Escargot and Sardines patches I have. I suspect both are replicas, but I don't know if actual originals exist or just replicas based on original artwork.

dogcrew5369
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posted 04-08-2009 10:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would love to see commemorative class patches maybe around 8" (or 6" for a small class) that lists the ascans from each class similar to the MOL, Apollo or X-15 commemorative patches. Maybe just start out with the first several shuttle classes or even go back to the beginning.

Voyager1975
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posted 05-11-2009 10:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Voyager1975   Click Here to Email Voyager1975     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Where did the replica astronaut class patches come from? I know AB Emblem does not make them.

hoorenz
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posted 05-11-2009 03:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Most of the replicas were done by Eagle One Aerospace (Randy Wagner).

BMckay
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posted 02-11-2011 09:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just wondering about the availability of the astronaut class patches. Which ones are the hardest to find?

Editor's note: Threads merged.

Go4Launch
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posted 02-12-2011 06:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My guess is that they get increasing scarce the father back you go, but it's only a guess. I'd tend to rank them with moat of the original Gemini crew patches.

j0s9
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posted 02-13-2011 02:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for j0s9   Click Here to Email j0s9     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm sure you can still find some astronaut class patches on eBay. Last year I found two vintage versions.

Liembo
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posted 09-10-2014 09:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there a site with definitive scans of the official patches? Or, for bonus points, on that also identifies the replicas?

I would gladly add them to the Space Patch Database if I had access to some scans.

GoesTo11
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posted 09-10-2014 10:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Best source I know of is the Spacefacts.de Selection Group page.

Liembo
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posted 09-11-2014 12:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by GoesTo11:
Spacefacts.de Selection Group page
It's a bit hit and miss. There's some high-resolution artwork for some of the candidate class patches, but no attribution as to the source (A-B, Eagle One, etc) and others are merely the line art work. Thank you for the tip though.

hoorenz
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posted 09-11-2014 02:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Try flickr.com/spacepatches. Not sure if I scanned and added them already, but you can have a look.

hoorenz
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posted 09-15-2014 02:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This Flickr set contains a couple of scans of original Astronaut Class patches.

BMckay
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posted 10-02-2016 06:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How rare are the Hairball and Hogs patches?

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