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Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-26-2011 05:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scott Carpenter's Aurora 7 50th anniversary patch

This design celebrates the upcoming 2012 50th anniversary of Scott Carpenter's Aurora 7 mission, which was launched on May 24, 1962. The astronauts did not have mission patches in those days so to distinguish their mission, they gave their spacecraft radio call signs and had art painted on their spacecraft similar to the aircraft "nose art" made popular during World War II.

The original Aurora 7 art was painted by Cece Bibby.

The four stars represent that Carpenter was the fourth American launched into space. The two stars together above represent the fact that he flew the second orbital mission.

The three orbits of the mission are represented as well as the fact that Aurora 7 landed downrange upon re-entry.

Along with Carpenter's name are a silver Mercury 7 emblem and gold Astronaut Symbol.

The patch is approximately 6 inches high and 3.5 inches wide with a hot-knife edge border. It is fully embroidered The predominate colors are Navy Blue background trimmed in gold as Commander Carpenter is a Naval Aviator.

Personally commissioned by Scott Carpenter, artists Tim Gagnon, working Jorge Cartes, designed this patch as a one time collectible to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mercury-Atlas 7.

The patch has been produced in a finite edition of 300 patches. Of these, 62 — in honor of the launch year of 1962 — were numbered and autographed by Carpenter.

divemaster
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posted 05-27-2011 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On behalf of myself and Scott Carpenter, I want to say what a pleasure it was to work with Tim (KSCArtist) and Jorge (KAPTEC). True professionals from the word "go". Their talent is amazing.

KAPTEC
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posted 05-27-2011 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KAPTEC   Click Here to Email KAPTEC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The pleasure has been mine (I'm sure that I can say 'our'). Thank you so much.

KSCartist
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posted 05-28-2011 05:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you Tracy. It was an honor to be asked.

Michael Clemente
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posted 06-09-2011 05:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Clemente   Click Here to Email Michael Clemente     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received my patch today. It is an unsigned patch and it is #111/228. The patch really looks great and would be a great addition to anyones collection. Thanks for producing these patches and making them available to us.

divemaster
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posted 06-11-2011 03:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seems like such a long time since the original idea was hatched until the first patches have finally ended up in the first owners' hands. I think it is a wonderful tribute to our hobby for Scott to commission this piece and I think it is also a wonderful tribute from our hobby to show Scott how much we all admire him to add his patch to our collections, practically sight unseen, as a reminder how the early Mercury astronauts really laid it all on the line.

I'm sure that as more patches, both signed and unsigned, end up in the hands of collectors, the balance will blow out in a matter of days.

It will be a wonderful item to hold on to and hand them down to generations to come.

Dave Clow
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posted 06-17-2011 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Clow   Click Here to Email Dave Clow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just got mine and it's an elegant tribute. Well done.

dogcrew5369
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posted 06-17-2011 02:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just received my unsigned patch #124. Awesome design and colors. Love the capsule outline.

Sam Que
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posted 06-21-2011 08:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sam Que   Click Here to Email Sam Que     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received patch #13 today, very nice. Very large signature by Scott Carpenter on the rear of the patch.

skye12
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posted 06-23-2011 08:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for skye12   Click Here to Email skye12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received mine, #112 this week and they are really beautiful, much nicer than I expected.

Thanks for making these available.

lunarrv15
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posted 06-24-2011 12:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunarrv15   Click Here to Email lunarrv15     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
#20 here. today. whoever gets #62, reveal your self.

farthestreaches
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posted 06-24-2011 01:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for farthestreaches   Click Here to Email farthestreaches     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by skye12:
Thanks for making these available.
We aim to please. Glad your satisfied with your patch. The feedback both on and off line has been extremely positive. Tim did a great job with the design and Scott took great care when signing the 62 in the signature series.

GACspaceguy
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posted 06-24-2011 09:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
#25 has arrived in Georgia and I agree that the design and distribution is outsanding, Thanks!!

Joel Katzowitz
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posted 06-25-2011 08:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received signed patch #27 several days ago.

mama04
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posted 07-19-2011 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mama04   Click Here to Email mama04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Signed patch number 17 has savely reached it's new home and I can say it's beautiful!

A big thank you to Scott Carpenter and Steve for making it possible. For anyone who still doubts if he should buy this patch I can only say: highly recommended!

ddrwilli
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posted 07-21-2011 07:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ddrwilli   Click Here to Email ddrwilli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just received #39! Beautiful patch! Thanks to Commander Carpenter and all involved!

Gilbert
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posted 07-22-2011 05:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received mine yesterday. It does look even better in person vs. the photographs. Thanks to Scott Carpenter, Tracy K. and Steve H.

Peter Kemp
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posted 08-01-2011 07:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter Kemp   Click Here to Email Peter Kemp     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received my patches (#26 signed and #123 unsigned) here in the UK on the 28th July. Wonderful workmanship on these great patches which I am having framed to display with a signed 8x10 of Mr. Carpenter.

Dan Lorraine
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posted 03-29-2013 07:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dan Lorraine   Click Here to Email Dan Lorraine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received 49 today ... and while the orignal posting that I saw on cS indicated that the patches were signed and numbered by Carpenter, mine was only signed. Is this how all of them were signed? Now I did get a letter of authenticity that did specifically mention number 49, but it was not on my patch.

J Blackburn
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posted 03-29-2013 08:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for J Blackburn   Click Here to Email J Blackburn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are these patches still available and if so where can one be purchased? What is the price per patch?

GoesTo11
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posted 03-29-2013 08:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by J Blackburn:
Are these patches still available and if so where can one be purchased? What is the price per patch?

Email Steve Hankow (steve@farthestreaches.com) for info/availability. I just bought a second (unsigned) patch from him a few weeks ago.

J Blackburn
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posted 05-01-2013 07:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for J Blackburn   Click Here to Email J Blackburn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received mine today and it is a beautiful patch. Steve at Farthest Reaches was great to do business with.

lunarrv15
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posted 10-12-2013 11:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunarrv15   Click Here to Email lunarrv15     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scrolling through subject Scott Carpenter on eBay, I came across a seller (260858077268) in Malaysia selling replica Aurora 7 50th anniversary patch.

Is this copyright violation?

KSCartist
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posted 10-13-2013 03:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes it is online piracy at its best (or worst).

But there's not much I can do to stop it. Bottom line, ANY patch made in Malaysia is a cheap low quality knock off of someones art.

After viewing the item, it's really a poor reproduction.

KAPTEC
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posted 10-13-2013 03:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KAPTEC   Click Here to Email KAPTEC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Poor reproduction is a gentleman's word...

BlueHalo
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posted 10-19-2013 09:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlueHalo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wouldn't buy anything from any seller in Malaysia if I were you. There hasn't been one thing that came from there that was authentic. Just reproductions, fakes, etc. And smaller versions of the real ones to add to that too.

divemaster
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posted 10-20-2013 01:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nothing is more annoying than someone in a foreign country trying to capitalize on something like this. Tim makes a superior product that was financed by the late Scott Carpenter with the exclusive selling channel being through Farthest Reaches. All of this was set up on purpose.

To see someone in a foreign country trying to hone in on something like this is nothing short of disgusting. ONE authorized outlet picked by Scott. That was it (and kudos to Tim for keeping his composure every time they do this to him. There should be a law.)

lucspace
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posted 10-20-2013 02:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucspace   Click Here to Email lucspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There IS a law; copyright. But all designs I prepare for Soyuz crews unfortunately suffer the same fate. The real shame is that a platform like eBay makes it close to impossible to really do something about it.

Zarya
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posted 10-20-2013 03:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Zarya     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Malaysia are party to three international copyright agreements: the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, and the World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty. If you have secured an international copyright on your design, then you should file a complaint with these organisations. Perhaps, by going after the perpetrators, you can put a stop to the practice of producing unauthorised copies of your work.

KSCartist
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posted 10-21-2013 02:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I appreciate the information about fighting this piracy but I have neither the time nor the money to spend. In the past I have successfully stopped a seller from marketing pirated reproductions of my patches and then a different seller pops up and I must start again.

The best thing I CAN do is to educate potential buyers. If you didn't purchase it from me or one of my authorized retailers, it's a fake.

JBoe
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posted 10-21-2013 06:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim, sorry you have to keep going through all of this with your designs. I agree that education is key and this site does just that, educate us eager space enthusiasts who jump into bad purchases; I'm guilty of that.

Since I joined cS, I have been more selective in my purchases and ensuring that I fuel my interest with authentic items.

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