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Philip
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posted 08-04-2011 10:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As far as I know there are pins/buttons for:
    Mercury:

  • Shepard
  • Glenn
  • Carpenter
  • Cooper

    Gemini:

  • Gemini 3
  • Gemini 4
Any others? With the 50th anniversary of the Mercury missions, these became a bit more expensive on the usual auction websites...

Gilbert
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posted 08-04-2011 03:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a "Hurrah for Schirra" pinback button and a Grissom Liberty Bell 7 pinback button. I've seen some Gemini buttons for missions after the first two, but I can't remember which. I'm pretty sure Russ Still has some later Gemini mission buttons.

kosmo
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posted 08-04-2011 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been collecting U.S. space related pin-back buttons for about 15 years. First of all, would it be possible to see a picture of your "Grissom Liberty Bell 7 pinback button" I have not seen one of these before?

I have included some pictures of some of my collection for reference.

kosmo
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posted 08-05-2011 06:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

garymilgrom
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posted 08-05-2011 08:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kosmo your collection is superb. Where did the Space Shuttle Expert pin come from?

Philip
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posted 08-05-2011 11:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Indeed, great collection!

Mine are classified per mission era (Mercury, Gemini and Apollo) but I wanted to ask if those are Riker boxes?

Go4Launch
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posted 08-05-2011 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gilbert: I would also like to see your Liberty Bell 7 button -- like kosmo, I have been collecting for many years and have never seen one, either.

Thanks!

kosmo
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posted 08-05-2011 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by garymilgrom:
Where did the Space Shuttle Expert pin come from?
The Space Shuttle Expert pin-back is from Boeing
quote:
Originally posted by Philip:
I wanted to ask if those are Riker boxes?
Philip, those are Riker boxes. I have thought about dividing them up into project/missons, but I kind of like the mixed look in the Riker boxes.

I'm working on a web page and for sure the pin-back buttons will be divided into projects/missions, as well as the space pennants I'll be displaying.

Philip
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posted 08-31-2011 02:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Still searching the Armstrong Wapakoneta button. Any cSer who has a double

SkyMan1958
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posted 08-31-2011 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some great looking material here.

I've got a Mercury capsule lapel pin from Jerry Hammack's estate. I've seen a variety of those sort of things.

I also got via the estate a tie clip and cuff links. I've never seen anything else like them, although given they are not made of precious metal, I assume some vendor made a run of them at some time. The cuff links are a capsule (Mercury?, Gemini?) descending under a parachute. Sorry, no pictures of them. The tie clip is of a Gemini docking with an Agena. Here's a pic of it...

HistorianMom
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posted 08-31-2011 01:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HistorianMom   Click Here to Email HistorianMom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, Kosmo, coming from you he will take that as quite the compliment.

kosmo
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posted 09-01-2011 07:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"HistorianMom" WOW!! Let your son know he has a way COOL collection, I'm impressed!! Nice job!!

Philip
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posted 09-02-2011 09:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for sharing...

Now is the right time to start collecting these as the 50th anniversaries of upcoming Gemini and Apollo missions are going to raise prices once again. Great objects and a good investment!

HistorianMom
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posted 09-02-2011 12:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HistorianMom   Click Here to Email HistorianMom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by kosmo:
"HistorianMom" WOW!! Let your son know he has a way COOL collection, I'm impressed!! Nice job!!

Thanks! Coming from you, I am sure he would consider that a real compliment, Kosmo!

HistorianMom
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posted 09-02-2011 01:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HistorianMom   Click Here to Email HistorianMom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Philip:
Still searching the Armstrong Wapakoneta button.
There is one on eBay right now! Item number: 170689233524. It's misspelled as "Niel Armstrong" in the listing.

Go4Launch
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posted 09-02-2011 04:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Philip:
Great objects and a good investment!

With all due respect to space button collectors (of which I am one for M-G-A), they are great items, but so many of them were made that I doubt all but the rarest will become good investments. If anything, prices have come down from, say, 20 years ago "thanks" to the Internet.

kosmo
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posted 09-04-2011 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Go4Launch:
...all but the rarest will become good investments.
Maybe it would be fun to see what cS members think the rarest pinback buttons from the M-G-A period are? Post a photo and a short description, etc.? We are all missing something from our collections and it would be a great reference! What do you think?

Also I'm interested in space pennants from the M-G-A period, do any cS members have collections that they would care to share photos of, again it would be a great reference?

Joel Katzowitz
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posted 09-05-2011 07:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great collection Kosmo. My collection is much more modest and is almost exclusively M-G-A. The pin back button I spent the most time tracking down was the "Hurrah for Schirra".

I have never seen a Grissom LB7 button. Gilbert?

My understanding is the buttons were produced for the celebratory parades that followed the launches. Due to the unfortunate loss of LB7 after splashdown and the subsequent investigation which could have assigned guilt to Grissom, there was no parade, hence to no button.

kosmo
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posted 09-05-2011 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a photo of the Grissom Liberty Bell 7 pin-back cS member Gilbert talks about. In my opinion, it appears to be a more modern pin-back and not in the style that would have been produced if it were a vintage pin-back button. To date the only vintage pin-back button of Grissom that I'm aware of, also has Shepard's and Glenn's photos on it and is called "America's Astronauts, Men of the Year" (see photo of my collection) and is quite uncommon.

Joel Katzowitz
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posted 09-05-2011 10:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree that the Grissom pin back does not appear to be vintage. Coincidentally, I was at Gilbert's house a few weeks ago but wasn't aware he had that button or I would have taken a closer look.

kosmo
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posted 09-05-2011 11:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
By the way Joel Katzowitz, there are two variations to the "Hurrah for Schirra" pin-back button, one that has Wally's helmet cropped at the top (white), photo used was probably taken from a cropped news photo and one with Wally's helmet finished (filled in with strips of grey).

Joel Katzowitz
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posted 09-10-2011 08:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks kosmo. I have the cropped version. Which version is the rarer of the two, and why is the "Hurrah for Schirra" pinback so hard to find?

kosmo
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posted 09-10-2011 12:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Joel Katzowitz, probably the version with Wally's helmet finished (filled in with strips of grey), but they are both somewhat uncommon. I think Wally's flight suffered from the public losing interest in the Mercury flights, so not many (only one flight related pin-back button, that I know of) was produced and neither variation was produced in very large quantities.

Philip
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posted 09-13-2011 02:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Still searching both the large orange colored Neil Armstrong Wapakoneta... and the blue Apollo 11 with Neil Armstrong face on foreground buttons. Any help appreciated.

Does anyone know a source for the Gus Gissom Mercury button?

Philip
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posted 09-15-2011 01:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These are amazing buttons as it looks like NASA used ID photos on buttons as ID cards for its personnel. See these photos (1, 2) of Dr. von Braun, John Casani and Dr. Van Allen checking the Pioneer IV payload for the Juno II launch vehicle.

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Amazing collections and photos!

I have one pin: the 'Welcome Back To Earth, Glenn' pin seen in upper right corner of one of the display cases above.

Paid a buck at flea market, not sure of any worth or rarity but still a nice pin.

Interesting, I just looked at it, the back has what appears to be a small embossed-stamp of something on the yellow back. Looked at it through an 8x loupe; doesnt look random, but can't decipher.

Philip
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posted 11-04-2011 10:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SkyMan1958:
The tie clip is of a Gemini docking with an Agena.
That's the Gemini VIII (Armstrong and Scott) about to dock with the Agena target vehicle in 1966.

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