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HistorianMom
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posted 09-20-2011 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HistorianMom   Click Here to Email HistorianMom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are several versions of the Apollo 12 Hornet recovery pins with the "Three More Like Before" slogan.

Does anyone have a photo of a vintage one to identify the originals from the replicas?

kosmo
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posted 09-20-2011 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In my opinion, both the Apollo 11 "Hornet Plus Three" stark white background with black printing, no manufacturer's mark and Apollo 12 "Hornet, Three More Like Before, Apollo 12" dark blue background with yellow printing, no manufacturer's mark, are counterfeits.

The real things:

There are two button variants of the Apollo 11 "Hornet Plus Three" they have an almost ivory colored background with dark blue printing.

One variation has dark blue perimeter print "Made in Hawaii By Scheller Apoian Specialties." This is the button that the Apollo 11 astronauts wore and you see pictures of in quarantine.

The other variant of the Apollo 11 "Hornet Plus Three" button has dark blue perimeter print "Official Button Worn By The 3 Astronauts On Their Return From Lunar Landing July 24 1969 Made In Hawaii By Scheller Apoian Specialties."

This was released at the same time as the Apollo 12 "Hornet, Three More Like Before, Apollo 12" button (with a more orange colored printing and white perimeter print "Made In Hawaii By Scheller Apoian Specialties"), probably as part of a press informational packet. This is by far the rarest of the Apollo 11 buttons, in 10+ years I have been collecting, I have only seen one.

The Apollo 12 "Hornet, Three More Like Before, Apollo 12" buttons are quite uncommon also.

HistorianMom
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posted 09-20-2011 01:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HistorianMom   Click Here to Email HistorianMom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks!

kosmo
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posted 07-31-2020 09:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An update to the post above, showing the Apollo 12 Scheller Apoian Specialties buttons that were available at the time of the Apollo 12 USS Hornet recovery and the Hornet pouch that was given out as a commemorative item onboard the ship. I have also shown the extensive perimeter print of the "Hornet Plus Three" Apollo 12 variation.

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posted 07-31-2020 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is also another variation of the “Hornet Plus Three” button that is 3 inches in diameter (as opposed to 2.25 inches) that has Buzz Aldrin's autograph across it. The printing is a lighter blue than the original and the background color is a bit darker ivory color. The perimeter print has "Copyright Buttons Made in Hawaii by Scheller Apoian Specialities" and came with either a chrome or gold colored pin-back.

There was also a 2.25 inch Apollo 11 button, purple-ish and orange in color, with perimeter print "Made in Hawaii by Scheller Apoian Specialties" and also came with either a chrome or gold colored pin-back.

Both of these buttons probably came out after the Apollo 11 recovery, I have never seen them offered with the “Hornet Plus Three” recovery button.

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posted 08-01-2020 11:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amendment to the above observation "Hornet, Three More Like Before, Apollo 12" dark blue background with yellow printing, no manufacturer's mark, are counterfeits."

Recently there has been two of the Apollo 12, Three More Like Before, buttons that have been available with dark blue background and yellow printing, but not orange. They both have the correct perimeter print. One had the correct chrome pin-back and the other the gold pin-back.

Again I think these buttons were produced after the Apollo 12 recovery (not for it), so may have been printed with different color inks and a pin-back variation.

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