Space News
space history and artifacts articles

Messages
space history discussion forums

Sightings
worldwide astronaut appearances

Resources
selected space history documents

Websites
related space history websites

  collectSPACE: Messages
  Patches & Pins
  Shuttle mission pins: versions and variations

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   Shuttle mission pins: versions and variations
Sceptic1
Member

Posts: 23
From: United Kingdom
Registered: Feb 2010

posted 04-05-2012 06:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sceptic1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm currently interested in obtaining a pre-crew change pin for the STS-133 mission, and have discovered there are two distinct versions, for both Kopra and Bowen mission specialists, presently in circulation.

Vendors describe both types as 'official,' but only one has the 'ABemblem.com' legend on the back.

Any explanation would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Spaceguy5
Member

Posts: 400
From: Pampa, TX, US
Registered: May 2011

posted 04-05-2012 08:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spaceguy5   Click Here to Email Spaceguy5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Personally, I have three variants of the pin — one with Kopra and one with Bowen, which both say they're official NASA and both list ABemblems.com on the back, and one with Kopra that says it's official NASA but does not list ABemblems.com on the back. It is also just barely smaller than the other two.

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27327
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 04-05-2012 08:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As it happens, I had created a graphic to illustrate the many different types of space shuttle mission lapel pins when STS-133 was flying.

(And even this graphic is not complete, as it was created before I had an example of the USA "Kopra" and NASA "Bowen" cloisonne-style pins.)

  • In the upper left are the two pins AB Emblem produced (Kopra and Bowen). These are inscribed on the back "STS-133 NASA ABEmblem.com".

    AB Emblem however, is not the official contractor for NASA lapel pins. Space Center Houston at one time used to stock them, but they were not the pins that were flown on the shuttle or worn by NASA managers and flight controllers during briefings.

  • In the lower left are the "Launch Team" pins (Kopra and Bowen) that were produced for team members at Kennedy Space Center. These were not widely sold to the public. Their backs are blank.

  • In the top middle is the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's "pin-on-pin." A trend started by Disney, this is an enlarged pin with another smaller pin (in this case the shuttle) attached to it.

    KSCVC started the production of these with the flight of STS-117 (before Anderson was added to the crew). Their backs read "® KSC China".

  • In the lower right are two unrelated pins. One is made by the same company that made the Launch Team pins in the same "offset printed" (or "photographic") style but without the "Launch Team" tab at the bottom.

    The other was sold by the Visitor Complex before Winco could deliver "Bowen" corrected pins. It has a blank back.

  • The two pins in the upper right are Winco International's cloisonne-style "Kopra" pins. They differ only by the back. Both have inscribed "STS-133" but one has "NASA" printed out (the style sold to the public) and one has the Boeing logo. Another type exists with the USA logo.

    Winco also later produced for NASA a version with "Bowen" instead of "Kopra."

    Winco is the official supplier of mission lapel pins to NASA. They provided the pins flown onboard the missions and those worn by managers and flight controllers during press conferences.

  • In the bottom middle are two pins, also produced by Winco, but in the offset printed style. These were the first pins that Winco produced with the Bowen name change.

    They have "STS-133" and either "NASA" or "USA" printed on the reverse, along with "Made in USA." According to Winco, Boeing did not order this version.

Sceptic1
Member

Posts: 23
From: United Kingdom
Registered: Feb 2010

posted 04-06-2012 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sceptic1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Many thanks for your replies guys, and particularly yours Robert, which contains exactly the detailed information I was hoping for.

It now appears that, in addition to the AB Emblem version, the other pin I have seen is the cloisonne-style version produced for NASA by Winco. Confusingly, it was supplied by a website using a picture of the AB Emblem version, but at least the "official" description was correct.

I have now ordered another pin from a different supplier, also showing the AB Emblem version (and also claiming to be official). It will be interesting to see what turns up! Thanks again.

OV-105
Member

Posts: 589
From: Ridgecrest, CA USA
Registered: Sep 2000

posted 04-08-2012 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This brings up an interesting question. AB Emblem is the "official" patch but is there an "official" pin? I do like the pin on pin 133.

Sceptic1
Member

Posts: 23
From: United Kingdom
Registered: Feb 2010

posted 04-08-2012 04:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sceptic1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Given the plethora of pins for the STS-133 mission, I can see how that may not be an easy question to answer. However, if "official" means "as used by NASA", then my choice for the definitive STS-133 pin would be the offset printed version with Stephen Bowen, made by Winco and stamped "NASA" on the back. But others might not agree.

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27327
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 04-08-2012 05:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Generally speaking, the "official" NASA space shuttle mission pin is the cloisonne Winco version.

For STS-133 only, the offset printed "Bowen" Winco version is substituted as it was what was available at the time the mission flew.

Sceptic1
Member

Posts: 23
From: United Kingdom
Registered: Feb 2010

posted 04-08-2012 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sceptic1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for clarifying that Robert. I'm pleased it appears I made the correct choice for STS-133. Since I imagine the offset printed style pin is likely to be relatively hard to find now, any suggestions as to where one could be obtained (at a reasonable price)?

OV-105
Member

Posts: 589
From: Ridgecrest, CA USA
Registered: Sep 2000

posted 04-08-2012 08:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now the big question is did Winco make them for other companies or did they takeover/merge with other companies? I have some pins from 1986 to the mid 1990s that have NASA on the back, that came on cards with the design information from Ho Ho Art & Craft Int'l Co., NY, NY. Those came on blue cards. Then I also have some that are Peninacle Designs, Canoga Park, CA on red cards.

All times are CT (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | The Source for Space History & Artifacts

Copyright 1999-2012 collectSPACE.com All rights reserved.


Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47a





advertisement