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Rochemontagne
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posted 11-30-2004 08:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rochemontagne   Click Here to Email Rochemontagne     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now your name can become a Piece of U.S. Space program History.
You can have your name, or another name, printed on a collectible card utilizing lead graphite that was carried on the Moon by Astronaut Jim Irwin during Apollo 15. The card is multi-colored and is approx. 5 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches. The card will be laminated to protect the integrity of the lead graphite. The printing is limited to 20 characters (letters, numbers) per card. More characters will cost additional $$.
During the month of December, I am offering this unique collectible to collectSpace members for only $35.00 each ppd. Insurance is extra if you request it. Remember, this lead graphite was on the Moon.
For a scan and more information, send me an e-mail at Rochemontagne@hotmail.com.
Thanks.
Dennis

[This message has been edited by collectSPACE Admin (edited December 01, 2004).]

Spacepsycho
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posted 11-30-2004 09:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacepsycho   Click Here to Email Spacepsycho     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would these graphite laminated cards be the same as can be bought off of Ebay for $6 ? I've seen these being sold for as cheap as $1 on Ebay and the link is http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=13903&item=3943511659&rd=1

What is the difference between the one's you're selling and the one on the link?

Thanks, Ray

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posted 11-30-2004 10:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rochemontagne   Click Here to Email Rochemontagne     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am the originator of the "X" card that you can buy on ebay. The card I'm currently offering doesn't have an "X" attached to it, but it has your name printed on it using the lead graphite that was carried on the surface of the Moon.

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posted 12-01-2004 10:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard   Click Here to Email Richard     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am also offering a similar deal. For those that can't afford the $59, I currently have in my possession a #2 pencil that that although not flown to the moon, can not be distinguished from the #2 lead pencil used in the above deal. I will only charge $10 and will not only write your name but also an inscription of up to 10 words.

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posted 12-01-2004 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Where was the lead from deal #2 come from? Is it flown to space or something?
-Rodrigo

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posted 12-01-2004 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted 12-01-2004 12:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for James Brown   Click Here to Email James Brown     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted 12-01-2004 12:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rochemontagne   Click Here to Email Rochemontagne     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A typo was made in my first post. The price for the card to collectSpace members is only $35.00 ppd. for the month of December.
Sorry for any inconvenience.
The pencil I am using and the lead graphite was indeed flown to the Moon by Astronaut Jim Irwin during Apollo 15.

Dennis

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posted 12-01-2004 03:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard   Click Here to Email Richard     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Although I just had to resharpen my current pencil, luck would have that I just found another! Therefore, I have also lowered my price to $5! Act fast, this will also only be available for the month of December.

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posted 12-01-2004 03:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted 12-01-2004 03:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard   Click Here to Email Richard     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
By the way, since I already have a lot of cards with an "X" already written on it, I will give a further discount if your name begins with the letter X or if you are able to incorporate the X in your inscription. For example, if your name happens to be Xavier and you want me to also include the inscription of "merry x-mas" - your going to get a great deal!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-01-2004 04:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It easy, as experienced collectors, to scoff and joke at the idea of graphite rubbings being taken seriously. However, you should try presenting one of these cards to a youth with even the slightest interest in space. I have, and the results are a delight to witness. One might assume a child would equally reject something as a basic as a pencil scratch, but instead I have watched as they embrace the gift and use it as a foundation for further reading and collecting.

I have seen the same with adults who are not inclined to collect but experience a wave of nostalgia by the simplest of gifts.

Let's not forget, not everyone can own complete artifacts that have been to the lunar surface, and for many autographs carry no meaning unless personally obtained. It may seem minor to us (and I would guess, even that statement is incorrect) but its items like these, the STS-6 microbeads and LDEF tomato seeds which can launch new collection or re-spark the imagination.

(And for the record: Dennis had no idea I would feature his listing on the front page of collectSPACE, nor was he aware of this reply before it was posted.)

Larry McGlynn
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posted 12-01-2004 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I own an Apollo 15 Graphite "X" as part of my collection.

It fits in rather nicely with the rest of the lunar surface artifacts.

Larry McGlynn

A Tribute to Apollo www.mchinsure.com/apollo

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posted 12-01-2004 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Andy McCulley   Click Here to Email Andy McCulley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have given the 'X's as gifts as well, to both kids and adults, and find that they are well received and appreciated.

They are a nice, inexpensive way to generate an interest in history, space speciifcally, in students or adults that grew up in that era.

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posted 12-01-2004 06:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rochemontagne   Click Here to Email Rochemontagne     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I want to thank Robert, Larry, and Andy for acknowledging the true value that the Apollo 15 "X" cards have on the history of the U.S. Space Program and on the hobby of collecting Space artifacts. Students, teachers, and other adults get excited knowing that they are holding something that was actually carried on the surface of the moon. These inexpensive cards open the door to Space for many people.

Dennis

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posted 12-01-2004 06:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll chime in and say that I have purchased some of these and found them very well done and certainly the least expensive way to obtain lunar surface material, albeit a small amount. For the price I think they're pretty neat.

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posted 12-01-2004 09:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdmyer   Click Here to Email mdmyer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I own an X card as well and I think it is great. I was somewhat surprised at the jokes being made over this item. To each his own but I think we should not make fun of what other people collect.

Just My 2 cents.

Mike Myer
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posted 12-01-2004 09:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm confused as to what is being offered, for what price, and by who. What's up with the #2 pencil stuff that was not flown? What is that one all about?
-Rodrigo

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posted 12-01-2004 09:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz   Click Here to Email Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think it was a joke.

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posted 12-01-2004 10:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz   Click Here to Email Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Richards #2 pencil was a joke, just poking fun.

XOXO

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posted 12-02-2004 12:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacepsycho   Click Here to Email Spacepsycho     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dennis,

I wasn't ragging on you and I apologize if it came across that way and I have a few of the AP15 X cards. I didn't know if there was a difference between the ones being offered on Ebay in the $1-5 range and your cards.

That being said, Richards post was pretty funny and he was just joking.

Robert, you're right, these cards are an inexpensive artifact that will inspire & ignite the beginning collectors interest in the space program.

Ray

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posted 12-02-2004 05:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rochemontagne   Click Here to Email Rochemontagne     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ray,
Your apology is accepted. I never took your ragging seriously because I know I have a good product and I know that it helps promote interest in Space.

Dennis

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posted 12-02-2004 07:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard   Click Here to Email Richard     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just having a little fun. No harm meant.

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posted 12-02-2004 08:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rochemontagne   Click Here to Email Rochemontagne     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No problem Richard. We all have a little inner child that needs to be let loose one in awhile. Now buy one of my cards for each of your 10 best friends! :-)

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posted 12-02-2004 08:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, THAT was fun !

I picked up several "X" cards for my "Jim Irwin" collection, and now, thanks to Mr. Pearlman, I know that I can do something REALLY meaningful with my "extras".

Funny how things come full circle. I suspect when I find just the right person to share an "X" card with.....it will be as much fun giving it as when I gave a copy of WE SEVEN to a local planetarium library that did not have one !

What was it I was REALLY going to write about.....oh, heck, maybe it will come back to me later.

Cheers !

Gene Bella
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