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JasonB
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posted 11-14-2012 11:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a few copies of Harrison Schmitt's book "Return to the Moon." They have been signed on the front cover photo showing Schmitt on the moon in black sharpie with Apollo 17 added.

Looks fantastic and much nicer and rarer than a normal signed book - $350 delivered in U.S.

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posted 11-16-2012 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've also got a few copies signed by Schmitt on the inside title page with Apollo 17 added for $140 delivered in U.S.

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posted 11-16-2012 11:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chariot412   Click Here to Email Chariot412     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You must have stopped by Adler Planetarium on Wednesday. I read he was doing a free signing with the price of admission.

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posted 11-19-2012 01:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted 11-19-2012 07:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Personally speaking, I don't think I would have asked him to sign the cover. Most collectors of signed books want the signature on the title page. And while the cover is technically a photographic image, it's not a good substitute for a regular signed photo print.

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posted 11-19-2012 07:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GTspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Chariot412:
You must have stopped by Adler Planetarium on Wednesday. I read he was doing a free signing with the price of admission.

Actually, the price of admission on Wednesday was FREE. All you had to do is purchase the book for face value.

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posted 11-19-2012 08:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I completely disagree on getting the cover signed. I think it looks better, makes it more unique, is easier to display and has a "wow factor" that a normal signed book doesn't have. Everyone that's seen it seems to love it. I'd much rather have something signed showing him on the Moon that I can display than have the inside of the book signed.

Also Schmitt told me he'd never been asked to sign the cover before then. To have a guy who signs nothing but his book sign a page hidden inside the book instead of the nice picture of him on the Moon on the cover seemed a complete waste of a once in a lifetime opportunity. This is the only photo Schmitt is willing to sign so why not have him sign it. I was shocked no one had ever asked him. Simply looking at them side by side validates that as I have stopped several times to admire the cover signed ones when walking past them.

While the admission was free I had to spring for a membership to see his lecture so that and the lecture wad $80. The place was great so it was worth it.

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posted 11-21-2012 08:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Price drop on the cover signed ones to $275. The inside title page signed ones are still $140.

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posted 11-21-2012 09:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the clarification... from here and the ones offered on eBay, I thought it was Schmitt's choice to sign the covers of the books.

Either way, I thought it was spectacularly generous of him to sign his book at Adler for just the cost of the book, especially since he has a lot better things (and does a lot better things) everyday than sign stuff for us space nuts!

And I intend to drop him an email telling him that!

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posted 11-21-2012 11:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I found him to be quite nice. He gave a very detailed answer to a question I asked him. So detailed in fact that I felt I was holding the line up. He also stood up to pose for photos which was great since Id never met him before.

The odd part was that no more than 100 people showed up for each book signing that day. I wanted to ask him about doing a autograph signing and was able to walk up to him 30-45 minutes after the signing started and no one was in line and he was just standing around. Very strange that so few people showed up.

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posted 11-22-2012 10:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, don't keep us in suspense. What was his response when you asked him about doing an autograph signing again at some point? Did he give you any hope that he'll do one of these again one of these days?

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posted 11-22-2012 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I asked him if there was a chance he'd do one he said "There's always a chance but I'm very busy." So I just said that I wish he would because I have a glove I'd love to get signed.

While he didn't seem completely opposed to it I'm not holding my breath on it. I mean if he wanted to do it he could easily schedule one and get $500-600 an autograph. He's still a little younger than most of the other astronauts so there's at least a chance. I'd put it at 50% at best. If I had to guess I'd say hes done signing. Seemed like a very nice guy though.

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posted 11-22-2012 06:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rbee   Click Here to Email rbee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wouldn't hold your breath. Last August Harrison went to the Middle East visiting troops with Neil, Gene and Jim Lovell.

All signed freely for everyone during the trip except Harrison.

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posted 11-22-2012 07:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I forgot to mention that these are all hardcover books with no dustjacket. The cover is printed onto the book itself.

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posted 11-22-2012 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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All signed freely for everyone during the trip except Harrison.
I've heard claims of this, but I've also heard that it wasn't true.

And we've seen an attempt to sell a flag that was said to have been signed during that trip and all three astronauts directly confirmed to me that they didn't sign.

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posted 11-23-2012 06:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rbee   Click Here to Email rbee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Somebody who was something to do with the organising of that trip, and was out there, contacted me whilst the guys were still there. He was trying to sell me autographs from Neil, Gene and Jim as well video footage and photographs from the trip. I asked him why no Harrison and he replied that he hadn't signed at all during that trip.

He sent me a sample photo of the four guys, if anyone would like to see it then just email me.

I purchased nothing from him.

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He sent me a sample photo of the four guys, if anyone would like to see it then just email me.
I don't know who the fourth person in the photo was, but it was not Harrison Schmitt. He did not travel with Armstrong, Cernan and Lovell on any of their trips to visit the military overseas.

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posted 11-26-2012 05:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rbee   Click Here to Email rbee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which could explain why Schmitt wasn't signing! I asked him to confirm who the fourth person was and his reply was Harrison Schmitt.

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posted 11-26-2012 06:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Zarelli   Click Here to Email Steve Zarelli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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I don't know who the fourth person in the photo was, but it was not Harrison Schmitt.
Was it test pilot Bob Gilliland? He was part of that tour.

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posted 11-26-2012 06:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Zarelli   Click Here to Email Steve Zarelli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw the photo. I'm not positive, but I think the 4th person may be David Hartman.

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Indeed, it is Hartman.

And, according to Air Force news reports, Cernan and Lovell did sign autographs for wounded soldiers (and for what it's worth, it wouldn't surprise me if Armstrong did as well) but I'd be very wary of anyone offering any such autographs for sale.

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posted 11-27-2012 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ive still got a few Schmitt books signed on the inside for $140 and some signed on the cover for $255 delivered in U.S..

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posted 12-07-2012 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The inside signed Schmitt books are all sold but I still have cover signed ones for $250 each.

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posted 12-10-2012 09:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for disglobes   Click Here to Email disglobes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw Neil, Gene, Jim along with Steve Ritchie and Bob Gilliland in 2010 in Kuwait while I was deployed. During that USO tour none of them signed any autographs (at least while in Kuwait). I actually got to spend 30 minutes in the wing commanders conference room with Gene and Neil. It was a day I will never forget and a lot better than getting an autograph. — Charles

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During a book signing at the Boeing Museum of Flight in 2010 Harrison Schmitt signed (Completed) my Apollo 17 Beta Cloth patch for my parents. I was deployed to Kuwait at the time. He told my parents that he was making an exception to his book only policy since I was deployed.

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Several years ago in Kansas City I met Dr. Schmitt at a lecture he was giving. I brought a large photo of him on the lunar surface that he politely declined to sign. I also had his book with me with my questions bookmarked in the text. The book was already signed so I asked him to sign the dust jacket. He did.

Like the cS'er above, I think it makes a very nice display piece but I would always have the title page signed first and get the jacket as a second.

I do have a few uncorrected proofs which I chose to have the cover signed for display purposes. Since those are more unique peices I didn't think the signature on the cover instead of on the title page would have a negative impact on the price. That is if I ever decide to sell off part or all of my personal library.

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posted 12-10-2012 11:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I very much prefer cover signed books to inside signed ones. They are just so much nicer and better to look at than an inside one which cant be displayed or even looked at unless you open the book up — which most people only do very infrequently. When you add on the fact that they probably sign 1000 books for every one they sign on the cover, it just adds to it for me. For display value there's no comparison between the two.

But everyone has different tastes so it might not be for everyone. The people I've shown it to have said it has a wow factor compared to the inside ones. Ill drop the price on here to $225 for a cover signed one.

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I'm dropping the price on my Harrison Schmitt signed cover books to $210 each including shipping in the U.S.. That's as low as I'm going to price it.

I also have a Schmitt signed 8x10 photo that actually shows Aldrin on the Moon that Schmitt signed "Reach for the stars" on eBay but I'd take $350 on here.

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posted 12-22-2012 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Schmitt photo has been sold.

I've sold a few Schmitt signed cover books but still have some left at $210 each. I will ship outside the U.S. but you'll have to pay an additional $20 for shipping and registration (it cost me $30 to ship and register this book to England). If your in the states, the shipping is included in the price.

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posted 01-10-2013 09:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've still got some Schmitt cover signed books left at $210 each if anyone else wants them.

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posted 01-10-2013 11:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eems   Click Here to Email eems     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very happy with my copy. Thanks again Jason!

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posted 01-14-2013 03:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks again! Always a pleasure dealing with you.

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posted 03-06-2013 03:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My brother wants to sell his signed copies of Schmitt's book quick. All signed the same as the one pictured above — $150 delivered in U.S..

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posted 03-11-2013 07:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Still some signed copies of Schmitt's book available at $150 each. All signed on the front cover photo showing Schmitt on the Moon with Apollo 17 added and unpersonalized.

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