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stsmithva
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posted 04-23-2013 09:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SOLD When one of the big auction houses carries an Armstrong "White Space Suit" NASA lithograph not inscribed to anyone, it always uses the language "Uninscribed photos of Armstrong represent one of the most coveted and elusive prizes in the entire field of space collecting", and I have to agree with them.

This is a prime example, one with an excellent dark blue signature and a Steve Zarelli Letter of Authenticity.

There are a couple of slight condition issues that will explain the (comparatively) low price. Upon receiving it from Armstrong in the early 1980s, the originial owner put it in a photo album that had pages with light adhesive. When he removed it before selling it to me, he could have been more careful (that is, pulled it from a different angle), and there is a 3/4"x2" area in the middle of the "lunar surface" (away from Armstrong and well away from the autograph) where there are very light hairline creases.

That light adhesive left faint diagonal line marks on the top and bottom of the back, which don't show through to the front. Finally, removing it from that page peeled up a (not showing through to the front!) one-inch tear on the outer paper layer of the back. You might be able to see the diagonal marks, and the tear above the top right of the photo description, on this scan of the back.


(Again, neither of these show through to the front.)

Here are some sales from just the last couple of years, some with their own condition issues. A nicely framed one sold for $6,991; a standard one sold for $5,776; one with with a paperclip impression and a "hint of trivial soiling" also sold for $5,776; and another standard one sold for yet again $5,776. (The exact same price three times is a result of required bid increments, but it also apparently reflects the market's demand.) Even one with "light bends and creases" sold for $5,349.

A prominent space dealer sold an uninscribed Armstrong WSS litho with a smaller signature than mine for $7,995.

This one is SOLD $3,800, which is $2,000 less than I think it could sell for without that tiny flaw on the front and a couple more hidden on the back. So you'd be getting a wonderful, authentic Armstrong WSS litho at a comparatively bargain price. You could also take two months to pay if you like, or make one payment for a $100 discount.

Shipping and insurance (recommended) will be at-cost extra.

stsmithva
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posted 04-23-2013 09:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SOLD In 1971, an autograph collector decided to catch Armstrong's eye by hand-drawing in ink a cachet of Armstrong walking on the lunar surface. This was done on an envelope with a postmark commemorating the anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing.

(The timing of this postmark is interesting: just six days after that day was the launch of Apollo 15, and just months after that Armstrong and some other astronauts permanently stopped signing postal covers because of that unfortunate scandal. This cover was signed during the two-year window that Armstrong signed Apollo 11-related covers.)

For comparison, the most recent sale of an Armstrong-signed cover at one auction house was for $1354, and that cover had some pretty serious condition issues: "several typed notations and a German address. In fine condition, with a few creases and several areas of light, erased pencil remnants."

Just the month before, they sold one in better condition for $1804.

The most recent sale of a Neil Armstrong signed cover at another auction house was, interestingly, for a lot of eight of them. They had nice Apollo 11 cachets, but also handwritten addresses which rather detracts. The eight went for $13,145; which comes out to $1,655 each.

This cover is SOLD $1200.

Steve Zarelli
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posted 04-23-2013 09:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Zarelli   Click Here to Email Steve Zarelli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have to say, the hand drawn cachet is really cool and sports a great Apollo era signature. A truly unique item. I enjoyed reviewing it.

stsmithva
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posted 04-27-2013 08:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Please let me know if you would like to make an offer on this Armstrong WSS litho, or on any of these other cS posts: I didn't ask for offers on each post because I didn't want to fill up the top of the "Buy, Sell, Trade" forum.

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