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JAG92269
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posted 11-23-2013 09:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JAG92269   Click Here to Email JAG92269     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have this official Apollo 13 Jack Swigert autographed photo.

My father worked at a private airfield in S. Florida, and serviced all the planes the astronauts aircraft prior to and following missions.

This was written the same day the Apollo 13 crew was released to return to their families... literally hours after returning to Earth.

I have cherished this for many years, but financial hardships have caused me to consider selling this piece of space history. I am guessing there isn't another Jack Swigert autograph like this anywhere, since he stopped signing autographs before he ran for Congress.

Anyway, I'm curious to see what you all think about this personal treasure I have kept for nearly 30 years.

Grounded!
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posted 11-23-2013 10:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Grounded!   Click Here to Email Grounded!     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to collectSPACE. What airfield did your father work at? Can you post the picture for us to see?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-23-2013 10:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your autograph may very well be authentic, but it was not written in the time frame you mention.

The Apollo 13 crew reunited with their families in Hawaii, not Florida, and it was more than hours later.

The command module splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on April 17. The crew departed the primary recovery ship, the USS Iwo Jima, by aircraft the next day and was flown to Hawaii, where President Nixon was waiting with the crew's families. From there the crew was flown to Houston.

Also, I don't believe Swigert ceased signing autographs when he ran for Congress. Among other examples, Swigert distributed signed cards to which a penny was affixed as part of his campaign.

(I have e-mailed you regarding adding a photo of your autograph to your post.)

JAG92269
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posted 11-24-2013 04:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JAG92269   Click Here to Email JAG92269     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm only relating the story as I remember it told. My father passed away in 1991, so my version is most likely differs from the exact sequence of events.

The airfield was Butler Aviation, not sure if that was the company or the airfield, but it wasn't Miami International, because it was an uncontrolled airfield with a radio in the maintenance shack... or whatever it was called.

The photo is signed: "To (My Father) with appreciation for all your efforts in getting me "underway," Jack Swigert, Apollo 13."

It is without a doubt authentic, but I can fully understand some person's concern over it authenticity. Thanks for the speedy replies and I encourage any and all comments, questions or concerns.

JAG92269
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posted 11-24-2013 04:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JAG92269   Click Here to Email JAG92269     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We were stationed at Homestead Air Force Base, so I had to be somewhere around there. I'm filling the blanks myself, so I appreciate all the assistance I can get. Thanks again.

capoetc
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posted 11-24-2013 07:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to the collectSPACE community. I hope you'll stick around for a while after your business with the signed photo is concluded ... lots of cool stuff to see here!

If it is authentic (and I strongly suspect that it is, particularly since it is inscribed) and if it is in good shape, then the primary driver of the value will be whether the image is Swigert's business suit photo or his white spacesuit (WSS) photo.

An inscribed business suit litho in good condition should fetch around $500-800 dollars, toward the high side if the purchaser has the same first name as your father.

An inscribed WSS litho should bring $1000-1500, or perhaps more ... for someone collecting a full set (well, as full as possible since some do not exist) of WSS lithos of Apollo astronauts, the Swigert is perhaps the most difficult to find.

All of that having been said, be cautious of e-mailed offers to buy your litho (I'm assuming it is a litho) -- there are some folks who may try to take advantage of your lack of knowledge about space collectibles to take advantage of you.

Particularly if your litho is a WSS, an auction house like RR Auction would likely be thrilled to include it in an upcoming auction (you will have to pay a fee to them) -- that might be the way to get the most money possible from the sale.

I wish you good luck with your efforts, and I hope your financial hardships will be eased somewhat by selling your family heirloom.

JAG92269
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posted 11-24-2013 08:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JAG92269   Click Here to Email JAG92269     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

stsmithva
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posted 11-24-2013 09:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's not a WSS (White Space Suit portrait; which are the rarest Swigert signed photos) but I think it's more interesting than a business suit portrait. There's Apollo 13 getting underway, and he's thanking a specific person who helped that happen.

As mentioned above, WSS's usually sell for around $1000. Cards, postal covers, or other small items sell for around $200-300. I'd say that it's reasonable to expect several hundred dollars for your photo.

I'd actually recommend a direct sale here for this item. Auction houses are great if you have an unusual item that collectors will compete for (and therefore bid higher for), or if collectors might otherwise worry about an item's authenticity and will be assured by an auction house's vetting process. Enough Swigert autographs have sold to have a good idea of their value, and I think your picture shows that it's authentic. You'd save money on auction fees, and you could get your money instantly as opposed to in several weeks. (I say this as someone who has consigned several items to auction houses and been happy with the results.)

capoetc
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posted 11-24-2013 03:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I concur ... no need to do an auction house. A nice collectible, should sell in the $250-$400 range.

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posted 11-24-2013 06:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by JAG92269:
The airfield was Butler Aviation, not sure if that was the company or the airfield, but it wasn't Miami International, because it was an uncontrolled airfield with a radio in the maintenance shack... or whatever it was called.
If helps to clarify the story, Butler Aviation is an aviation services provider known as a Fixed Base Operation (FBO). In the general aviation world, FBO's have lounges, crew support like weather services, fuel, and maintenance. Butler had FBO's throughout the country, including here in Baltimore where crews training at Goddard Spaceflight Center parked their T-38's.

Butler changed it's name to Signature Aviation several years ago, and they are still going strong. Maybe a search of their Florida locations could help pin down which airport it may have been. Melbourne?

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