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jerseyboy
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posted 08-17-2005 08:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jerseyboy   Click Here to Email jerseyboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At the New Jersey show I handed Buzz Aldrin the Franklin Mint Lunar Module base to autograph and add Apollo XI, after he signed it he said "Oh crap, I wrote Apollo XII instead of Apollo XI".

Robert Pearlman who was sitting with Buzz during the signing told me what to use to take off the extra number.

I also gave it to Alan Bean to sign, he saw Buzz's mistake and showed it to Dick Gordon who was sitting with him during the show and Dick joked "Now Buzz is trying to take credit for our mission too."

My question is do I leave it on and keep it as a rare mistake or do I try to take off the extra number and try not to damage the base. What would other collectors do. I have no intentions of ever selling it and hope one day to pass it on to my children. Any suggestions?

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posted 08-17-2005 08:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for collshubby   Click Here to Email collshubby     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you do not plan on selling it, keep it the way it is. Now, every time you show it to someone you have a great story to go with it!

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posted 08-17-2005 08:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Absolutely! Keep it there. What a great story.

dss65
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posted 08-17-2005 08:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree--keep it! A conversation piece for all time.

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posted 08-18-2005 05:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdmyer   Click Here to Email mdmyer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would there be enough room to add Richard Gordon's quote to the base?

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posted 08-18-2005 06:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree, don't touch it... and get Gordon to inscribe it with his comment.

One of the joys of our collectibles are the memories behind them. The pieces that make you smile are the greatest.

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posted 08-18-2005 07:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 1202 Alarm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Idea: Go on Gordon's website at dickgordon.com and remind him the story (maybe with a photo of the base). Then buy him a 8x10 asking him to write "now he's taking credit for XII!" or something like that on it. It will be perfect and a good end to your story.

To sell this in 20 years through Sotheby's, it's another thing, but as you said, you don't intend to do so, therefore it's great like that. I envy you!

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posted 08-18-2005 08:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jerseyboy   Click Here to Email jerseyboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike, that's a great idea about having Dick Gordon add his quote, I'll probably bring it to San Antonio next year. I should have mentioned that my girlfriend was taking photos of Buzz when he was signing the base, and one photo is when he realizes he made the mistake. Priceless.

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posted 08-18-2005 09:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moonwalker1954   Click Here to Email Moonwalker1954     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve, I was there when Al Bean showed your base to Dick but I had no idea of what they were talking about. Now I know!

I agree with the guys, keep it like this, it is "unique".

Jurg Bolli
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posted 08-18-2005 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Funny story, but personally I would take it off.

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posted 08-20-2005 04:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fabfivefreddy   Click Here to Email fabfivefreddy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would have Gordon sign it with the joke. It will make a cool conversation piece and will not hurt its value.

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posted 08-20-2005 10:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by jerseyboy:
I should have mentioned that my girlfriend was taking photos of Buzz when he was signing the base, and one photo is when he realizes he made the mistake. Priceless.
Can you post it?

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posted 08-21-2005 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jerseyboy   Click Here to Email jerseyboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am still in New Jersey, so I won't be able to post photos until the middle of September when I return to Kansas. I also have photos of Alan Bean, Ed Mitchell and Dave Scott also signing the base, unfortunately Dave Scott's autograph on the base got a little smudged due to the paint pen ink not drying fast enough on the base.

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