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mensax
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posted 10-08-2002 07:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
eBay Item 722122335: An Apollo 14 patch...
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Space Exploration was wonderful in those days. Ed Mitchell Apollo 14 space suit arm patch is in great condition. this beautiful Nassa Apollo emblem was on the arm of a man that had inspired America through the golden years of space travel, culminating in the birth of the Shuttle VOYAGE and beyond.
But, isn't an opening bid of $2,500 a bit steep?

Noah

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posted 10-08-2002 09:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for andyted   Click Here to Email andyted     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
$2500 may be steep but it didn't even meet the reserve. Yikes....

Leon Ford
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posted 10-08-2002 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Leon Ford   Click Here to Email Leon Ford     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are we are suppose to believe that this patch came off Mitchell's spacesuit? I have a hard time with that. If that were the patch off his spacesuit, the patch would be beta cloth and the opening bid would be a lot higher.

Leon

Cliff Lentz
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posted 10-08-2002 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cliff Lentz   Click Here to Email Cliff Lentz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't buy it!

In fact I couldn't afford it!

I believe the Mitchell suit is still in the NASM collection in storage, but anything on that suit would have to be beta!

GerryM
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posted 10-08-2002 11:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GerryM   Click Here to Email GerryM     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is obviously a scam. Nice to see no collectors fell for it.

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posted 10-08-2002 03:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron@aol.com   Click Here to Email albatron@aol.com     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I emailed him and asked. He (very illiterately I may add) said he got it from Ed's daughter Kim Mitchell 13 years ago when he was in their house in Palm Beach, FL. He was totally blown away to see "all the moonrocks" and "space control modules" and other "heavy nassa items" he'd never seen before. He further explained this came from his "jump suit" after he asked for a moon rock and they declined.

What a buffoon.

Al

Rizz
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posted 10-08-2002 04:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good thing he was honest enough to leave Ed's moonrocks alone.

Jake
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posted 10-08-2002 04:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jake   Click Here to Email Jake     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...yes but if every collectSPACE member just pitched in $3 each or so we could collectively own this incredible piece of space history - come on guys - this is our once in a lifetime chance - a unique opportunity!

Ah, now that I think about it, I'll pass...

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Jake Schultz - curator,
Newport Way Air Museum (OK, it's just my home)

John K. Rochester
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posted 10-08-2002 05:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John K. Rochester   Click Here to Email John K. Rochester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
.. that doesnt even look like a decently made knockoff of a patch... poor coloring, loose embroidering on perimeter, well worth the $$ asked (if you've got the intellect of a Siberian husky).

Paul
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posted 10-08-2002 07:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul   Click Here to Email Paul     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Woof! Woof! That patch is definitely for the dogs!

Paul

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 10-08-2002 07:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I seem to remember on UK TV 5 years or so back an Apollo anniversary special that included an interview with Ed Mitchell in his home. Rather than having an elaborate display or exhibition as this seller has indicated, his flight "souvenirs" appeared to be stored away in plastic bags and tucked away in drawers, some of which he opened on camera...

Philip
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posted 10-09-2002 12:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's correct Rick, Ed Mitchell showed a box of items he had kept from his Apollo days. It included a belt-buckle representing the lunar surface with a diamond on it where the Apollo 14 landed. Furthermore he still had the Omega Speedmaster Professional wristwatch he actually wore on his lunar EVAs!

Rob Sumowski
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posted 10-09-2002 11:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Sumowski   Click Here to Email Rob Sumowski     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to his website, Dr. Mitchell is aware of the fraudulent/misleading claims made by the seller and is planning on following up on the situation. I am sure we all agree Dr. Mitchell is a good man and American hero who should be treated with a greater amount of respect than this eBay scammer.

Sincerely,
Rob

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posted 10-09-2002 08:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Squawk Box   Click Here to Email Squawk Box     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I could be wrong, but I think the only arm patch on the Apollo moonsuits was the American flag on the left shoulder. Even on the jump suits, the mission patch isn't on the arms, it's on the right chest.

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