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CTJeremy
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posted 08-24-2009 02:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for CTJeremy   Click Here to Email CTJeremy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a banner flown and hand cancelled aboard Mir in 1988 (Soyuz TM-7). It is the same banner that appears here, but without the signatures. Does anyone have any idea what this is worth on the "open market"?

cosmos-walter
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posted 08-25-2009 04:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Be aware: By far most banners originating from Maxuta have faked board cancellations and signatures. They are not flown.

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posted 08-25-2009 02:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Really? Is there anything else from Maxuta that's not strictly legitimate?

Bob M
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posted 08-26-2009 03:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As a long-time watcher of "Maksuta" (he has also used "Maxuta" as a user name on eBay), I just went to eBay to check out his wares and was surprised to see that he has nothing listed (a big surprise) and also another surprise is that he's listed as "no longer a registered user."

I sent him an e-mail about this and he, Maxim, replied that he's surprised at what has happened and will contact eBay about the situation.

He's been a long-time (since 1999) and prolific seller on eBay and I'm sure he'll get this problem cleared up with eBay and get his operation back in gear.

stsmithva
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posted 08-26-2009 03:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Based on what he has been prolifically selling, do we really want his operation back in gear? If you do a search for his name in this forum, you'll see not-great things going back years. Someone even inquired how to set eBay preferences so his items don't show up.

Bob M
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posted 08-26-2009 03:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, many hope that he won't get his operation back up and running, but him being removed as an eBay registered user is probably just a temporary set back for him. He is a big seller and surely eBay wouldn't want to lose the revenue he generates for them.

Bob M
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posted 09-07-2009 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a little update on "Maksuta." He's still listed as "No longer a registered user" on eBay now after at least two weeks. I just asked him when he plans to return to eBay and he only stated that I can watch his items on his Website. From that it looks like he's not planning to return to eBay, or be allowed to, for some more time.

This is probably the 1st extended period since 1999 that he's not had hundreds of things on eBay and I'm sure many of his loyal customers are wondering why. Perhaps him being put in eBay Time Out is only because of a minor infraction?

Lunar rock nut
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posted 09-08-2009 08:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunar rock nut   Click Here to Email Lunar rock nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is his web address? Prior to his removal from eBay, I was watching what was supposed to be Shannon Lucid's flown flightsuit for $2500. I had intended to contact her brother about this item as I was suspicious as to how he acquired it. I have a presentation (given to me by her family) that has a large swatch of her bib overalls. Within the printed description it states she wore the overalls every day. The Omniplex in Oklahoma City had a glass display case set in a corner with a brass plaque that read Shannon Lucid's Flight Suit. They never received it that I know of. So how did he come to possess the suit?

Bob M
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posted 09-08-2009 08:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maxim's "Maksuta" e-mail address is: max@maxuta.biz. He seems fairly responsive to questions.

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posted 09-08-2009 09:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe he is the son of Alex Martynov, chief academician at Star City. This would give him access to some things not usually available.

That being said: Bob wasn't he the guy selling a lot of Soyuz 27 signed crew covers?

Bob M
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posted 09-09-2009 02:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Al, don't know about him selling Soyuz 27 crew signed covers in particular, but thru the years he's probably sold individual autographs and crew signed items of about any Soviet/Russian cosmonaut or crew you can think of. He does promote himself as being the son of a famous Russian scientist to good effect and possibly acquires an amount of good material thru that association.

But many believe that the problem comes from sources other than more reliable and legitimate ones.

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