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UncleKenC
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posted 04-21-2010 08:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for UncleKenC   Click Here to Email UncleKenC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am interested in selling my NASA collection. It is of the Mercury and Gemini programs. It was once owned to a McDonnell engineer who is deceased and I come into the possession of it back about in 1987.

It consists of about 230 items. Mostly B&W some color pictures, press books, engineering photos, a few negatives, booklets that engineers would use, old windshield decals, too many items to name off at this time.

I have a few autographs left also, a early Walter Schirra, a photo with both James McDivitt and Edward White 2nd and Maj. Scott Carpenter. I am looking for any Dealers or the best way of selling this collection. I am not sure of the values of these items, I have not been keeping up with the market.

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posted 04-21-2010 08:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is LT Cdr. Scott Carpenter. He is Navy.

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posted 04-21-2010 09:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It sounds like getting an eBay account might be the best option. First, you could use the Completed Listings search to see if similar items have sold recently. That will help you decide if you want to offer some items directly for sale, such as on here.

If you decide to sell with eBay and let the market decide the price, be sure to take several clear photos (whole item, and a couple of close ups) and write good complete descriptions.

You might want to double-check the autographs using the edgeofdarkness.com Astronaut Autopens page.

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posted 04-21-2010 09:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for UncleKenC   Click Here to Email UncleKenC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by ejectr:
That is LT Cdr. Scott Carpenter. He is Navy.
Did not know that.

On this card he signed. there is a Capital M in front of Scott Carpenter.

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posted 04-21-2010 09:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for UncleKenC   Click Here to Email UncleKenC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by stsmithva:
You might want to double-check the autographs using the edgeofdarkness.com Astronaut Autopens page.
I know the autographs are authentic, from 1962 to 1965. I do have an eBay account. I'm just not to enthusiastic about going that route just yet. Is eBay hot for collectors? From what I seen, it does not seem so.

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posted 04-21-2010 09:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for benguttery   Click Here to Email benguttery     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by UncleKenC:
On this card he signed. there is a Capital M in front of Scott Carpenter.
Malcolm Scott Carpenter

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posted 04-21-2010 10:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for UncleKenC   Click Here to Email UncleKenC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, for the info. Malcolm Scott Carpenter, so how many times has he signed with a M?

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posted 04-22-2010 01:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for UncleKenC   Click Here to Email UncleKenC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I started to scan my collection. Here are the three autographs. This album will have more as I find time.

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posted 04-22-2010 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First of all, you are likely to receive e-mails offering to buy your items -- be very wary about accepting these offers until you know what items you have and what they are worth!

In my opinion, the Gemini IV photo, signed by McDivitt and signed and inscribed by White, is quite valuable. Not only is it signed by the crew, but it is also inscribed to a member of the Gemini team. I recommend that you get a copy of at least one photo of Karl Stoien (if you don't already have one, he is pictured in NASA photo ID# S65-57481) and include a copy of the photo along with any bio information you might have on Mr. Stoien. To some collectors (including me), having the additional bio info and photo of the original owner would add a great deal.

Same goes for the Schirra litho -- it's not all that valuable, but a bit more-so (in my opinion) if info about the original owner is included.

Finally, you might consider contacting Donnis Willis over at Lunar Legacies -- he does auctions that might work for some of your items.

Good luck with your sale.

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posted 04-22-2010 08:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for UncleKenC   Click Here to Email UncleKenC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John, thanks, I do have a few photos of Karl Stoien, I also have a few items that are connected to him. I'll put it all together in one group.

On edit: I added photos of Karl Stoien and some other items related to him.

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posted 04-24-2010 02:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PerryM   Click Here to Email PerryM     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Several people talked about eBay. That can be a real crap shoot with anything you sell. I have seen items sell for hundreds one day and then the next the same item is lucky to get fifty dollars. Also as seller you get raked over the coals paying for the ad and pay them a percentage of the sale. There are a lot of good guys here with out going to eBay to sell your items.

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posted 04-24-2010 04:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another option is Astro-Auction.com where posting and selling is FREE of charge and you have the same possibilities as on eBay.

Those who say "sales on Astro-Auction" are slow know that items listed over there are at the right price!

And when the collectSPACE community knows about the sale, it can turn out great!

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posted 04-30-2010 08:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for UncleKenC   Click Here to Email UncleKenC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I looked into all my options and eBay is not a good option, lacking and a waste of money.

I checked into Astro Auction and they seem to be the best site for auctioning my collection.

I established what the value of my Ed White and McDivitt autographs on a NASA/Manned Spacecraft Center issued "red serial ID" print. When I get everything in order, I will be putting this autograph, and other items up for auction. I will make an announcement when I do.

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