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dfox
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posted 09-12-2010 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dfox   Click Here to Email dfox     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could this be real? Doesn't it belong in a museum?
There was only one Sigma 7. It flew only once. It was retrieved from the South Pacific by aircraft from the USS Kearsarge on 3 October 1962.

This brass plaque marked the place on the flight deck where the capsule sat on it's journey back to the United States. It was in place there till 1969 when the Kearsarge CVS carrier was decomissioned. This plaque was on the flight deck for seven years during the Vietnam War. This is the only one of its kind on the planet. Only one was made, and this is it. If you are a collector of space memorabilia, this is an opportunity to own something that is truly the only one in the world. It is solid brass, weighs about 11 pounds, 1 inch thick at the center, and 7 and an eighth inches in diameter.

SpaceAholic
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posted 09-12-2010 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good to see the marker didnt get turned into razor blades with the rest of the ship when it got scrapped.

dfox
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posted 09-12-2010 02:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dfox   Click Here to Email dfox     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good point.

Lou Chinal
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posted 09-12-2010 09:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As far as it being real, I never heard of any reference being made to a marker of any kind. However it does LOOK like something that could be made in a ships machine shop.

murfman
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posted 06-28-2013 07:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for murfman   Click Here to Email murfman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is for real. I pulled it out of a scrap metal dumpster on the deck of the Kearsarge in 1969 during decommissioning. I couldn't believe this item was going to be scrapped. It was screwed to the flight deck for years and I had seen it a hundred times. It now rests comfortably on my living room floor as it has for the past 44 years.

Go4Launch
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posted 06-28-2013 10:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is so excellent. Good story and good work.

Greggy_D
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posted 06-28-2013 10:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We need pics!!!!

Gonzo
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posted 06-30-2013 04:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"It didn't happen without pictures!"

capoetc
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posted 06-30-2013 08:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Item removed. Sounds like someone made an offer to stop the auction.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-30-2013 09:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The original auction (as linked above) was in 2010, when this discussion began.

murfman
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posted 07-03-2013 08:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for murfman   Click Here to Email murfman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is not an auction. This is a description of something I rescued from the trash. I did not post the original entry. I merely commented on it when I saw it on line. It does exist... and I do have it.

stsmithva
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posted 07-03-2013 09:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's a bit confusing - the original post was made because somebody saw it for sale on the auction website eBay. You say you've had it for decades - did you try to sell it on eBay, but it didn't reach a good price (your reserve) so you still have it?

murfman
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posted 07-04-2013 02:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for murfman   Click Here to Email murfman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, you are correct. I had tried to get it to Wally Schirra and during the process, he passed away. I posted a few inquiries on line and was told the item had a $6000 value. I considered that somewhat ridiculous, so I did do a posting on eBay to see what might arise. The only response I received was from a gentleman who had a small space museum somewhere in the U.S. and wanted to have me loan it to him for two years. I opted not to do so.

murfman
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posted 07-14-2013 06:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for murfman   Click Here to Email murfman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is the Sigma 7 deck marker:

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