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spaceman
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posted 04-21-2012 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Possible value? does anyone have any info on it please?

Lucite - it is 3 1/4" X 2" X 1". Inside is a shuttle pin with a stylised Olympic torch and "HOUSTON 2012." Engraved on the lucite is "Flown on NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-101, May 2000."

Assume that it was to promote the possible picking of Houston for the 2012 Olympics.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 04-22-2012 03:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I picked one of those up about 5 or 6 years ago for around $80 from memory.

Now shuttle has flown its last and given this is the Olympic year Houston pitched for I would estimate such a piece to be worth $150 to $250.....in my opinion.

spaced out
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posted 04-23-2012 01:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's been a while since I saw one sold but a couple of years ago they were selling in the $180 to $250 range.

gliderpilotuk
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posted 04-24-2012 12:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's no truth (but maybe credibility) in the rumour that for the London Olympics 2012 a pin was flown by carrier pigeon, due to budgetary constraints.

moorouge
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posted 04-25-2012 01:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by gliderpilotuk:
There's no truth (but maybe credibility) in the rumour that for the London Olympics 2012 a pin was flown by carrier pigeon, due to budgetary constraints.

Much more likely to be budgie constraints surely?

MadSci
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posted 04-27-2012 05:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MadSci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That would depend. Was it an African or European Budgie?

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 04-29-2012 03:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now on eBay: Lucite Encased Space Shuttle Atlantis Houston 2012 Olympic Pin. Not mine I should point out.

Would make a nice ironic purchase for a British collector.

MrSpace86
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posted 04-29-2012 09:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think that eBay lucite is overpriced. It has a lot scratches and such. A little fishy how someone asked and then it popped up on eBay with a price in the range of what was suggested here.

The eBay one is worth more in the $100-$150 range in my opinion based on the damage.

stsmithva
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posted 04-29-2012 09:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MrSpace86:
A little fishy how someone asked and then it popped up on eBay with a price in the range of what was suggested here.

I don't think it's fishy - I think a cS longtime cS member noticed this discussion, remembered that he had one or decided to sell his based on the opinions provided, and set an opening bid within what was suggested, which was in fact the right thing to do. (Too bad about the scratches, though.)

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-29-2012 10:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MrSpace86:
The eBay one is worth more in the $100-$150 range in my opinion based on the damage.
For what it's worth, I've had higher offers for my damaged one, which is far worse.

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posted 04-29-2012 10:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for blueangels1   Click Here to Email blueangels1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My apologizes and did not want to come off as "fishy."

We are going through a few rough patches with a family we took into our home, and my wife loosing her job. I did see an opportunity, with this great resource that Robert has created with cS.

I have re-shot the pictures to show the lack of scratches do to the dust, lint and tough item to capture on film. If you have questions please ask and appreciate your time.

MrSpace86
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posted 04-29-2012 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh man, sorry Jerry. I didn't mean to come off like that. I checked again at the auction and didn't notice it was you. My apologies!!

And Robert - your acrylic is possessed. I don't think I have ever seen something like that happen to an acrylic before!

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posted 04-29-2012 10:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for blueangels1   Click Here to Email blueangels1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No apologies needed my friend, glad you did mention it so I could update the photos. Let me know if I need to change anything else. Last thing I want to do is portray something incorrect. Keep in touch.

spaced out
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posted 05-05-2012 06:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by gliderpilotuk:
There's no truth (but maybe credibility) in the rumour that for the London Olympics 2012 a pin was flown by carrier pigeon, due to budgetary constraints.

Interestingly-enough the current estimates for the cost of hosting the London 2012 Olympics - £9.3bn or $15bn - would probably have been enough to have Boeing build a brand new Shuttle and run it for around 20 missions.

We wouldn't have had the Olympics but I think I know which I'd have preferred, and we could have flown as many "London 2012" pins on HMS (Her Majesty's Spaceship) Victory as we wanted.

moorouge
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posted 05-05-2012 08:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by spaced out:
...and we could have flown as many "London 2012" pins on HMS (Her Majesty's Spaceship) Victory as we wanted.
Just one small technicality. It can't be HMS Victory as the original is still commissioned at Portsmouth and serves as the Navy's flagship.

So, how about HMS Forlorn Hope?

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