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posted 05-16-2012 04:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rlandmann   Click Here to Email rlandmann     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A small laminated card with a tiny LRSI tile fragment from STS-1 sold on eBay recently.

Does anyone know the history behind this item? Who produced or issued these?

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posted 05-16-2012 07:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The small cards from STS-1 were the idea of an aerospace public relations director from IBM, Nick P., as he wanted to commemorate the maiden flight of shuttle Columbia in a special way.

Many of the laminated cards were given away to his friends, VIPs, public relations reps, press folks, and others within the aerospace industry that he mostly knew and worked with.

If my memory recalls, the majority of the cards were distributed during one of the post-shuttle parties in 1981 that Nick/IBM had usually been a prime sponsor of.

No doubt, indeed, as I've always believed they were 100% genuine in containing a small swatch of a flown-used LRSI heat protection tile that was a part of Columbia on her first space shuttle orbiter voyage.

Nick had told me a long time ago that NASA had cleared his souvenir card idea since he was a company rep for the Manned Spaceflight Awareness Office (a branch office of IBM Corp. located here in Cape Canaveral, FL, at the time).

How many were produced? A good question, as I am not sure, but perhaps a hundred or more might be a fair estimate. Possibly even 200 or more as Nick usually did productions like this in such quantities.

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posted 05-16-2012 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rlandmann   Click Here to Email rlandmann     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow! Thanks for the comprehensive reply Ken!

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posted 05-16-2012 09:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Actually, Nino P. was the IBM rep along with Nick P. from RCA. Both were involved with the STS-1 souvenir card project from 1981, but I think Nino deserves the most credit for it.

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