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streetsnake
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posted 11-05-2012 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for streetsnake   Click Here to Email streetsnake     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction of pin values. I imagine none are worth a great deal but perhaps there are outliers? Any thoughts?

Go4Launch
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posted 11-05-2012 10:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The general answer is that like many space collectibles, pins with the highest value are typically older and/or more scarce, or have a special significance or history.

The number of different pins and the quantities they were produced both grew with the program. Some Mercury and Gemini pins today may number in the low hundreds, while many Apollo pins are in the thousands (or more).

High-end NASA-issued pins such as flown pins, Silver Snoopys, astronaut pins and the like are highly-collectible and carry the most value. Expect $500-$1,000+

Some NASA and contractor pins from Mercury and Gemini can go anywhere from $10 to $75 typically.

The gold "launch team" pins for Apollo missions had been on eBay pretty commonly for years although oddly I haven't seen many recently. They are in the $10-$30 range now and were sold to anyone who bought them in Cocoa Beach and Merritt Island gift shops into the 1970s.

Modern shuttle-era crew and payload pins rarely have a value beyond three or four dollars simply because of the numbers they were made in.

Another interesting area is pins relating to such early programs as Surveyor, Lunar Orbiter, Ranger, Mariner, etc. These are uncommon but likely of highest value to a specialist (most still under $100 I'd say).

One pin of note is that made for John Glenn's "launch crew"; a beautiful piece with a value in the low thousands; only a handful were made and I believe only two have ever been on the market.

That's my opinion as a 40+ year US collector; others may have another view. Hope that helps.

streetsnake
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posted 11-06-2012 07:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for streetsnake   Click Here to Email streetsnake     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Please Help.

I am in the process of beginning to auction off some of the Rita Rapp Collection. I am going to start with pins, decals, etc., with a few surprises along the way.

I was hoping you could help me identify (if not obvious to a layman) the mission and potential value of these loose pins I have. I have found a few but some I cannot. Hoping you can lend your expertise.

stsmithva
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posted 11-06-2012 08:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can help out with a half-dozen of them. The first five might disappoint a bit: the "launch team" ones I can see are the non-NASA ones sold in gift shops near KSC. As mentioned above, they are worth $10-30 each.

The Friendship 7 one near the center, though, is very nice and usually sells for hundreds of dollars.

streetsnake
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posted 11-06-2012 09:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for streetsnake   Click Here to Email streetsnake     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any thoughts on the Gemini II pins? Also, can you tell if the launch pins are authentic or just sold local to launch?

Go4Launch
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posted 11-08-2012 02:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The launch team pins are the ones that were sold commercially -- but to the best of my knowledge they are all that was available. NASA never issued any "official" launch team pins for Apollo.

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