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  What to buy: Young charm vs. Mitchell beta?

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NASAgoob
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posted 12-01-2012 08:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NASAgoob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Want to buy myself a present and curious which would be the most unique and limited investment? I like both.
  1. John Young's flown Apollo 16 charm

  2. Edgar Mitchell's flown Apollo 14 beta cloth
I've been debating for months and can't decide. — Darnell

lspooz
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posted 12-01-2012 09:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lspooz   Click Here to Email lspooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Without offering my opinion (an easy choice), one way to decide is to imagine:

If you went crazy and bought BOTH, which ONE would you then sell to keep your spouse happy.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 12-02-2012 04:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Young charm may be considerably cheaper but the displays I have seen are a triumph of style over substance in my opinion.

I don't wish to denigrate the Young charms in any way; they are very nice items and I have considered buying one myself. But they are very small!

The Apollo 14 beta cloths may be more common than the charms; less unique, but in my opinion they make for a much more impressive display.

And if you contact Dr. Mitchell via his webiste he will be more than happy to accommodate any request for inscription wording, pen type or colour that you require. His Personal Assistant Cathy will probably be able to organise provenance photos of him holding it too.

Notably you will be getting the beta cloth directly from the man himself; that is pretty neat.

It is worth mentioning that he now has very few beta cloths left; perhaps a dozen or so. When the crew divided their flown Apollo 14 artifacts Al Shepard and Stu Roosa took very few beta cloths leaving Dr Mitchell with the majority. Somewhere in the region of 250 at one point.

NASAgoob
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posted 12-02-2012 10:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NASAgoob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Guess I'm leaning towards the Young charm. With 250 flown beta cloths available, I like the fact there are only 30 charms and only flight that carried them. Appreciate the 250 number! Wish my pockets were deeper to buy both.

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