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jamietipton
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posted 01-01-2013 08:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jamietipton   Click Here to Email jamietipton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a decent size collection of Apollo and Skylab memorabilia that I was wondering what to do with. Lithographs, patches, stickers, Apollo 11 medallion in a hard plastic case, letter from Nixon to Petron. There is also some misc stuff. I need to cash in. Is it better to sell as collection or by the piece? Thank you in advance for any help.

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posted 01-01-2013 10:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In my opinion, I would donate your collection to either a museum or university.

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posted 01-02-2013 01:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cfreeze79   Click Here to Email cfreeze79     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, given the "highlights" mentioned, there is little to 'cash in' in my opinion... Donate it to a museum and take the tax deduction (you are gonna need it in the year ahead!)

But, if you choose the "payola" route — if your collection "tells a story" of a space worker (which I doubt since you would have likely mentioned it), the collection as a whole would fetch a possible premium.

Otherwise - just sell them off piece-meal to help other collectors fill gaps in their collections.

Regardless, given the current economy and market, it'll take awhile and you are probably not gonna get what you want dollar-wise for your goods.

Best of luck...

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posted 01-02-2013 07:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jamietipton   Click Here to Email jamietipton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was my dad's stuff and he worked with NASA during those years. I have letters of appreciation to him and the "coin" was given to him also. I have a picture of a "part" that my dad put in space. I would trade everything to get my hands on that.

I was wondering if like baseball cards, would it be worth traveling to some space shows and try to get an autograph or two on the lithos.

By the way, everyone has super helpful and sincere on here, thank you.

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posted 01-02-2013 08:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for benfairfax   Click Here to Email benfairfax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can I ask which lithos you have? A lot are really common, some are rare and usually those ones can't be signed at an autograph show.

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posted 01-02-2013 08:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jamietipton   Click Here to Email jamietipton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Check back later today, I am going to compile a list of what I have and post it so that I can get a better idea.

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posted 01-02-2013 08:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Recommend you make sure you know what you have before you start selling. Some collectors will help you out (ok, most will), but there are some who may try to take advantage of you. Posting a list here would be a good start, as there are folks here who will be able to help.

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posted 01-02-2013 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for benfairfax   Click Here to Email benfairfax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Capoetc. I partly agree with you, though the problem is people who "on sell" and not the genuine "collectors".

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posted 01-02-2013 09:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Signed lithos depending on the signer as well as any thing flown. For example if you have a presentation to your father that has a flag that was flown on a mission can bring in some money, Apollo a lot more than shuttle. look forward to seeing your list.

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posted 01-02-2013 09:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You mention patches too. Most patches, even vintage examples, are worth very little, but you never know, there may be some in your father's collection that are more rare.

If you post a photo here you'll soon find out what you have.

As ever, don't accept any offers to sell anything direct until you have a good idea of value from several sources.

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posted 01-02-2013 08:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jamietipton   Click Here to Email jamietipton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I assume that these pics are people refer to as lithographs, they have the NASA info on the back.
  1. 8 1/2 x 11 lithograph photo, Edgar Mitchell, spacesuit, Apollo 14

  2. 8 1/2 x 11 lithograph photo, Schmitt, Evans, Cernan, spacesuits, eleventh manned Apollo mission, moon rover at launch pad

  3. 8 1/2 x 11 lithograph photo, Lovell, Swigert, Haise, suits, seventh manned Apollo mission, globe, reddish purple background

  4. 8 1/2 x 11 lithograph photo, Skylab, manned orbital scientific space station, Skylab in Earth's orbit

  5. 8 1/2 x 11 lithograph photo, Apollo 16 CSM viewed from LM with Earth rise, Earth rises above the horizon of the moon

  6. 8 1/2 x 11 lithograph photo, Scott, Worden, Irwin, crew of ninth manned Apollo mission, spacesuits, in front of white background with Apollo 15 emblem

  7. 8 1/2 x 11 lithograph photo, Carr, Gibson, Pouge, crew of third manned Skylab mission, spacesuits, Gibson is behind globe, sitting down

  8. 8 1/2 x 11 lithograph photo, Scott with rover at Apollo 15 landing site

  9. 8 1/2 x 11 lithograph photo, Kerwin, Conrad, Weitz, crew of first manned Skylab mission, brown jumpsuits, gray background

  10. 8 1/2 x 11 lithograph photo, Alan B. Shepard, Jr, spacesuit, Apollo 14 emblem in background, has signature on spacesuit

  11. 8 1/2 x 11 lithograph photo, Stuart A. Roosa, spacesuit, Apollo 14 emblem in background, has a signature on spacesuit

  12. 8 1/2 x 11 lithograph photo, silver spur at Hadley Delta as viewed from Apollo 15 LM, a view of Hadely Delta looking southeast

  13. 8 1/2 x 11 lithograph photo, Apollo 10 view of earth

  14. 8 1/2 x 11 lithograph photo, Roosa, Shepard, Mitchell, prime crew of eighth manned Apollo mission, spacesuits, spacesuit has signature on them, Apollo 14 emblem, sitting down

  15. 8 1/2 x 11 lithograph photo, Conrad, Gordon, Bean, sixth manned Apollo crew, spacesuits, all three standing up, in front of lunar module

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posted 01-02-2013 08:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"need to cash in" should explain you want to sell. I'd sell piecemeal.

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posted 01-02-2013 10:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jamietipton   Click Here to Email jamietipton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I apologize for the wording. I have some items that I need to sell at a fair price. Not being a "collector" per say, I will have to do my research before I let any of it go. That is why I'm here. Information. Then decide.

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posted 01-03-2013 05:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for benfairfax   Click Here to Email benfairfax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The lithos you have listed are about $5-10 each, I would put them on ebay as a group starting at $10. Unfortunately they are all common.

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posted 01-03-2013 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree with Ben regarding grouping of lithos, but my starting point would be $30.

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posted 01-03-2013 09:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Before you put the lithos on eBay, post pics of the signed Roosa, Shepard to see if they are signed, autopen or printed. If original signatures, they could be worth quite a bit more. I assume they are autopen or printed but it does not hurt to check.

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posted 01-03-2013 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You are quite correct Fred. Best to check first before it's too late.

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posted 01-04-2013 06:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jamietipton   Click Here to Email jamietipton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One last thing, I have the Apollo 11 medallion that was given out to people and it is different than any that I've seen so far. Same coin (metal in it that went to moon) gold in color, but is in a hard plastic case with a black background. It is nicer than the ones that I've seen anywhere on eBay and other places, they are a simple white card with black letters.

And also an Apollo 8 coin that was given out. I know pictures would help but I don't have any right now. Thank you in advance.

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posted 01-04-2013 05:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Although no expert myself, I would wager that anything unique or one-of-a-kind in your collection will be where you'll find the greatest value.

That letter from Nixon, for instance. Is it the original, and did the president sign it by hand (i.e. not an autopen)?

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posted 01-04-2013 06:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by jamietipton:
I was wondering if like baseball cards, would it be worth traveling to some space shows and try to get an autograph or two on the lithos.

If your intention is to re-sell them, then the answer is no. The prices currently being charged by the astronauts for autographs are often well above the secondary market values for their signatures. You would likely lose money in the process or, at best, perhaps break even.

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