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navyflyer1127
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posted 03-29-2013 03:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for navyflyer1127   Click Here to Email navyflyer1127     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Came across this good deal yesterday. The Museum of Naval Aviation store in Pensacola, the Flight Deck Store, is offering an Alan Bean and a R.L. Rasmussen print for $150 each with free shipping.

The Bean print is "Hello Universe" signed by Mitchell, Bean, and Cernan. The Rasmussen is "Space... the Pioneers" signed by Glenn, Schirra, Cooper, and Carpenter. Both great opportunities.

Not sure if the museum is getting hit by the sequestration stuff and just cutting prices, but it's a great chance to get a piece for cheap. Rasmussen is the curator of the museum, so I'm guessing they just have extra inventory they're looking to push.

If you want to hold out as well, they offer discount codes sometimes on their Facebook page to save upwards of 15% too. Just figured I'd share the find with the community. Cheers!

4allmankind
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posted 03-29-2013 04:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 4allmankind   Click Here to Email 4allmankind     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I appreciate you posting this. I just bought one of each. Now... can you perhaps have a chat with my wife to convince her that these would look great in the living room?

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posted 03-29-2013 04:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is a tremendous deal. Bought one of each. Thanks for the heads up.

Sam Que
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posted 03-29-2013 04:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sam Que   Click Here to Email Sam Que     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great prices. Thanks for sharing.

Greggy_D
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posted 03-29-2013 06:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fantastic deal! Thanks for posting this.

Dan Lorraine
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posted 03-29-2013 07:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dan Lorraine   Click Here to Email Dan Lorraine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just ordered two myself... any ideas on why the prices are so low? The Bean print retails for $345 on the Novaspace website.

Thanks for the heads up... hopefully the transactions go okay.

Tralfaz
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posted 03-30-2013 06:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tralfaz   Click Here to Email Tralfaz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great find, Thanks for passing this along.

woodg2
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posted 03-30-2013 10:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for woodg2   Click Here to Email woodg2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great post. Thank you for sharing. I love the Mercury print - hadn't seen that one before. I placed an order for both.

This kind of post is what gives me faith in this collecting community. It would have been very tempting for somebody to buy out the whole stock for profit rather than sharing the great find with the rest of us. Thanks!

stsmithva
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posted 03-30-2013 10:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another thank you from me. I really like items signed by the "Orbital Four," and I ordered one of those really attractive prints. I can't believe that on top of the low price, the shipping is free! I could see that having been $15 or more.

Greggy_D
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posted 03-30-2013 11:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As I write this, the website shows the following quantities left:
  • Bean print (19)
  • Mercury print (Plenty in stock)

alanh_7
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posted 03-30-2013 12:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently bought both of these. Excellent value, great service from the people at the museum gift shop. I had them within a week of ordering well packed in a cardboard tube with padding at both ends to protect the borders.

In particular I like the Rassmussen print, nice colors as per the norm for Rasmussen's excellent workmanship hand signed in pencil by Glenn, Schirra, Cooper and Carpenter each signature clear and signed below each of their name marquees in print and numbered and signed by Bob Rasmussen. Excellent value.

The Bean is not my favourite Bean painting but obviously comes from the heart and cannot be beat for the price and signed by three moon walkers hard to find another deal like that.

DChudwin
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posted 03-31-2013 07:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for listing this-- a great opportunity to get some quality space art with important signatures at a very reasonable price. Just ordered a copy of each on-line.

Jurg Bolli
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posted 04-01-2013 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
$150 out the CM hatch, thanks for letting us know. It's a great museum!

Sam Que
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posted 04-01-2013 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sam Que   Click Here to Email Sam Que     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought one of each. I received notice that they shipped today. I opted for overnight.

MarylandSpace
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posted 04-01-2013 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I called today. They said that they were swamped with orders over the weekend and that the "Hello Universe" was probably sold out.

I snooze, I lose, but congratulations to all the cS readers that were able to buy from the Museum.

Chariot412
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posted 04-01-2013 10:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chariot412   Click Here to Email Chariot412     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What I like about the Atlas picture is that it is signed by every astronaut who ever flew the Mercury Atlas.

Steve Zarelli
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posted 04-02-2013 06:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Zarelli   Click Here to Email Steve Zarelli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I dragged my feet convincing my wife the Bean print would go in our family room. Oh well... I guess I overestimated what "plenty" in stock meant. Bummer.

The Mercury print is a great deal too, but I'm having a hard time loving it. Just something about text in the art of the print that does not appeal to me. It looks more like "poster" than art print in my opinion.

crash
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posted 04-02-2013 06:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for crash   Click Here to Email crash     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve, I agree with you. I purchased Hello Universe but have delayed on the Mercury print. I will inevitably buy it but it would have looked so much better without the word Mercury across it (also just my opinion). The Mercury 7 symbol plus the Atlas are fairly self-evident of it's subject matter.

Great deal though, and hats off to navyflyer1127 for the original post.

JasonB
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posted 04-02-2013 06:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought about getting those but I just couldn't get into either print. I really wanted to like the Bean print since it had the signatures it had, but just didn't like the pic that much. Just my opinion.

Seemed like a decent deal though. If you liked it I doubt you'll find it any cheaper.

Chariot412
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posted 04-02-2013 07:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chariot412   Click Here to Email Chariot412     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glad you guys brought it up! Sometimes we feel like if it's a "space" item, we just have to love it. I'm not crazy about the artwork of either. I think I like the Mercury better for a few reasons, though. First the signature areas are complete. Second, to me the word "Mercury" reminds me of an old 1960's typewriter and evokes that era well. Finally, Bean's is another Navy tribute and, since I'm an Air Force guy, I like the inclusion of all three branches in the other.

Tonyspace
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posted 04-02-2013 02:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tonyspace   Click Here to Email Tonyspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello Universe is sold out.

crash
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posted 04-02-2013 02:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for crash   Click Here to Email crash     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
'Space...The Pioneers' is now down to 18 in stock. I know that number 22 is mine and I only purchased it less than an hour ago.

Just giving the reducing numbers as a heads-up for anyone thinking of taking the plunge. Better be quick!

Sam Que
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posted 04-02-2013 05:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sam Que   Click Here to Email Sam Que     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received my Space Pioneers and Hello Universe today. Arrived well packaged in a shipping tube. For those who have purchased other Alan Bean prints, it did not come with the standard Greewich Workship large envelope. However, I have no complaints. Both prints look great and each have the appropriate documentation. Happy to have received both at a great price.

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posted 04-03-2013 05:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like all are sold out as neither print appears on the site anymore. That was fast.

Jurg Bolli
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posted 04-04-2013 08:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got my Mercury print today, and it is nicer than I had anticipated, the signatures are large and very crisp.

Thank you to the initial post and to the Museum!

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posted 04-04-2013 08:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think I got one of the last ones of these that they had left. They ran out of the numbered prints, but had some artist's proofs that were also signed by the four astronauts, so one of those should be on its way to me. Can't wait to see it.

Interestingly, Gordon Cooper was the first astronaut I ever encountered, when I was 12 years old in May 1970 in Memphis, TN. Cooper was attending the public opening of some business he had invested in, and it was advertised in the newspaper that he'd be there. So I got my mom to take me and a friend so I could see if I could get Cooper's autograph on a space book I had. After the speeches, I went up to Cooper and asked him if he would sign my book. He told me no, he wasn't there to sign autographs and walked away.

So, 43 years later, I'm finally going to get my first Gordon Cooper autograph. Pretty sure that's the longest I've ever waited.

Dan Lorraine
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posted 04-06-2013 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dan Lorraine   Click Here to Email Dan Lorraine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am usually not a fan of signed prints, even though I do buy them. I do not display them though ... just original art and space flown items. And while the Bean print semed rather hideous to me in the photos, I have to say that it is much more pleasant in person. I am very happy with the two signed prints that I purchased so thanks for the tip. But I still don't know how they were able to sell the Bean print for $150 when the retail price is $345 and I am sure that the $150 is below the wholesale price.

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posted 04-06-2013 07:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm sure they sold out quickly because a few people purchased a few extras for some quick turn around profit makers in the near future....any bets, anyone

Sam Que
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posted 04-06-2013 09:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sam Que   Click Here to Email Sam Que     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by garyd2831:
I'm sure they sold out quickly because a few people purchased a few extras for some quick turn around profit makers in the near future...
You are right, just noticed the Rasmussen print on eBay.

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posted 04-06-2013 10:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love when I'm right This is why I sometimes hate the hobby.

Greggy_D
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posted 04-06-2013 10:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yep, the same guy who immediately flipped the Gemini 4 flags a few months ago. Uses the name "liftoff1" on cS.

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posted 04-07-2013 07:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I seriously doubt there's much money to be made on a 10 year old print that they had to clearance out to dump their stock.

That being said, even if there was, who cares? The guy's tying up his own money into those prints. If he wanted to buy a hundred of them more power to him and if he makes money on it good for him.

If anyone had a real problem with that they could have always bought all the prints themselves and then sold them at cost for $150 each. Complaining because someone did what they have every right to do while also helping the museum get rid of their dead stock, is not only a waste of time but also wrong.

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posted 04-07-2013 08:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for crash   Click Here to Email crash     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I only purchased one of each. To buy more with a view to selling them on at a profit seems very unfair to the genuine collectors who would have been happy with just one. I even offered to subsidise the 'free shipping' since I live in England, and I am sure that they didn't expect any of 'us' to buy them.

I eagerly await their arrival, subject to UK Customs holding them up.

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quote:
Originally posted by JasonB:
That being said, even if there was, who cares?
We have this debate every time a deal like this comes around. Suffice to say, what is legal to do and what is right to do is not always the same, but ultimately you have the decide for yourself what is right.

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posted 04-07-2013 08:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A friend of mine, a very serious collector, pointed these prints out to me in December.

The Rasmussen print was on sale for $350 at the time, which still seem like a good deal considering the men who signed it. I was thinking it over when the same week I saw the print price drop to $150 and grabbed the Mercury print right away (the museum was tossing in a small Teddy bear wearing a Naval Aviation Museum t-shirt for free for sale before Christmas which I gave to my daughter).

A few weeks later the Bean print went on sale for the same price so I picked it up as well. Great deals, but to me they will only be worth the $150 I paid for them. The Bean print is twice the price elsewhere but I was not willing to pay more than the $150 I paid.

Others had the same chance to purchase the prints at the reduced price and if they did or not it was their choice.

Sam Que
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posted 04-07-2013 10:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sam Que   Click Here to Email Sam Que     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For me it was just an observation and not a complaint. I have purchased from that eBay seller several times and have always been satisfied. I was able to pick up some items I probably would have never found on my own.

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posted 04-07-2013 03:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chet   Click Here to Email chet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apparently the Museum of Naval Aviation had no problem with anyone scooping up all their stock, as they did not institute a "one-per-household" policy.

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posted 04-07-2013 03:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anybody who has not sold an autograph they received free or paid thru the mail, or otherwise got an extra signature that was not later sold, or not bought an autograph obtained through the first two methods, raise your hand....

Dan Lorraine
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posted 04-07-2013 04:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dan Lorraine   Click Here to Email Dan Lorraine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hart, I have been writing to the astronauts since the late 60's and have received many free autographs from all of the moonwalkers without exception. Additionally, I have purchased multiple copies of signed books written by the astronauts and I will raise my hand and say that I have never sold any of them.

I did trade a signed Buzz Aldrin book with an ex-member of cS once, but never have sold anything.

With that said, I really don't care what people do except that it would be nice if us collectors on this forum could watch out for each other. I would like to see more of these great deals reach the people that will hold on to them and cherish them rather than someone that will flip them for a profit.

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posted 04-07-2013 05:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As mentioned, we have had this debate before, with some of the same people participating, and even writing some the same things as they have written before.

Neither "side" is right in their assertions for anyone else but themselves. Neither is going to convince the other that their way is the right way. Let's move on...

(My inclination is to close this thread now, at the bottom of "page one" before a second page is started — especially since the deal that started this thread is now over — but on second thought, I will leave it open. Please though, consider before further posting if you are only rehashing or moving the conversation forward.)


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