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Beau08
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posted 06-19-2013 08:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Beau08   Click Here to Email Beau08     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am lucky enough to have an authentic signed WSS of Neil Armstrong that is like many in that blue felt tip pen he used so much. Mine as well as many I have seen are also very light.

So my question is if anyone knows if it is likely just a worn out pen he used or if this is inherently bad ink that will eventually fade away to nothing? I know for a fact my copy has never been exposed to any light source but still is fairly light.

Steve Zarelli
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posted 06-19-2013 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Zarelli   Click Here to Email Steve Zarelli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pure speculation, but my guess is he used a Flair pen that had a water-based ink. That combined with the sheen on the surface of the lithos was a perfect recipe for signatures that almost literally evaporate over time.

Plus, in the early 70s we've seen reports he might sign hundreds a day. I'm sure the pens were pretty beat by the end of the line.

Beau08
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posted 06-20-2013 06:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Beau08   Click Here to Email Beau08     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Steve. Unfortunately I expect you are probably correct in your speculation. My litho is encapsulated in an air tight casing. Do you think that might slow the "evaporating" process?

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