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moonnut
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posted 07-20-2013 11:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moonnut   Click Here to Email moonnut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have these two photos of the moon that are a little different than your basic NASA Kodak glossies or lithos. Does anyone have any info on these and are they rare? Here are the photos:

chet
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posted 07-20-2013 04:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chet   Click Here to Email chet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The definition of "rare" is relative; these are prints of Apollo 15 lunar photography, and they are more unusual than "rare", in that these images aren't usually seen with the I.D. numbers printed as prominently as seen on your two examples.

moonnut
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posted 07-20-2013 10:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moonnut   Click Here to Email moonnut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you very much for your response. I knew they were unusual cause I have not seen prints like these. I guess what i meant by rare, is, are these prints scarcely available to the public or are they quite abundant.

Another question would be, have you seen them sold anywhere and what kind of value am I looking at? Thanks again much appreciated.

moonnut
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posted 07-20-2013 10:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moonnut   Click Here to Email moonnut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh, I forgot to mention that the AS15-M3-2070 photo when looked at from the side it appears that all the black spots of the craters gleam silver along with the number tag. Thought it was odd and may have to do with the type of developing done.

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posted 07-22-2013 02:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chet   Click Here to Email chet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These prints, while rare (i.e. not very available) aren't particularly valuable because of their scarcity. I'd venture they'd be somewhat less valued than the more "standard" versions (those prints either without the I.D. numbers at all, or with the more usual black NASA number in the top-left corner over the image) of the same images.

Also, the kind of silvery reflection you see when holding such prints at an angle are a sign of degradation of the photo's finish. As such, it can't be seen as a plus of any kind, though this isn't necessarily a major defect that would, on its own, make a collector shun the print if its missing from a collection. All in all, these are just another variation of the many different kinds of photo prints NASA was putting out at the time, and after, the Apollo missions.

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