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cycleroadie
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From: Apalachin, NY USA
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posted 01-07-2014 04:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I won this auction, looked like a great deal with all the red number pictures. However after arrival, I am not so sure and am looking for some help as many of these pics I have nothing else to refer to for comparison.

Most of the red numbers are on very glossy print and say Fujifilm FujiColor Crystal Archive on the back. While it does even have NASA info on the back, these look like they may not authentic to me.

Can anyone tell me more about the red number pics? I only own one of Eileen Collins that I had her sign to me and it is framed, but that is nowhere as shiny as these.

There are also a red numbered pic with purple NASA print on the back, from STS-20. It is the normal more matte finish I am used to seeing on NASA issued photos. That paper says "This paper Manufactured by Kodak". I question this one still as the red print on the top is just a touch off of being level.

Some of the other pictures appear to be NASA issued, the STS-26 and other STS crew pics are good, I have plenty of those to compare with. There is a picture of the SPACELAB 1 insignia, again with purple printing on the back, Kodak paper as before. One more the B&W picture numbered again but not in red, is on the same Kodak paper, very shiny though has something taped to the back describing the picture. Another KSCX pic it looks like, purple print on the back, still very glossy, no paper type indicated on it.

I can scan them if you need more details, most of them are showing in the old listing still on eBay. I am just wondering if I have something indeed well bought, or if I have some artwork to stick up in the garage with thumbtacks. Thanks.

JBoe
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From: Churchton, MD, USA
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posted 01-07-2014 04:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry that I can't add any useful information, but I've always wondered about why the red serials are of higher importance or collectability. I too would like to know the difference between red and black serials.

Mike Dixon
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posted 01-07-2014 05:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Really hard to tell from the eBay image, however based upon what I can see, the first (and probably last) question I'd have is the authenticity of the astronaut class "glossies".

Are they all 8x10?

Could you send me a scan (front and rear) of the glossy with the text of the rear? My email is mdixon@allianceairlines.com.au.

cycleroadie
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posted 01-07-2014 05:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The glossies are actually 8x11 (just a tick over 11 actually). Gerry from Astronaut Archives emailed me (thanks again) and explained they are NASA glossies sent out by NASA. So mystery solved. Nothing rare, but I won't wallpaper the garage with them at least.

Mike Dixon
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posted 01-07-2014 06:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good... hoping they were that size as it's a good indicator they're the real deal. The text on the rear is (obviously) further confirmation.

They might not be rare, but they're most certainly collectible. That was a good purchase.

spaced out
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posted 01-08-2014 03:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At the present time there is no real market that I'm aware of for NASA official photos (glossies or lithos) from the Shuttle period onwards.

That's not to say they're not collectible, just that they're not currently worth any significant money.

In general the valuable NASA glossies at the current time are those from the Apollo era with the vintage "A KODAK PAPER" watermark on the reverse. Red and black numbered versions are popular but the presence of numbers is not always important. The image and condition are really the key thing where value is concerned.

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