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Jim Behling
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posted 04-08-2014 07:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a friend whose father who has the Original Seven photo in front of the F-106 signed by all seven. What would be a estimated worth?

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posted 04-08-2014 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That depends on a lot of factors, not least of which - are all the signatures genuine?

These signed pieces sometimes include a secretarial Shepard signature, or more rarely one or more Autopen signatures.

Another question - is it personalized? This would reduce its value, although a common first name only inscription would be worth more than a full name example.

Then there's the clarity of the signatures. Mercury 7 signed pieces often included one or more ink types that fade significantly with age and this obviously affects the value.

Finally there's overall condition. A couple of corner dings is no big problem but more serious creases, tears, stains etc will definitely hurt.

Jim Behling
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posted 04-08-2014 12:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My friend doesn't have immediate access to it but here are some comments.

Not personalized.

Grissom in red ink. Fading slightly.

Looks good, kept in a frame.

Jim Behling
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posted 04-22-2014 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are some pics of the photo.

stsmithva
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posted 04-22-2014 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does everyone see how light the Grissom is compared to the others? I've seen several others that look just like that. Did Grissom often like to sign in purple or blue, or with some other pen that turned lighter while the others stayed fine?

Steve Zarelli
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posted 04-22-2014 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Zarelli   Click Here to Email Steve Zarelli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In my experience, red marker often fades significantly more than blue or black.

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