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NASAgoob
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posted 05-14-2014 08:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NASAgoob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Farthest Reaches has Apollo 15 flown flags from Al Worden's personal collection. Some of these international flown flags are listed on eBay.

Today a Guinea flag was auctioned by Heritage Auctions from Worden and another Guinea flag from his collection is currently available on eBay. How many flags are out there from Apollo 15?

Sam Que
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posted 05-31-2014 03:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sam Que   Click Here to Email Sam Que     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Besides Farthest Reaches, they have been sold at Heritage Auctions and a large quantity by Nate D Sanders auctions on eBay and Sanders' auction.

I wonder how many Apollo 15 flags were there?

spaced out
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posted 05-31-2014 05:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had assumed that the flags listed by Nate D Sanders were the unsold examples left over from those previously offered through Farthest Reaches.

The fact that the Nate D Sanders eBay listings did not include the flags of those countries most likely to be the home of keen space collectors (e.g. the UK, Australia, and most European countries) seems to fit with this.

However, the fact that there are two Guinea flags is interesting. This could either indicate that Worden carried two complete flag kits (including all countries) or it could just be an exception - that for some reason he ended up with multiple examples of certain flags.

When it comes to US state flags individual astronauts certainly carried multiple examples of certain states important to them - e.g. their birth state or their state of residence - often in quite large numbers.

Steve Procter
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posted 06-01-2014 03:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It could also be that it was more than one 'Guinea' as there is of course Guinea, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea Bissau (which at the time of the flight will still have been Portuguese Guinea).

Ken Havekotte
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posted 06-01-2014 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Remember Jim Irwin's High Flight Foundation has hundreds of flown country flags. I didn't know until a few years ago that Al Worden had this many as well, but how about Dave Scott?

NASAgoob
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posted 06-01-2014 05:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NASAgoob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to all for the response and education. I have much passion for this hobby and honored to chat with such knowledgeable collectors!

Thanks again!

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