Posts: 2 From: Staten Island, NY Registered: Nov 2015
posted 03-04-2018 09:54 PM
Does anyone know about a Sandy Clarkson from The Right Stuff Inc. validating Apollo 11 kapton foil? Just won one at auction and was wondering if any one knows about them and being authentic? Thank you.
Lunar rock nut Member
Posts: 869 From: Oklahoma city, Oklahoma U.S.A. Registered: Feb 2007
posted 03-05-2018 06:38 AM
I believe Clarkson is affiliated with Goldberg Auctions. I have purchased space related items from them before. Goldberg deals mostly with gold and ancient coins. As far as the Kapton foil you will have to just take it for what the letter states.
I have seen pictures of Columbia prior to leaving the Rockwell facility in Downey Ca. after post flight inspections and the capsule was pretty much stripped of all of the foil.
It would seem logical that a NASA employee would have small pieces depending on what facility he worked at due to Columbia having been almost picked clean by souvenir grabbers.
Joel Katzowitz Member
Posts: 757 From: Marietta GA USA Registered: Dec 1999
posted 03-05-2018 07:35 AM
I've known Sandy for many years and can vouch for him and his integrity. He currently does some purchasing of material for Goldberg's space auctions. He regularly travels to Florida and Houston to visit former NASA employees as well as space collectors to secure the material.
I'm sure Ken Havekotte will concur with me.
Posts: 16 From: Fairfield, Registered: Sep 2012
posted 03-08-2018 04:18 PM
I'm not sure what I can add to the two posts already received on the Apollo 11 Kapton you won. But I'm the one who signed the COA. If you want to reach out to me privately I may be able to provide a bit more background: firstname.lastname@example.org.