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Jim Behling

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posted 03-08-2018 08:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is the worth of this photo with all the signatures of the Group XVI 1996 Astronaut Class?


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posted 03-08-2018 09:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for vamanboatin   Click Here to Email vamanboatin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice item. You have a lot more than just group 19 here! I believe there were only 11.

Robert Pearlman

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posted 03-08-2018 09:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Group 16 (1996) included 10 pilots, 25 mission specialists and 9 international mission specialists for a total of 44 members.

This piece has all 44 signatures.

Signed portraits from this class have sold for $1100 to $1500. Given the larger format and matte-type presentation, I would think maybe $950 to $1100 for this, but that's just one opinion.


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posted 03-08-2018 09:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I won one at auction, either RR or LL for $450 a couple of years ago. Signed on the class photo not the mat.

Ken Havekotte

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posted 03-08-2018 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Group 16 signatures on the matted presentation, Jim, does include Lisa Nowak along with three of the Columbia crew members from STS-107; William McCool, Dave Brown and Laurel Clark. I think Robert's appraisal is a close enough estimate of about $1K or so, but could be a little bit more, though, with Nowak.

But some of the signatures on the matte appear to be a bit faded and hard to read, so there could be other factors to consider (also not inscribed), and this is one of the largest astronaut group selections, "The Sardines," with 44 autographs.

Mike Dixon

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posted 03-08-2018 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Agree with Ken. The fading detracts quite a bit.


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posted 03-09-2018 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi. I have seen a better one with no fading and the shuttle landing signed by all. I think they are asking $1500.00 for it.

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