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From: Sanger CA USA
Registered: Aug 2013

posted 01-21-2023 05:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for segopalm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any thoughts on the autographs listed in this auction, particularly the Armstrongs? Some of the covers interest me.

Robert Pearlman

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posted 01-21-2023 08:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Someone can take a closer look, but after a quick browse, it looks like all of the Armstrong autographs (both pictured above and the others in the auction) are autopen (as are many of the other astronaut "signed" covers).


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posted 01-21-2023 08:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacepsycho   Click Here to Email Spacepsycho     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In my opinion, all of the astronaut autographs are autopen signatures. A few of the test pilot signatures look good.

I've never seen autopens from Edwards AFB / Dryden pilots, but I don't like the signature on the X-15 cover signed by Armstrong. I have a few early Armstrong autographs, the one on the cover looks like a hybrid between his Edwards/Gemini days and his Apollo era autographs.

One funny thing I noticed was the name of Isadore Adler signed on a cover. I bought quite a few artifacts from Izzy many years ago.

Ken Havekotte

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posted 01-21-2023 08:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It looks like all of the NASA astronauts (except Lovell and Swigert) are classic vintage autopens, but with some questionable X-15 test pilot signatures, along with a good Christopher Kraft and Charles Berry that I can see.

In briefly seeing the James Lovell, I would not be happy with it and Swigert. Just my 2-cents worth.

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