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Robert Pearlman

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posted 06-22-2014 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Huntsville Times reports that Wernher von Braun's personal effects – including the notes he wrote in his desk calendars during the Apollo 11 and 13 space flights — were appraised during a Birmingham, Ala. taping of PBS's Antiques Roadshow.
The von Braun collection is in the archives of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, where the German rocket scientist came following World War II and later developed the Saturn V launch vehicle that sent America to the moon.

Appraisal expert James Supp of Tucson, Ariz., who said he always had an intense interest in the space program, said it is almost impossible to put a price on the value of the von Braun collection.

"There is no way to be sure because it never comes up for auction," Supp said. "This kind of stuff, it is part of history. It is very difficult to value because there are no real comparables for any of it.

U.S. Space & Rocket Center officials brought the von Braun artifacts to the event not so much to get an appraisal of their worth, but to make more people aware of Huntsville's role in America's space history.

Of the pieces shared with Supp, the following values were "guestimates":

  • "First On the Moon" signed and personalized to von Braun by all three Apollo 11 astronauts: $12,000 to $20,000
  • von Braun's personal pocket slide rule: around $2,000
  • two desk calendars, one from the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 and the other from the aborted Apollo 13 flight a year later, with von Braun's handwritten notes: $30,000 each
The episode will air next year during the new season of Antiques Roadshow.


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posted 06-22-2014 08:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chet   Click Here to Email chet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Whoops, Armstrong apparently misspelled VonBraun's name in the dedication.


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posted 06-22-2014 09:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lspooz   Click Here to Email lspooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, it's great to just see such a book (worth much more, in my opinion; nice to see it's curated and appreciated).


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posted 06-23-2014 12:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for J.L   Click Here to Email J.L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Of the pieces shared with Supp, the following values were "guestimates"
What bothers me is that Derek Jeter's jock strap would probably sell for $40,000 at auction tomorrow. Sports memorabilia values have a way of putting our hobby quickly in big picture perspective.


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posted 06-23-2014 01:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Besixdouze   Click Here to Email Besixdouze     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can guarantee you there are very few people in the UK (and probably the rest of the world) who haven't the faintest idea who Derek Jeter is - including myself). But I can see your point - a Babe Ruth signed baseball for $250,000 anybody?


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posted 06-23-2014 04:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Too many negatives...


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posted 07-07-2014 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For a cross-Atlantic translation; Derek Jeter = Steven Gerrard.

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