Space News
space history and artifacts articles

Messages
space history discussion forums

Sightings
worldwide astronaut appearances

Resources
selected space history documents

Websites
related space history websites

  collectSPACE: Messages
  Free Space
  Retro 51's space-theme Tornado rollerball pens

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   Retro 51's space-theme Tornado rollerball pens
Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 41943
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 06-24-2015 12:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Retro 51 Tornado Popper Lift-Off Rollerball Pen

Capturing the imagination of the world back in the 1960's and 70's, the Apollo missions took mankind to the Moon on July 20th, 1969. The latest edition (Summer 2015) of Retro 51's limited edition Popper series is inspired by the Saturn V rockets that launched intrepid astronauts into space.

This twist-top Tornado rollerball pen has a stainless steel barrel that has been printed in multiple colors, complimented by stonewashed pewter accents. Each piece is numbered with an engraving on the top ring and is packaged in a special, commemorative Retro 51 packaging tube. Limited to 500 pieces world-wide.

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 41943
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 07-04-2015 12:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It appears that all 500 of this pen's limited edition has now sold out.

James913
Member

Posts: 239
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Oct 2004

posted 07-06-2015 02:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for James913   Click Here to Email James913     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert, thanks for the heads-up! Very nicely made pen at an excellent price. Until I received it and started looking around the house, I didn't realize that I had a space pen collection...

fredtrav
Member

Posts: 1641
From: Birmingham AL
Registered: Aug 2010

posted 07-09-2015 04:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Number 28 touched down today.

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 41943
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 06-18-2017 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Retro 51 has released another numbered-edition, space-themed Tornado rollerball pen, the Apollo Tribute.
Just as it is named, these writing instruments are a tribute to our heroes and their amazing achievements. Each pen has been finely crafted using several techniques to make the rollerball pen before you. We all have the power to make a positive change in the world or the people around us. We hope these pens will inspire such feats of accomplishment and to "go where no man has gone before." Each pen is numbered on the top ring and packaged in a custom tube.

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 41943
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 02-17-2018 05:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Retro 51 has released (and now sold out of) another numbered-edition, space-themed Tornado rollerball pen, the Mission to Mars.
For decades NASA has sent orbiters and rovers to gather intelligence that will help us learn about Mars and the ability to land a manned mission. The latest Tornado Popper, Mission to Mars recognizes the imagination that first started in the pulp comics of the 30s to 40s to the reality it has become less than a century later. This Tornado barrel is printed with graphics reflective of the future rocket that will launch this mission complete with logo top disc and numbered top ring.

Limited Edition of 730 pieces (significant to the appropriate number of days it would take for a mission to Mars).

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 41943
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 09-21-2018 12:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
collectSPACE
Astronaut Scholarship Foundation launches exclusive Retro 51 pen

A new collectible pen comes with a unique feature: the ability to help underwrite the future of U.S. space exploration.

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) has partnered with Retro 1951, the maker of the popular Tornado-line of rollerball pens, to offer a new writing instrument in support of the foundation's "On the Shoulders of Giants" campaign.

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 41943
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 11-27-2018 10:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
collectSPACE
NASA's 'Space Race' rockets relaunched as collectible Retro 51 pens

They became iconic by powering some of NASA's most historic missions and now the rockets that lofted the first astronauts into space and boosted humans to the moon can help launch your next letter, school assignment or office memo.

Retro 51, maker of the Tornado-line of collectible rollerball pens, has announced its Space Race Series, a trio of writing instruments that are styled after NASA's early astronaut launch vehicles. The pens, issued in partnership with the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, are in celebration of next year's 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Ianhetho
Member

Posts: 65
From: Bogangar NSW Australia
Registered: May 2018

posted 11-28-2018 05:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ianhetho   Click Here to Email Ianhetho     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anybody help me find the site or link to purchase the new space rocket pens announced today? I tried the Retro 51 site and the Scholarship site but found nothing. Maybe I'm too early.

cspg
Member

Posts: 6164
From: Geneva, Switzerland
Registered: May 2006

posted 11-28-2018 05:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here (for example): PenBoutique. Oops, sold out...

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 41943
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 11-28-2018 09:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To clarify, our article was timed with the pens being revealed to Retro 51's retailers (Retro 51 does not sell directly to the public).

The "sold out" or "out of stock" notices on pen dealer sites, is as of right now, just a place holder until they receive their first stock.

PeterO
Member

Posts: 383
From: North Carolina
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 11-28-2018 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PeterO   Click Here to Email PeterO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was able to pre-order a Gemini pen from Fahrney’s Pens this morning. The listing says the expected date is December 4th.

Larry McGlynn
Member

Posts: 1228
From: Boston, MA
Registered: Jul 2003

posted 11-28-2018 11:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The new pens are now up on the Astronaut Scholarship foundation website. You can buy them in a set or individually. Each pen comes with a photo signed by either Duke, Lovell and Worden.

Tallpaul
Member

Posts: 137
From: Rocky Point, NY, USA
Registered: Feb 2012

posted 11-28-2018 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tallpaul   Click Here to Email Tallpaul     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The ASF site has 14 sets available. Update to had. Apparently the sets are sold out.

Larry McGlynn
Member

Posts: 1228
From: Boston, MA
Registered: Jul 2003

posted 11-28-2018 11:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And part of the purchase goes towards the foundation's continued goal of providing scholarships to the nation's best engineering and science students. So buy them all.

GACspaceguy
Member

Posts: 2417
From: Guyton, GA
Registered: Jan 2006

posted 11-28-2018 12:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Try Goldspot, I just preordered mine.

Update: 1 hour later they show the box set out of stock. I believe this will be typical for 50th anniversary items.

GT76
Member

Posts: 22
From: River Ridge, La. USA
Registered: Jun 2015

posted 12-01-2018 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GT76   Click Here to Email GT76     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Papier & Plume has one Mercury and one Saturn now.

PeterO
Member

Posts: 383
From: North Carolina
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 12-04-2018 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PeterO   Click Here to Email PeterO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just received the shipping confirmation for my Gemini pen. It should arrive by the end of the week.

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 41943
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 12-04-2018 01:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My trio arrived from Goldspot today. Here they are with Retro 51's earlier space-themed pens:

Jonnyed
Member

Posts: 341
From: Dumfries, VA, USA
Registered: Aug 2014

posted 12-04-2018 08:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jonnyed   Click Here to Email Jonnyed     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert, cool collection! Of the Retro 51s, do you have a favorite pen and why is your favorite?

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 41943
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 12-04-2018 10:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know if I have a favorite, but before the Space Race Series, I was partial to the Lift Off and Mission to Mars pens' style. Among the new pens, there is something about the Mercury-Redstone which really lends itself to the format.

Jonnyed
Member

Posts: 341
From: Dumfries, VA, USA
Registered: Aug 2014

posted 12-05-2018 07:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jonnyed   Click Here to Email Jonnyed     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like the look of the "push-down caps"--and the all-black one on the Mercury-Redstone is way cool.

TLIGuy
Member

Posts: 195
From: Virginia
Registered: Jul 2013

posted 12-06-2018 03:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TLIGuy   Click Here to Email TLIGuy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gemini #623 just landed and what a fantastic looking pen. I wish I had taken the opportunity to buy the others but I'm thrilled to have at least one since they seen to be sold out at most retailers now.

Tallpaul
Member

Posts: 137
From: Rocky Point, NY, USA
Registered: Feb 2012

posted 12-08-2018 04:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tallpaul   Click Here to Email Tallpaul     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was able to secure one of the ASF sets. Set #27 arrived yesterday.

Larry McGlynn
Member

Posts: 1228
From: Boston, MA
Registered: Jul 2003

posted 12-08-2018 05:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My ASF set arrived yesterday. It is added to the ASF "On the Shoulders of Giants" pens that help support the foundation's scholarship program.

I got in early and got lucky. #2 arrived here.

And I really liked the Mercury/Redstone pen.

desey9
Member

Posts: 16
From:
Registered: Sep 2017

posted 12-12-2018 11:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for desey9     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just received my set from ASF as well.

I much prefer to purchase from and support ASF whenever possible.

yotlu
Member

Posts: 31
From: Austria
Registered: Apr 2017

posted 01-03-2019 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yotlu   Click Here to Email yotlu     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Retro51 Space Race pens are back in stock at Goldspot.

Edit: and out of stock again.

fredtrav
Member

Posts: 1641
From: Birmingham AL
Registered: Aug 2010

posted 01-08-2019 07:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just got my boxed set in from backorder. Nicely done.

Constellation One
Member

Posts: 119
From: Lorain, Ohio, USA
Registered: Aug 2008

posted 01-18-2019 01:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Constellation One   Click Here to Email Constellation One     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received my backordered boxed set yesterday. They are a nice looking set!

If interested, they are still currently on this website.

yotlu
Member

Posts: 31
From: Austria
Registered: Apr 2017

posted 01-25-2019 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yotlu   Click Here to Email yotlu     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My set from Goldspot arrived today, after it was stuck in Austrian customs for 2 weeks. #0941

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 41943
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 07-02-2019 11:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Retro 51 release
Retro 1951 Tornado "Apollo" Limited Edition Fountain Pen

In 1957, the Soviet Union grabbed the attention of the world with the launch of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik. Not to be outdone by their Cold War rival, the United States established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1958. The contributions of 400,000 Americans led to the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo spaceflight programs, declaring victory in the "Space Race" with the first humans landing on the Moon on July 20th, 1969.

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission. Retro 51 celebrates this momentous accomplishment with the Tornado Popper Apollo limited edition fountain pen. The fountain pen body and cap has printed graphics of the Saturn V rocket used in the Apollo 11 mission. The pen is finished in rose gold appointments. The limited edition number is engraved on the top ring. A graphic moon footprint is visible on the top disc of the cap finial.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, to honor and support the brave men and women who continue to reach for the stars

This edition is limited to 1151 pieces worldwide (Significant for Apollo 11, and Retro 51). We cannot guarantee any requests for edition numbers, as we're not sure which numbers we will receive from the manufacturer.

The Apollo fountain pen is fitted with a #6 size Jowo stainless steel nib in extra fine, fine, medium or 1.1mm stub nib sizes. It fills by international ink cartridge or converter (both included).

Place your pre-order today to hold your place for the Retro 1951 Tornado "Apollo" Fountain Pen when they ship on Wednesday, July 10th. In case the shipment from Retro 51 is delayed, we might have to ship on Thursday, the 11th at the latest. These pre-orders tend to sell quickly, so be sure to secure your Apollo pen before they rocket out of here!

All times are CT (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | The Source for Space History & Artifacts

Copyright 2019 collectSPACE.com All rights reserved.


Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47a





advertisement