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Robert Pearlman

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posted 05-22-2017 05:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tonight's (May 22) episode of Antiques Roadshow on PBS (Orlando, Hour Two) includes a 1965 NASA "Corned Beef" archive.

On edit: The segment focused on a collection of astronaut autographs amassed by the late manager (and his family) of the former Ramada Inn in Cocoa Beach, a hotel that had been partially owned by the Mercury 7 astronauts and which included Wolfie's Restaurant, the source of the corned beef sandwich that flew on Gemini 3.

James Supp of the Coronado Trading Co. appraised the entire archive at $40,000 to $50,000 at auction. (Supp highlighted a letter from Alan Shepard on Ramada Inn stationery referencing corned beef, which he appraised for $3,000 to $5,000, and two early personalized Neil Armstrong autographed lithos, which were appraised for $7,000 to $10,000 each.)


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posted 05-22-2017 10:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The segment runs from 45:56 to 50:58.

I disagree on the price of the two Neil Armstrong autographs appraised at $7-$10K each. Nice collection though.


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posted 05-23-2017 04:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree, they tend to appraise space artifacts/memorabilia high in my opinion.

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Realistically the Armstrongs are probably worth at most around $1,500 each. The Shepard note is fun but I wouldn't value it at more than $500 to $1,000.

So, massively overvalued I would say.


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posted 05-23-2017 11:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for YankeeClipper   Click Here to Email YankeeClipper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is a wonderful "slice" of history (pardon the pun!) - thanks for sharing it.

Just to clarify, 'Carl' and 'Pat' refer to Carl and Patricia Ransom. Carl Ransom was the manager of the famous Ramada Inn, Cocoa Beach in the mid-1960s. 'Kim' is their son and the guest on the show. They also had a daughter, Gail.

Wolfie's was a franchise owned by Frank M. Wolfe, who was Cocoa Beach City Attorney from 1963 to 1967.

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