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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-24-2010 09:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astronaut Scholarship Foundation release
Astronauts Launch Artifacts for Space Auction to Benefit Students

Where on Earth can the average person get their hands on genuine space artifacts, rack up authentic astronaut autographs or even spend time with legendary moonwalkers? The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's (ASF) 2010 Fall Astronaut Experiences & Memorabilia Semi-Annual Auction has all this and more. The online catalog of 50 extraordinary space lots debuted today and bidder registration is now open.

More than 60 space icons have joined forces to offer incredible experiences, personal memorabilia and autographed items all in the name of charity. Shoot for the moon with a Swiss flag flown aboard Apollo 15, tune into space jams with cassette tapes played aboard America‚s first space station, Skylab 4, or head out to launch with moonwalker Edgar Mitchell to view a Space Shuttle liftoff. With such a stellar auction line-up, the non-profit ASF isn't letting any space go to waste.

Online bidding begins September 16, 2010 and concludes September 25 at 5 p.m. EDT during the Autographica show in Heathrow, England, where in-person bidding will also be available. Before bidding, auction-goers must secure a virtual paddle number. Winning bids, over fair market value, should be considered a charitable donation.

Auction proceeds go directly to support the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit organization, whose mission is to aid the United States in retaining its world leadership in science, engineering and technology by providing scholarships for college students who exhibit motivation, imagination, and exceptional performance in these fields. Today, more than 80 astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and Space Shuttle programs have joined in this educational endeavor and in all, have disbursed more than $3 million to students nationwide.

mjanovec
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posted 08-26-2010 11:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lot 36 in the auction contains autopen signatures from Joe Engle... though the Richard Truly signatures appear to be authentic (or at least don't match the known autopen pattern).

Correction - I traded messages with Linn Leblanc regarding these lithos and apparently the scans shown on the auction website had the Engle signature added electronically... as Engle has not yet signed the items. By auction time, the items should contain authentic signatures.

ASF1984
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posted 08-26-2010 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you Mark. We are aware of this. We superimposed the signature for representation purposes only until we receive the actual ones back from Engle. At that time, we will swap out the photos online for the authentic ones. And yes, Truly signed in front me personally, so it is authentic. There should have been a disclaimer stating this and we will add it now.

All other items are authentic and properly represented.

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posted 08-30-2010 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Registration is now open for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s (ASF) 2010 Fall Astronaut Experiences and Memorabilia Semi-Annual Auction!

You can secure your virtual paddle number today and be the first to preview 50 remarkable auction lots, including an undersea lodge adventure with Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter, a tour of moonwalker Alan Bean’s private art studio, a Swiss flag flown to the moon aboard Apollo 15 and much more.

As an added perk, all registrants of the Fall Semi-Annual Auction will be automatically registered with the same paddle number for ASF’s 8th Annual Auction later this year!

Register today: online bidding opens September 16, 2010 at 9 AM EDT.

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posted 09-08-2010 09:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
7... 6... 5... The countdown is on: we're just days away from the start of Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's 2010 Fall Astronaut Experiences & Memorabilia Semi-Annual Auction.

The catalog is open so you can get a jump on the competition and preview all 50 amazing space artifacts and astronaut experiences.

Be sure to check back often for updated items and new photographs. We just upped the ante on Lot 6, adding two more signed original documents from the famed Mercury 7 Press Conference in 1959.

Register NOW and get your virtual paddle number.

Rizz
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posted 09-11-2010 12:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lot 24: Apollo 17 Silver Robbins Medallion

Hard to really tell from the picture, but is this one of those brilliant medallions or slightly tarnished? Thanks.

ASF1984
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posted 09-13-2010 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, they are silver and do tarnish naturally over time. Ours is not any more tarnished than others of the same age. It is best not to clean them; ASF leaves that decision up to the collector.

Leon Ford
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posted 09-13-2010 09:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Leon Ford   Click Here to Email Leon Ford     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It looks about like my Apollo 17 Robbins. They are all a little different, but it doesn't look too bad to me. 40 years is going to take it's toll, I know, I turned 49 this year!!

Rizz
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posted 09-13-2010 08:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a few Robbins in my collection, two from Ron Evans in particular which are as brilliant today as the day they were struck.

They just look so cool. I'll cast my bid shortly. Thanks again.

ASF1984
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posted 09-14-2010 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We're counting down the hours to the start of the 2010 Fall Astronaut Experiences & Memorabilia Semi-Annual Auction!

If you don't have your virtual paddle number already, what are you waiting for?!

Register for the auction and preview the catalog here.

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posted 09-16-2010 08:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
GET YOUR HANDS UP - IT'S TIME TO BID! Come face-to-face with SPACE in the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's 2010 Fall Semi-Annual Auction. Bidding is now open!
History for Sale in Charity Space Auction

Now available online, over 50 years of America's history in space is now up for grabs in the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's (ASF) 2010 Fall Astronaut Experiences & Memorabilia Semi-Annual Auction.

The online auction gives fans the chance to collect genuine space relics, signed NASA astronaut portraits and even items that have been flown to the moon! Spotlighted among the 50 lots are a vintage 1969 LIFE magazine signed by Apollo astronaut Alan Bean, a NASA training flight suit worn by Space Shuttle astronaut David Leestma and an American flag that went to the moon!

Along with the rare treasures being offered, astronauts have also volunteered their time for one-on-one experiences with winners. Such experiences include scuba diving with Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter to an underwater hotel; viewing a space shuttle launch with Shuttle astronaut Edgar Mitchell and attending the 2011 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame induction as Apollo astronaut Walt Cunningham's personal guest.

"The auction is a great way for us astronauts to support the foundation and such a worthy cause," said Apollo astronaut and ASF Chairman Al Worden. "The proceeds from the artifacts we donate today help pave the way for the innovators of tomorrow!"

Online bidding is now open through September 25 at 5 p.m. EDT. Auction-goers must secure a virtual paddle number prior to bidding. Winning bids, over fair market value, should be considered a charitable donation.

The Fall Auction is one of three charity auctions the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation holds annually. The 8th Annual Auction, ASF's biggest of the three, will debut its catalog online on October 7, 2010.

Auction proceeds go directly to support the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to aid the United States in retaining its world leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by providing scholarships to college students who exhibit motivation, imagination and exceptional performance in these fields. Today, more than 80 astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs have joined in this educational endeavor and have disbursed more than $3 million to students nationwide.

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posted 09-21-2010 03:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We're about halfway through our Semi-Annual Auction. Over a thousand bids are on record and we have just one question for you: where's yours?!

Bid now -- before these astronaut autographs and space artifacts blast-off without you!

TRS
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posted 09-26-2010 01:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TRS   Click Here to Email TRS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lot 15 - WOW! I know it had astronaut provenance but that's a lot of money for one of these!

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Originally posted by TRS:
Lot 15 - WOW! I know it had astronaut provenance but that's a lot of money for one of these!

I think you have to look at that as a $1200+ donation to charity, which is effectively how you should judge all the prices in such auctions.

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posted 09-26-2010 03:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Playalinda   Click Here to Email Playalinda     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Regarding Lot 15, that's one big donation. I usually don't bid on ASF auctions because I know that the prices go much higher than average.

Anyway the ASF auction is a win win situation.

I applaud the ASF... way to go!

I won one of these Apollo 11 medallions on eBay, several years ago, in mint condition for $1.50 plus cheap postage. No astronaut COA of course but who cares.

I remember the auction photo was very fuzzy but I read the description and knew it was "the real deal".

TRS
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posted 09-29-2010 02:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TRS   Click Here to Email TRS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd figured it was a donation but all the same - a big one.

Kudos to the winner.

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