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Robert Pearlman
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Astronaut Scholarship Foundation release
2011 Astronaut Autograph & Memorabilia Show Weekend

November 4-6, 2011, Kennedy Space Center, FL

Where on Earth can you enjoy sun, surf and SPACE all at once? Discover all that and more when you rocket over to Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida at the world's largest Astronaut Autograph and Memorabilia Show! Get up close and personal with history's greatest astronauts during autograph sessions, photo opportunities, lunch and dinner events, discussions led by space legends and several other activities the whole family can enjoy. In addition to the sensational line-up of celebrities in attendance, ASF has teamed up with the industry's top exhibitors to offer fans the ultimate selection in space-related memorabilia and much, much more!

Your Space Coast vacation awaits - check out the Schedule of Events for more details about this cosmic experience! Don't delay in securing your SPACE today! Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, who aids the United States in retaining its world leadership in science and technology by providing scholarships to exceptional college students pursuing degrees in these fields. Cost of the ticket packages, over fair market value, should be considered a charitable donation.

Initial astronaut/guest list (also now on Sightings):
  • Buzz Aldrin (Gemini 12, Apollo 11)
  • Alan Bean (Apollo 12, Skylab 2)
  • John Blaha (STS-29, STS-33, STS-43, STS-58, STS-79, Mir-22)
  • Vance Brand (Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, STS-5, STS-41B, STS-35)
  • Scott Carpenter (Mercury 7)
  • Gerald Carr (Skylab 3)
  • Eugene Cernan (Gemini 9, Apollo 10, Apollo 17)
  • Walter Cunningham (Apollo 7)
  • Charles Duke (Apollo 16)
  • Edward Gibson (Skylab 3)
  • Robert "Hoot" Gibson (STS-41B, STS-61C, STS-27, STS-47, STS-71)
  • Richard Gordon (Gemini 11, Apollo 12)
  • Frederick Gregory (STS-51B, STS-33, STS-44)
  • Gerald Griffin (Flight Director)
  • Fred Haise (Apollo 13)
  • Thomas Jones (STS-59, STS-68, STS-80, STS-98)
  • Jack Lousma (Skylab 2, STS-3)
  • James Lovell (Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8, Apollo 13)
  • Michael McCulley (STS-34)
  • Edgar Mitchell (Apollo 14)
  • Dee O'Hara (Astronaut Nurse)
  • Russell Schweickart (Apollo 9)
  • Richard Searfoss (STS-58, STS-76, STS-90)
  • Rhea Seddon (STS-51D, STS-40, STS-58)
  • Robert Springer (STS-29, STS-38)
  • Kathryn Thornton (STS-33, STS-49, STS-61, STS-73)
  • Paul Weitz (Skylab 1, STS-6)
  • Alfred Worden (Apollo 15)

capoetc
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posted 06-01-2011 06:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm a bit surprised that there have been no responses to this thread thus far. I guess Spacefest is garnering all the attention at the moment (and rightly so!).

For what it's worth, I bought my ticket last week, and Nicole at the ASF told me there were fewer than 30 Platinum Plus tickets remaining at that point. Among other things, the 70 Platinum Plus folks will have a personalized tour of the Cape facilities (including Hangar S) and breakfast with the astronauts on Sunday morning.

Should be a great time.

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posted 06-01-2011 07:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I usually get my ticket early, but have to hold off this year because work cannot yet confirm the two days off I need. I have hopes of going but unlike previous years just cannot commit early this year.

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posted 06-01-2011 09:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for xlsteve   Click Here to Email xlsteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got my ticket last week also, and am looking forward to it. I am particularly looking forward to the tour since it had to be canceled last year due to the Discovery launch. I'm hoping to meet some more folks from this forum as well.

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posted 06-01-2011 08:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also have my ticket. The cape tour promises to be a great event. Hopefully there won't be a shuttle on the pad this year to keep us away.

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posted 06-02-2011 09:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't forget that unmanned launches from the Cape will also delay or cancel a tour as well.

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posted 06-02-2011 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for xlsteve   Click Here to Email xlsteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not having a shuttle launch as an issue is bittersweet. There are a couple of launches at the Cape in the Sept - Oct time frame, which if they slip could conflict.

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posted 06-02-2011 11:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hlbjr   Click Here to Email hlbjr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll be there again this year and am excited to visit Hangar S with Scott and Dick. I imagine ASF will figure out something to keep us entertained if there is a conflict with a rocket launch.

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posted 06-16-2011 07:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will not be able to go to this year's ASF show, but I'm already planning on making it happen next year. My question is, can anyone tell me what the value of a ticket "above fair market value" is? Are we free to estimate what this amount is, or is there an official answer? I'm just wondering how much of this is OK to declare as a charitable contribution on a tax form.

Boring question, I know, but if anyone knows the answer, please post it.

I went to my first Spacefest two weeks ago and I still haven't really come down from that high. Amazing event. It's what's got me already thinking about going to the ASF event in 2012.

xlsteve
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posted 06-16-2011 08:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for xlsteve   Click Here to Email xlsteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last year the ASF provided me with a letter stating what the amount was minus fair market value of goods and services when I picked up my packet. That's the amount you can use as a deduction. If I remember correctly, the amount was about 20% less than the value of the ticket or so.

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posted 06-16-2011 08:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK. That helps. Thanks.

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posted 06-21-2011 05:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skyguy48   Click Here to Email Skyguy48     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by xlsteve:
I'm hoping to meet some more folks from this forum as well.
I hope to meet some folks too. Am coming over from Scotland just for the AAMS, I got the big ticket and really looking forward to EVERYTHING. Has anyone here been to an AAMS at KSCVC before and is it worth the wait and money?

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posted 06-21-2011 11:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As usual living in Springfield, IL I am nowhere near there and will be unable to go to this show. Anyone getting autographs for other people for a fee for this show? Or any chance their doing mail order? Just wondering if there are any options.

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posted 06-22-2011 12:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jason - Sorry you can't attend, but I would be happy to help you out as long as your want list isn't TOO long.

And I won't charge you a fee, just pay for the autographs and whatever it costs to ship everything back to you. I live in Atlanta, so I plan to drive down for the weekend -- should be no problem carrying extra stuff with me.

Send me an e-mail and I'll hook you up.

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Thanks for the offer! Let me see what my money situation is in a few months. With the high prices for autographs anymore it would be 2 at the most but I appreciate the offer and will get back to you when it gets closer and I know what I can do. Thanks

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posted 06-22-2011 10:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HistorianMom   Click Here to Email HistorianMom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We won't be able to go this year, but can anyone tell me whether the autograph fees at this show are comparable to what the astronauts were charging at Spacefest III last month? Thanks in advance.

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posted 06-22-2011 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The fees for last year's ASF show were similar to Spacefest, except a few of them had gone up a bit since then. I didn't go, but I looked at the list. But Tom Stafford actually dropped his fee by about $50 from last year.

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posted 06-23-2011 07:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for disglobes   Click Here to Email disglobes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I spoke to a couple of astronauts that are on the list to attend the ASF show and they told me at Spacefest that they were not attending. So I would look for some of the astronauts to start dropping from the line-up.

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posted 06-23-2011 08:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for intrepid12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which astronauts are on the list that have said they wouldn't attend?

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posted 07-01-2011 09:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting to note that the Spacefest IV thread, scheduled late next Spring, is getting more traffic than the ASF show thread. I guess the ASF show is still too far in the future ...

AJ
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Funny thing is, though, it's less than six months away! I hope any cancellations by honored guests won't be too soul-crushing.

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Is there anyone out there attending the 2011 Astronaut Autograph & Memorabilia Show at KSC in November ALONE? If so I would like to hook up with them to perhaps help each other out taking photos of each other with the Apollo guys... any takers?

capoetc
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Not sure if this is your first event, but I have never had an issue with being able to find someone to snap a photo for me... probably easier logistically than trying to coordinate all of your individual activities together with someone.

Just a thought...

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posted 07-06-2011 09:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bruce   Click Here to Email bruce     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's practically an expected custom to have the guy in front of you in line turn and hand you his camera and then ask you to take a photo of him and an astronaut. No worries.

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Most people in line will gladly take your photo with the astronaut. It gets them involved with the astronaut sooner than waiting on a show worker to take the photo (Often times the worker must come around the table) Everyone is excited to spend a brief moment with these astronauts who have shaped history. Helping a fellow enthusiast can be the start of your own astronaut interaction.

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Thanks guys for the advice on the photo taking... was not sure how things worked out with that as this is my first AAMS and am coming over from Scotland specially, so would like everything run good. As for the dinner reception, what is the usual dress code?

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Dress for the Saturday dinner is usually jacket and tie, or at least jacket and collared shirt. At the ASF in 2009, most of the astronauts except Dick Gordon were wearing ties; all were wearing sports coats or suits.

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posted 07-19-2011 03:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nigel Mc   Click Here to Email Nigel Mc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone remember how much Alan Bean, Gene Cernan and Jim Lovell were at ASF last year - I am flying over and really need to plan the funds...

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At the recent Spacefest III, Bean was $145 (he had raised it since the last ASF I attended), and Cernan and Lovell were both $175.

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Bean was actually $150 at Spacefest III, even though the pre-show advertised price was $145.

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posted 07-20-2011 04:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nigel Mc   Click Here to Email Nigel Mc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks guys, Sounds like I'm looking at around 300 pounds — starting saving now.

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From the ASF AAMS program. Signing fees for the 2010 [last year's] show:
    Base fee
  • Aldrin: $400
  • Bean: $135
  • Carpenter: $75
  • Cernan: $175
  • Cunningham: $70
  • Duke: $100
  • Garriot: $95
  • Gordon: $80
  • Haise: $125
  • Lousma: $95
  • Lovell: $175
  • Mitchell: $100
  • Scott: $195
  • Worden: $80

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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Nigel Mc:
Thanks guys, Sounds like I'm looking at around 300 pounds — starting saving now.[/QUOTE

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T-minus 3 months... and it's going to fly in quicker than a re-entry. Can I get some feedback on what you all think of these "completion fees"? Suppose it will be a case of we either pay or we don't. Would there not be cases were one would be expect to pay twice for a completion? For example would Lovell and Haise BOTH charge?

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Originally posted by Skyguy48:
For example would Lovell and Haise BOTH charge?

Unless your item is already signed by Jack Swigert, Lovell and Haise would be at regular price, assuming an Apollo 13 item.

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I see the ASF website countdown clock is under 100 days.

Having missed Spacefest, this will be the big one for me this year, and seeing it three months away has me excited and wondering how the heck I'm going to raise money for more autographs.

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posted 08-02-2011 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike, do you have any internal organs you could do without? (What a great story it would be to say, "I sold my left kidney for a Gemini XII completion and an inscribed Aldrin WSS"!)

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quote:
Originally posted by ilbasso:
Mike, do you have any internal organs you could do without?
Hey Mike, am selling the wife and my two kids, I've just been offered $200... That's me half way to an Aldrin signature.

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Anyone travelling from the UK who could help me with a couple of Lovell and Haise items (book and poster)? Please e-mail me.

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The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation announced today that space shuttle commander Eileen Collins (STS-63, STS-84, STS-93, STS-114) has been added to the show's lineup of guests.


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