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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-20-2015 06:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Novaspace Galleries' Astronaut Central has announced their next custom signing with Apollo 11 command module pilot Michael Collins.
Michael Collins will be signing your items in mid March. Forms are not ready yet. Collins photographs are here.

cvrlvr99
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posted 01-22-2015 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cvrlvr99   Click Here to Email cvrlvr99     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How can I get my GT-10 Young signed cover to get Collins' signature?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-22-2015 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astronaut Central has posted the order forms, fees and other details here.

JasonIUP
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posted 01-23-2015 11:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonIUP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there no longer a discount for sending orders early? Are CDs with pictures of items being signed no longer available?

machbusterman
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posted 01-24-2015 03:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
$640 to complete a GT-10 cover... WOW!!

capoetc
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posted 01-24-2015 07:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by machbusterman:
$640 to complete a GT-10 cover... WOW!!
I am just glad that an opportunity like this still exists, at any price.

Lightyear69
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posted 01-25-2015 09:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lightyear69   Click Here to Email Lightyear69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm looking for this signing: NASA photo numbers of Michael Collins in helmet and the Gemini X title-picture (b/w) of the book "Carrying the Fire." Thanks. Any help?

machbusterman
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posted 01-26-2015 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by capoetc:
quote:
I am just glad that an opportunity like this still exists, at any price.

I'm glad you're glad! I'm glad I got Mike Collins on my WSS at Spacefest a few years ago for $250 (when the exchange rate was $2 to the £1 or near as dammit).

NovaRob
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posted 01-30-2015 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NovaRob   Click Here to Email NovaRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good News! We've reconsidered the Completion Fees and Photo COAs for Collins. We are updating the online fee table today.

Gemini 10 completion will be $105 extra, instead of $250. Apollo 11 completion will be $350 extra, instead of $495.

The Photo COAs we offered before took too long to produce, leading to long shipping delays, so we are streamlining this option for quicker delivery. Our new "Photo of Authenticity (POA)" option will provide one photo of Collins holding your signed item, emailed to you. A paper certificate of authenticity noting the date of signing (but no image of your item) will be sent with your item (same as we have always done for non-Photo COA items). Cost will be $35.

The candid photos that we previously included on a CD, will now be posted online for everyone for free.

NovaRob
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posted 01-30-2015 06:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NovaRob   Click Here to Email NovaRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Our posted fee table has now been updated.

machbusterman
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posted 01-31-2015 02:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rob, that is great news for all the collectors that are participating and sending in crew completion items.

gareth89
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posted 02-02-2015 04:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gareth89   Click Here to Email gareth89     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have an Armstrong signed crew litho that I'd like to get Collins to sign, would it be considered a crew 'completion'? I don't think I could ever afford to add Aldrin! Thanks.

NovaRob
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posted 02-02-2015 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NovaRob   Click Here to Email NovaRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gareth, if your item is only signed by Armstrong, and not Aldrin, then the Apollo XI Completion price does NOT apply. Collins does NOT charge a "Partial Completion" price like Buzz has.

gareth89
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posted 02-02-2015 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gareth89   Click Here to Email gareth89     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great news, thanks Rob! Two more quick questions while I've got you here:

I have two items I'd like to get signed, do I write them both on the same form?

Do you guys send a confirmation email for receipt of items? I'm from Ireland (we were in contact about the recent Jim McDivitt signing) so I'm a bit worried about sending things all the way over to you guys! Cheers!

NovaRob
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posted 02-02-2015 06:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NovaRob   Click Here to Email NovaRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, put up to four items on one form, not on separate forms. The order form provides four separate blocks of five lines each for writing your signing instructions, bordered by bolder lines.

We try to send a confirmation email after receipt of each order, but when many packages arrive on the same day, several days in a row, especially near the deadline, it may take us several days to email a confirmation. This is why the third paragraph on the first page of the instructions asks you to use a shipping method to us that provides you with a tracking number so that you'll know when it arrives, without waiting for us.

gareth89
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posted 02-02-2015 06:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gareth89   Click Here to Email gareth89     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great, thanks Rob, talk soon!

NovaRob
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posted 03-06-2015 09:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NovaRob   Click Here to Email NovaRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just over a week to the deadline for Collins. Remember, we must receive your order form and items by Saturday, March 14 (preferably earlier).

schnappsicle
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posted 03-09-2015 05:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for schnappsicle   Click Here to Email schnappsicle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I already have all the Michael Collins signed photos I need, but for those who don't, I hope the good folks at Novaspace have the foresight to get some Apollo 11 CSM photos signed for sale on their website. I for one find it rather strange that the none of their Apollo 11 in-flight photos show either Collins inside the CSM or the CSM itself.

David C
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posted 03-09-2015 06:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, at last they have a shot of Mike inside the CM, but a shot of Columbia in lunar orbit is still unavailable.

I have a couple of Collins pieces already and probably won't be getting anymore because of his "no inscriptions" policy. For me there's simply a limit to how many plain autographed pictures I need before any new ones are failing to add additional interest to my collection. It's a shame, but I don't think Collins will change his policy.

schnappsicle
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posted 03-09-2015 07:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for schnappsicle   Click Here to Email schnappsicle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm totally with you David. I'd be buying out the wazoo if he'd add an inscription. I already have a GT-10 crew signed and 2 other Collins Apollo 11 photos. One is the standard Novaspace LM over the moon photo. The other one is an inscribed CSM photo that I really like. I don't need any more signed photos with just his name on it. That's not an indictment on Collins at all. It's more me kicking myself in the rear for not starting my collection about 5 years earlier.

I'm not sure, but I'd like to think he would be more than happy to add an inscription if he could. At his age, we're lucky he's willing to sign at all.

I also noticed while browsing the Novaspace website that Cernan will be signing in April. I only have about 12 signed Cernan photos, but I can always use more. Thankfully, none of my Cernans have his "Last Man On the Moon" inscription. That one's been way overused. Kinda like Apollo 12's "An Island of Refuge..." quote.

David C
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posted 03-09-2015 08:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Absolutely, and I'm not criticising Collins either. It's great that he signs at all.

NovaRob
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posted 03-26-2015 02:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NovaRob   Click Here to Email NovaRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Collins signed all day Monday, March 23, in good spirits and with wry humor. We started shipping on Tuesday, but it'll take about two weeks to get everything out. We'll send an email notice when items actually ship. Photos of Authenticity (POAs) will be emailed when ready, probably about a week. Our photographer is currently inspecting all of the photos, and retouching them, as necessary. Thanks for your patience.

NovaRob
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posted 03-26-2015 03:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NovaRob   Click Here to Email NovaRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the good suggestions for other Collins photos. We try to stock what appeals to the majority, and cannot always offer less popular ones. Our mail-in signings allow customers to send photos that we don't stock. They can get their favorite unsigned images from a number of sources. A few customers sent CSM photos, but we sold only one In CM photo from our unsigned photos page.

There are few good in-flight candids or CSM photos. The lack of in-flight photos is addressed in another topic. In Retro Space Images' Apollo 11 collection, I found two TV images of Collins (poor quality, w/TV scan lines), one of Collins shaving (partially hidden face), and the one we offer on our unsigned page (very contrasty, without much useable room to sign). I found four CSM photos (extremely similar to each other) and one at such a distance that the CSM is barely visible.

We did get a few CSM and In CM photos signed for our stock, and will list them soon.

JasonIUP
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posted 04-09-2015 05:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonIUP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was very pleased with the care that was put into my Collins order. Every precise detail was adhered to.

For those considering paying for Collins, save up now for next year, assuming he signs. He'll be almost 85 and a half by then.

I can't see find the public photos. Rob mentioned in an earlier post, "The candid photos that we previously included on a CD, will now be posted online for everyone for free."

NovaRob
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posted 04-09-2015 06:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NovaRob   Click Here to Email NovaRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All of the POAs have been emailed, but we are still working on sorting and reviewing the candid photos before we post them online, along with a lot of other tasks at the moment, so please be patient. I'll post here when they are online.

stsmithva
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posted 04-09-2015 07:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I won't go into details, but Rob e-mailed me after my order arrived there to point out/offer a couple of things that hadn't occurred to me to ask for, which greatly improved what I got.

JasonIUP
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posted 05-31-2015 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonIUP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are the candid Collins photos nearly ready to be uploaded?

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