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fabfivefreddy
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posted 10-03-2005 09:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fabfivefreddy   Click Here to Email fabfivefreddy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is my hope and intention that this astronaut autograph gallery will be of interest to collectors and serve as a useful reference and resource.
What a fantastic resource and library. Thanks Bob!

gliderpilotuk
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posted 10-03-2005 11:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Incredible. A lot of thought has gone into assembling this unique collection. Well done Bob.

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posted 10-03-2005 12:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Shuttlefan   Click Here to Email Shuttlefan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are some holy grails of autograph collecting — this is definitely one! Much respect and admiration, this is kind of a life work.

collshubby
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posted 10-03-2005 12:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for collshubby   Click Here to Email collshubby     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I echo all of the thoughts above. Thank you for this valuable resource!

Scott
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posted 10-03-2005 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice. Thanks for sharing, Bob!

Aztecdoug
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posted 10-03-2005 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice job Bob. I can't imagine how many hours you put into the site.

It is very nicely organized, the scans are both crisp and clear. The pages are easy to load too. A real gem, and it certainly deserves it's role as a resource for all to bookmark.

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posted 10-03-2005 03:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I echo the sentiments of all the previous posters. Having been corresponding with Bob for over 25 years, the space collecting community has a real asset in him. he freely shares his experiences with other collectors. I am glad I can call him my friend.

Bob M
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posted 10-04-2005 06:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the nice comments about my new website. While it took five weeks to assemble and build, it represents 30 years of collecting astronaut autographs.

About a year ago I created my first website and for those who missed it can view it here. It shows a lot of stuff besides just astronaut signed covers.

My new site is dedicated to astronaut autographs and has over 1,000 examples of autographs by the various astronauts.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my websites.

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posted 10-04-2005 07:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rex76   Click Here to Email Rex76     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is one of the best collections. Very, very nice!!! Thanks.

Astro Bill
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posted 10-04-2005 08:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Astro Bill   Click Here to Email Astro Bill     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bob, this is a very impressive site and I predict that all serious space cover collectors will use it on a regular basis as a reference. You are to be congratulated for your devotion to the hobby of space cover/autograph collecting.

Bob M
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posted 10-04-2005 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Astro Bill:
You are to be congratulated for your devotion to the hobby of space cover/autograph collecting.
Thanks, Bill. Nice of you to say that. My Website is intended to be about astronaut autographs, my main interest, but it also displays an interesting variety of space covers. I didn't intend it to be about covers, but for those with an interest in space covers, they will see a lot of different types there: from early Swanson/SpaceCraft covers and "Orbit" covers, to Insurance covers and crew patch/mission emblem cacheted covers, and even a few flown covers.

And it's my opinion that space covers generally display autographs better than photos and lithos. Often autographs on photos are applied in dark areas or across areas of much detail. While autographed photos are much more popular than autographed covers with today's collectors, collectors of the early days of space collecting generally preferred having covers signed and that's a tradition I have carried on to the present day.

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posted 10-04-2005 03:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for collshubby   Click Here to Email collshubby     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a few of questions that I was curious about and to let everyone learn a bit more about your collection.
  1. What was the most difficult autographed cover to find?

  2. What was the most difficult autograph for you to obtain by mail (writing directly to the astronaut)?

  3. Which one(s) are your favorites?

  4. Can I have them?

Ken Havekotte
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posted 10-04-2005 09:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bob has certainly done it again! What a remarkable one-of-a-kind signature archive he has assembled of all 145 NASA crews that have flown in space from 1961 with America's first spaceman to 2005 with the latest Shuttle Discovery crew. Well done, my good friend, and all so beautifully illustrated on his well-designed new website!

What a joy and unique education to see all the flown NASA crews along with 327 individual NASA astronaut autographs — all on space covers — that even includes the 75 never-flown NASA astronauts and those yet to fly. I know this type of collection is a lifetime work of sincere dedication and devoted passion that took decades to achieve.

As a long-time dear friend and fellow veteran collector that I admire and respect, Bob and I have shared and worked together, since the early 1970s, on many collecting projects — but this is by far one of his best and finest creations and perhaps his "signature" project of all time. Keep on collecting those "future" astronaut signed covers, Bob, and we'll look forward to new entries as they become available. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing your pioneering collection with us all.

Bob M
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posted 10-05-2005 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, Ken - you are too kind. As you know, much of what I've accomplished these 30 years in collecting is due to your kind help and influence, and many of the covers I've had signed through the years were kindly supplied by you. I'll send you an e-mail soon, but want to now take a little time to respond to Brian's questions.
  1. My most difficult autographed cover to find was my GT-3 launch cover signed by Grissom and Young. These are hard to find with for-sure genuine autographs. It was the last pre-Shuttle crew signed cover I needed and came via a trade with another collector.

  2. My most difficult to obtain by mail signed cover is hard to decide, as there have been so many. Many took multiple sendings and many years to complete. One in particular, an STS-52 crew signed cover, was recently completed 13 years after the STS-52 flight. The other crew members signed the cover thru the mail, but Bill Shepherd didn't and only recently thru the kind help of a cS member here, did I finally get it signed and completed by Shepherd in person. I had taken this cover to many astronaut events in the hope that Shepherd might show up so I could have him sign and complete the cover.

  3. My favorite is probably my complete crew signed STS-51L cover. It was signed only 3-weeks before the loss of Challenger and was the only one that I was able to get signed by all 7. Another one of my favorites is my cover signed by all ten Teacher-in-Space Finalists. But these covers are sad reminders of a tragedy.

spaceman
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posted 10-07-2005 04:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've just given up collecting...

Only joking but what a fantastic collection, how many so complete do exist?

Bob M
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posted 10-08-2005 03:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nick, thanks. Please keep in mind that my website presentation was 30 years in the making and to achieve completion of these difficult sets does take much time, effort and persistence. I had the advantage of obtaining much of it years ago, but such sets are still achievable thru time, effort and certainly some expense.

For someone with time, dedication and money (all would be needed), I'd recommend trying to put together a complete set of autographs of all the flown astronauts. As far as how many complete flown astronaut autograph sets exist, I would certainly think that there would be a fair number - but almost all on portraits, or a mixture of signed portraits, covers, checks and cards and very few all on covers like I decided to do.

But for collectors who are thinking of putting together a set of signed items by all the flown astronauts, doing so on a mixture of items (photos, covers, etc.) would make such an endeavor simpler, easier and quicker.

Bob M
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posted 11-08-2005 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those who collect or have an interest in cosmonaut autographs, I have added a section of cosmonaut autograph examples to my website.

With its addition, a collector can now visit my website and see autograph examples of almost everyone who has flown in space. I plan to later add autograph examples of the few others who have ventured into space, which will then result in autograph examples of all the space voyagers. Comments, questions and criticism is welcome.

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posted 11-08-2005 07:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The slideshow mode is THE BEST.

Your collection is the best! So jealous. Very happy to share with all of us your incredible collection, you are an inspiration to us all.

Makes us want to step up my collecting to a new level, just to try and catch up.

fabfivefreddy
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posted 11-08-2005 08:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fabfivefreddy   Click Here to Email fabfivefreddy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Outstanding!

micropooz
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posted 11-09-2005 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bob, outstanding job, as always! It is a real pleasure to peruse your site. And especially since most of your autographs are on covers (my own personal bias)!

Bob M
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posted 03-06-2015 02:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Added to my website are two new albums, with the first showing autographed portraits of all 59 women who have flown in space. The second album shows autographed portraits of the 29 minority NASA Astronauts who have flown in space.

The Women in Space album contains autographed portraits of women from eleven different countries, and the minority NASA Astronaut album contains autographed portraits of fourteen African-Americans, nine Hispanics and six Asians.

Comments and corrections are welcome.

bobslittlebro
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Bob and I corresponded through the mail for years starting in the late 70s. I would send Xerox copies of signed covers and photos I had recently received in the mail and Bob would do the same.

One year we decided to make a trip down to Georgia to visit some of my wife's family so I thought this would be a great opportunity to visit Bob and finally get to meet him in person. Well, I was at Bob's house for 8 hours and still did not get to see all of his collection. Yes what a collection!

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posted 03-06-2015 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AlanC   Click Here to Email AlanC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The question that we really want answered is -

Did you take a sneaky sip of Bob Crippen's beer while he was signing your cover?

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posted 03-06-2015 04:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A fantastic collection! I appreciate the effort it took to assemble. And what a great reference for the rest of us. Thanks for sharing.

fredtrav
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posted 03-06-2015 06:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great work Bob!

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posted 03-06-2015 08:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jtheoret   Click Here to Email jtheoret     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fantastic and very enjoyable. Thanks!

Bob M
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posted 03-08-2015 01:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, guys. Actually the two albums I created ("Women" and "Minorities") were less about autographs than about being a tribute to these ladies and gentlemen who played such a very important part in space exploration, with six giving their lives in the process: McNair, Onizuka, Resnik, Chawla, Clark and Anderson - plus, of course, Christa McAuliffe (she, sadly, didn't fly in space as all the others did, but I plan to soon add a signed portrait of hers with the others).

Also with the autographs being secondary, I hope that a number of non-autograph collectors find their way to the "Autograph" forum that may have interest in the many and interesting mostly official portraits shown. Many collectors/fans have no interest in autographs, but do have interest in photographs and images of space travelers.

For example, with Jose Hernandez, I mentioned that the official NASA portrait of his may be the only official NASA astronaut portrait with nothing in the background - no flag or anything. I believe that that is very unusual - unique.

Mike Dixon
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posted 03-08-2015 08:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bob, the 2004 astronaut group (most of them anyway) had glossies released that had no backgrounds either... but the lithos that followed did.

Different poses of course.

Steve Zarelli
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posted 03-10-2015 05:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Zarelli   Click Here to Email Steve Zarelli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bob's site is an invaluable resource... Thanks for all your hard work, Bob.

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