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Aztecdoug
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posted 07-20-2010 04:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by capoetc:
Wow, that's a great find. Was it sold as signed, or did you just find it in a book store?
It was advertised as signed.

AJ
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posted 09-01-2010 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJ   Click Here to Email AJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I found a signed copy of Roberta Bondar's book at a Barnes & Noble yesterday, in the used section. $4!

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posted 09-01-2010 02:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Aztecdoug:
I just found a signed first edition first print copy of Milt Thompson's book At the Edge of Space. It is only the third copy I had ever seen or heard of over the years.

Does that include the £15 ($23) signed uninscribed copy I found at a UK airshow last year?

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posted 09-01-2010 07:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just bought a copy of Schirras Space for $9, Red Sky by Mullane for $1.59, Way of the Explorer for $4 and Liftoff by Collins for $55. All signed. Found on online bookstore searches.

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posted 09-14-2010 08:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I picked up a used copy (second printing 1960-not signed) of "The Exploration of Mars" by Ley, von Braun, and Bonestell for $6. I'm trying to determine the value of the book. Copies on the internet range from $42 to over $300, but show a 1956 release date. Can anyone help with the value of my book?

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posted 09-14-2010 09:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jam1970   Click Here to Email jam1970     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First Editions can range from $50- $100. Second Editions are in the $20-$30 range depending on the condition.

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posted 09-16-2010 05:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for disglobes   Click Here to Email disglobes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just picked up a signed copy of Lost Moon by Jim Lovell for 50 cents.

Aztecdoug
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Originally posted by gliderpilotuk:
Does that include the £15 ($23) signed uninscribed copy I found at a UK airshow last year?
Fantastic. Make that four now. I just picked up three signed books for about $50. Yeager's auto bio, Jackie Cochran's Stars at Noon and a travel book Seven Leagues to Paradise by Richard Tregaskis.

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posted 09-16-2010 02:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just found a signed copy of Jim Irwin's "More than an Ark on Ararat." Paid more than usual but it was only 40 but it has been the only copy I have seen signed. I found at a thrift shop "Men from Earth" signed by Aldrin as well as "Reaching for the Moon" also signed in almost new condition both for 23.

If anybody has a spare signed copy of More Than Earthlings by Jim Irwin they would like to trade for a copy of To Rule the Night (signed) let me know.

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posted 09-30-2010 02:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just found a copy of David Baker's "The History of Manned Space Flight" at a library sale for 25 cents.

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posted 04-03-2012 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chariot412   Click Here to Email Chariot412     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So I'm visiting my son at college and tell him that I read on collectSPACE that sometimes you can find astronaut autographs in used book store copies of their books.

We duck into one and, poof, two copies of "Lost Moon" signed by Jim Lovell; one "to Micheal" and one "to the Mahoney's". Twenty bucks apiece. Didn't buy 'em, but thought it sure was nice to find on my first try.

Any similar stories?

Editor's note: Threads merged.

fredtrav
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posted 04-03-2012 08:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just picked up a signed copy of Scott Crossfield's "Always Another Dawn" in pretty good shape, no major tears on DJ, not ex library, book in vg shape at an online library store for $65.

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posted 04-04-2012 10:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jvertrees   Click Here to Email jvertrees     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just picked up a copy of "Story: The Way of Water" in near mint condition marked down to $5 because someone had written "See you out there, Story" on the front end paper. Story Musgrave did that himself of course.

I've not read this book yet, I'm looking forward to it, Dr. Musgrave is a very interesting person among the elite group of talented and educated who become astronauts.

I don't know if it is a first printing or not. It isn't marked so, nor is it marked as a later printing. The publisher does not have a number line.

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posted 04-04-2012 11:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think the first printing was 2004?

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posted 04-16-2012 08:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Today I received a nice hardcover edition of "Riding Rockets" that I had bought on eBay for $5.00 and opened it to discover it was autographed by Mike Mullane! No mention on the listing of the autograph. He also wrote his missions below his name. Couldn't believe it.

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posted 05-08-2012 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikepf   Click Here to Email mikepf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At a used bookstore this past weekend, I bought a Mike Mullane signed copy of "Riding Rockets", with his missions, for $5.50. I also bought an unsigned 1st edition, 1st printing, of "All American Boys" by Walt Cunningham for $7.50 there too.

I've had a bit of a dry spell with space stuff lately, so these were welcome finds.

Torsten
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posted 05-11-2012 05:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Torsten   Click Here to Email Torsten     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I've read this topic some time ago and was wondering If I will ever be lucky enough to get a signed used book...

Today, after finishing "Deke!" I started reading "To Rule the Night" by James Irwin. I bought it at amazon two months ago for $2.

What I haven't seen before; It is signed! That really made my day. Cost me 5€ including postage to Germany.

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I bought a used Friendship 7 NASA Mission Reports that had a John Glenn signature in it. I was beyond excited.

However, my favorite find is my used copy of "To the Rule The Night," it was not signed by Jim Irwin, but had a typed letter in it from a lady who had seen him speak at a church. She gives a full account of him talking to the congregation and mentions how he took the time to meet with members after his talk.

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posted 05-12-2014 05:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ea757grrl   Click Here to Email ea757grrl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happened just today: found a very nice hardcover copy of "Moonwalker" with a nice dust jacket at a local secondhand book chain. It was less than $6. On a whim I looked inside, and it was signed by both Charlie and Dotty Duke. Sold!

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posted 05-12-2014 09:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sprocketship     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not long ago, I found a pair of "John Glenn: A Memoir" at a used bookstore for $10 each.

I keep my eyes open at used bookstores, but nothing lately.

I did buy a copy of "Lost Moon" at Goodwill inscribed, "Dear Eric. Thinking of you in Huston. Love, Mom" Not to exactly what I was hoping for...

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posted 05-23-2014 06:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sprocketship     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've scoured my local bookstores and thrift stores, so I've started to cast my net farther out. Yesterday, I visited a used bookstore that's about 40 minutes from my house and I stumbled on a signed copy of Jim Irwin's "To Rule the Night" for $4. So, I grabbed that.

They also had a signed copy of Joe Allen's "Entering Space" for $15. I don't quite get the pricing on those. But, whatever...

Over all, a pretty good day of treasure hunting!

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posted 06-06-2014 08:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sprocketship     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was a jack pot day today at a used bookstore across town. In a random stack of science books, I found a hardback and softback copies of Off The Planet and a copy of Letters to My Son, all signed by Jerry linenger.

Then, in the biography section, I found an autographed copy of Buzz Aldrin's Magnificent Desolation. It was slightly water damaged on one edge, but the signature was pristine.

The best part was that the whole stack of books would have cost me $25. But, I had left over store credit and my total was only $10!

SCORE!

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A couple of weeks ago I bought another signed copy of Jerry Linenger's "Off the Planet" this time for only $2. My first autograph find at Goodwill.

This is my second copy if anyone wants to trade...

Today, I found a hardback copy of "Riding Rockets" with Mike Mullane's signature inside. Not bad for $10.

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posted 07-15-2014 06:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sprocketship     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So, only 2 days after finding a signed copy of "Riding Rockets", I find a Jim Lovell signed hardback copy of "Lost Moon" for less than $10.

I must be magnet or something.

Since I'm the only one posting in this thread, I think I'm going to go on radio silence for a while...

MrSpace86
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posted 07-16-2014 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's because we are all jealous and want to visit these places you go to

fredtrav
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posted 07-16-2014 12:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not signed but just picked up a copy of the limited edition NASA 40th anniversary spiral bound metal book for $25.

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posted 07-16-2014 01:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I picked up a copy of Norman Mailers "Of a Fire on the Moon" First Edition for 25 cents but sadly was not signed.

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posted 07-16-2014 01:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jtheoret   Click Here to Email jtheoret     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I picked up a Lovell "Lost Moon" online a couple of weeks ago advertised as "appears to be signed by author" with a photo of the signature, which was good and not inscribed - edition info wasn't stated, but for $30 I thought it was a good deal... when it came in it was a first printing!

I was very pleased, I had been looking for a first printing of that book for a couple of years on and off - they are hard to find and one signed and not inscribed for $30 made my day!

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posted 07-16-2014 03:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ordered a copy of Mike Mullane's book, "Red Sky" and it showed up signed. I have since traded it, but that was a surprise.

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posted 07-28-2014 07:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for schnappsicle   Click Here to Email schnappsicle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A few months ago, a friend of mine gave me her copy of "Moon Shot" signed by Alan Shepard. It was uninscribed. She also gave me an Alan Bean giclee entitled "Red, White & Blue". Every space addict should have at least one friend like her.

In the past year or so, I've bought the following signed books at used bookstores. I can't remember what I paid for the books, but none of them were more than $10. Unfortunately, I don't know enough about books to tell what editions they are. All are uninscribed:

  • "Return to the Moon" - Two copies signed by Harrison Schmitt
  • "Lost Moon" - Signed by Jim Lovell
  • "High Calling" - Bookplate signed by Evelyn Husband
  • "Failure is Not an Option" - Signed by Gene Kranz
  • "Flight" - Signed by Chris Kraft
  • "Apollo EECOM" - Signed by Sy Libergot
While my finds may not be as impressive as most of the ones listed above, I'm still very happy with the few I was able to purchase. I keep scouring the stores looking for more. I hope one day to run into a Buzz Aldrin or Michael Collins book. When I do, my life will be complete.

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posted 09-09-2014 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_The_First   Click Here to Email Mike_The_First     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've tried twice now to get a copy of Gene Cernan's "Last Man on the Moon", from online sellers, in a good enough condition to send him for signing.

Both copies showed up already autographed.

The first was listed as "New" from a university bookstore's official site, and it cost me $30 (with shipping), but it showed up with the board pretty dinged up. But an autograph is an autograph.

But, hey, the last one was a first edition, first printing in nearly perfect condition (only flaw is a previous owner's name in blue pen in the corner the FFEP; seriously, not even the DJ is bent) and it cost me less than $4 with free shipping.

So I guess I can't complain too much.

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posted 09-10-2014 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jtheoret   Click Here to Email jtheoret     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've had the same "problem" on numerous occasions with a number of astronaut books getting signed Cernans and Irwins and a few others that weren't even advertised as signed... It's a good problem to have!

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posted 09-10-2014 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, I ordered a copy of Story Musgrave's book "The NASA Northrup T-38" from Amazon recently, so that I could get him to sign it at an upcoming event. It was listed in "like new" condition. Not only is it not "like new" (maybe Good +), it is also signed by Story. I even asked the seller to verify that it was like new before I bought it, and she claimed that it was. So that was annoying. I'm trying to decide whether to buy a New copy in order to get what I want.

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posted 09-10-2014 01:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Found a like new copy of "Do Your Ears Pop in Space?" by Mike Mullane at a Half Price Books this past weekend and found it was signed and inscribed.

Not bad for seven bucks.

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I'm sure some people would be very happy to get a surprise signed book in the mail, but to me it would be annoying if it was personalized to someone else. Especially if you ordered it to get it signed.

Also in my opinion, books signed on the inside are one of the more infuriating and bland collectibles out there (outside of signed covers or index cards). I always try to get the cover signed. You can see it, display it, and it looks so much better.

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posted 09-15-2014 12:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Clow   Click Here to Email Dave Clow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Enthusiasts of unmanned exploration should check into David Levy's Impact Jupiter. Mine came new, shrinkwrapped, and signed without any inscription. A few bucks at most, say $8.00.

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Today I got my #2 best find (#1 was an Armstrong signed book). This one is a softbound copy of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Earth Shine. Inside there is a Christmas 1970 gift inscription by Bill Anders. Inside the book there was also a letter on NASA stationary with a brief description of how the book was written after the Lindberghs visited the Apollo 8 crew quarters. It also contains a Christmas message to the recipient and is signed by both Bill and Valerie Anders. I do not need another Anders autograph in my collection, but am still very excited by this find!

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posted 10-06-2014 04:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for schnappsicle   Click Here to Email schnappsicle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last weekend I went to the used bookstore and found a Lost Moon signed by Lovell and a Mullane signed Riding Rockets. Neither is inscribed, and I believe the Lost Moon is a 1st edition, but I can't be 100% sure on that.

This is way too much fun.

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posted 10-22-2014 06:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_The_First   Click Here to Email Mike_The_First     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just CANNOT catch a break.

Figured I'd try again to get a copy of "Last Man on the Moon," found a cheap "Like New" copy on Amazon — once again, already signed.

This one also has severe water damage.

I swear these Amazon sellers don't even look at the books they're selling.

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Originally posted by Mike_The_First:
I just CANNOT catch a break.
That's interesting, I bought Chris Kraft's "Flight" last year from Amazon, and was jumping for joy when I opened it to see that it was signed by Chris Kraft.


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