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posted 03-23-2010 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jamato99   Click Here to Email jamato99     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by cddfspace:
From a collector's perspective (assuming that $2500 IS a lot of money, but could be paid at the sacrifice of purchasing other collectables), would you get Anders to sign, or feel comfortable in the fact that this is a pretty good piece even without Anders' signature.
I'm in a similar position in that I have a multi-signed Apollo piece that's missing Anders and six other living Apollo astronauts. I'm thankful that I can afford to add Anders if I really wanted to, but I just can't imagine dropping that much money on a single signature. Armstrong is the only one I'd even consider paying $2,500 for, and even that would be a stretch.

Remember - he's only writing his name and maybe a quote or a mission inscription. That's it. I feel like John Young's fees at Novaspace are too much to pay without actually getting to meet him, so $2,500 is out of the question for me.

The way I look at it is, like you, I already have Lovell on my piece so Apollo 8 is covered. My piece is complete in that it has at least one signature from every lunar mission and at least one moonwalker signature from each of the lunar landings. I've pretty much accepted the fact that I won't add Armstrong or Anders and I'm OK with it.

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In my opinion, paying $2500 for the signature of a living (but reclusive) astronaut (and not even moonwalker... never mind the first moonwalker!) is nigh on insanity. If it was $300 or so I would be inclined to participate but for $2500 I can have a very nice holiday with my wife and ONE signature would not give me the same amount of pleasure/enjoyment in life that a vacation/holiday would.

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posted 03-23-2010 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by machbusterman:
...ONE signature would not give me the same amount of pleasure/enjoyment in life that a vacation/holiday would.
Nor apparently, would be the knowledge that your donation went to awarding a deserving student or helping to restore and maintain vintage air and spacecraft, or have I misunderstood?

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I agree with Robert. The money is going to one of Gen. Anders' causes, the Heritage Flight Museum. He also has a private foundation supporting educational and environmental issues. This is no different than supporting organizations like the Public Broadcasting Company (PBS) - gold and platinum members. How many support this?

If you look at the ASF auctions, people are paying big money for that signed earthrise and most everybody does it because it's going to a worthy cause, supporting students in their education. Sure, it's a lot of money and this is not for everyone, but for those who have the extra money, an understanding significant other, and want to have his autograph and help out a worthy cause, then it's their choice. Also, a lot of collectors have already invested a lot in this hobby, so this is nothing too extreme. To each his/her own.

Sure it would be nice if Gen. Anders would charge less, or should I say the donation is smaller, so that more people would have the opportunity to participate, but that his choice. Remember, Gen. Anders said that he would charge slightly below the going price for the signed earthrise, which means you can blame those bidders for driving the price up.

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posted 03-23-2010 06:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't think anyone is arguing against making a donation, if you support the efforts of the Heritage Flight Museum. If one believes in the work they are doing and can afford to support their efforts with a donation (in any amount), that's great!

However, the question, as posed by "cddfspace," concerned the collectors point-of-view of paying $2500 to add Anders to an already multi-signed piece. From a purely collecting standpoint, unless Anders' signature was the 24th signature added to an item containing the signatures of all 24 men who have traveled to the moon, I personally wouldn't do it. To me, it sounds like cddfspace's piece will never be truly "complete" regardless if he adds Anders or not...so adding Anders' signature may only be adding marginal value to the piece. Of course, the collector must also weigh whether it adds significant aesthetic or emotional value to their piece...which is a decision each collector must make for themselves.

Looking at the larger picture (beyond just a collectors point-of-view), once you add in the factor that the money goes to the museum, that might be enough extra incentive for some to take the plunge. If so, more power to them. I would just caution people to be realistic about the true value of the "thank you" signature they get in return.

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posted 03-23-2010 07:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jimsz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Nor apparently, would be the knowledge that your donation went to awarding a deserving student or helping to restore and maintain vintage air and spacecraft, or have I misunderstood?
I'm sorry, that borders on a cheap shot.

Whether the check is made out to a charity or shoved into Mr. Anders pocket for himself (either is fine with me) the cost of the autograph is $2,500.

Unless you are willing and planning on making a $2,500 donation to that specific non-profit without receiving the autograph the cost of the autograph is $2,500. Who the check is made out to does not matter.

Charging a fee and giving it to charity is simply moving money around, If the person is not going to give the money unless they receive something in return it is truly not a donation except for tax purposes.

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I'm not a tax expert, but when you donate to a charity and receive something in return, don't you have to deduct the value of what is being received, i.e. when you receive a meal at a charity event, you must deduct the value of the meal from your "donation". What do you think the IRS would consider the value of the signed "Earthrise"? If it's $2500, would you qualify for any deduction on the $2500?

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posted 03-23-2010 11:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by mjanovec:
However, the question, as posed by "cddfspace," concerned the collectors point-of-view of paying $2500 to add Anders to an already multi-signed piece.
In which case, it should be simple: if getting Anders' autograph makes you happy and you can afford to make the donation, then go for it.

If you are asking about a return on your investment, then I would suggest you need to reevaluate if you can afford the donation.

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...the cost of the autograph is $2,500.
No, it is not and the proof of that is that if you make a donation of $7,500 (for example), you do not automatically receive three autographs. No retail value has been set, rather a minimum donation level has been stipulated. There is a difference.

And to clarify, my response to Derek was not meant to be a cheap shot, but was intended to be critical of treating a donation like a hardship.

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posted 03-24-2010 01:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
In which case, it should be simple: if getting Anders' autograph makes you happy and you can afford to make the donation, then go for it.
It seems clear that cddfspace was asking for opinions of other collectors on what they would do if they were in his shoes... and wasn't seeking a generic answer about the criteria for buying something.

I have encountered plenty of situations where buying something would have made me happy and I could have afforded the item... but I skipped on the purchase because I didn't think the deal was good enough or I thought the purchase wasn't a wise use of my money. Quite often, I have made my final decision based on the opinions I obtained from others.

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posted 03-24-2010 08:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jimsz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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No, it is not and the proof of that is that if you make a donation of $7,500 (for example), you do not automatically receive three autographs. No retail value has been set, rather a minimum donation level has been stipulated. There is a difference.
Sure a retail price has been set. You may not receive multiple autographs for $7,500, but neither will you receive 1 autograph for a donation of $2,000. the cost has been set at least for a minimum.

This is an individual giving/selling/supplying an autograph for a forced donation. If it is going to be compared to a PBS beg-a-thon donation than one has to ask is this an offer the non-profit makes in their materials to anyone or is this an offer an individual with a product people are willing to pay for using to force a donation?

There is a difference.

Mr. Anders can do what he wishes, charges what he wishes and donate what he wishes. It's up to the buyer to decide if it is worth it. At least see it for what it is. He is simply selling his autograph and bypassing the cashflow to send it to a specific non-profit.

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And to clarify, my response to Derek was not meant to be a cheap shot, but was intended to be critical of treating a donation like a hardship.
I would even go so far as if the only reason one is donating is to obtain the premium "thank you" than the set-up is a farce.

Good for Mr. Anders for having a product that people are willing to pay $2,500 for even though he appears to hold collectors in near contempt. Good for he non-profit for having someone willing to redirect a money stream to their coffers. Good for those that can afford to spend $2,500 for an autograph. All around everyone should come out happy.

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posted 03-24-2010 10:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by mjanovec:
...and wasn't seeking a generic answer about the criteria for buying something.
My honest intent was not to provide a generic answer; what I wrote is how I decide what I buy for my own collection. Though I am obviously not oblivious to the market, I try never to involve investment or resale considerations in my purchases. I just find I derive more enjoyment from my collection when it isn't viewed financially.

Others may and likely do have other opinions and are encouraged to share them.

That aside, in a perfect world, we'd all be giving large donations to charities we support without the enticement of something in return. But we do tend to prioritize our expenses -- even our discretionary funds.

As Derek wrote, he'd be quicker to go on vacation than give $2,500 to receive an autograph. I can see why, as that fits into my "do what makes you happy" advice.

I just think there's a consideration missing from his approach: giving to charity also tends to result in a happy feeling. Focusing on the autograph only may be losing sight of the larger impact of the money spent.

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posted 03-24-2010 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cddfspace   Click Here to Email cddfspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is the Apollo Emblem litho I was referring to. Thanks to everyone for your insights. I know there are many different angles to this discussion. I was honestly looking for advice on "What would you do from a collectors perspective."

I appreciate the feedback both on this forum and off line. I also realize that, ultimately, this is a decision that every individual has to make for themselves.

In any case, I hope you enjoy the scan. I have all missions represented, seven moonwalkers, three complete missions, 15 who have circled the moon.

To Anders or not to Anders... that is the question!

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posted 03-24-2010 11:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tyrell's Owl   Click Here to Email Tyrell's Owl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, what a great piece! Thanks for sharing it with us. I can see a lot of effort has gone into this (obviously) much loved item. I wouldn't like to say either way regarding Bill Anders other than "Those who can will and the rest of us can't!"

Can I put a question out there... What do other collectors think the value of this item is now - and what would it be after Bill Anders was added? I know it isn't about money, but I would be really interested to know just how much an item like that would be worth.

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...Indeed, that multi-signed emblem is a familiar sight here at Astronaut Central.

To bring up another point; I think Anders has sabotaged himself by playing cruel games with his signature style. Instant Karma.

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Honestly, I don't think this will increase the value that much.

I can see a complete item would increase in value with Anders' signature.

From the last Regency stamp auction there were two items that went unsold that are now relisted. I called regarding their BIN and they stated that the price was $2,000 - no takers. They now lowered their minimum to $1,000. So we shall see in a few weeks.

BTW - I think I 'm going for it - after this round of upcoming auctions. Kim, don't get too upset with me when I send it in for the Schmitt signing ;-)

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That is indeed a nice multi-signed piece! I'm sure it has more personal value than market value, if you've gone to the effort to compile the signatures yourself (with the help of some dealers).

(It's a little off-topic, but I'm curious if the astros who signed twice...Scott, Cernan, Young, Lovell...charged you twice for their efforts? Or were the extra signatures provided for a nominal add-on fee to the first signature?)

Regarding adding Anders, I personally wouldn't do it...as it's already a nice item without his signature and you'll never be able to fully "complete" this item. But if you are still strongly considering it (and who could blame you?), you will want to clarify a couple of things first before proceeding:

  • Will Anders sign this item for a $2500 donation, considering it creates an Apollo 8 completion and is a multi-signed item...or will that require a larger donation?
  • Will Anders require a personalization on the item? To date, I don't think I've seen any of the "thank you" signatures without a personalization. Since the rest of the piece contains unpersonalized signatures, I presume you may want to keep it that way.

Whatever you decide to do, good luck!

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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Nor apparently, would be the knowledge that your donation went to awarding a deserving student or helping to restore and maintain vintage air and spacecraft, or have I misunderstood?
You definitely picked me up wrong there Robert. If I were to contribute to an aerospace related charity it would either be the ASF (as I have done so through various methods over the last six years) or the Flight Test Historical Foundation. It does make me feel good when I know my donation has helped towards a scholarship or to help preserve flight test history. I personally don't think the required "donation" of $2,500 in order to be granted a signature by General Anders can be justified in value for money terms. Its like on the Chuck Yeager website where for $5,000 donation you will receive a signed mahogany 1/32 scale Bell X-1 model... it just does not represent any value for money as far as I'm concerned.

As for your multi-signed piece Dennis... it is AWESOME but if it were me I'd keep my check-book in my pocket. The added value of Anders to that piece would be lucky if the value increased by $300-$500 as a conservative guess.

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I know when you assemble a multi-signed piece, from a value perspective, you usually spend more then you would ever hope to recoup if sold (I am in it for the collection value, not the resale value).

...From a collector's perspective (assuming that $2500 IS a lot of money, but could be paid at the sacrifice of purchasing other collectables), would you get Anders to sign, or feel comfortable in the fact that this is a pretty good piece even without Anders' signature.


As you say pieces like this cost far more to put together than their resale value. I never did understand extra fees for multi signed items as invariably each added signature on items like this is worth nowhere near as much as you pay. If anything there should be a multi signed item discount.

In any case in purely monetary terms I think Anders signature on this piece would boost its value by maybe $150-300, not much more.

Personally although I can see the appeal of a signed Earthrise photo I would take the $2,500 and buy a flag that was actually carried on Man's first flight to the moon instead. Texas state flags flown on Apollo 8 from Lovell's collection have sold at just a little over $2,500 in the last few Heritage auctions, and in their upcoming auction there's several flags from the flight up for grabs.

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Thanks for the kind words on the piece. To answer a few questions... I started it three years ago.

First off, a special thanks to Kim from Novaspace - as he eluded to, he has assisted with six or seven of the signatures. Pricing... some astronauts charged full price for signing twice, some offered a break. Seven signatures were no charge (one astronaut commented he wished he would have done this when everyone was still around to sign). One astronaut aided with four signatures of other astronauts.

How much did I pay for all of them? Honestly, I am afraid to add it up! Hopefully, my two kids will fight over it one day (to keep, not to sell).

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First off, I have to say that multi-signed patch display is absolutely beautiful... it is obviously a labor of love!

Now about getting Gen Anders' signature on it? Personally, I wouldn't at his current price. Since the piece is missing 11 signatures, and 8 of them are now impossible to obtain on it, there is no way for it's completion. IF it had ALL the astronauts on it, I would seriously consider trying to have Anders sign it. As it stands, Gen Anders' signature is just one more of the missing, and it doesn't stand out as a "sore thumb".

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A couple of people asked me to post a scan of my poster. Here it is -

So if Gen. Anders would write, "We'll see you on the other side," I will probably go for it and spend the money.

I would also like to get:

  • No flowers in bloom in Houston, Apollo 13. Thomas K. Mattingly, Apollo 16 CMP, "Casper" in reference to his measles exposure.

  • "I was strolling on the moon one day....." Harrison H. Schmitt, Apollo XVII LMP, "Challenger"

  • "Beep, Beep!" Joe Engle, Apollo 14, BULMP
I even have one for the big man himself - I can always dream.

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Great item, Andrew! I love the inscriptions!

The personalizations on there bring up another question about Anders' signing policy: the only items I've seen attributed to being "thank you's" for the donations have all been personalized. Some people believe that would seriously detract from the value of their item, if Anders alone personalized and no one else did. It would be consistent with his stance on opposing signing because people were reselling his autographs.

If the collector donor was only keeping the item for himself or herself, then they might be expected to welcome the personalization. It's primarily the people who are thinking of eventually reselling that would be most upset if the signature was personalized. And that would prove Anders' point.

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Jonathan, you saw me with it at Spacefest 2009. There are some very funny anecdotes to some of the signings. I am very grateful to the gang at Novaspace, ASF, and the astronauts themselves in accommodating my requests, even if some were out of the ordinary, but hey it's a hobby and it's not supposed to be serious.

Indeed this is truly a labor of love and it's not even finished. Like I said, I plan to frame it with all of the vintage crew patches that I have and the Apollo 11's plaque. I even have a vintage snoopy patch that I would apply next to Gene Cernan's quote.

If Gen Anders were to only sign his name, I would probably not do it. I already have his autograph on a cover that belonged to Dr. Radnosfsky, who started the MSC stamp club. Hopefully he would realize that this is not going to be resold and that this is a expression of my tribute to this amazing adventure that will not be outdone in the near future.

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I love that poster Andrew, particularly how Aldrin signed it and then Collins answered him.

Any particular reason Fred Haise signed it twice?

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I wanted to get a 2-fer from him.

Actually, before I asked him if he could write something, he was already signing his name to it. Doh! I said no problem, he smiled and wrote what I had written on a piece of paper. A really nice guy!

With regards to Col. Aldrin, Gerry was working with him and he asked me - you want him to write this upside down? Got the same response from others including the astronauts. I said that it was all relative.

With Gen. Collins, he was very kind enough to write this for me at his private signing at Novaspace, a few months before Spacefest 2009, even though Rob said there was no way he would do it. I said, hey it's worth a try. Rob was shocked when he saw it. When I saw Gen. Collins at Spacefest, I personally thanked him for the inscription. Mrs. Collins said he chuckled when he read Buzz's inscription. She then asked me, "You still have it right?" Another great couple and a man with a great sense of humor!

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That poster is amazing!

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Originally posted by mjanovec:
Somewhere along the line, he appears to have developed a bad attitude towards the hobby and collectors... and that if one recognizes Anders in a crowd and approaches him for an autograph, he'll think of them as a "nerd" (a term he used in his JSC oral history).
I wonder if his opinion changes away from "nerd" for $2500. We collectSPACE members are nerds unless we are willing to part with $2500 for his signature or perhaps even then the one who pays that is an even greater nerd. That is very classy.

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I bumped into Bill Anders again last night at the Apollo 13 40th Anniversary dinner at the Adler Planetarium. We continued our friendly discussion about his autograph policy. He insists on his $2,500 price for a signature, suggesting that the sum is really a charitable donation to the Heritage Flight Museum with the autograph thrown in on the side. I mentioned that many of us cannot afford that big a charitable donation. He responded I should get a John Young autograph then (I had mentioned John Young's $495 fee to him in an earlier letter). I said I had. Gen. Anders told me that he had received a catalogue for the Regency-Superior auction and was looking for a Yuri Gagarin autographed item, but was suspicious about some of the lots. We talked about fake signatures on the market and he asserted that he did not sign at least one of the Apollo 8 items in the Regency-Superior auction.

As before, Gen. Anders was friendly but not ready to change his mind about his fees.

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He insists on his $2,500 price for a signature, suggesting that the sum is really a charitable donation to the Heritage Flight Museum with the autograph thrown in on the side.
I wonder if the IRS would consider that a charitable donation.

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Gen. Anders told me that he had received a catalogue for the Regency-Superior auction and was looking for a Yuri Gagarin autographed item, but was suspicious about some of the lots.

He's not alone in his suspicions.

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Assuming he is after a Yuri Gagarin item for himself, is there a particular irony that someone who isn't the easiest to obtain a signature from is a closet autograph hunter himself?!

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You're assuming the autograph is for himself and not for his museum or some other entity he supports.

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I was only messing about, it would just be amusing to think of all these astronauts having their own private signing shows for each other!

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I apologize for not being clearer-- Gen. Anders was interested in the Yuri Gagarin item specifically for the museum and not for himself personally.

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No apology necessary from my point of view, my comment was only intended as a light hearted one!

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posted 04-15-2010 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by DChudwin:
Gen. Anders was interested in the Yuri Gagarin item specifically for the museum and not for himself personally.
I'm sure a few cSers might be willing to arrange a trade with the General.

jamato99
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posted 04-16-2010 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jamato99   Click Here to Email jamato99     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As ilbasso posted on a different thread, Bill Anders walked out the front door of the National Air and Space Museum yesterday at around 6:15 p.m. He passed by the 50-60 of us who were waiting for the doors to open for the Apollo 13 lecture. Of those in line, maybe 3 or 4 recognized him.

That's about as good a sampling as I could have asked for and it really opened my eyes to this entire discussion. I'd say most if not all of the people in line were "in the know" when it comes to the early space program. I was pretty surprised to see Anders walk past all those people and that barely anybody noticed. The first thought that came to my mind was: "This guy charges $2,500 for an autograph?" It made me think that only the true Anders/Apollo fans want his autograph enough to pay that much for it, and it's sad that he sticks it to them knowing that at least some are willing to pay whatever he charges.

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posted 04-16-2010 09:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, while this may not be the best thing to get an autograph on, at the 2006 Reno Air Races, Mr. Anders posed for a photo and autographed a ticket for me, its one of my pride and joys!!

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posted 04-16-2010 11:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by jamato99:
As ilbasso posted on a different thread, Bill Anders walked out the front door of the National Air and Space Museum yesterday at around 6:15 p.m.
He patted me on the shoulder when I said hi to him. I was wearing an STS-130 shirt, which I'm never washing again! I'm sure you could lift Anders' fingerprints off that shirt. I'll let it go to a lucky buyer for only $2000. (The astronaut's fingerprints - what better provenance could you want??)

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posted 04-16-2010 01:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by kosmo:
Okay, while this may not be the best thing to get an autograph on,
In-person on a ticket for an interesting event, with a couple of good pictures - it's the ideal thing to get an autograph on! Nice display.


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