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Tykeanaut
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posted 12-20-2011 09:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gene Cernan signed my copy of his book. All it cost me was two-way postage from the UK!

A great addition to my signed books.

crash
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posted 12-20-2011 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for crash   Click Here to Email crash     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by liftoff1:
Found this for $15.25...
Well, that beats my bargain by a long long way!

SkyMan1958
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posted 12-20-2011 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Found this (first edition of the) softcover in a second hand bookstore. Except for a little yellowing around the edges of the pages, it's essentially like new. With tax it cost me $7.52.

Chuck_Joe
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posted 12-21-2011 06:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chuck_Joe   Click Here to Email Chuck_Joe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yesterday I received in the mailbox a litho of STS-135 signed by the crew. A perfect Christmas gift for me.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 12-22-2011 02:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One of my own STS-125 shots signed and inscribed by Scott Altman all for the cost of postage, patience and a little research. Top Gun and a Top Man!

MikeSpace
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Completely slipped my mind...

Went looking for a good early Hardcover printing of The All-American Boys on Amazon this year. Paid $12.

When it showed up it had Walter Cunningham's uninscribed signature.

KSCartist
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posted 12-23-2011 07:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The best bargain autographs I received this year were all the astronauts that participated in the Astronaut Corvette Parade in Cocoa Beach in May. I was asked to design the commemorative poster. As a result each Jorge and I were gifted with signed posters in appreciation for our work.

mach3valkyrie
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posted 12-23-2011 07:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got a 1st Lunar Landing 42nd anniversary ball cap signed by Tom Stafford, Fred Haise, and Harrison Schmitt from my son, who unknown to me, had obtained it from some friends in Florida that had hosted the event. Boy was I surprised!

randy
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posted 12-23-2011 10:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My bargain(s) would be my STS-1 and STS-135 crew autographs which were given to me.

hinkler
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posted 12-24-2011 06:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hinkler   Click Here to Email hinkler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Two Ted Freeman signed cards and two Charlie Bassett signed cards for a total of $50 USD buy it now on ebay during the year.

I did send the seller some extra money after buying them.

ApolloAlex
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posted 12-24-2011 07:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ApolloAlex   Click Here to Email ApolloAlex     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My own bargin would be when I took my copy of Mike Mullane's Riding Rockets to the Astronaut Experiences I attended and had it signed by not only its author but by John Blaha, Rick Searfoss, Bruce Melnick, Bob Springer and Sam Durrance.

Plus I picked up a Deke Slayton signed cover for £12.50 and just the other day I won a Max Faget signed card from eBay for just £5, so not bad.

contra
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posted 01-03-2012 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for contra   Click Here to Email contra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, this was not really a bargain but my collection highlight of the year. Got the map through R&R auction, crew signed cover on eBay ($150), signed photos at ASF. Thanks again to James and Mel for their help regarding the map and the signed photos. Took me many years to finally be able to obtain this piece.

MCroft04
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posted 01-03-2012 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow Stefan; that is nice! Very well put together.

Apollo 8
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posted 01-03-2012 02:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo 8   Click Here to Email Apollo 8     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John Glenn´s autograph early in the year! He signed a STS-95 photo for me and personalized it to me. I could not believe it, as I held the autograph in my hands! Thank you so much, Senator Col. Glenn!

Later in the year I wrote to our only Austrian cosmonaut Franz Viehböck, who lived on space station MIR. He sent me a nice autographed photo in his Russian space suit. I framed the photo together with an AustroMir patch (AustroMir was the only Austrian space program ever), I bought on eBay. This means much to me as an Austrian...

schnappsicle
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posted 01-19-2012 07:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for schnappsicle   Click Here to Email schnappsicle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I miss the good old days when for 8 cents, I could send a letter to any astronaut at NASA and 3 months later I would receive an autographed litho. The only ones who autopened me back were Shepard and Young. I saw both of them (on different occasions) a few years later in person, but I didn't have any photo for them to sign.

Lucky for me, I saved all those lithos. About 5 years ago, I was looking at them and I wondered what they were worth. I looked them up online and found out that people were selling autographed photos of almost every astronaut. That's when I decided to complete my set. The first 20 autographs were free, the rest have cost me a small house in Beverly Hills.

Speaking of Young, one of the biggest thrills of my life was when I was hauling air freight in the Houston area back in the 70's. One of my daily stops was NASA. One day I picked up John Young's Apollo 16 flight suit. After leaving the premises, I looked at the box, it was not locked. I pulled over on one of the remote roads that existed at the time and opened the box. His helmet was sitting on top. I put it on for about a half a second. My heart was pounding so hard I had to take it off. I wasn't clostrophobic, I was afraid a cop would see me and haul me off to jail. It took all the will power I could muster to get that container to the airport. I really wanted to take it to Alaska, where nobody would ever find me.

onesmallstep
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posted 01-20-2012 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That would be a signed STS-135 crew litho and launch cover, obtained at their August 2011 appearance at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. Cost: $5.50, the transit fare used to get to the venue.

crash
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posted 01-20-2012 05:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for crash   Click Here to Email crash     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, 2012 has got off to a good start. I hope.

There I am in Buenos Aires, of all places, and I spot a rough looking Earthrise NASA photo on the wall of a shop. What really excited me was to see it was inscribed and signed by Bill Anders with an Apollo 8 mission added. If it's genuine, and I think it is, I'm pleased with my $25 spend.

Daugherty54
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posted 01-22-2012 02:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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BMckay
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posted 02-02-2012 03:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lena De Winne book signed by all three memebrs plus the author!

Torsten
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posted 02-08-2012 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Torsten   Click Here to Email Torsten     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine was a custom photo signed by Sigmund Jähn; first German in space (back than East Germany). I got his address and sent a request, which he answered very nicely inscribed within a week. He even doesn't take a fee for signing.

jam1970
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posted 02-08-2012 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jam1970   Click Here to Email jam1970     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last week, I found a book on eBay that did not have a picture but in the description it say that it was signed by Wernher von Braun. I took a chance and got the book for $11. One of the best deals I have ever got.

capoetc
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posted 02-09-2012 12:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice package in the mail today. I've been looking for a signed Eisele litho or photo for my collection, but didn't want to pay as much as those I have seen offered for sale -- until I found this one:

Close up of the signature:

Got it for $30, buy it now on eBay. And, it's an official NASA litho with the purple lettering on the reverse.

spaced out
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posted 02-10-2012 06:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In case you think you were the first person to see that Eisele buy-it-now bargain on eBay... you weren't.

I tried to buy it, and I'm sure many other European collectors did likewise, but the seller, in his or her infinite wisdom, had put a block both on overseas bidders and on receiving messages from those overseas.

The result was that plenty of space collectors in Europe saw the item and tried to buy it only to be blocked, then tried to contact the seller to ask them to open the auction to overseas bidders only to find they were blocked again.

Pretty frustrating to see the item sitting there in your watch list until nearly 3 hours later some lucky US-based collector stumbles out of bed, yawns, makes breakfast, reads the paper, yawns again, turns on the computer, logs into ebay, says "Yipee!" and buys it, but I'm not bitter. No siree. Grrrr...

garymilgrom
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posted 02-10-2012 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
spacedout: There are many folks on this forum who will help a European friend in situations like this. Feel free to ask around next time.

capotec: Nice buy!

I was lucky enough to win a free Aldrin-signed 16x20 in a Space Store contest.

Space Store Winner

spaced out
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posted 02-10-2012 08:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by garymilgrom:
spacedout: There are many folks on this forum who will help a European friend in situations like this. Feel free to ask around next time.

True, but the problem was it was listed at 4am PST (mid-day here in Europe). Not many of our American cousins up and about at that time, which is why it didn't sell until 3 hours later.

capoetc
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posted 02-10-2012 09:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by garymilgrom:
I was lucky enough to win a free Aldrin-signed 16x20 in a Space Store contest.
Nice... congrats!

IconDesign29
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posted 02-10-2012 09:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for IconDesign29     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So, I have an interesting story…

A couple of weeks ago, a co-worker showed me his copy of Al Bean’s 1998 book, “Apollo: An Eyewitness Account” and I found it to be an amazing presentation of most of his artwork up to that point. I was impressed enough that I went onto Amazon last week to find a nice of copy of it for myself. I just wanted to find a used copy of it in decent condition and sure enough I found a copy that was listed as “Like New” for $17.00 so I went ahead and ordered it.

Even though I found out that Al Bean had signed a number of limited edition copies of the book that now sells for over a hundred dollars, I really just wanted to find an affordable, unsigned book since I thought I might have an opportunity to get him to sign it in person one day.

Well, the book arrived this week and sure enough it was in immaculate condition. The dust jacket even had a clear cover to protect it and the pages were so crisp that it seemed the book had hardly ever been opened. I opened up the book to the title page where Al typically signs and surprisingly it had a personalized note already written on it and sure enough, below that was Al Bean’s signature in blue ink!

What was even more interesting though, was the notation:

“To a dedicated and accomplished astronaut. It was a pleasure working with you!”

But here’s the crazy part… Below Al Bean’s signature, there are two more signatures – of Pete Conrad and Dick Gordon!! All in the same blue, fine-tipped Sharpie ink.

Apparently this book was originally given to one of Al’s fellow Apollo astronauts in 1998 and he had Pete and Dick sign the book as well since a painting of the Apollo 12 crew is on the cover. I cannot, for the life of me, understand how or why this ended up for sale on Amazon through a used book retailer! Just amazing!

So there’s my best bargain autograph story of, well probably my lifetime. A great book about Al’s artwork that was once owned by an Apollo astronaut, and is signed by the Apollo 12 crew…all for $17.00!

Daugherty54
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posted 02-22-2012 10:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently ran across an autographed Code 3 Collectibles' Apollo command module model re-issue, signed by Charlie Duke on, of all places, Amazon. It stated the glass case was cracked but otherwise the model and autograph were mint... All for $115!

I bought it expecting it to be just the capsule, but it turned out to be a mint signed Apollo capsule with General Duke's signature in beautiful silver on the base.

Now if I could just find a new hatch for my Mercury capsule.

fredtrav
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posted 08-28-2012 05:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got my recent find in today. While not directly related to the space programs, I bought a signed copy of Out Of Darkness signed by Clyde Tombaugh for $91. including shipping. It was a 1st/1st in like new condition with inscription. When looking through the book also found a copy of The Ten Special Commandments for a Would Be Planet Hunter also signed by Tombaugh with hand written correction.


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