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From: Bethesda, MD
Registered: Jul 2003

posted 10-30-2008 08:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd be interested to see opinions on what the top ten signed shuttle crew lithos (or glossies) are, in terms of value? I'd say in terms of scarcity but not sure whether that's always the same thing.

Clearly 51-L and STS-107 would top all lists -- but what would the remaining eight flights be?

Mike Dixon

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From: Kew, Victoria, Australia
Registered: May 2003

posted 10-30-2008 08:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's a terrific question... and I'll be keen to see what others have in mind.

My remaining eight would be as follows;

3. STS-71
4. STS-61A
5. STS-105
6. STS-51F
7. STS-44
8, 9, 10. Take your pick from STS-1, 9, 51B or other missions that included any of the 51L or 107 crews.



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From: Gardner, KS, USA
Registered: Feb 2003

posted 10-31-2008 07:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would have to go with the following (besides STS-51L and STS-107):
  1. STS-95 (John Glenn's return to flight with some tough signers)
  2. STS-121 (Recent auction sold it for a high price, possibly because of Nowak)
  3. STS-1 (First Space Shuttle mission)
  4. STS-73 (I have heard this is a tough mission to obtain)
  5. STS-31 (Hubble launch)
  6. STS-90 (I found this one rather diffcult to obtain)
Those are the ones I think are hard to obtain (well, they were hard for me! I still don't have all of those). To be honest, almost all STS crews are hard to obtain!


Hart Sastrowardoyo

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From: Toms River, NJ,USA
Registered: Aug 2000

posted 10-31-2008 12:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would it also depend on what moment in time one is obtaining the crew-signed item? For STS-90, I have most of a litho completed, in-person, missing only Hire and Linnehan.

Bob M

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From: Atlanta-area, GA USA
Registered: Aug 2000

posted 10-31-2008 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been collecting Space Shuttle crew signed lithos (and covers) since Day One (STS-1) and this is my list of the eight rarest crew signed lithos after STS-51L and STS-107, and is in no particular order:

STS-71 (all ten crew members)
STS-102 (all ten)
STS-105 (all ten)
and for the last two, take your choice from STS-78, STS-81, STS-91, STS-95 and STS-123. Certainly a number of others can be considered.

And collectors should be careful of an autopen or 2 mixed in with other authentic autographs. Probably 1/2 of all the STS-41C crew signed lithos I've seen have Terry J. Hart autopens with the other autographs genuine. Also STS-41D with Charlie Walker autopens, etc.

Bob Mc.

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