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JasonB
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posted 04-07-2013 08:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Tykeanaut:
I am now trying to decide whether to have the NASA booklet "On the Moon with Apollo 17" or his iconic flag and rover photo signed?
Decide which one you like the best and get that one signed. Regardless of value you'll always be drawn to the things you like best.

I met him at last years ASF show and he was beyond nice. His handshake was so forceful that my photo with him looks like we're armwrestling. He even signed that photo of me and him for free when I was paying to get some other items signed. One of the best astronaut experiences I had there. If you ever get the chance to meet him grab it.

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posted 08-11-2013 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Shuttle Endeavour   Click Here to Email Shuttle Endeavour     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does Gene Cernan sign books for free still. Also, can I send in other items for him the sign?

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posted 08-11-2013 12:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes. No.

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posted 08-11-2013 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for topmiler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think it's the other way round, No and Yes.

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posted 08-11-2013 01:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unless he's changed his policy, he'll sign his autobiography (one copy per person) for free if you send him a postage-paid return envelope. I don't think he signs any other items free through the mail.

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posted 08-11-2013 01:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Correct, at least with regards to his book and the most recent response from his office. For other memorabilia, Cernan charges a fee and only signs at autograph shows or through hosted custom signings.

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posted 09-19-2013 02:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstroAutos   Click Here to Email AstroAutos     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Captain Cernan recently kindly signed my copy of his book in the mail for free (just included postage).

Nicely personalized with an inscription and dated. Took 5 weeks to get back to me in Ireland.

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posted 09-20-2013 03:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does he sign the book for free in person (at Autograph shows), when he's charging for other stuff?

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posted 09-20-2013 10:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I really do doubt that he would, but there is no harm in asking.

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posted 09-23-2013 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jvertrees   Click Here to Email jvertrees     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This experience is a couple of years old but I had him sign a photo for me at a show for his fee and asked if he will sign a copy of his book. He politely refused but did give me the address to send it to him and said he would sign it then. I sent it and he did sign it with a very nice inscription for no fee. Be sure to include return postage.

When I sent the book I also asked if I can send a photo TTM to the address with his signing fee and was told that I can. I did that quickly and it was signed and returned quickly. That was maybe three years ago. Recent posts seem to indicate he does not want to deal with other items TTM any longer. It can be very time consuming and many of them have been doing it for years.

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posted 09-23-2013 03:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for utopia1   Click Here to Email utopia1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sent Gene's book off and included a postage return fee and got it registered from my end. It turned out that the registered post to send it back to me in Ireland didn't cover the return of the book from Texas. Gene actually paid 18 dollars to have it sent back to me registered first class to Ireland! And the inscription was beautiful. Class act!

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posted 09-24-2013 09:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ApolloAlex   Click Here to Email ApolloAlex     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a quick question but I am looking at sending my copy of Capt. Cernan's book for him to sign, would anybody from the UK who has recent experience be able to tell me how much the return postage was as I have it in Dollar stamps and just need to know how many to attach, I also have additional dollars in add in case more postage is needed?

Thank you in anticipation of any response.

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posted 09-24-2013 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In 2011 I sent him a $20 dollar note (bill) plus a self-addressed jiffy envelope. I seem to recall the return postage was about $17 but whether this would cover it now?

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posted 09-24-2013 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NeilPearson   Click Here to Email NeilPearson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alex, I sent my copy of his book to him in May. It came back to me, signed with a lovely inscription, in June and the return postage cost $22.30. I sent $25 cash with the book.

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posted 09-25-2013 05:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ApolloAlex   Click Here to Email ApolloAlex     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you Chris and Neil, your replies are of great help.

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posted 09-25-2013 07:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I mailed my book to Captain Cernan also, got back a very nice inscription and signature.

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posted 10-30-2013 05:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Khedron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello, I would like your opinion. Send along with the book about ten $2 stamps for the cost of return shipping is a good idea? Thanks.

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posted 10-30-2013 06:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well it has to be U.S. Postage, USPS stamps would work if you can get them. I did a quick calculation on the USPS website for a small package 1.4 lbs and first class was $20.45. Better to have TOO much postage than not enough.

I would recommend shipping the return packaging inside the package you send the book in, that's how I did it for a friend in Italy last year.

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posted 02-24-2014 11:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceyInMN   Click Here to Email SpaceyInMN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received back in the mail today my personalized, signed copy of Mr. Cernan's autobiography, and I couldn't be any happier! What a class act!

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Sent my "Last Man" book off to Gene on the 3rd March and received it back this morning, very quick if I knock off the 8 days delay the book had at O'Hare Chicago on the way to Texas. Fantastic long inscription.

Gene Cernan really truly has a lot of time for people, even when you meet him in person and ask for a quick photo, he will say "No, take your time and take two!"

My return postage from Texas to Scotland was $20.45. Lloyd you were pretty spot-on with you estimate.

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posted 04-16-2014 11:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_Johnson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sent a copy of "Last Man on the Moon" to be signed for my 7 year old son in March, and received it back in less than 2 weeks from when I mailed it. Interestingly, when Gene dated the inscription, he wrote 3/2015 instead of 2014.

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posted 05-01-2014 08:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sprocketship     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So, Gene will still sign his book for free? My wife just bought me a copy for my birthday and I'm thinking of mailing it to him next week if he doesn't charge a fee...

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posted 05-01-2014 09:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The short answer, yes, for free.

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posted 05-01-2014 12:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Be sure to include return postage.

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posted 06-03-2014 03:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received my copy of 'The Last Man On The Moon' back from Captain Gene Cernan last week personalized and signed. Took a total of 26 days from posting to return so really pleased and thanks to collectSPACE as otherwise I wouldn't have known it was possible. I just sent dollar bills to cover return costs and a SAE jiffy bag and a letter. It came back first class.

A huge thank you to Captain Cernan and his assistant for this wonderful service and hopefully we will see him again over here in the not too distant future.

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posted 08-16-2014 06:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for james f. ruddy   Click Here to Email james f. ruddy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm hanging a new photo from Gene Cernan with an inscription "To Jim Ruddy. Next time join me!! Sincere best wishes, Gene." If only I could!

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posted 09-09-2014 09:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for intrepid12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just received my book back today from Mr. Cernan. Took just two weeks.

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posted 09-11-2014 01:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wasn't Gene going to switch to a new signature? I remember reading about that a few years ago but I am still seeing his old signature on items.

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posted 09-12-2014 12:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NovaRob   Click Here to Email NovaRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gene did indeed tell us a few years ago that he was considering a change, and even signed an example for us. I don't know why it hasn't happened.

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Being relatively new on this forum it's taking me a while to read through all the information on here. A while ago a came across this thread with information on how to get Capt. Cernan's autobiography signed. Today his fantastic book arrived in the post.

For those who are interested, sending the book to Capt. Cernan from the UK cost £10.15. It was packed in a jiffy bag and I included a self addressed jiffy bag, a letter and $30 cash for return postage (which actually cost $20.45). It also took less then 4 weeks to be returned to me.

Simply amazing.

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posted 09-27-2014 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_The_First     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is Cernan open to inscription requests in his free through-the-mail book signings?

I have an idea for one that I really want in my copy, but I don't want to seem presumptuous in my request.

I'm assuming the answer is a "no," judging by the few books I've seen with an "Apollo 17" inscription, but I thought I would ask anyway.

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I certainly cannot speak for Capt. Cernan, but it would seem to me that for a free signature, you take what you get. There are still ample opportunities where you can pay a signing fee and get exactly the inscription you want, though, for what it's worth.

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posted 09-27-2014 08:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_The_First     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And that response is exactly why I asked the question in the first place — it's quite possible that the reason there are so few of those inscriptions is because so many people take that attitude and don't bother requesting them, rather than him not fulfilling said requests.

I'm not going to overstep my bounds and risk coming across as though I'm taking advantage of Cernan's kindness in continuing to sign these books for free if the evidence shows that he views requests for specific inscriptions in that light.

However, as I am still putting my heart, soul, time, and a small amount of money into this, I'm not going to take an attitude of "I'll take what I get and I won't ask for more," if the evidence shows that he's open to providing it.

So I'm asking y'all what, if anything, that evidence shows.

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When I've paid his fee he has been very kind in writing whatever I want however I want it and been great to deal with. I wish other astronauts would simply add $100 to their fee and write whatever you want. It's a lot easier than the per word fees. I know it's not likely for mail in signings but in person it's great.

If you want a very specific or wordy inscription you may have to pay his fee but you will get exactly what you want that way.

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posted 09-27-2014 08:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lspooz   Click Here to Email lspooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Again being clear that I cannot speak for him, last year he inscribed a book to my son with a seven-word inscription, and if you have a short request (with a succinct back story or explanation for the request) he may acquiesce — your chances may improve if you're careful to make everything easy such as a concise and neatly written letter, easily-sealed packaging for the return shipment, and a pre-printed/prepaid postal label which avoids the need for standing in line with a stamped package.

Good luck - it's worth the effort for any sort of response from such an accomplished astronaut.

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Have a wonderful day to all colleagues. I am very happy and proud at the same time as a signature of Mr. E. Cernan. Around since 1982 own. 1 | 2 | 3

Cernan has grandparents after his descent from the former Czechoslovakia state, now, especially between Czech and Slovakia as well. I come from the same country, and also because of my pride. Mr. Cernan is very gentle and kind. I want to thank this through my great thanks to Mr. Cernan.


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