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dogcrew5369
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posted 07-11-2012 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just wondering if Yeager still signs through the mail? I have a photo with him from 2003 and was wondering if anyone knows if it would be a good idea to mail it to him SASE included? He signed through the mail in the '90s.

albatron
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posted 07-11-2012 08:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is his official website. I do believe he still signs, but there is a fee and a ton of hoops to jump through. No matter the item.

kosmo
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posted 07-11-2012 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He signs, but it will be personalized and the "hoops to jump through" (his wife), still are worth it.

machbusterman
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posted 07-11-2012 04:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have to say I really dig the signed Bell X-1 model for $5,000. Those things were like $199 to $249 at the Air Force Flight Test Center museum shop up until a few years ago. I guess you could call that inflation.

mjanovec
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posted 07-11-2012 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also noticed those $5000 models, Derek. Remove one of the zeros and it's still overpriced.

DSeuss5490
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posted 07-11-2012 09:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DSeuss5490   Click Here to Email DSeuss5490     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One sold last month at RR for $858 and last year for $960. Several others have sold recently in the $300-$500 range, but nothing even close to $5,000. I wonder if Yeager has sold any of those at that price?

There seems to be such a steady supply of Yeager-signed X-1 and other models, it makes one wonder if Yeager himself is supplying them to the auction.

dogcrew5369
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posted 07-12-2012 09:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by albatron:
Here is his official website.
Thanks Al. Wow things have changed since I last saw Yeager and mailed him. I don't mind a bit a personalization on a photo that includes me. I already have a number of items signed by him (most for free and in person) so I don't really need to pay a lot for an autograph I have many times over.

I have a poster I obtained in '97 at a North Carolina airshow I frequent with Yeager and the 50th anniversary of the sound barrier breaking on it. Yeager and Anderson were there flying their P-51's. Man, I wish I had gotten him to sign that! Now I have to jump through hoops and plop down at least $100.

Guess he saw what the astronauts were doing and decided to jump in. Can't blame him since many just want his auto to resell. I can't believe the price on that X-1 though!

machbusterman
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posted 07-12-2012 03:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mjanovec:
I also noticed those $5000 models, Derek. Remove one of the zeros and it's still overpriced.
Definitely... I picked up a gorgeous XF-92A model signed by Chuck a couple of years ago for $149 as I recall. I still kick myself though at not having him sign the X-1 model I'd purchased at the National Air and Space Museum... earlier in the day just prior to his talk.

Daugherty54
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posted 07-12-2012 06:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've tried to get several items signed but had no luck. Evidently he will only sign certain models and certain pictures..... I just got tired of dealing with his reps at the website. I am mainly interested in space anyway. Good luck with that website.

albatron
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posted 07-12-2012 08:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dogcrew5369:
Guess he saw what the astronauts were doing and decided to jump in. Can't blame him since many just want his auto to resell. I can't believe the price on that X-1 though!
Well actually he just got married again. Things changed exponentially after she came into the picture.

Good luck, glad to help.

dogcrew5369
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posted 07-12-2012 11:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by albatron:
Well actually he just got married again.
That's the spirit Chuck! 89 and remarried. Maybe he can get her name painted on the nose of a plane. Wonder how old she is?

albatron
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posted 07-13-2012 02:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dogcrew5369:
Wonder how old she is?
About half his age. Normally I'd cheer too but, she's created this disconnect. With his friends as well.

gliderpilotuk
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posted 07-13-2012 04:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by machbusterman:
Those things were like $199 to $249 at the Air Force Flight Test Center museum shop up until a few years ago.
And still available for $229 on the net if you look hard!

mjanovec
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posted 07-13-2012 05:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Daugherty54:
I just got tired of dealing with his reps at the website.
"His reps" = his wife

Read this thread if you want more history of issues that cS'ers have had dealing with her.

alanh_7
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posted 07-13-2012 10:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was just reading some of the comments and the other thread listed here. Not a good experience to be sure. I have an item I would like signed but will pass I think.

If they are going to take money to have items signed they could have a better attitude about it.

General Yeager's staff, whoever they may be could take notes from John Glenn's office. It may take awhile but you always get the items back and in pristine shape. And he signs for free.

dogcrew5369
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posted 07-15-2012 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by albatron:
Normally I'd cheer too but, she's created this disconnect. With his friends as well.
That's what I was afraid of. He used to be very accessible through mail and in person.

Last time I met him was in '03 at the Thunder Over Michigan airshow and he was selling items fairly cheap with a signature. Of course, no female in sight; just his old wingman Clarence Bud Anderson.

There are other things I could say about situations like this, but I won't out of respect for one of my all-time heroes.

DChudwin
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posted 09-18-2012 07:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently availed myself of Gen. Yeager's online store at chuckyeager.com to order a personalized autographed photo of him in front of a B-2 aircraft.

The photo was autographed in a prescribed manner: "To: David, Good luck! Chuck Yeager." The cost was $75 including the photo, autograph and shipping and handling.

While Yeager has raised his prices in recent years (as noted upthread), I don't think that the $75 for what I received was excessive compared to what astronauts are charging for autographs alone.

The only downside to the transaction was that it took 9 weeks to receive the photo.
But I am quite satisfied overall.

(Yeager also has a Facebook page. While there have been questions as to whether Chuck or his wife are answering, from the "attitude" displayed in some of the comments, I think it is the General himself).

schnappsicle
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posted 09-19-2012 08:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for schnappsicle   Click Here to Email schnappsicle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I ordered a photo from his web site a few years ago. I asked for no personalization and I got an email asking for a name to personalize or I would be getting a refund. I sent in the name of my daughter, since she will be inheriting the photo when I die, but I was very unhappy about how I was treated throughout the entire process. Yes, I could have said "No" and blown off the whole thing, but it's Yeager. I had to have him, even if it wasn't what I wanted. or how I wanted it.

At the risk of sounding arrogant, I should be able to get what I want on a photograph when I'm paying for an autograph. I will never understand why he insists on personalizing every photo he signs. The least he could do is personalize it with something relevent to the photo or one of his many accomplishments. "Good Luck" just sounds bad and looks rather ridiculous on the photo.

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