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princetontiger
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posted 11-15-2012 07:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for princetontiger     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I finally saved enough to buy several I've always wanted. Have a look -

Everyone else... care to share your collection?

Madon_space
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posted 11-15-2012 09:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Madon_space   Click Here to Email Madon_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice items there, you can see some of my items at this thread.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 11-15-2012 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some, not all, scans of my signed photos as well as scans of signed book pages can be seen here.

DChudwin
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posted 11-15-2012 09:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice. Where did you get them framed with the patches?

Also, I hope that you used UV resistant glass or plexiglass since the room appears to be bright.

princetontiger
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posted 11-15-2012 09:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for princetontiger     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks! I fulfilled a childhood dream. They sell these frames at Kennedy Space Center, but I purchased them from The Space Store, which in turn has some from Novaspace.

They are in plexiglass with Fuji film crystal display.

GACspaceguy
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posted 11-16-2012 05:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by DChudwin:
I hope that you used UV resistant glass or plexiglass since the room appears to be bright.
An alternate to the UV protection on the framed glass is UV protection on the windows and door glass. I had our house done with a 3M film product that lets 85% of the light in and block 99.7% of the UV. That way all of your collection is protected and not just the framed items.

Great display!

garymilgrom
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posted 11-16-2012 06:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great collection! Everything matches nicely.

schnappsicle
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posted 11-18-2012 05:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for schnappsicle   Click Here to Email schnappsicle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought about putting patches with my photos, but I have way more photos than walls.

I started out with Dave Scott and Jim Irwin back in 1972. After that, I went for Gene Cernan, then the ASTP crew. I kept those photos for almost 40 years. I never planned on adding to my collection. When I looked up what my photos were worth, I found an abundant supply of material for sale. I now have over 120 signed photos. Three 16x20's and the rest are 8x10.

The reason I have so many is because I have one from each mission that each astronaut flew. That means I have five John Young's for example. I got his STS-1 photo and that's where my collection ends. The only thing I don't have two of is Armstrong. For some reason, people don't want to part with any of his Gemini 8 signed photos.

In addition to each mission, I have several extra photos of people like Cernan, Bean, Scott and Irwin. If I like a photo, I have to have it signed. That way, I can change out my photos from time to time.

My latest additions have been the panoramas from Moonpans. They take up a lot of space, but I find it interesting to see the change in scenery from the flat Apollo 11 site to the mountains of Apollo 17.

As with most hobbies, it is addicting. Staying within your limits (financially speaking) will increase the fun.

jemmy
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posted 11-18-2012 06:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jemmy   Click Here to Email jemmy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am very much the same as you. I have sort of the same bug but only keep my collection to Apollo and 8x10 photos. It all started with me when I wanted to know how many men walked on the moon.

I am a 80's child and live in Europe (although that should be no excuse) so I had to do a search on the Internet. I found Al Bean's website site and a contact email. I sent him a email asking him some questions and he replied, I was overwhelmed that he replied. Since that I have met Al and five other moon walkers and a lot of Apollo era astronauts.

I have been collecting a photo from every astronaut that flew on each Apollo mission. I too have copies because I upgrade my collection when i see a nicer photo and have the chance to get signed or buy it.

Only a couple have evaded me but I have seen some for extortionate prices. I love this hobby but it can be expensive. As I said I am near the end of my collection but it may take years to find the five signatures I need/want.

I love looking at other people's collection and I really am impressed by princetontiger's wall and everybody else's collection on this tread. I don't have much room to display all of my collection so I am currently building a website to display my collection so I can see it anytime I want and show other people at the same time, I know it's not the same as up on the wall but to me that is my goal. I am nearly finished the site but I don't want to go live as I want to complete my collection first.

I thought about selling my spares (nothing to hard to find Haise, Worden, Irwin, etc.) but might want them someday so I have decided just to hold onto them.

Thanks for sharing these collections guys (and girls).

jemmy
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posted 11-18-2012 06:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jemmy   Click Here to Email jemmy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I forgot to say, great tips from David and Fred about the UV, this would destroy all your hard work if not considered.

Rob, your collection is amazing, you must have a very understanding wife.

SpaceAholic
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posted 11-18-2012 06:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by GACspaceguy:
An alternate to the UV protection on the framed glass is UV protection on the windows and door glass.

CFL bulbs ( which is becoming the primary residential lighting source) emit significant UV (particularly UVB). Optimum protection is frame/case integrated.

GACspaceguy
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posted 11-18-2012 07:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good point Scott, out those bulbs go. I do the belt and suspender method and have pictures behind UV Plexiglas as well.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 11-19-2012 02:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In my opinion too much reliance is placed on the protective properties of UV glazing.

Pictures framed with such and exposed to daylight will fade. It's as simple as that. Maybe not as quickly but fade they will. So be careful guys.

The only sure fire way to safeguard your investment/legacy is to have quality copies made and framed.

Madon_space
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posted 11-19-2012 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Madon_space   Click Here to Email Madon_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jemmy:
Rob, your collection is amazing, you must have a very understanding wife.
Jemmy, thanks for your kind comments. My missus is quite understanding about my collection, she actually framed most of my autographs for me quite some time ago but we moved and I couldn't display them all so they have now been removed from the frames.

You can see the framed ones on my site here along with all the other items I have collected over the years if you would like to take a look. Thanks again.

jemmy
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posted 11-19-2012 05:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jemmy   Click Here to Email jemmy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great collection Rob, thanks for sharing..

Greggy_D
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posted 11-19-2012 05:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Along these lines, I've been looking at framing my standard sized NASA flown presentations. Is there a good source online that most use for framing materials?

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