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sprocketship
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posted 03-06-2014 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sprocketship     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While I wish I had the funds to collect a lot of space memorabilia, I don't. (Maybe some day I'll get that Alan Shepard autograph...) So, are there astronauts who will sign pics for free?

What's a good way to start collecting such things?

4allmankind
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posted 03-06-2014 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 4allmankind   Click Here to Email 4allmankind     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Free" is nice (and also rare these days). You can however creatively build a nice collection for somewhat low cost.

I was pretty young when I started collecting this material and didn't have a whole lot to spend on autographs. That fact led me to books. Many books were/are signed for nothing more than cover price, such as Shepard's "Moon Shot," and it would afford you a great opportunity to get a legitimate signature of his. Today cover price for that book might be difficult but $50-70 would get you an authentic signature of his (while a photo might be $200-500).

p51
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posted 03-06-2014 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John Glenn signs for free, especially if you want it signed to someone specific.

I printed a digital photo of him in his ACES suit for his shuttle mission, mailed it and got it back in less than a month. For the photo, mailing and everything, I got the autograph for less than $15 total.

I'm not a big autograph collector and would never pay top dollar for anyone's autograph (I have a few, but with the exception of Glenn, they're all astronauts I've talked with personally), but I couldn't pass on that opportunity...

JBoe
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posted 03-06-2014 03:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by sprocketship:
While I wish I had the funds to collect a lot of space memorabilia, I don't.
I can sympathize with you. Although, this forum can be searched for ways to obtain "free" autographs. For starters, there's information in this forum to obtain ESA, Canadian Space Agency, and other current/former NASA astronauts' autographs.

The other thing is to check out various autographing sessions or events where current and former astronauts are invited to. Although, those may be pricey if you want to make travel arrangements out of the local area.

disglobes
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posted 03-06-2014 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for disglobes   Click Here to Email disglobes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Check your local thrift stores, I found a Moonshot book signed by Alan Shepard for 50 cents and also a Lost Moon book signed by Jim Lovell for 50 cents. Also libraries have book sales too, I have found many signed books there too for only 10 cents, Chuck Yeager and Adolf Galland to name a couple. Good luck.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 03-06-2014 08:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Free" is all relative of course. For me, US round-trip postage plus a photo getting printed usually is about $8 total.

Not sure where you are, but if you go to KSC, they have an astronaut talking every day. That astronaut will sign one of your items for free, plus you can buy photos from them to get autographed.

And yes, check local venues for astronauts making keynote speeches or other appearances. You may have to pay to get into said venue (as with KSC.)

Daugherty54
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posted 03-06-2014 09:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yahoo groups has an organization called astroaddies. The moderators has a list that outlines every astronaut, whether they sign or not and supplies the current address, cost is about $30 or so. I have almost 200 astronaut autographs and this list has helped tremendously.

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posted 03-06-2014 10:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceyInMN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm in the same boat. I'd love love be able to collect astronaut autographs, but spending a lot really isn't in my budget. I have been given some advice in other areas on this site, and have a few now at little to no cost. The Canadian Space Agency sent me a signed photo of Chris Hadfield from just a polite email request. I have a John Glenn personalized photo that I sent him with return postage a few years ago. Just a couple weeks ago, I received back a copy of Gene Cernan's book that he personalized. That wasn't "free" in the sense of no cost, because I had to buy the book and the postage for it to send both ways, but still, for less than $50, I have a personally inscribed book from the last man on the moon. Pretty cool, in my book.

Also, some of the early NASA personnel still sign for free. You won't necessarily find their addresses on this site, but they area available elsewhere online. Eugene Kranz recently signed a photo I sent him, and just today, I sent a photo to Chris Kraft and am hopeful he will send it back signed.

As I've seen elsewhere on here, please be polite and respectful in all transactions, include a SASE with your request, and don't send too many items (1 or 2, perhaps).

Best of luck, and please share any successes you have!

sprocketship
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posted 03-23-2014 10:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sprocketship     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Had my first success this weekend. While wandering around our local used media store, I stumbled upon an autographed copy of John Glenn's memoirs for only $10.

Not bad considering that last week I mailed a pair of photos to the Senator in hopes that he will have another signing session in the future. Cost more than $10, that did!

Maybe someday I'll find that Alan Shepard...

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