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posted 09-19-2014 05:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JoKepler   Click Here to Email JoKepler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thought it may be interesting to get opinions on the scarcest flown (Mercury through ASTP) astronaut autographs, and just how scarce people believe them to be.

My thoughts are as far as deceased astronauts (the top three are pretty clear — in whatever order you rank them):

  1. Gus Grissom
  2. Ed White
  3. Jack Swigert
And living (realizing it can change at any time with some private signing):
  1. Bill Anders
  2. John Young
  3. Ken Mattingly
Just how scarce are these signatures?

Hart Sastrowardoyo

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posted 09-19-2014 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would say it depends on what medium (book, photo, etc.) you're looking for their signature, as well as what point in time. Slayton did a science-fiction con where he was signing. Young did a private signing as well as his once-in-a-while signed litho if you asked for one. Stafford did a book signing.


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posted 10-03-2014 04:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Young did four or five signings with Novaspace so I can't imagine he's terribly hard to find. I see his autograph all over the place, though usually people are asking way too much.

He's certainly nowhere near as hard as Mattingly or Anders and probably about on par with Schmitt. He just costs more I assume because people had to spend $500 to get items signed where as Schmitt signed for free for several years and did a far cheaper signing around 2005 before stopping signing rather suddenly.

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