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gareth89
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posted 05-23-2015 01:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gareth89   Click Here to Email gareth89     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's my one from Mike Collins recent signing, I don't think I'll ever be able to afford to add Buzz but here's hoping!

...and this piece has quickly become one of my favourites!

fredtrav
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posted 05-29-2015 03:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Finally after several years of looking, I managed to find and buy Milt Thompson's "At the Edge of Space," signed by him. As a bonus it was a first edition/first print. Found it on Amazon for a whopping $15, including shipping.

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posted 05-29-2015 10:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by gareth89:
I don't think I'll ever be able to afford to add Buzz but here's hoping!
For what it's worth, I think you'll regret it if you do not find a way to scrape together the money to complete your Apollo 11 crew litho.

Steve Zarelli
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posted 05-30-2015 05:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Zarelli   Click Here to Email Steve Zarelli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Agreed. Bite the bullet and get it done now. Sell something common and easily replaceable if you have to. You will be really kicking yourself in 5 or 10 years if you don't.

gareth89
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posted 05-31-2015 10:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gareth89   Click Here to Email gareth89     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the advice guys! It's definitely my intention to add Buzz, my fear is that I might not get the opportunity. I've already got my Buzz piggy bank half filled with change on my bedside locker! He hasn't got any shows or signings lined up in the near future so unless our friends over at novaspace get him in it looks like my litho will remain buzz-less for a while at least!

Steve Zarelli
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posted 05-31-2015 01:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Zarelli   Click Here to Email Steve Zarelli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Contact his office and arrange to send it in. I know a collector who just did this to complete an Apollo 11... he had no problems.

onesmallstep
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posted 06-01-2015 10:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scored a trifecta at the recent World Science Festival in New York: Lee Morin, Clay Anderson and Nicole Stott signed my downloaded NASA portraits.

rlobinske
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posted 06-01-2015 12:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rlobinske     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This past weekend, Al Worden signed the base for my Apollo 15 CSM "Endeavour" and Robert Crippen signed the base of my under-construction STS-1 "Columbia".

schnappsicle
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posted 06-05-2015 08:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for schnappsicle   Click Here to Email schnappsicle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Personally, I'd much rather have the photo be relevant to the signers. For instance, if I were going to get a group of Shuttle astronauts to sign a photo, I would have them sign a Shuttle photo, not an Apollo photo, and definitely not an Apollo lunar photo. I guess that's why I always shy away from multi-signed items. There's always a signature or 2 that doesn't match the photo. I don't know why that bothers me, but it does.

A friend of mine has something I really want. Her father worked in the Astrodome when it first opened as a member of the cleaning crew. Sometime in the first year it opened, the Mercury 7 astronauts visited the Astrodome. My friend's father was lucky enough to get a baseball signed by all seven. She has documentation that shows her ball is one of only 2 they signed. I believe the other one is on display at Kenney Space Center. She still has her father's ball. When she showed it to me, I almost cried looking at it. I offered to buy it from her, but when she told me that she turned down an $18,000 offer for it, I realized it was out of my price range. I don't buy baseballs signed by astronauts, but that's one ball I wish I had in my collection.

Cozmosis22
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posted 06-05-2015 10:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While rearranging the space library of some 1,400 books last weekend came across a copy of "Wernher von Braun, Crusader for Space, An Illustrated Memoir". Had placed it in a plastic sleeve some years ago. It has a lot of great old black and white photographs. It is signed by the authors Ernst Stuhlinger and Frederick Ordway III.

SpaceyInMN
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posted 06-05-2015 10:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceyInMN   Click Here to Email SpaceyInMN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I finally got around to scanning or photographing my space autograph collection that I've (mostly) assembled in the past year and a half and have posted the images on the web. Now if I could just get around to cataloging the rest of my autograph collection, I'd be in good shape.

I sold the Glenn U.S. Senate photo and Aldrin "Mission to Mars" book that are still shown on my site when I was saving up to purchase my Armstrong, but I still have everything else.

JBoe
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posted 06-06-2015 09:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jason, thanks for sharing! I too have (in your case had) the Senator Glenn photo.

AlanC
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posted 06-06-2015 03:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AlanC   Click Here to Email AlanC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some nicely framed presentations Jason- I particularly like the Harrison Schmitt display.

SpaceyInMN
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posted 06-06-2015 04:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceyInMN   Click Here to Email SpaceyInMN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the kind words. It's a meager collection so far, especially compared to some of those I've seen on cS, but I've thoroughly enjoyed acquiring these items. Several of them are from other cS members. They've been very helpful, and I appreciate their knowledge and honesty in space autograph collecting.

The highlight of my space collecting so far was to meet and shake the hand of Harrison Schmitt, who is my favorite astronaut. My own father is a geologist, and geology fascinates me, so meeting the first true geologist astronaut was a thrill I'll never forget. Not to mention, he came across as a very genuine, kind person.

The display I put together of the photos of Dr. Schmitt and the autograph couldn't have cost me more than US $15. The autograph is a photocopy, as I didn't have the guts to cut the title page out of the book that he signed.

AlanC
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posted 06-07-2015 04:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AlanC   Click Here to Email AlanC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm glad you had a good experience meeting him, and as a Scotsman I applaud your cost-efficiency!

Lightyear69
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posted 06-10-2015 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lightyear69   Click Here to Email Lightyear69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pictures are welcome.

Daniel Lazecky
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posted 06-15-2015 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel Lazecky   Click Here to Email Daniel Lazecky     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From my collection. Recent catches have recently acquired.

Torsten
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posted 06-16-2015 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Torsten   Click Here to Email Torsten     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My newest autograph arrived today: The latest German astronaut Alexander Gerst (ISS 40/41). Normally the European Astronaut Center is quite fast with requests, but this one took nearly six months.

There hasn't been a German in space since six years and Alexander was the first to use the social media regularly. He became very famous in Germany and his lectures are always VERY busy.

I saw him just five days ago, but decided not to beg for an autograph, as there were so many children and I've already send a request.

To make it short: Yet one of my favorites.

Lightyear69
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posted 06-19-2015 07:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lightyear69   Click Here to Email Lightyear69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Recently added. Hope you enjoy...

schnappsicle
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posted 06-22-2015 07:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for schnappsicle   Click Here to Email schnappsicle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Every time I go into a new city, I check out the local used bookstores to see if I can find any bargains. I didn't find a book yesterday, but I think I landed something even better.

While flipping through some space books, I came across a piece of paper signed by Buzz Aldrin. He wrote "Encounter With Tibor" below his signature. The paper itself has a letterhead from one of the major airlines (maybe Continental, I can't remember for sure). While I'm not into putting cut signatures below a photograph, this piece would be perfect for just such an ensemble, should I ever decide to do such a project.

schnappsicle
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posted 06-22-2015 07:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for schnappsicle   Click Here to Email schnappsicle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Lightyear69:
Recently added. Hope you enjoy...
Very nice pictures. I especially like the fact that you had him write the actual words that he spoke at the moment the photos were taken (or thereabouts). For some reason, those are always my favorite kinds of autographs.

I have one myself of the Shorty Crater pan signed by Cernan in which he wrote an entire paragraph about what he was seeing while he was taking the pan. It's one of my prized possessions, along with another piece that has Cernan's first and last words he spoke from the lunar surface.

I once tried to get Ed Mitchell to write a quote on the Apollo 14 12 o'clock pan, but he refused. I guess he regretted making the statement, but it fit so well with the photograph.

Dooku1996
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posted 06-26-2015 07:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dooku1996   Click Here to Email Dooku1996     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just got back my copy of "Homesteading Space" from Jack Lousma!!! Its long journey is now complete. It has been signed by all Skylab astronauts with the exception of Conrad. It has been a long time but it is finally complete.

Daugherty54
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posted 07-09-2015 08:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

My latest from the Cernan signing. It goes well with my 1/6 figure:

Daugherty54
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posted 07-16-2015 06:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With the news from NASA I wanted to share this old autograph of mine.

gareth89
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posted 08-23-2015 10:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gareth89   Click Here to Email gareth89     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did it... Just got an email from Buzz the other day, can't wait to get my crew litho back! It'll be a beans and toast diet for a while by the looks of my bank balance though!

18blue78
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posted 08-23-2015 01:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 18blue78     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That looks great. I'm sure when you get it back those beans on toast will taste like caviar. Well done.

davidcwagner
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posted 08-23-2015 05:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for davidcwagner   Click Here to Email davidcwagner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Purchased Alan Bean's "That's How it Felt to Walk on the Moon - Apollo 12 Crew Signed" from eBay (111739392484).

The listing only showed Alan Bean and Charles Conrad signatures. The Richard Gordon signature was a pleasant surprise.

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posted 08-25-2015 01:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skythings   Click Here to Email Skythings     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just received a Virgil Grissom and Alan Shepard autograph from a delightful lady who met the duo in June 1961. This is only my second astronaut autograph. I have posted it on my website.

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posted 08-25-2015 10:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 18blue78     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since I last posted on this thread I've had a very busy few months adding to my collection.

Thanks to the Space Lectures event;

  • Eileen Collins STS-93 signed photo.
Thanks to the Cosmic-Con event;
  • Al Worden 'Falling to Earth'.
  • Jack Lousma STS-3 signed photo.
  • Kathy Thornton STS-61 signed photo.
  • Don Thomas beautifully inscribed 'Orbit of Discovery' and STS-70 signed photo.
Thanks to info from Astroaddies;
  • Bob Crippen STS-1 signed photo.
  • Donald Peterson STS-6 signed photo.
  • Guion Bluford STS-8 signed photo.
  • Susan Helms STS-64 signed photo.
  • Rich Clifford STS-76 signed photo.
  • Janet Kavandi STS-99 signed photo.
  • Robert Cenker signed cover.
  • John Grunsfeld signed litho.
  • Anna Lee Fisher signed litho.
  • Gene Kranz signed copy of his book 'Failure is not an Option' and a signed photo of him in Mission Control.
  • Chris Kraft signed copy of his book 'Fight' and a signed photo of him in Mission Control.
Thanks to the Association of Space Explorers;
  • Tom Jones signed copy of his book 'Space Walking' personally inscribed and STS-98 signed photo.
Thanks to One Giant Leap;
  • Bill Oefelein STS-116 signed photo.

p51
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posted 08-25-2015 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not an autograph collector like many here, but I have several from encounters with astronauts. Other than the John Glenn one I have, this is the only one from an astronaut I've never met nor talked with.

This one showed up in the mail yesterday, something I didn't expect at all (heck, I didn't even know that NASA still made portrait lithos). I love the inscription as clearly the man must have been made aware of my Army connection:

Someone on this forum was kind enough to secure this for me, as I was an Army officer and I have one of COL Wheelock's personal patches. I don't know if I should name the name of the CS member who got this for me, but it's for a display I'll be doing for a school event my living history group puts on each November, talking about veterans. My talk this year will be about service member contributions to the space program.

Lightyear69
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posted 09-13-2015 03:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lightyear69   Click Here to Email Lightyear69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Recently added:

Lightyear69
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posted 09-13-2015 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lightyear69   Click Here to Email Lightyear69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Lightyear69
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posted 09-15-2015 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lightyear69   Click Here to Email Lightyear69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 09-15-2015 09:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Me and Norm - John Herrington and Norm Abram at Kennedy Space Center, where an episode of "This Old House" was filmed.

Lightyear69
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posted 12-22-2015 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lightyear69   Click Here to Email Lightyear69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A new item. See more here.

Daugherty54
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posted 12-22-2015 05:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My latest,courtesy of a friend in Houston.

John Aaron of the "SCE to Aux" call:

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 12-28-2015 07:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since I'm unlikely to get any more by year's end, for 2015 -

Added to "Space Shuttle: The First 20 Years": Foreman; C. Anderson; Ochoa; Ford; Shaw; M. McArthur; Clervoy; Nicollier; Carey; Newman; Fuglesang; Thirsk; Oefelein; Chretien; Jernigan; Wisoff; Melnick; Rominger; Tanner; and Akers.

Photos included: Whitson; Wiseman; Cabana; Bolden (CP); Spring; Virts; Tani; Swanson; Wilmore; Herrington; McClain; Shriver; and Sharma.

cycleroadie
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posted 01-16-2016 08:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA astronaut Drew Morgan signed litho:

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 03-15-2016 11:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Working on completing a post-Challenger crew: Norman Thagard on a print of a Shuttle/Centaur launch. I've had the print for at least a dozen years, been working on getting it signed for about seven. Just need Ron Grabe and I'll have the living members of 61F and G, including John Fabian, whom Thagard replaced.

schnappsicle
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posted 03-16-2016 12:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for schnappsicle   Click Here to Email schnappsicle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I finished getting autographed photos of all 43 Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts about four years ago. I never wanted any of the shuttle astronauts. The thought of an additional 135 photos was more than I could stomach, but stomach them I did. After the auction last weekend, I'm about halfway through with my autographed shuttle crew photos.

What I really want is a complete collection of shuttle EVA photos from every astronaut who ventured outside the shuttle, Mir and ISS. I have about a dozen so far. I don't know how many I would have to get in order to complete that collection, but I'm sure it's a significant number.

Something I want but can never get is a Michael Collins signed EVA photo from his Gemini 10 mission. Sadly, the camera Young was using to shoot photos with floated out into space, never to be seen again. Also, there is no photo of Neil Armstrong or Alan Bean saluting the flag on the lunar surface. It would have been nice to get all 12 moonwalkers standing next to the flag.


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