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Lightyear69
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posted 01-08-2015 08:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lightyear69   Click Here to Email Lightyear69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How about an ongoing thread to highlight the new additions to your collection? Show us what you got!

I'll start with some stuff, look here.

Rocketman!
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posted 01-08-2015 07:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rocketman!   Click Here to Email Rocketman!     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
[Off topic, but ...] Nice Apollo logo, Mr. Lightyear!

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 01-08-2015 08:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Picked up a Favier-signed STS-78 glossy photo of the crew sitting around the breakfast table. Of course, this now means I have to try and get the rest of the crew to sign the photo....

randy
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posted 01-08-2015 08:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just recently picked up a Frank Borman autograph from a fellow cS'er.

cycleroadie
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posted 01-09-2015 04:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Walt Cunningham, Charlie Duke, and Cady Coleman, all got in person at an event in October.

SkyMan1958
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posted 01-09-2015 05:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My most recent pickup was a Von Braun signature.

Daniel Lazecky
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posted 01-09-2015 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel Lazecky   Click Here to Email Daniel Lazecky     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Something here on this site as well.

Daugherty54
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posted 01-09-2015 11:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are a few autographs, memorabilia and pictures.

Skyguy48
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posted 01-20-2015 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skyguy48   Click Here to Email Skyguy48     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sent away a photo mid-September and yesterday morning received it back through the post with a very nice signature... John Glenn.

18blue78
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posted 01-21-2015 07:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 18blue78     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Like Skyguy48, this morning I received a signed John Glenn 8x10 through the post.

albatron
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posted 01-21-2015 02:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great idea for a post, we used to share successes all the time and kind of got away from it.

I too received a response from John Glenn. He signed two NASA glossies for me.

lspooz
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posted 01-21-2015 02:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lspooz   Click Here to Email lspooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From a batch of eight requests sent to the 8-Ball ASCANS in July 2014 , so far I've received signatures from Tyler Hague, Anne McClain, and Drew Morgan - hope to get the rest back by the summer, but we'll see.... they're certainly quite busy at this point.

Lightyear69
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posted 01-25-2015 09:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lightyear69   Click Here to Email Lightyear69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Lightyear69:
I'll start with some stuff...
Update.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-25-2015 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Instead of posting links, perhaps it would help foster discussion for everyone when replying to describe the new pieces, how or why you obtained them and what they mean to your collection...

Lightyear69
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posted 01-25-2015 09:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lightyear69   Click Here to Email Lightyear69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your answer. This is now my collection. Let's discuss about the items...

jtheoret
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posted 01-25-2015 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jtheoret   Click Here to Email jtheoret     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some beautifully inscribed images there. Congratulations!

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 01-25-2015 10:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Short answer: I've been trying to get autographed photos - preferably candid, though I'll take portrait (BFS, WSS, L/ES) or crew photos of the 355 astronauts who flew on the space shuttle.

I picked up the STS-78 crew photo which had Favier's signature because I stand a reasonable chance of getting it completed (less Brady, of course.) The seller was one I had dealt with before, and included a copy of a catalog page showing the photo for sale. I recognized the catalog page as coming from a longtime space collector/dealer, although I don't remember who that collector/dealer is (although I am 99 percent sure I know who.)

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 01-26-2015 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As noted in my blog, I decided to get this photo signed by Mike Foreman because I like getting the unusual photo signed. It's also a nice complement to the picture I have of Nichelle Nichols sitting in an early shuttle simulator.

mach3valkyrie
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posted 01-26-2015 06:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently acquired an STS-47 crew signed litho which to me is significant because Hoot Gibson and Curt Brown are also pilots of Hawker Sea Furys at the Reno Air Races. So it's a nice cross collectible for me.

schnappsicle
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posted 01-27-2015 07:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for schnappsicle   Click Here to Email schnappsicle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My collection began back in 1972. I lived 2 miles down the road from the JSC main gate on what was then NASA 1. One day, my mother was coming home from work and saw antennas from TV trucks on her right as she was passing the gate. She drove over to where the trucks were and found out that it was an astronaut's house.

Two weeks later, I talked her into driving me to that house. When we got there, I saw Dave Scott standing outside wearing nothing but a pair of shorts and sneakers next to his lawn mower. He was talking to a neighbor. I presume the neighbor was Richard Gordon, who lived next door. I asked my mother to stop so I could get out and ask for his autograph. Citing embarrassment, she refused to stop for me. I took note of his house number and wrote him as soon as I got back to our apartment. Several weeks later, I received my first autograph.

I was so excited that I grabbed the phone book and looked for other astronauts. I happened to come across Jim Irwin and Rusty Schwieckart's addresses, so I wrote both of them. Irwin gave me a fast reply with several autographs. Schweickart however, sent my photos back unsigned with a card that read something to the effect that "I do not honor autograph requests sent to my home. If you want me to sign something, please send it to my office address." That's how I got the NASA astronaut office address. I wrote him back and sure enough, he signed everything I sent him. Some things twice. I also wrote to Gene Cernan and Ron Evans and got several autographs from both of them.

That was the extent of my collection for the next 30 years. One day, I came across those photos and wondered what they might be worth. After doing some online searching, I found places like Novaspace and Farthest Reaches. In a matter of 3 years, I managed to get the other 10 moonwalkers. Those photos looked nice hanging on my wall, but there was something missing. That's when I decided to buy the CMP's for the lunar landing missions, which took another year or two.

After that, I decided to finish off my Apollo collection with the autographs of the Apollo 7 and Apollo 8 astronauts. I also needed McDivitt to complete my Apollo 9 crew. Once those were safely on my wall, I went even further back and started gathering Gemini autographs. They were my favorite missions because those were the ones that got me hooked on the space program, beginning with the Gemini 4 mission. So now I have at least one photo from each of the Gemini missions signed by at least one of the crew members. I don't have a Grissom Gemini 3 or Armstrong Gemini 8 photo, but I do have all the rest.

Once I had all the Gemini's hanging on my wall, I went after the Mercury astronauts. Those were hard because there are some very affordable and not so affordable Mercury autographs. The last Mercury I bought was Grissom, who I bought from a collector here on cS.

In addition to astronauts, I've also collected autographed photos of the Apollo flight directors as well as Werner von Braun, Max Faget and Guenter Wendt.

I'm not sure I want to do the Shuttle astronauts, but I do have signed crew photos from STS-1 through 7. I also have the obligatory Bruce McCandless and Eileen Collins signed photos. After all this collecting, I have autographs of the first 50 Americans to fly in space. I also have an autographed photo of the first 6 Soviets in space. I believe my collection is rather complete at the moment. I'm always looking to upgrade, but most of my photos are prime with very good or interesting inscriptions. Only a handful of my photos are dedicated to anyone.

I collected these photos because of what those astronauts did for me when I was growing up. I remember being drawn to Neil Armstrong and Dave Scott during their Gemini 8 ordeal. I remember the tension during the last lunar orbit of Apollo 8 (would their engine fire, etc...). The heart stopping moment when "Eagle" became "Tranquility Base", and the 5 lunar landings that followed. The nightmare and utter joy that was Apollo 13. I lived every moment with each of the men who flew those missions. They were a part of my life. I was so happy when I met my first astronauts at Spacefest 3. It only took 40 years, but I finally got to shake Dave Scott's hand. Yes, I told him about seeing him in his front yard. He thought it was funny that I should remember something like that. Why wouldn't I?

Skyguy48
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posted 02-16-2015 06:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skyguy48   Click Here to Email Skyguy48     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by schnappsicle:
It only took 40 years, but I finally got to shake Dave Scott's hand. Yes, I told him about seeing him in his front yard. He thought it was funny that I should remember something like that. Why wouldn't I?
What an amazing story.

fredtrav
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posted 02-17-2015 10:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My newest piece is a copy of "Flying to the Moon" signed by Mike Collins.

This leaves me with needing only two books written and signed by American astronauts to have a complete collection. One is "My Life as an Astronaut" by Alan Bean and "First on the Moon" signed by Armstrong (I have it signed by Aldrin and Collins).

I hope to find a Bean one day, but it made be harder to find a "First on the Moon" that I can afford. If anyone has a copy of the Bean book let me know.

Daugherty54
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posted 02-17-2015 10:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fred, you can get a hard copy of the Bean book from Abebook.com for about $15 in very good condition if that would work for you. My self or others on here could have it signed at the next SpaceFest, if this helps any.

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posted 02-17-2015 07:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for woodg2   Click Here to Email woodg2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't give up on the Armstrong. A few years ago I picked up a copy signed by Armstrong at a used bookstore. I paid $25.50 for it!

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fredtrav
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posted 03-15-2015 10:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Daughetry, I thank you for the offer, but his fee is too high for what I want signed. I hope that I will be able to find one on ABE or Amazon or another site that has been signed already and will be less expensive.

schnappsicle
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posted 03-16-2015 07:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for schnappsicle   Click Here to Email schnappsicle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With all the things in my collection, I'm still not finished. I hope to get a few more Cernan autographs during his upcoming Novaspace signing (should he decide to sign). No, the 15 Cernan's I already have are not enough. For me, it's all about the inscription. The only good Cernan inscriptions I have are on panoramas. All my 8x10's have rather boring inscriptions, or no inscriptions at all.

In the years ahead, I hope to get my hands on a Mercury 7 and Apollo 1 signed photo. There are also a few other photos I want just to upgrade the ones I already have, like a Harrison Schmitt flag pointed at the earth photo. My dream photo is to get that one with "If you've seen one earth, you've seen them all" written on it. I would almost be willing to trade everything I have for that one photo.

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posted 03-16-2015 02:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just curious (and envious): Are the 15 Cernan's in your collection divided evenly among his three flights, or does one predominate?

My most recent astronaut autograph is one from Mark Kelly, and the photo is just small enough (3.5x5) for it to become a bookplate for his second children's book.

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posted 03-16-2015 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA Astronaut Don Pettit Signed Litho

Lightyear69
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posted 03-16-2015 03:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lightyear69   Click Here to Email Lightyear69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great picture.

SpaceyInMN
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posted 03-16-2015 04:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceyInMN   Click Here to Email SpaceyInMN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Please forgive my ignorance, and I don't want to come across as rude, but is that blob of ink scribble Don Pettit's signature?

cycleroadie
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posted 03-16-2015 05:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is his signature.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 03-16-2015 07:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For comparison, here's a similar Pettit, received in-person. Not to be confused with Reid Wiseman's signature.

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quote:
Originally posted by onesmallstep:
Just curious (and envious): Are the 15 Cernan's in your collection divided evenly among his three flights, or does one predominate?
Three are from Gemini 9 - A crew signed Angry Alligator and silver spacesuit photo (also crew-signed) and the obligatory "Spacewalk From Hell" photo.

One Apollo 10 photo of Snoopy returning to Casper signed "Sonofabitch" which I'm very proud to have. He asked me several times if that's what I really wanted. I must have said "Yes" a million times.

The rest are all Apollo 17 photos. Three of them were pictures I shot through my TV during the three EVAs. I also have a WSS photo and four panoramas (one co-signed by Schmitt). I have one of the pans in a frame along with a TV photo. The TV photo has his first words that he spoke on the moon, while the panorama has his last words spoken on the moon (both on the surface and before launch). I feel that one is rather unique. Unfortunately, I also have a 16x20 that I bought through Astro-Auction. I bid low on it because it was nearing the end of the auction. I ended up being the only bidder.

The rest are all various 8x10 pics of him on the moon with just his signature and mission information on them.

Only the WSS and one litho are personalized. I got those and the three TV pics signed for free through the mail following his Apollo 17 flight. Most of the others were signed at Spacefest 3 and 4. I believe I purchased three of the 8x10s from the reputable online sites.

I have at least one signed photo from each of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo flights. Six of the Gemini photos are signed by both crew members. With more than 250 photos in my collection, the only thing I'm lacking is wall space.

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posted 04-18-2015 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 18blue78     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My small collection just got a lot better. Four, signed in person, Jerry Ross 8x10 photos picked up at his event over here in London, UK.

The photos are:

  • STS-61-B ACCESS construction EVA
  • STS-37 EVA with CGRO in the background
  • STS-88 EVA from the cover of Spacewalker
  • STS-110 holding his 7 mission patch flag on ISS
The highlight was getting to meet Jerry and hear his stories. A great guy.

rlobinske
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posted 04-19-2015 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rlobinske     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fred Haise was at the Infinity Science Center yesterday and I arranged for my 1/72 scale "Farewell Aquarius" model to be signed.

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posted 04-19-2015 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great looking model!

fredtrav
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posted 04-21-2015 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did get one more book that I needed that I had neglected to mention on my earlier post. I just got a signed copy of Jose Hernandez's Reaching for the Stars. Still need the Bean and the Armstrong.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 04-21-2015 06:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A couple of things, but of note is this completed crew photo of the STS-28R crew. I bought the litho already signed by Brown and Leestma, then added Adamson and Richards easy enough. I was ready to call that "complete," but then was fortunate to add Shaw at a recent fraternity dinner.

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I was the winner of the signed GT-8 cover in the recent RR auction. I'll be eating cheese sandwiches for a while but it did fill the last hole in my collection of signed Gemini crew covers.


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