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From: Ohio
Registered: Oct 2012

posted 11-19-2012 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for streetsnake   Click Here to Email streetsnake     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was wondering if there is a way to decipher the red NASA codes on the glossy photos?

I went through my glossies tonight and was able to separate quite a few but was left with a pile of others that didn't have descriptions on the back.

Some of them a NASA enthusiast would know right away, but others are shots that would be difficult to distinguish, I imagine. Thoughts and thanks...

spaced out

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From: Paris, France
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posted 11-20-2012 03:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A google search with "NASA" and the id usually works pretty well. Otherwise if you post images here you'l be sure to get answers

In order to sell the photos on eBay there's not really any need for you to work out what the image is. The buyers know what they're looking at.

What's most important is to be very clear about the watermark on the back - "A KODAK PAPER" and "THIS PAPER MANUFACTURED BY KODAK" are very different things - and the condition.

It's not always clear from a photo or scan if the surface of a photos has creases, half-moon dings, surface gloss loss, or discoloration/fading. This is information you should provide for each photo listed.

Make sure you allow international bids. Flat rate envelopes work well as long as you put in some serious protection against bending (a sandwich of heavy duty card or foamboard).

Finally, don't use a buy-it-now price or allow anyone to trick you into ending an auction early to sell direct. I know you know this already but it's always worth stating for the sake of others who might be thinking of selling for the first time.

If you start NASA photos at say $9.99 they'll all find their own price level.


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posted 03-23-2016 12:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is the significance of the red serial number version as opposed to a non-red version? Are the serial numbers incremental or simply IDs of the photos?

How many of each photo were developed and was it consistent through each project/era?

Hart Sastrowardoyo

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posted 03-23-2016 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some of the earlier Shuttle photos bear their STS, not their mission, number. I've seen 014 for Mission 41D and 017 for Mission 41G. Later on they used the STS number and still later, the year.


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From: Andover, MN
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posted 03-23-2016 06:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moonnut   Click Here to Email moonnut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you are talking about the NASA red-numbered, 'A KODAK PAPER' photos, I can give a little decipher of the number.

Let's be hypothetical and say the number says AS13-14-5240. The AS13 means Apollo 13 mission. If the red number looks like this S-67-34256 then I can tell you that the 67 is the year that the photo was taken in.

If anyone wants to add to this and have a little more insight, please do.


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From: Glasgow, Scotland
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posted 03-24-2016 10:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacemal   Click Here to Email spacemal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With regard to the "S67-xxxx" type numbers; I believe the first part is the year the image is published and not necessarily the year it was taken and the second part is a sequential numbering system for publication. Therefore a certain sequence can be broken with a different subject or mission etc.

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