RR Auction: Space Exploration

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RR Auction is honored to represent our friend, Bill Lende, with this special auction featuring his incredible personal collection of memorabilia chronicling the space race. Included are one-of-a-kind correspondences to and from top scientists, key players and soon-to-be legendary astronauts who broke the chains of gravity and explored space for the first time. These historically significant items were curated lovingly by Bill for decades, and are a true testament to his admiration of those who launched us into this brave new world, and what it took to accomplish that. Included with these historic letters are incredible items like a flown and fully crew-signed Apollo 11 flag; the rarest of all flown commemorative coins: the Apollo 17 Robbins medallion; and Buzz Aldrin’s gold cartier LM model. We have a unique opportunity to go fishing with Al Worden, CMP of Apollo 15. And after our success last auction, we’re offering more exceptional meteorites from the “Meteorite Men” collection.
ALS - Autograph Letter Signed
ANS - Autograph Note Signed
AQS - Autograph Quotation Signed
AMQS - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
DS - Document Signed
FDC - First Day Cover
Inscribed - “Personalized”
ISP - Inscribed Signed Photograph
LS - Letter Signed
SP - Signed Photograph
TLS - Typed Letter Signed
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Mechanix Illustrated 1945 Magazine9001 - Mechanix Illustrated 1945 Magazine
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Scarce copy of Mechanix Illustrated magazine from September 1945, 6.5 x 9.5, 162 pages, with the front cover featuring a brilliant color depiction of
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Wernher von Braun 1952 Typed Letter Signed9002 - Wernher von Braun 1952 Typed Letter Signed
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TLS, one page, 7.25 x 10.75, personal letterhead, September 11, 1952. Letter to Donald D. Jackson, editor of the University of Illinois Press, in full
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,200.00
 
 
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Wernher von Braun 1958 Autograph Letter Signed9003 - Wernher von Braun 1958 Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in pencil, signed “Wernher,” three pages on two lined sheets, 8 x 10.5, March 6, 1958. Letter to fellow rocket scientist Ernst Stuhlinger, in part
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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Wenher von Braun 1958 Handwritten Note9004 - Wenher von Braun 1958 Handwritten Note
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Handwritten note in pencil by von Braun, unsigned, one page, 4 x 5.5, Army Ballistic Missile Agency letterhead, June 23, [1958]. Von Braun responds to
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Peenemunde Army Research Center Badge9005 - Peenemunde Army Research Center Badge
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World War II–era aluminum and red enamel worker's access badge for the Peenemunde Army Research Center, measuring approximately 1.5 x 1.75, mark...
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Wernher von Braun 1962 Typed Letter Signed9006 - Wernher von Braun 1962 Typed Letter Signed
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TLS, one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, April 19, 1962. Letter to Kenneth Heuer, the senior Science editor at the Macmillan Company, in full: &quo...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Chuck Yeager Handwritten Letter and Signed Photograph9007 - Chuck Yeager Handwritten Letter and Signed Photograph
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Two items: an ALS, one page, lightly lined, 7.75 x 10.5, February 10 [no year], addressed to "Dennis," in part: "The XS–1 program, be...
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Gordon Cooper's Mercury 7 Signed Pamphlet9008 - Gordon Cooper's Mercury 7 Signed Pamphlet
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Gordon Cooper's personally owned Project Mercury brochure published at the NASA Langley Research Center in April 1959, four pages, 8 x 10.5, ver...
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Estimates : 6,000.00 - 8,000.00
 
 
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Mercury 7 Signed Photograph9009 - Mercury 7 Signed Photograph
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Remarkable vintage glossy 9 x 7 black and white photo of the Mercury 7 posing with rocket and capsule models during their introductory press conferenc
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 7,000.00
 
 
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Scott Carpenter 1961 Signed Letter and Photograph9010 - Scott Carpenter 1961 Signed Letter and Photograph
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Two early items: a TLS signed "M. Scott Carpenter," one page, 7.5 x 10, Project Mercury letterhead, October 5, 1961, to Miss Marquita Park...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Scott Carpenter 1962 Signed Letter and Photograph9011 - Scott Carpenter 1962 Signed Letter and Photograph
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Two items: a TLS signed "M. S. Carpenter," one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, October 30, 1962, in part: "Please accept my thanks, ...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Scott Carpenter 1962 Typed Letter Signed9012 - Scott Carpenter 1962 Typed Letter Signed
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TLS signed “M. Scott Carpenter,” one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, February 2, 1962. Letter to Clara Biondi, an eighth grade student in Connecticut
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Gordon Cooper 1961 Signed Letter and Photograph9013 - Gordon Cooper 1961 Signed Letter and Photograph
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Two early items: a TLS signed "Leroy G. Cooper, Jr.," one page, 7.75 x 10, Project Mercury letterhead, October 2, 1961, to Miss Marquita P...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Gordon Cooper Signed Photograph9014 - Gordon Cooper Signed Photograph
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Official color satin-finish 8 x 10 red-numbered NASA photo of Cooper posing with a model in his silver Mercury space suit, signed in red felt tip. Rev
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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John Glenn 1962 Typed Letter Signed9015 - John Glenn 1962 Typed Letter Signed
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TLS signed “J. H. Glenn, Jr.,” one page, 7.75 x 10.5, personal NASA/Friendship 7 letterhead, April 17, 1962. Letter to Harry T. McMullan, in full: &...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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John Glenn 1962 Typed Letter Signed9016 - John Glenn 1962 Typed Letter Signed
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TLS signed “J. H. Glenn, Jr.,” one page, 7.75 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, stamp-dated November 5, 1962. Letter to Joan Rosenfeld, in full: "Thank ...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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John Glenn 1963 Typed Letter Signed9017 - John Glenn 1963 Typed Letter Signed
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TLS signed “J. H. Glenn, Jr.,” one page, 8 x 9, NASA letterhead, June 25, 1963. Letter to John Dominick, in full: "I was very glad to have had ...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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John Glenn Signed Letter and Photograph9018 - John Glenn Signed Letter and Photograph
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TLS signed “John H. Glenn, Jr.,” one page, 7.75 x 10, Project Mercury letterhead, October 31, 1961. Letter to Marquita Park, in full: "Thank yo...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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John Glenn Set of (3) Signed Items9019 - John Glenn Set of (3) Signed Items
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Three items: a TLS signed "J. H. Glenn, Jr., one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, June 1963, a letter addressed to Forrest E. Cook, in part: &q...
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Gus Grissom 1961 Typed Letter Signed9020 - Gus Grissom 1961 Typed Letter Signed
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Very early TLS signed “Virgil I. Grissom,” one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, August 4, 1961. Letter to Thomas H. Scullion, in full: "Thank y...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Gus Grissom 1962 Typed Letter Signed9021 - Gus Grissom 1962 Typed Letter Signed
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TLS signed “Virgil I. Grissom,” one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, April 12, 1962. Letter to William V. Leavy, in full: "Thank you for your c...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Wally Schirra 1961 Signed Letter and Photograph9022 - Wally Schirra 1961 Signed Letter and Photograph
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Two early items: a TLS signed "Walter M. Schirra, Jr.," one page, 7.75 x 10, Project Mercury letterhead, October 16, 1961, to Miss Marquit...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Wally Schirra 1962 Typed Letter Signed9023 - Wally Schirra 1962 Typed Letter Signed
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TLS signed “Walter M. Schirra, Jr.,” one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, December 7, 1962. Letter to Marshall E. Bean, in part: "I was glad to...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Alan Shepard 1961 Typed Letter Signed9024 - Alan Shepard 1961 Typed Letter Signed
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TLS signed “Alan B. Shepard, Jr.,” one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, May 31, 1961. Letter to Reverend W. Frederick Addison, in full: "Thank ...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Alan Shepard 1963 Typed Letter Signed9025 - Alan Shepard 1963 Typed Letter Signed
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TLS signed “Al Shepard,” one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, June 11, 1963. Letter to B. G. MacNabb, the director of AMR Operations at General Dynami
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Deke Slayton Mercury-Era Autograph Letter Signed9026 - Deke Slayton Mercury-Era Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed “Donald K. Slayton, Capt. USAF,” two pages, 8 x 10.5, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Space Task Group letterhead, no date b
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,200.00
 
 
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Deke Slayton Signed Letter and Photograph9027 - Deke Slayton Signed Letter and Photograph
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Two early items: a TLS signed "Donald K. Slayton," one page, 7.75 x 10, Project Mercury letterhead, October 2, 1961, to Miss Marquita Park...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Project Mercury Group of (6) Books9028 - Project Mercury Group of (6) Books
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Group of six Mercury-related books, including two uncommon official NASA softcover books: This New Ocean: A History of Project Mercury, 6.75 x 9.75, 6
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Project Mercury Collection9029 - Project Mercury Collection
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Collection of more than 20 items signed by notable NASA personnel involved in Project Mercury, plus two X-15 pilots, sent to Marquita Park in the earl
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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Neil Armstrong 1963 Typed Letter Signed9030 - Neil Armstrong 1963 Typed Letter Signed
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TLS, one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, October 29, 1963. Letter to J. Duane Upton, in part: "You inquire as to the space effort impact on th...
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Estimates : 6,000.00 - 8,000.00
 
 
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Frank Borman 1963 Academic Training Memorandum9031 - Frank Borman 1963 Academic Training Memorandum
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Two memos issued to Major Deke Slayton, including a hand-signed memo by Frank Borman and a mimeographed copy of a memo from Jim Lovell, both on the su
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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James Lovell 1963 Typed Letter Signed9032 - James Lovell 1963 Typed Letter Signed
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TLS, one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, October 29, 1963. Letter to J. Duane Upton, in part: "I believe America's Space Program is a vita...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Jim McDivitt 1963 Unsigned Academic Training Memorandum9033 - Jim McDivitt 1963 Unsigned Academic Training Memorandum
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Unsigned typed memorandum by McDivitt, two pages, 8 x 10.5, February 28, 1963. A memorandum issued to Major Deke Slayton, headed "Critique of A...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Tom Stafford 1963 Signed Academic Training Memorandum9034 - Tom Stafford 1963 Signed Academic Training Memorandum
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Typed memo, signed "Thomas P. Stafford," three pages, 8 x 10.5, February 19, 1963. A memorandum issued to Major Deke Slayton, headed "...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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John Young 1963 Signed Astronaut Training Critique9035 - John Young 1963 Signed Astronaut Training Critique
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Typed memo, signed "John Young," three pages, 8 x 10.5, February 20, 1963. A memorandum issued to Major Deke Slayton, offering "const...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Buzz Aldrin 1964 Handwritten Letter and Signed Photograph9036 - Buzz Aldrin 1964 Handwritten Letter and Signed Photograph
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Wonderful ALS signed “Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., Major USAF, NASA Astronaut,” two pages, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, February 3, 1964. Letter to J. Duane Up
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 7,000.00
 
 
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Bill Anders 1964 Typed Letter Signed9037 - Bill Anders 1964 Typed Letter Signed
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TLS signed “William A. Anders,” one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, January 30, 1964. Letter to J. Duane Upton, in part: "The benefits to be d...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Alan Bean 1964 Handwritten Letter9038 - Alan Bean 1964 Handwritten Letter
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ALS signed “Alan L. Bean,” one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, February 13, 1964. Letter to J. Duane Upton, in full: "Thank you very much for ...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Gene Cernan 1964 Autograph Letter Signed9039 - Gene Cernan 1964 Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed “Eug. A. Cernan,” one page, 8.5 x 11, February 4, 1964. Letter to J. Duane Upton, in full: "This letter is in response to your reque...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Michael Collins 1964 Handwritten Letter9040 - Michael Collins 1964 Handwritten Letter
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Desirable ALS, one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, May 21, 1964. Letter to J. Duane Upton, in part: "The ultimate value of our lunar landing p...
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Theodore C. Freeman: Signed Letter of Condolencef from George E. Mueller9041 - Theodore C. Freeman: Signed Letter of Condolencef from George E. Mueller
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ALS signed “George E. Mueller,” one page, 7 x 8, NASA letterhead, November 2, 1964. Condolence letter to the widow of Theodore C. Freeman, in full: ...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Theodore C. Freeman: Signed Letter of Condolence from Scott Carpenter9042 - Theodore C. Freeman: Signed Letter of Condolence from Scott Carpenter
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TLS signed “Scott,” one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, November 23, 1964. Letter to the recently widowed Mrs. Theodore C. Freeman, in part: "...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Theodore C. Freeman: Signed Letter of Condolence from Lyndon B. Johnson9043 - Theodore C. Freeman: Signed Letter of Condolence from Lyndon B. Johnson
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Remarkable pairing of items signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson to the widow of astronaut Theodore Freeman, including a condolence letter and signed
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Dave Scott 1964 Autograph Letter Signed9044 - Dave Scott 1964 Autograph Letter Signed
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Early ALS signed “David R. Scott, David R. Scott, Captain USAF, NASA Astronaut,” one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, May 18, 1964. Letter to J. Duane
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,200.00
 
 
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James E. Webb 1965 Signed Memorandum9045 - James E. Webb 1965 Signed Memorandum
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Typed memo, signed "James E. Webb," two pages, 8 x 10.5, August 14, 1965. A memorandum issued to Major Deke Slayton, which concerns "...
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Charlie Duke 1966 Autograph Letter Signed9046 - Charlie Duke 1966 Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed “Charles M. Duke, Jr.,” two pages, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, November 7, 1966. Letter to J. Duane Upton, in full: "I am most happy ...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Deke Slayton 1964 Typed Letter Signed9047 - Deke Slayton 1964 Typed Letter Signed
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TLS signed “D. K. Slayton,” one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, February 3, 1964. Letter to J. Duane Upton, in part: "Each of us has personal ...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Project Gemini: Chronology and On the Shoulders of Titans Pair of Books9048 - Project Gemini: Chronology and On the Shoulders of Titans Pair of Books
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Two uncommon softcover books: On the Shoulders of Titans: A History of Project Gemini, 6.75 x 9.75, 625 pages, published by NASA in 1977; and Project
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Elliot See Signed Photograph9049 - Elliot See Signed Photograph
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Scarce vintage official glossy 7.75 x 10 black and white black-numbered NASA publicity photo of See in a suit and tie, signed in black ink, "El...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Gene Kranz and Christopher Kraft Signed Photograph9050 - Gene Kranz and Christopher Kraft Signed Photograph
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Official glossy 10 x 8 black and white black-numbered NASA photo of Mission Control during the Gemini era, signed in black ballpoint, "Eugene F...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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