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Mercury-Era Astronauts and Spacecraft Card Dispenser

Currency:USD Category:Collectibles / Autographs Start Price:NA Estimated At:500.00 - 700.00 USD
Mercury-Era Astronauts and Spacecraft Card Dispenser

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Auction Date:2017 Apr 20 @ 18:00 (UTC-5 : EST/CDT)
Location:236 Commercial St., Suite 100, Boston, Massachusetts, 02109, United States
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
Awesome Mercury program-era Astronauts and Spacecraft trading card vending machine, 10 x 23.5 x 11.5, manufactured by The Exhibit Supply, Co., of Chicago, Illinois. For a charge of two cents, the "'Compact' Mechanical Vacuumatic Card Vender" sold 32-card packs that commemorated the achievements of the six pilots of the Mercury program. The machine face is detached but present, and consists of a functional spring lever, coin slot, card dispensing space at bottom, and the original graphic poster and Plexiglas front, 7.25 x 19.5, listing the names of the six pilots and images of the moon, a launching Saturn rocket with tower, and Friendship 7 Pilot John Glenn smiling in his flight suit and helmet. Includes several pieces of hardware relating to the locking mechanism. Inside of machine bears several affixed instruction labels. In very good condition, with some staining to poster, and various wear from use and storage to machine body, including scuffs, scrapes, and tape remnants. A simply fantastic restoration piece that harkens back to the days of stargazing and early space travel.