I love seeing this every year. A flash mob at the Air & Space Museum. Enjoy!
Colonel Joe Cotton was a WWII hero, XB-70 USAF Chief Test pilot and a B-52 X-15 launch pilot. And he always took time to take care of autograph collectors. A true hero and gentleman. Rest in peace, Colonel Cotton.
In the Spring 2016 RR Auction Space Auction this Neil Armstrong signed photo sold for $38,467 with buyer's premium. This is an amazing result... and to my knowledge is, by far, the most ever paid for a single signed astronaut photograph.
So, why so much?
In my opinion, this is the quintessential image of the space program... the moment Armstrong stepped off the ladder onto the moon's surface. And, it is signed perfectly with an Apollo 11 inscription.
There are only a few images of Neil Armstrong on the moon, and most were not readily available when he was freely signing autographs. Any lunar surface photo of Armstrong is uncommon.
Lastly, this photo came directly from the family of the former head of NASA's photo division, so it has strong provenance. In fact, an original of this photo would likely have only been available to someone inside NASA in the late 60s and early 70s.
55 years ago, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to be launched into space. In my opinion, a grossly under-valued autograph... and unfortunately, the market has been diluted by many, many fakes. Use great caution when considering purchasing a Gagarin signed item.
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Edgar Mitchell on February 4, 2016.
I met Dr. Mitchell several times over the years and actually spent 2 days with him when my company retained him to appear at a trade show in 2002. He shared some fascinating insights and I felt privileged to have a drink or two with a man that walked on the moon.
He was a kind, humble and brilliant man. A very unique view and a free thinker.
Once again he is among the stars.
This Sunday, Super Bowl 50 will have an Audi commercial featuring a fictional retired astronaut... re-living his glory days in an Audi. Space fans will like this and the David Bowie track "Starman" is an especially nice touch.
Neil Armstrong wrote this letter 47 years ago today. Great mention of Apollo 8 and a rare glimpse into his dry humor...
Claudia Thames worked for John M. King, a Colorado oil and gas tycoon who befriended many astronauts.
John Leonard "Jack" Swigert, Jr. died way too young 33 years ago today. It was only 12 years after his heroic return on Apollo 13 and seven weeks after he had been elected to Colorado's new 6th congressional district.
While Swigert wasn't an especially difficult signer, his autograph is exceedingly uncommon on his NASA white space suit portrait. It seems that -- at best -- two or three come to market in any given year. In my estimation, Swigert space suit pose is just as rare if not rarer than James Irwin and John Young signed white space suit portraits.
Jack Swigert's signature can typically be obtained on postal covers, programs and the like for $300 - $400. His NASA business suit pose signed fetches around $600 - $700, and one can expect to pay $1,000 and up for a signed white space suit pose... likely much more for an unpersonalized example.
Due to his untimely death in 1982 -- before widespread commercial signings -- demand outweighs supply and forgeries abound. Be especially wary of Apollo 13 items that started with a bad Swigert, and an unwitting collector added authentic Lovell and Haise signatures.