June 20, 2013 08:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


Astronaut Letters and Photographs

Lot of 9, featuring signatures from Mercury 7 astronauts John Glenn, Walter Schirra, and Donald Slayton, plus Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, and Sally Ride, the first woman in space.

Including: Photograph of John Glenn, inscribed and signed in lower margin, 8 x 10 in. Plus letter on NASA letterhead, dated Feb. 13, 1963, indicating that he is enclosing a signed photo plus information on NASA for the Boy Scouts. In the letter Glenn notes: If we had to pick the one most important thing that scouting teaches, I think we would find it in the first part of the Scout Oath "On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country." Can we imagine what a wonderful world this would be if all men lived with that type of honor!

NASA photograph of Fifth Manned Apollo Mission, Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. , 8 x 10 in. Featuring Armstrong's (1930 - 2012) signature, which does not match any known autopens.

NASA photograph of "Buzz" Aldrin (b. 1930)  in space suit, 8 x 10 in. Signed with autopen 3 pattern.

NASA photograph of James McDivitt (b. 1929), with printed signature in green ink, 8 x 10 in.

NASA photograph of Sally Ride (1951 - 2012), signed in blue felt-tip on flag, 8 x 10 in. We located about a half-dozen of these, and the signatures are all different, indicating that she likely signed most of them. Ride was the first woman to enter low earth orbit.

TLS, Donald K. ("Deke") Slayton (1924 - 1993), on NASA letterhead, dated April 11, 1963. Note about request for autograph.

TLS, Scott Carpenter (b. 1925), on NASA letterhead, n.d. He signs it as a Mercury Astronaut, so it is likely early 1960s.

TLS, Walter M. Schirra, Jr. (1923 - 2007), on NASA letterhead, n.d. Also signed as Mercury Astronaut. Since he went on to the Gemini and Apollo programs, this letter dates to the early 1960s.

Assembled by a Montello, WI Postmaster who was also active in the Boy Scouts.

Condition:All excellent. Letters not even folded, since they apparently came with photographs.

Estimate: $500 - $700
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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