Historic flown sterling silver Apollo 11 Robbins Medal, approximately 1.25″ diameter, with a raised early design on the face of the iconic Apollo 11 mission insignia, with the eagle carrying the olive branch in its beak. The reverse of the sterling silver medal is engraved with the last names of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, along with the July 16, 1969, launch date; July 20, 1969, moon landing date; and July 24, 1969, return date. This medal is serial numbered “190.” Condition is mint state. Medal is accompanied by the original case, labeled “190.” Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Dave Scott stating, in part: “I hereby certify that the Apollo 11 silver medallion number ‘190’ included with this letter is from my personal collection and was flown aboard Apollo 11, July 16-24, 1969…After the mission, the Astronaut Office distributed the medallions accordingly. I specifically requested the Apollo 11 number ‘190’ included with this letter.” Remarkably scarce flight-flown mementos such as this—particularly one from man’s first step into a brave new world—are highly prized by collectors. Provenance: Dave Scott.
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Flown scissors carried aboard the Apollo 15 mission and used on the lunar surface by Commander David R. Scott, measuring 8.25″ long, manufactured by Weck. The stainless steel surgical-style scissors are engraved on the side with the NASA part number, “SDB42100059-202,” and serial number, “1028,” with “Weck U.S.A. Stainless.” Three red swatches of Velcro are affixed near the screw. In fine condition, with good spring tension and some adhesive surrounding the Velcro swatches. Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Scott, in part: “I hereby certify that the Apollo 15 CDR surgical scissors…are from my personal collection and were used during launch, mission operations, and on the surface of the Moon during Apollo 15…The red Velcro tab identifies the Commander’s scissors to facilitate attachment and stowage. They were located in a pocket strapped onto the leg of my spacesuit (Pressure Garment Assembly) at launch and transferred to the leg of my in-flight coverall garment during cabin operations. The scissors could be used for many different contingency operations in the lunar module on the surface, during EVAs, and during orbital operations. However, the primary use of these scissors on Apollo missions was to open plastic food pouches…These CDR surgical scissors have been in my personal collection since returning to Earth.” A fantastic tool extensively used on the lunar surface by the seventh man to set foot on the moon.
Bidding for the Space and Aviation Auction opens Apr 16, 2015 & ends Apr 23, 2015
Scarce matte-finish 5.25 x 3.25 postcard photo of the Western showman on horseback, signed in white ink, “W. F. Cody, Buffalo Bill.” A collector’s notation penned on the reverse reads, “From ‘Buffalo Bill’—Denver, Colorado, January 19, 1915.” In very good condition, with light surface creases and substantial fading and flaking to ink in signature. A fabulous and infrequently seen cowboy-themed pose of Buffalo Bill. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
Game-used official On Sports St. Vincent–St. Mary High School uniform worn during the 2003 Pangos Dream Classic, consisting of James’s white mesh jersey and matching shorts, displaying all correct tagging and sewn-on identifiers. The jersey features his number 23 in dark green and gold on the chest and back, with the chest bearing the team nickname, “Irish,” and his name above the number on the back, “James.” The On Sports manufacturer’s tag is sewn in left front tail and indicates a size XXL. Right breast of the jersey bears an American flag embroidered ribbon worn in remembrance of 9/11, and an Adidas logo is screened on the left breast; the team’s logo is also displayed at the center of the neck. The shorts also feature the correct On Sports manufacturer’s tag is sewn inside the waistband, indicating a size of XXL, and dual Fighting Irish logos appear on the sides; the Adidas emblem is also present. Appropriate one-time event wear is discernible and apparent throughout. Accompanied by a Mears letter of opinion and authenticator’s worksheet, evaluating the uniform at a grade of A5 with respect to characteristics and game use.
Fountain pen signature, “Winston S. Churchill,” on an off-white 4.5 x 3 slip clipped from the top of blindstamped Treasury Chambers stationery. Light soiling and a paperclip impression to the upper left, otherwise fine condition. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Handwritten unsigned working lyrics to ‘Big Bayou,’ from his second solo album released in 1975, on an off-white 8.25 x 11.5 lightly-lined sheet. Woods writes three verses and the chorus. In part: “Took a long trip to the city, I was determined to get somewhere, But I spent all my hard earned money, That I saved to get me there (I had to save to get me there)
Big Bayou where do you go, When the river is runnin’ slow, Into the Gulf of Mexico, Big Bayou carried me home.”
Bidding for the Marvels of Modern Music Auction opens Oct 16, 2014 & ends Oct 23, 2014
Original bright yellow 20 x 30 promotional poster for a Jimi Hendrix Experience concert at Hastings Pier, England, on October 22, 1967, signed on the back in blue ballpoint, “Jimi Hendrix,” “Noel Redding,” and “Mitch.” Reverse is also signed in blue ballpoint by Graham Nash of the Hollies. In very good condition, with intersecting storage folds, with all three of the band’s signatures on a single panel, scattered creases, two small holes to top corners, and a small area of paper loss to lower left.
Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from the son of the original recipient which reads, in part: “My mother regularly attended gigs at Hasting Pier during the sixties and seventies. Whilst at the October 1967 Jimi Hendrix Experience gig she told me she got chatting to Jimi’s sister and was dancing in the crowd. After the gig she invited my mother back to the band’s dressing room/trailer to meet them all. I’m not sure if she pulled the poster off of the wall before or after this, but once she was with the band she asked them all to sign the poster for her. Since that night it has been kept folded up in a drawer with other autographs.” Hendrix was in the middle of his second European tour in support of the band’s critically acclaimed album Are You Experienced. A vibrant example—on a seldom seen format—with direct and personal association to a Hendrix concert. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Bidding for the Marvels of Modern Music Auction opens Oct 16, 2014 & ends Oct 23, 2014
Vintage 8 x 10 publicity photo of Elvis playing his guitar on stage, signed on the reverse in blue ballpoint, “Yours, Elvis Presley.” This signature was obtained at a Presley tour stop in Omaha, Nebraska, in May of 1956. Accompanied by 16 original glossy candid snapshots from the event, including several of the woman for whom the photo was signed, one of her posing with Elvis, and two of her with Presley’s guitar. Other photos include Presley posing backstage with other women and two of Elvis and his band on stage. In fine condition, with some scattered light creases to image side, and some mild toning to edges of reverse. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Exceedingly rare official Hallmark card issued during the 1963 holiday season, featuring an image of a nativity scene on the front, measuring 4.5 x 6.5 closed, signed inside in bold ink as president, “John Kennedy,” and as first lady, “Jacqueline Kennedy.” The image on the front is identified as “Creche in East Room, The White House,” and a gilt-embossed presidential seal and engraved holiday greeting appear above the signatures, reading: “With best wishes for a Happy New Year.” In fine condition. Two variations of this holiday card were ordered, the other additionally wishing a ‘Blessed Christmas’ in the printed sentiment. Kennedy returned to Washington on the evening of November 18, 1963, from a trip to Florida. Sometime between his return and the evening of the 20th, both the president and first lady began to sign the cards at their leisure, but none were ever sent. These dual-signed cards were relatively unknown, even to the Kennedy Library, until the mid-1980s. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
This gilt ‘gold’ 1904 Olympic official’s YMCA badge measures 2.5″ in length and 1.5″ wide. Crossbar at the top reads, “1904–Official Olympic Games,” with the ornate circular body, 1.75″ in diameter, reads, “YMCA–Spirit–Mind–Body.” Reverse is hand-engraved, “G. T. Hepron, Secretary A.L. Y.M.C.A., N.A.” Medal comes with its original leather case. Condition is near mint. A most unusual and seldom-seen 1904 official Olympic format.