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Four Jack Swigert Flown Apollo 13 Space Suit Patch Sells for $27,500 at NateDSanders.com

To auction, buy, consign or sell a Flown Apollo 13 Space Suit Patch, please contact Nate@NateDSanders.com or call (310) 440-2982.

Flown Apollo 13 Space Suit Patch

When we were consigned the Apollo 13 Jack Swigert estate by his sister Virginia Swigert, we were very ecstatic.  One of the highest prices realized from the estate came from the sale of Swigert’s Flown Apollo 13 Space Suit Patches.  Please see below for the description, a picture of this historic item that deserves to be in the Smithsonian and the price realized:

Very Scarce Collection of Four Jack Swigert Flown Apollo 13 Space Suit Patches

Exceptionally rare collection of Jack Swigert’s Apollo 13 flown spacesuit beta cloth patches. The crew endured incredible circumstances after launching 11 April 1970, when two days later, they were forced into an emergency turn-around before ever reaching the moon. Fortunately the astronauts expertly improvised a repair to the spacecraft and narrowly escaped disaster, ultimately returning safely to Earth. Beta cloth patches were designed from a material made of fireproof material woven from Teflon fibers. NASA spacesuits each featured four beta cloth patches, including a name tag, the NASA logo, mission insignia, and an American flag. All four of Swigert’s patches are intact and housed in sheaths of plastic for protection in the following order: the first depicts his last name, measuring 5” x 2”, the second depicts the traditional NASA logo, measuring 5” x 4.25”, the third, the Apollo 13 mission insignia including the name of the mission, three of Apollo’s chariot horses flying toward the Moon, and the slogan ”Ex Luna, Scientia” (”from the moon, knowledge”), measuring 4” x 4”, and the fourth, an American flag measuring 7.25” x 5.25”. Patches have some toning, particularly to edges, and a fold running vertically through American flag, though each could be removed from plastic and nicely framed. With an LOA from Swigert’s sister.  Sold for $27,500.

To auction, buy, consign or sell a Flown Apollo 13 Space Suit Patch, please contact Nate@NateDSanders.com or call (310) 440-2982.

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