Apollo 1 Autographs on a Photo Sells for $8,049 at NateDSanders.com Auction House
Apollo 1 Autographs
Apollo 1 autographs are the most expensive space crew autographs. Simply, because of supply and demand. Apollo 1 autographs are so rare due to their untimely deaths. And, with space memorabilia collecting heating up, items like the ones we sold below are causing furious bidding:
Apollo 1 Autographs on an 8″ x 10″ Photo — With PSA/DNA COA — Signed by Ed White, Gus Grissom & Roger Chaffee
Apollo 1 autographs on a crew photo signed by “Ed White”, “Gus Grissom” and “Roger Chaffee”. The astronauts stand in front of the Command Module on a typical day, dressed in business casual attire and smiling at the camera. Glossy photo measures 8″ x 10″. Some fading, ink notation to verso and a chip to lower left corner, else near fine. With PSA/DNA COA. Scarce. Sold for $8,049.
Apollo 1 Autographs — The Entire Tragic Crew & First Backup Crew — Signed Just 6 Months Before The Disaster When The Astronauts Met Red Skelton in Nevada – With a Photo of That Meeting
Apollo 1 autographs with the backup crew signatures and photo of the astronauts meeting Red Skelton from 1966. A piece of stationery personalized for Louise Maxwell bears six signatures in red ink: “Gus Grissom”, “Edward H. White II”, “James A. McDivitt”, “Roger B. Chaffee”, “Rusty Schweickart” and “David Scott”. Signed page has been typed upon with a caption identifying the date of signing as 17 July 1966. Sadly, Grissom, White and Chaffee were killed in a test run of the Apollo 1 just six months after this sheet was signed. Accompanying the autographs is an original photograph of the six astronauts meeting Red Skelton backstage in Las Vegas. The photo was published in the Las Vegas Sun newspaper on 16 July 1966. Its caption read, “Six of America’s astronauts, most of whom have already orbited in space, have been staying at the Sands Hotel during a brief break in their training schedule. Following the Red Skelton show, the six went backstage to compliment Skelton on his ‘astronaut’ pantomime, where the Skelton family turned the tables and insisted on autographs of their guests. Pictured backstage are from left David Scott, James McDivitt, Edward White, (Who walked in space), Roger Chaffee, Art Coleman, a friend of the Skeltons, Valentina Skelton, Red Skelton, his wife, Georgia, Virgil (Gus) Grissom, and Russell Schweickart. Several of the men have been in Nevada before for geology training at the Nevada Test Site.” Photo is mounted over the signed 7.25″ x 9.25″ sheet. Framed to an overall size of 21.25″ x 28″. Light buckling from mounting, else near fine. Sold for $4,866.
Apollo 1 autographs on a photo, ”Gus Grissom”, ”Ed White” and ”Roger Chaffee” in black felt tip. Image captures the Apollo 1 astronauts with employees from the Command Module design team at North American Aviation. Glossy photo measures 10” x 8”. Light soiling to lower right corner and light buckling. Near fine. With PSA/DNA COA for all signatures. Sold for $4,500.