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Mercury seven astronauts autographs are very desirable as these are, of course, first seven astronauts, all who started out in NASA’s Mercury program.  What makes these Mercury seven astronauts autographs rare and expensive is that they include Gus Grissom’s autograph.  Grissom died young in the Apollo One fire and his autograph, although plentiful, is sought after and expensive.  But, beware of many Gus Grissom autopen autographs being sold as real.  An autopen is a machine signature and not personally signed.  Autopens are either worthless or near worthless.  Sadly, there is only one living members from the Mercury seven astronaut autographs and that is the most famous member, John Glenn.

Here is a list of descriptions, pictures and prices from the Mercury seven astronauts autographs that we, here at NateDSanders.com, have sold:

Mercury 7 Signed 22” x 13” Photo Display, With Signatures by All 7 Astronauts — Very Scarce Pose — With Steve Zarelli COA

Fantastic Mercury 7 signed photo display, with the signatures of all 7 astronauts on the photographic mat. The photo is a very unusual pose, with the astronauts casually yet confidently posed next to a rocket model. Photo is copyrighted by the National Geographic Society, and the presentation is inscribed to Allan Fisher, a reporter for ”National Geographic”, who wrote a profile of the group in its July 1960 issue. A reprint of the issue accompanies the lot. Photo measures 18” x 8.25”, and mat measures 22” x 13”. Very good to near fine, with only a few spots of abrasion on the mat. With Steve Zarelli COA for all seven signatures; Mr. Zarelli stated that he has never seen this pose before. Sold for $9,688.

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Mercury 7 Signed 11” x 14” Photo — Signed by All 7 Posing in Front of the Mercury 7 Capsule

Mercury 7 signed photo, in a pose rarely seen with the seven astronauts standing in front of the Mercury 7 capsule. All seven astronauts sign this large 11” x 14” photo, with the inscription reading, ”To Betty Frick with all best wishes / From the Mercury Astronauts -”, signed ”Walter M Schirra Jr”, ”Leroy G Cooper, Jr”, ”John H. Glenn, Jr.”, ”M. Scott Carpenter”, ”Donald K. Slayton”, ”Virgil I. Grissom” and ”Alan B. Shepard”. Slayton writes his name again under his image, but the pen didn’t adhere well enough, likely causing him to then sign upon his image. Glossy photo measures 11” x 14”, with ”Life” magazine stamp on verso, crediting photographer Ralph Morse. Heavy creasing, mostly confined to perimeter, smudging to Cooper’s signature, and a few one-inch closed tears to margin. Overall good condition with strong visual appeal. Sold for $7,488.

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Mercury 7 Signed 10” x 8” Photo, Signed by All Seven Astronauts — With Steve Zarelli COA

Mercury 7 crew-signed photo, signed by all of the ”Original Seven” astronauts on the photographic border: ”Alan B. Shepard Jr.”, ”Walter M. Schirra Jr.”, ”John H. Glenn Jr.”, ”Virgil I. Grissom”, ”M. Scott Carpenter”, ”Donald K. Slayton” and ”Leroy G. Cooper Jr”. Photo is accompanied by a letter signed by John Glenn on Project Mercury stationery, dated 21 December 1960, referencing ”the picture I promised” to a Jerry Hellman, to whom the photo is inscribed. Silver gelatin matte-finish photo measures 10” x 8”. Light creasing and mild smudging to Grissom and Carpenter’s signatures. Overall in very good condition. With COA for all signatures by Steve Zarelli Space Authentication. Also accompanied by a 1958 U.S.A.F. photo of the Thor-Able test vehicle launch. Sold for $6,875.

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Excellent 18” x 8.25” Mercury Seven Astronauts Autographs On a Gorgeous National Geographic Photo — Signed By All 7 of the Astronauts — For a National Geographic Story in 1960

Mercury seven astronauts autographs on a photo. NASA’s original 7-member crew poses here at the Space Task Group offices at Langley Field in Virginia in January of 1960. Photo was commissioned by the National Geographic Society and features a copyright beneath photo, as well as a National Geographic stamp to verso. Signatures from left to right include: ”John Glenn, Jr.”, ”Deke Slayton”, ”Scott Carpenter”, ”Gus Grissom”, ”Wally Schirra”, ”Alan B. Shepard, Jr.” and ”Gordon Cooper”, in black and blue ink. Photo measures 18” x 8.25” and is matted to an overall size of 21” x 11.75”. Very minor foxing to edge of mat, else fine condition. With provenance from Dean Conger, a National Geographic photographer who took this photo.  Excellent set of Mercury seven astronauts autographs. Sold for $5,600.

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Uninscribed photo of the Original Seven, signed by all of the Mercury 7 astronauts on the photographic border: ”Alan B. Shepard Jr.”, ”Walter W. Schirra Jr.”, ”John H. Glenn Jr.”, ”Virgil I. Grissom”, ”M. Scott Carpenter”, ”Donald K. Slayton” and ”Leroy G. Cooper Jr”. Silver gelatin matte-finish photo measures 10” x 8”. Light creasing and wear, and mild smudging to Schirra and Carpenter’s signatures. Overall in very good condition. With JSA COA for all signatures. Sold for $4,991.

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Page Signed by the Original Mercury 7 Astronauts Next to Their Photos — John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Alan Shepard, Leroy Cooper, M. Scott Carpenter, Walter Schirra & Donald K. Slayton

Mercury 7 signed page, taken from ”The Project Mercury Astronauts,” featuring each astronaut’s photo. All seven of the original group selected by NASA sign beside their images: ”John H. Glenn, Jr.”, ”Virgil I Grissom”, ”Alan B. Shepard Jr.”, ”Leroy G. Cooper Jr.”, ”M. Scott Carpenter”, ”Walter M. Schirra Jr.” and ”Donald K. Slayton”. Page is excised from ”The Project Mercury Astronauts,” published by E.P. Dutton: New York: 1960. Measures 5.25” x 8”. Bottom and right edges are trimmed with slight irregularity. Miniscule hole to the bottom of the ”G” in Grissom. Inch-long shallow chip to the bottom edge with an ink halo surrounding Schirra’s signature, else fine. Sold for $4,652.

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Mercury 7 Signed Photo by All Astronauts — Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard & Deke Slayton

The celebrated Mercury 7 astronauts sign a semi-matte photograph of themselves posing in front of their aircraft. Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, Virgil Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton all sign as the first Americans in space. An inscription by an unknown hand dedicates the picture ”To Clark Boswell / with Best wishes”. Measures 10” x 8”. Cooper’s signature is faded; sunning and a minor crease. Very good condition. Sold for $4,468.

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Original Mercury 7 Signed Photo — Signed by All 7 Astronauts — From the Gus Grissom Collection

Mercury 7 signed photo. NASA’s original 7-member crew poses here with a Mercury Atlas model at the Langley Research Center for a photo shoot in 1959. Each of the distinguished group members sign the lower margin in blue and black ink: “Alan B Shepard Jr.”, Walter M. Schirra Jr.”, “John H. Glenn, Jr.”, “Virgil I. Grissom”, “M. Scott Carpenter”, “Donald K. Slayton” and “Leroy G. Cooper, Jr”. 10″ x 8″ photo has a matte finish. Top right corner is slightly bent, else fine condition. With a COA from Mark Grissom. Sold for $4,153.

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Mercury 7 Signed Photo by All 7 Astronauts — 10” x 8”

Photo of NASA’s original Mercury 7 astronauts, signed by all 7. Black and white photo of the astronauts in civilian blazers interacting with a model spacecraft is signed upon the lower border: ”Alan B. Shepard Jr.”, ”Walter W Schirra Jr”, ”John A. Glenn Jr.”, ”Virgil I. Grissom”, ”M. Scott Carpenter”, ”Donald K. Slayton” and ”Leroy G. Cooper Jr”. With a dedication, likely by Shepard, just under the image, ”To Roy Ira with warm regards”. Matte-finish photo measures 10” x 8”. Toning, else near fine. Sold for $4,063.

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Photo of the Original Seven, signed by all of the Mercury 7 astronauts on the photographic border: ”Alan B. Shepard Jr.”, ”Walter W. Schirra Jr.”, ”John H. Glenn Jr.”, ”Virgil I. Grissom”, ”M. Scott Carpenter”, ”Donald K. Slayton” and ”Leroy G. Cooper Jr”. Neat inscription at upper right reads ”With Best Wishes and Warm Regards to Mary from The Mercury Astronauts”. Silver gelatin matte-finish photo measures 10” x 8”. Light creasing at upper left and small area of previous tape adhesion in same area. Overall in very good to near fine condition. With JSA COA for all signatures.
Sold for $3,750.

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Mercury 7 Signed 10” x 8” Photo — Signed by All 7 Astronauts

Excellent Mercury 7 signed photo. NASA’s original 7-member crew pose here in front of a U.S. Air Force plane, all in their NASA uniforms. Inscription, likely written by Alan Shepard, reads ”To Don Durya With Appreciation, The Astronauts”, under which the astronauts sign: ”Scott Carpenter”, ”Gordon Cooper”, ”JH Glenn Jr”, ”Gus Grissom”, ”WM Schirra”, ”Alan Shepard” and ”DK Slayton”. Signatures are in blue and black ink. Color photo measures 10” x 8”. One pinhole to upper left margin, overall very good to near fine condition. Sold for $3,691.

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Mercury 7 Signed 10” x 8” Photo, Signed by All Seven Astronauts — Uninscribed, With Steve Zarelli COA

Uninscribed photo of the Original Seven, signed by all of the Mercury 7 astronauts on the photographic border: ”Alan B. Shepard Jr.”, ”Walter W. Schirra Jr.”, ”John H. Glenn Jr.”, ”Virgil I. Grissom”, ”M. Scott Carpenter”, ”Donald K. Slayton” and ”Leroy G. Cooper Jr”. Silver gelatin matte-finish photo measures 10” x 8”. Moderate creasing and wear, mild smudging to Carpenter’s signature, and small paper loss to upper right corner. Overall in very good condition. With COA for all signatures by Steve Zarelli Space Authentication. Sold for $3,125.

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Mercury 7 Astronauts Page Signed Next to Their Photos — M. Scott Carpenter, Leroy Cooper, John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard & Donald K. Slayton

Mercury 7 signed page featuring each astronaut’s photo. All 7 of the original group selected by NASA sign beneath their image in blue ballpoint pen: ”M. Scott Carpenter”, ”Leroy G. Cooper, Jr.”, ”John H. Glenn, Jr.”, ”Virgil I. Grissom”, ”Walter M. Schirra, Jr.”, ”Alan B. Shepard, Jr.” and ”Donald K. Slayton”. Top of page reads ”MERCURY ASTRONAUTS” and measures 8” x 10”. Creasing and small tear to right edge, overall very good condition with clean signatures. Sold for $3,125.

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Original Mercury 7 Signed Photo — Signed by All 7 Astronauts

Mercury 7 signed photo. NASA’s original 7-member crew poses here with a Mercury Atlas model at the Langley Research Center for a photo shoot in 1959. Each of the distinguished group members sign the lower margin in blue and black ink: ”Alan B Shepard Jr.”, Walter M. Schirra Jr.”, ”John H. Glenn, Jr.”, ”Virgil I. Grissom”, ”M. Scott Carpenter”, ”Donald K. Slayton” and ”Leroy G. Cooper, Jr”. Inscribed at top right corner, ”To Billy with best wishes from the Mercury Astronauts”. 10” x 8” photo has a matte finish. Significant tear forming vertically along fold running through photo, else very good. Sold for $1,562.

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