Mercury Seven Astronauts Autographs on a Photo Sell for $5,600 at NateDSanders.com
Mercury Seven Astronauts Autographs
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 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.
Mercury seven astronauts autographs on a 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. Dark Mercury seven astronauts autographs. Sold for $4,652.
First Edition Mercury Seven Astronauts Autographs in Their Book — Scarce
Rare and fantastic signed book, “The Astronauts: The Story of Project Mercury, America’s Man-in-Space Program” by Martin Caiden. First edition, second printing published in 1960. Volume is boldly signed and inscribed on front free endpaper: “To Edward Miller / With Best Wishes from / the Mercury Astronauts”. Signed by all Mercury 7 astronauts in ink: “Virgil S. Grissom”, “M. Scott Carpenter”, “Leroy G. Cooper Jr.”, “John A. Glenn, Jr.”, “Walter M. Schirra, Jr.”, “Alan B. Shepard” and “Donald K. Slayton”. Accompanied by original dustjacket. Black cloth boards show minor rubbing to corners and spine ends; interior is fine. 5.5″ x 8″ volume is in near fine condition. Rare Mercury Seven astronauts autographs in their book. Sold for $4,529.
The celebrated Mercury Seven astronauts autographs on 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.
Mercury Seven astronauts autographs on a photo originally owned from Gus Grissom, obtained directly from his son. 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.
All of the original Mercury Seven astronauts autographs on a slip of paper in blue ink. The slip is inscribed by an unknown hand: ”Best wishes to Suzie / from the Mercury Astronauts”. Beneath, the autographs read: ”Leroy G. Cooper Jr / Walter M Schirra / John A Glenn, Jr / Virgil I. Grissom / Donald K. Slayton / M. Scott Carpenter / Alan B. Shepard Jr”. 2.75” x 3.75” slip comes mounted to a muted dark blue-green mat. Very good with uniform toning and light creasing. Beside the slip, an original newspaper photo from the 28 July 1961 issue of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is also mounted. It shows the 7 space heroes posing beside model spacecraft on their visit to that city. Framed neatly in brushed steel to an overall size of 11.75” x 10.25”. Crack to non-glare glass at the lower right corner, else near fine. Sold for $2,772.
We have also auctioned these incredible Mercury seven astronauts with Group 2 including Neil Armstrong signed photo:
Incredible Photo Display Signed by All NASA Astronaut Groups 1 & 2 — The Mercury Seven Astronauts Autographs & The New Nine, Including Neil Armstrong
Photo of Group 1 and Group 2 NASA astronauts with mat signed by each of them, including the late Neil Armstrong. Together the two groups, the Mercury Seven and the New Nine comprise 16 astronauts. Group 1 was chosen from a pool of military test pilots for the orbital-focused Project Mercury, though many additionally flew on subsequent missions. Group 2 were also test pilots but with even further engineering training to benefit them in the complex rendezvous and docking maneuvers of the Gemini and Apollo programs. Signers are “Neil Armstrong”, “John Glenn Jr.”, “Wally Schirra”, “Scott Carpenter”, “Gus Grissom”, “Alan B. Shepard”, “Gordon Cooper”, “James Lovell”, “John Young”, “Deke Slayton”, “Edward H. White II”, “James A. McDivitt”, “Elliot See”, “Charles Conrad”, “Frank Borman” and “Thomas P. Stafford”. An inscription, likely by one of the astronauts, to the top of the photo reads: “To Marty with highest personal regards and gratitude for your outstanding accomplishments in supporting our efforts.” Photograph measures 19.5″ x 9.75″ and with mat, 24″ x 14″. Toning to mat and fading to photo, else near fine. A true rarity.