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Space & Mercury Flown Memorabilia

Project Mercury was the first program, consisting of six single-person missions, to launch Americans into space between 1961 and 1963. The astronauts involved were Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glen, Scott Carpenter, Walter Schirra and Gordon Cooper. The objectives of the flight were to orbit a manned spacecraft around Earth, study the ability of humans to handle space and to safety return the spacecraft and passenger back to Earth.

Below are several space flown items we have sold from the Mercury flights, which have sold for as high as $66,993:

John Glenn’s In-Flight Instructions Used & Flown Aboard Mercury 6

One-of-kind piece of space history flown with John Glenn aboard the Mercury-Atlas 6 “Friendship 7” – the first manned orbit of the earth by an American astronaut. These in-flight photo instructions were used by Glenn aboard the 20 February 1962 mission and feature both a chronological flight plan with detailed astrological markers (“+7′ CASSIOPIA/COUNT STARTS” and “+23′ ORION & MOON/UV PHOTOS COUNT STARS”), as well as fixed geographical landmarks (“LAKE VICTORIA/KENYA NAIROBI” AND “CHRISTMAS ISLANDS”). All data on the instructions was personally used by Glenn to confirm the capsule’s flight path during its 4 hour and 55 minute mission, instructing Glenn at which point to take photos in flight. Instructions also include an in-flight check list that covers such tasks as “Chng Film-Color Filter Out” and “STOW & R. SEQ CHK CET”. The document was attached to a bobbin at each end, forming a scroll that Glenn was able to move back and forth with his thumb during the mission. The long and narrow document measures 4.75″ x 42.5″, its ends trimmed to fit into the bobbin slits. The in-flight instructions were given by Glenn to Frogman Richard “Dick” Dunham of UDT-21 (Underwater Demolition Team) as a thank you memento for his work with Mercury 6; a precursor to Navy Seals, the UDT both trained astronauts for egress from the space capsule into the ocean and retrieved the astronauts after splashdown. The flight plan was then given to U.S. Navy veteran Justin C. Pollard by Dunham, who became a mentor during Pollard’s time in the Navy Bud/S School, Class 240. The document’s historical significance was confirmed by the John Glenn Archives at Ohio State University Libraries. Light creasing and wear, otherwise near fine. Additional provenance includes: (1) LOA from Justin Pollard; (2) 1959 photo of Dunham and Glenn together (Dunham is the blond gentleman, 4th from left in back row) and (3) screen-capture photo of the Mercury 6 cockpit, scroll visible in center of photo, in front of John Glenn. Sold for $66,993.

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John Glenn’s In-Flight Instructions Used & Flown Aboard Mercury 6. Click to enlarge.
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COA for John Glenn’s In-Flight Instructions Used & Flown Aboard Mercury 6. Click to enlarge.

John Glenn Signed Mercury 6 Mission Space Flown Dollar Bill — Signed a Second Time on The Mat With M. Scott Carpenter — With NASA COA, JSA LOA & PSA/DNA COA

John Glenn signed dollar bill flown in space on the Mercury 6 mission with signed mat. The single dollar bill is signed “J H Glenn, Jr.” in ink. Launched 20 February 1962, Mercury 6 was the first mission to put an American (Glenn) in orbit. Flown bill is mounted to a COA also signed “J H Glenn, Jr.” and “M. Scott Carpenter”. The text of the COA reads: “This CERTIFIES / the following U.S. currency / Serial No. A31941854B / accompanied Lt. Col. John H. Glenn / on the first manned orbital flight aboard Friendship 7 Feb. 20, 1962″. Bill measures 6.25″ x 2.5″. Stapled to COA with two staples near the bottom edge to an overall size of 11.25″ x 8.5”. An additional signature on the bill reads: “Terry Thompson”. Some abrasions to upper right of bill and creasing, else near fine. toning to the mat, else near fine. With JSA LOA and PSA/DNA COA. Sold for $17,600.

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John Glenn Signed Mercury 6 Mission Space Flown Dollar Bill. Click to enlarge.
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COA for John Glenn Signed Mercury 6 Mission Space Flown Dollar Bill.

Liberty Bell 7 Space Flown Dime From Mercury-Redstone 4, the Second Manned Mission in NASA History — From the Estate of Its Astronaut Gus Grissom

Space flown dime from the Mercury-Redstone 4 mission. Dime was flown with Gus Grissom aboard the Liberty Bell 7, which launched from Cape Canaveral on 21 July of 1961. Flown dime, minted in 1961, comes with a sterling silver medallion engraved with the launch date and mission title. Both are affixed to a metal loop for hanging on a necklace chain. Paper tape affixed to the medallion reads, ”66-90-31”. Some tarnishing, else near fine. From the personal estate of Gus Grissom and with an LOA from his son. Sold for $3,049.

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Liberty Bell 7 Space Flown Dime From Mercury-Redstone 4, the Second Manned Mission in NASA History . Click to enlarge.
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COA for Liberty Bell 7 Space Flown Dime From Mercury-Redstone 4, the Second Manned Mission in NASA History . Click to enlarge.

Space Flown Gemini 3 Medallion — From the Estate of Gus Grissom

Gus Grissom’s Gemini 3 space flown medallion. Sterling silver medallion features a relief of the Molly Brown spacecraft and the names of John Young and Gus Grissom. Opposite side features mission abbreviation “GT-3” and is engraved, “March 23, 1965″. Sterling silver coin measures 1”. Near fine. From the estate of Gus Grissom and with an LOA from his son. Sold for $1,954.

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Space Flown Gemini 3 Medallion. Click to enlarge.
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COA for Space Flown Gemini 3 Medallion. Click to enlarge.

Space Flown Mercury Capsule Tie Pin — From the Estate of Gus Grissom

Space flown tie pin. Pin is a tiny figure of the Mercury capsule from the personal estate of astronaut Gus Grissom. Gold color metal pin measures 0.75”. Thin strip of tape to verso reads, ”66-90-32”. Minor tarnishing to backing, else fine. From the estate of Gus Grissom and with an LOA from his son. Sold for $1,892.

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Space Flown Mercury Capsule Tie Pin. Click to enlarge.
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COA for Space Flown Mercury Capsule Tie Pin. Click to enlarge.

Liberty Bell 7 Space Flown Dime From Mercury-Redstone 4, the Second Manned Mission in NASA History — From the Estate of Gus Grissom

Gus Grissom’s own space flown dime from the Mercury-Redstone 4 mission. Dime was flown with Gus Grissom aboard the Liberty Bell 7, which launched from Cape Canaveral on 21 July of 1961. Flown dime, minted in 1961, comes with a sterling silver medallion engraved with the launch date and mission title. Both are affixed to a metal loop for hanging on a necklace chain. Some tarnishing, else near fine. With an LOA from Mark Grissom. Sold for $1,865.

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Liberty Bell 7 Space Flown Dime From Mercury-Redstone 4. Click to enlarge.

Gus Grissom’s Personally Owned & Used Slide Ruler

Gus Grissom owned and used slide ruler. Pickett brand aluminum slide ruler in yellow has scales K, A, B, ST, T, S, C, D and DI. With Pickett maker’s mark and copyright date of 1959 printed on the movable slide. Engineering tool comes housed in its original chestnut leather case with gilt brand name and curved clip. Measures 6″ x 1.25″. Some chipping to finish on the left edge and minor discoloration to verso, else near fine with fully functional cursor and slide. From the Grissom estate. Sold for $1,600.

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Gus Grissom’s Personally Owned & Used Slide Ruler. Click to enlarge.
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COA for Gus Grissom’s Personally Owned & Used Slide Ruler. Click to enlarge.

Liberty Bell 7 Space-Flown Dime From Mercury-Redstone 4, the Second Manned Mission in NASA History — From the Estate of Astronaut Gus Grissom

Space flown dime from the Mercury-Redstone 4 mission. Dime was flown with Gus Grissom aboard the Liberty Bell 7, which launched from Cape Canaveral on 21 July 1961. Flown dime, minted in 1961, comes with a sterling silver medallion engraved with the launch date and mission title. Both are affixed to a metal loop for hanging on a necklace chain. Some soiling to dime, else near fine. From the personal estate of Gus Grissom and with a COA from his son. Sold for $1,513.

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Liberty Bell 7 Space-Flown Dime From Mercury-Redstone 4. Click to enlarge.
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COA for Liberty Bell 7 Space-Flown Dime From Mercury-Redstone 4. Click to enlarge.

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