Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 105

June 30 - July 1 2018 Manuscript, Space and Collectibles Sale

Mercury Program
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Lot 740
MA-7, Scott Carpenter Signed Mercury Capsule Model. Precision Scale Mercury Capsule by Edward H. Biltmore 1:24 that Astronaut Scott Carpenter (1925-2013) signed in gold Flair on the stand. Obtained in person by a long time space enthusiast. Carpenter was the second American (after John Glenn) to orbit the Earth and the fourth American in space. In box and in excellent condition. Estimate Value $300 - UP
The Collection of Matthew Scherzi.
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Lot 741
Collection of Cut Signatures by All Seven Mercury Astronauts in a Matted, Photo Presentation. Project Mercury (1959-1963), at the insistence of President Eisenhower, pulled the "seven best and brightest" test pilots from a field of over 500 applicants. Although the agency viewed Project Mercury's purpose as an experiment to determine whether humans could survive space travel, the seven men immediately became national heroes. Offered is a wonderful collection of signatures on cards nicely matted in a presentation with a color photograph of all seven: Shepard, Grisson, Cooper, Schirra, Slayton, Glenn and Carpenter. Removed from frame, the signatures were protected under UV resistent glass, the color photo bold. All signatures made with a variety of different pens. This particular piece came from Todd Mueller Autographs in Colorado and conveys with his COA. 18¼ x 15". Estimate Value $1,250 - UP
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Lot 742
Mercury Program Collection including Signed Photos by Scott Carpenter and John Glenn, Plus Original Freedom 3 Data Printout. Unusual collection of ephemera involving Project Mercury. 1) Fine, boldly signed B&W photo inscribed and signed "Best Regards, John Glenn" plus a Kennedy Center canceled stamp for the RSVP card for NASA's 10th Anniversary honoring Glenn's flight, 2) Three separate autographs of Scott Carpenter; one 8 x 10" color portrait, a signed cover for the official induction of the US Astronauts Hall of Fame in 1993 and the reverse of a business card. 3) a USPS window decal for the 4 cent Mercury Stamp Feb. 20th, 1962 4) An 8 x 10" aerial color photo of the flight tracking station built in the Canary Islands and a scarce cut section of a 14' long teletypewriter printout that had been used for Test 108 America's first manned space flight. 5) Parachute section of Flight MA 5 which carried Enos the chimp in November of 1961 affixed to COA with facts and photos. An original photo taken mechanically from inside capsule and finall handwritten notes by Mary Bubb legendary and first female reporter covering the space program where she notes on Western Union press message "Chimp only rose 70 - 85 and notes for the order of Mercury 7 Astronauts being launched into space at that time, which of course changed. Estimate Value $500 - UP
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Lot 743
Outstanding Vintage Gelatin Silver Print of the Mercury 7 Astronauts Signed by All Seven (1959). Outstanding vintage gelatin silver print of the Mercury 7 Astronauts inspecting the rocket model at NASA Langley Research Center and shot by Bill Taub. Photo was printed on premium photographic paper (10 x 8") and was signed by all seven astronauts. Standing, left to right, are: Alan B. Shepard Jr., Walter M. Schirra Jr., and John H. Glenn Jr. Sitting, left to right are: Virgil I. Grissom, M. Scott Carpenter, Donald Slayton, and L. Gordon Cooper Jr. Near perfect save for slight evidence of handling that in no way impacts the quality of photo or signatures. A museum quality piece for every level of collector and the first time we have offered this particular photo signed. Estimate Value $3,000 - UP
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