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Martin Luther King, Jr highly desirable vintage ballpoint signature

Highly desirable vintage ballpoint signature, “Best wishes, Martin Luther King, Jr.,” on an off-white 5.5 x 7.5 sheet. Nicely triple-cloth-matted and framed to an overall size of 22 x 15. Intersecting folds passing through the signature and light overall creases, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the original collector, who notes that he obtained this in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1963. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on January 31, 2014 in Martin L. King Jr

 

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Beatles George Harrison Apple Records Inc. business check

Apple Records, Inc. business check, 8 x 3.5, filled out in another hand and signed by Harrison, “George Harrison,” payable to Fabrica for £9-15, March 22, 1971. Nicely double-matted and framed with a color portrait to an overall size of 17.5 x 26.5. In fine condition, with expected bank stamps, punch holes near top edge, and a red ink cancellation mark through a small portion of last name of signature. Oversized. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on January 30, 2014 in George Harrison

 

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Neil Armstrong uninscribed portrait signed

Vintage glossy 8 x 10 photo of Armstrong in a jacket and tie posing in front of an American flag, signed in black ink, “Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11.” Encapsulated in a plastic PSA/DNA grading holder. In fine condition, with a bit of light irregular ink adhesion to “Apollo.” Accompanied by a full letter of grading and authenticity from PSA/DNA, grading the autograph an “8.” Any photo with Armstrong adding his mission is quite scarce, even more so in vintage examples. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on January 28, 2014 in Neil Armstrong

 

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Apollo 15 Dave Scott Flown printed fabric American flag

Flown printed fabric American flag, 5.5 x 4, carried to the South Pole in 1970, and flown to lunar orbit during the Apollo 15 mission. Flag is signed on three white stripes in blue ink, “Dave Scott, carried to South Pole, Antarctica, Jan 9–15, 1970. Flown to the moon aboard Apollo 15, July 26–Aug 7, 1971.” Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Dave Scott stating, in part, “I hereby certify that the United States flag included with this letter…is from my personal collection and was carried to the South Pole, Antarctica…and then flown in lunar orbit for six days aboard the CSM Endeavour during Apollo 15…I was a member of the NASA contingent of six on an official visit to Antarctica from 9 through 15 January 1970…Throughout the journey, I carried the attached United States flag in the pocket of my parka as a symbol of exploration…This South Pole/Apollo 15 US flag has been in my personal collection since returning to Earth.” In fine condition. Flags carried on any Apollo mission are highly desirable, with this particular flag making an extra trip to the bottom of the world. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on January 27, 2014 in Apollo 15

 

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Apollo 09 Extremely rare Apollo 9 EVA checklist

Extremely rare Apollo 9 EVA checklist, flown on board the Lunar Module ‘Spider,’ measuring 6 x 8 and consisting of 24 (12 double-sided) heavy, cardboard stock pages and bound by its original three rings in the left edge. Printed on the front cover is “APOLLO 9 EVA PART NO SKB32l000l l-301 S/N 1001.” A unique extra 4″ diameter ring is on the bottom of the back cover, to hook it onto the main control panel. Also, unlike the other checklists on this flight, each page has a Velcro tab and the cover has a Velcro strip to prevent them from floating away during the EVA.

This rare complete checklist, heavily notated by Dave Scott, covers the preparation for the stand up EVA performed by CMP Dave Scott, as well as LMP Rusty Schweickart’s preparation of the Portable Life Support System (PLSS); the steps scheduled for his space walk, and the depressurization and pressurization of the Command Module Gumdrop. There are dozens of checkmarks thoughout the checklist which includes the procedures for the unstowing of EVA utility and camera equipment; crew transfer from CM to LM; Command Module Preparation; Crew Status; PLSS Comm Check (EVA COMM CONFIG); System Prep for Depress; ECS Redundant Component Check; Final Prep for Depress; Suit Test; Hatch Opening; Hatch Closing; Cabin Repress; Post EVA Systems Configuration; Post EVA Cabin Configuration; and the actual original procedures the EVAs of both the CMP and LMP. Schweickart was originally scheduled to make an EVA transfer on the outside of the Lunar Module over to the Command Module and transfer back to the Lunar Module (in the event of a future emergency rescue). However, due to his bout of space sickness the day before—the procedures outlined were scrubbed and Rusty stepped outside of the Lunar Module Spider and stood on the LM porch inserting his feet into the ‘Golden Slippers’ which are indicated in this checklist. Dave Scott would do a stand up EVA in the CM hatch and grab the experiments Rusty would otherwise have retrieved. The procedures herein reflect the original 2 hours and 25 minutes of activity originally planned for two sunrises and two sunsets. The checklist also has a tabbed Contingency section, in the event of other critical needs, to closing the hatch and cabin depress and repress.

The checklist itself is signed and flight certified in green felt tip on the back cover by Mission Commander Jim McDivitt, “Flown on Apollo 9 Jim McDivitt A-9 CDR—Notes and checkmarks made by Dave Scott aboard Apollo 9,” and signed on the inside back cover in black felt tip, “Dave Scott Apollo 9 CMP.” The checklist itself is notationally dense, filled with checkmarks, and in-flight commentary. On page 15, under the heading, “EVA Debriefing,” the instruction reads “Log or voice record comments on hardsuit operation.” Under the instruction Scott writes, “Warm after about 5 min, never hot. Out ˜ 35 min of 50 min pass. Left hand only slightly warmer than right. Hatch open ˜ 30# close ˜ 40#. Held with about 40# for dogs to engage—not hot to left hand.” Attached to the bottom ring is original Temporary Parts Removal Tag (Form 961-D) from North American Aviation, which is rarely seen on complete checklists and an important part of this rare artifact’s chain of custody. In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity from McDivitt which reads, “I certify that this EVA checklist was flown onboard Apollo 9 and her LM Spider on Apollo 9’s flight from March 3–13, 1969. It is from my personal collection.” Also accompanied by two signed color satin-finish photos of the two astronauts who participated in the space walk: an 8 x 10 of Rusty Schweickart, signed and inscribed in silver ink, “To Art—Shakedown cruise of the first Apollo EVA & PLSS. Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 LMP”; and a 10 x 8 of Scott standing in the hatch of the command module, signed in black felt tip, “Apollo 9 stand up EVA, Dave Scott, Apollo 9 CMP.” The final accompaniments are two color photos of Scott and McDivitt holding the checklist after signing.

Apollo 9 was a very critical engineering and testing mission of all key aspects of making a lunar flight and landing, but done in Earth orbit. It was the first Apollo Mission to include the flight of the Lunar Module, docking and undocking of the two crafts. Further goals included: internal crew transfer from the docked CSM to the LM; special tests of the LM’s support systems; crew procedures; and tests of flight equipment and the extravehicular activity, or EVA mobility unit—the PLSS —which was the only planned EVA from the LM before an actual lunar landing; first solo flight of the CM by the CMP; and the only simultaneous EVA by the CMP & LMP while the commander was in the Lunar Module. The successful completion of this mission made possible the full dress-rehearsal flight of Apollo l0 in lunar orbit, and set the stage for the first landing of Apollo 11. Deke Slayton believed Apollo 9 to be the boldest move in Project Apollo. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on January 25, 2014 in Apollo 9

 

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Babe Ruth Official unbranded baseball signed

 

Official unbranded baseball signed in black ink on the sweet spot. The upper panel bears a date notation in an unknown hand of June 17, 1948, the same week Ruth’s number was retired at Yankee Stadium and just two months before he would pass away. Overall toning, soiling, and staining, scattered scuffs and dings (affecting portions of signature), and the signature light but legible, otherwise very good condition. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. Single-signed Ruth baseballs are one of baseball’s most desirable artifacts—pristine examples can reach into tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, and this baseball represents a respectable, legible example of this crown jewel of the collecting world. RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on January 24, 2014 in Babe Ruth

 

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Jane Russell production made costume The Outlaw

Production-made costume made for Russell for the 1943 film The Outlaw. Outfit consists of an off-white short-sleeve blouse with a United Costumer’s tag sewn inside with, “No. 836, Size #6, Jane Russell” written on the two lines provided; and a multi-colored striped skirt with a hook and eye closure in the back, also with a United Costumer’s label with Russell’s name written on the second line. In fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Warner Bros. Entertainment stating the costume was part of the United inventory purchased circa 1950. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Jane Russell

 

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