A 9 x 9 swatch of Beta cloth, bearing a pre-printed 3.5″ diameter Apollo 7 mission emblem, flown on the Apollo 7 and 14 missions, signed in black ink, “This Beta cloth flew with me on Apollo 7 in October 1968, and was also carried on Apollo 14 by Alan Shepard for me in Jan–Feb 1971. Walt Cunningham Apollo 7.” Accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity from Cunningham which reads, in part: “This beta cloth emblem is from my personal collection of memorabilia from my astronaut career…This beta cloth patch flew 4,500,000 miles with me on the first manned Apollo mission, October 11–12, 1968. It was also carried by Alan Shepard as a personal favor to me on his Apollo 14 mission.” Also included is a color 8 x 10 photo of Cunningahm holding the cloth after signing. In fine condition. It is quite uncommon to find any item carried on two Apollo missions, particularly anything carried by Alan Shepard. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
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Flown sterling silver Apollo 7 Robbins Medal, approximately 1.25 x 1, with a raised design on the face of the mission insignia—a capsule orbiting Earth, the mission number, and the last names of crew members Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, and Walt Cunningham. The reverse of the sterling silver medal is engraved “Oct. 11, 1968” and numbered “52.” In fine condition, with some mild tarnishing and surface marks and a small lighter square on reverse from a small dab of previous adhesive. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Walt Cunningham which states, “This silver Apollo 7 Robbins Medallion (Serial Number 52)…was carried with me on the 4,500,000 mile flight of Apollo 7…I hereby warrant and certify it was given to my friend, Frank Brandstetter, from my personal collection of artifacts.” Brandstetter owned a resort in Acapulco where he would entertain astronauts during the Apollo era. Also included is a 2008 letter of authenticity from Brandstetter stating the medal is from his personal collection. RR Auction COA.
Flown sterling silver Apollo 7 Robbins Medal, approximately 1.25 x 1, with a raised design on the face of the mission insignia—a capsule orbiting Earth, the mission number, and the last names of crew members Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, and Walt Cunningham. The reverse of the sterling silver medal is engraved “Oct. 11, 1968” and numbered “230.” Accompanied by its original case, numbered “230.” Condition is mint state. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Dave Scott stating, in part: “I hereby certify that the Apollo 7 silver medallion numbered ‘230’ included with this letter is from my personal collection and was flown aboard Apollo 7, October 11-22, 1968…After the mission, the Astronaut Office distributed the medallions accordingly. I specifically requested the Apollo 7 number ‘230’ included with this letter.” This was the very first Robbins Medal designed for the Apollo 7 mission for Cunningham, who wanted a special memento to take on the mission. The flown treasure proved so popular that every mission into space since has carried on the tradition. Scott requested number 230 to have a consistent collection and the number represented a Mercedes 230SL for which he had aspirations. Provenance: Dave Scott. RRAuction COA.