The June 2-5, 2002, Pre-Long Beach Sale, Sale 14

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Lot 1401 Click on photo for enlarged version
Apollo 11 Ephemera. A varied lot of print ephemera that brings home the momentous event that was the Apollo 11 moon landing.
The highlight is a LOOK Magazine special edition: "Apollo 11: On The Moon" with text by The New York Times and photographs by the Apollo astronauts. Very minor wear at edges, else fine.
The next piece is a two page brochure from Pacific Telephone: "The Bell System and Apollo 11 -- years of Effort by Thousands of People." Fine.
The newspapers in this lot are a July 17 Special Section from the New York Times with details of the upcoming mission and the first sections of The Register (Orange County) from July 21 with a "Man On Moon" headline, The Daily News of July 21 ("Moon Conquered"), July 22 Register ("They're Headed Back"), July 24 Daily News ("Apollo Back on Earth"), the July 25 edition of Tidings -- the Los Angeles Catholic newspaper. The newspapers are toned, as is to be expected, and have been folded for 33 years, but are intact.
Thirty-three years have somewhat blunted the impact of July 20, 1969, but these contemporary accounts, brimming with awe and excitement, bring it all back.
Estimated Value $150-250.

Original Lunar Polaroids

Lot 1402 Click on photo for enlarged version
Apollo 12 Original Polaroids. Two 3 x 4" Polaroid photographs taken on the moon during the Apollo XII mission. One depicts the descent of an astronaut onto the lunar surface and another depicts an astronaut with a Bell Labs antenna. These two rare photographs were originally presented to a Bell Labs executive in appreciation of his support of the lunar expedition and have remained in a private collection. Never previously sold or offered for sale. Scattered minor surface flaws inherent to aging Polaroids, else fine.
Estimated Value $400-UP.

Lot 1403 Click on photo for enlarged version
Apollo 13 Mission Report and Signed Photograph. Lot of two.
Signed Lithograph ("James Lovell", "Jack Swigert" and "Fred W. Haise"). Color, 8 x 10", n.p., n.d. A full-color, official NASA lithograph signed in black ink by each astronaut. A printed summary verso outlines the Apollo 13 Mission and it's failure. A similar item realized over $1600 in Superior Galleries' October 2000 sale. Fine condition.
Eight page Apollo 13 Mission Report, dated May 20, 1970 and published by NASA describes the drama that took place in space and on the ground while the crew of Apollo 13 and the men at Mission Control worked to bring the spacecraft and its crew home safely. A great way to get the official perspective. Toning to the back page and to four corners folded backwards, but very good condition overall.
Estimated Value $1,000-1,500.

Lot 1404 Click on photo for enlarged version
Original NASA Apollo ephemera and more! This lot of fourteen items features outstanding items from NASA as well as from outside the organization.
Our first item is NASA's twelve-page printed Apollo 10 Mission Report, dated June 17, 1969. Minor toning to the edge, else fine. We follow up with NASA's "Code-Name: Spider Flight of Apollo 9" brochure, an eighteen page booklet with pictures and text about the Apollo 9 mission and the role played by the "Spider". Next are nine official NASA 8 x 10" publicity lithographs with mission details verso feature (according to captions at bottom margin): "Apollo 9 Earth - Orbital Mission" (two of these); a portrait of the "Prime Crew of Fourth Manned Apollo Mission"; "Apollo 11 On The Moon -- July 20, 1969"; two "Prime Crew of Fifth Manned Apollo Mission"; "Apollo 12 On The Moon -- November 19, 1969"; a photograph of the Apollo 12 crew (same format as the rest, but no caption) and "Prime Crew of Seventh Apollo Mission". All are fine. Our non-NASA offerings are equally impressive and as follows: two black and white original 8 x 10"s depicting Apollo 8's return -- one shows the recovery of the capsule aboard the USS Yorktown and the other shows the three Apollo 8 astronauts on the Yorktown, cutting into the celebratory cake honoring the first manned lunar mission. Our final item is Scott Carpenter's autograph on the verso of a business card. Inscribed: "To Bobby -- Good Luck! Scott Carpenter", the card is in fine condition.
This is a super group of Apollo ephemera.
Estimated Value $250-400.

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