Do you have a collection of space memorabilia from
your years spent working on the space program?
Have you inherited a drawer full of NASA
mementos from a family member?
Maybe you picked up a box of
space collectibles at a yard sale.
Many people who worked on the U.S. space program received certificates of participation, freebie decals, patches, photos or prints, commemorative pins or medallions, and maybe even awards or apparently signed photos.
Most of these items were mass produced and widely distributed by NASA or their numerous contractors and have little commercial value today, but some items can be worth tens, hundreds, or even thousands of dollars to a keen collector of space memorabilia.
Often two items that appear virtually identical to the untrained eye can be worth wildly different amounts,
and seemingly mundane items such as old documents or photos can sometimes be worth much more than eye-catching items such as shiny medallions.
How do you tell the valuable rarity from the everyday low value junk?
Identifying what you have and knowing what is valuable and why allows you to make vital choices
whether you intend to sell an item or to preserve it safely for future generations of your family to treasure.
As a specialist in space memorabilia with years of experience tracking space auctions and researching space collectibles of all kinds I am offering my expertise for free to non-commercial individuals.
Why? Because I enjoy discovering new interesting pieces of space memorabilia, and because I want to
ensure that important items are not thrown in the trash and lost forever.
If you have a collection of space memorabilia that you would like me to take a look at please
send me an email.
Some important points to note:
- Please be prepared for your items to have little or no commercial value. Most astronaut signed items are actually Autopens or preprints. The vast majority of patches, pins and medallions are common and worth a few cents at best. Start with the assumption that the items you have are probably worth very little and you won't be disappointed.
- Valuations will often be in the form of a wide range of possible prices. This reflects the reality that identical items sold a week apart can fetch wildly differing prices depending on many factors. Anyone who gives you a precise value for an item is making it up.
- If you are a business dealing in signficant quantities of NASA memorabilia I would ask you not to abuse my goodwill by asking for multiple free valuations. I offer my expertise to individuals for free in the interests of preserving space memorabilia for future generations. If you are a business that wants to use my services professionally please ask directly.