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Neil Armstrong signed photo with 12-word inscription, including "Apollo 11" See original listing
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Faint traces of tape used in an earlier framing on a corners of the booklet's front cover and back

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Aug 28, 2013 18:51:48 PDT
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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller Notes: Faint traces of tape used in an earlier framing on a corners of the booklet's front cover and back cover (not visible when the signed two-page spread is on display). The tiny original G.P.O price tag (75 cents!) is at the lower left of the front cover. The small pictures of the three astronauts at the top right of the signed page were not originally there - the original owner got another copy of this booklet and cut them out of that copy's cover to add them to this one. It actually makes for a nicer display than the blank space that was originally there.

This 24-page, 9”x12” Government Printing Office booklet, printed shortly after the mission, is a transcript of the Apollo 11 post-flight press conference.  Each of the three astronauts started with a short speech, then fielded questions from reporters. 


Throughout the pages there are color photographs.  (I didn’t include pictures of every page – just enough for you to get the idea.)  On the inside front cover is a picture Armstrong took of Aldrin just as he set foot on the moon.  Armstrong wrote next to this image a twelve-word inscription, including the words “Apollo 11.”  The signature is one of the largest I have ever seen of Armstrong's - he really filled that available space!


You could treat this as a signed booklet and keep it on a shelf, or you could treat it as a signed photo (with the handwriting in the blank space next to the great half-page caption about the mission) and frame it to show these two open pages.


Photos taken on the moon by Armstrong and signed by him are more rare than his signed portraits.  Here is one, for example, which was also inscribed to someone (but with much less clear writing) which sold at auction for $2,600:



I will include insurance for the value of the top bid in the shipping.



I've collected autographs for over 25 years.  I am a member of the Universal Autograph Collectors Club and I abide by its strict code of ethics.

All items are guaranteed to have been hand-signed by the person named. If the original buyer EVER doubts an item’s authenticity and any one of the hundreds of UACC Registered Dealers agrees in writing after analyzing the item in person, I will refund the full price, including shipping and handling, as long as the item is in its original condition and the buyer retains the receipt I will provide.


It’s been a while since I sold items on eBay, but please see my feedback showing that I have purchased many autographs and other space-related items.  Also, please click on “See other items” to see what else I am now offering.


As founder of the DC-Area Autograph Collectors Club, I was mentioned in a Washington Post article about autograph collecting. Here is a link to the article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/28/AR2007062801987.html

(Or you could Google the headline “Snag a High-Profile Autograph” to see the article.)


If you have any questions about an item, please e-mail me. If you live in Northern Virginia or Washington, DC, you could come pick up your item and save on shipping.



Steven T. Smith

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