Collecting memorabilia of space exploration has become
one of the most popular and lucrative
of space hobbies.
American baby-boomers, for example, with their
kids grown up and out of the house and only their stock
portfolios to keep them company, have grown nostalgic
about the 1960's and the space race and they love to
purchase mementos of the time. Just listen to Ron Howard
or Tom Hanks talk about the 1960's space program and
you will get an idea of the potential.
Space collectibles include everything from astronaut
autographs to stamps to pieces of real space hardware
to toys. Regardless of whether your collection becomes
a future treasure, collecting can be a fun and educational
Note:here the term memorabilia refers to those
items that can be authentically traced to a past era.
Collectibles, on the other hand, is used as a
general term for items, new or old, that come in a series,
such as patches, or fall into some general category,
such as toys, that lend themselves to collecting.
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The space memoribilia site SpaceFlori
deals in various space collectibles including flown
artifacts. It has also offered the opportunity to fly
small items, e.g. business cards, on Russian supply
ships to Mir and the ISS. It also sold patches of moon
dust taken from a bag used on Apollo 15 and from a camera
magazine on Apollo 11 (see Space
Rock Collecting .)
Space Station This site sells "flown space hardware"
and buys "meteorites, tektites, flown space memorabilia,
astronaut autographed collectibles for sale, Apollo,
Gemini, Mercury, Soyuz, STS"
NASA has a program for non-profit museums, universities,
and schools to obtain surplus space artifacts, which
now includes lots of space shuttle related items, for
public display and educational purposes:
(formerly Apollo8.com) offers autographs in separate
sections for Mercury, Gemini & Apollo, for Shuttle
era, and for cosmonauts.
The Association of Space Explorers (all members are astronauts
& cosmonauts who have been in space) offer posters
of their Congresses that have been signed by a space explorer.
Autographs at NovaGraphics
Novagraphics offers both autographed space art and autographed
photos. Autographed art includes works from Alan Bean
and Alexi Leonov. See, in particular, Bean's Reaching
for the Stars, which is signed by 24 astronauts.
Autographed photos include those of the Original 7 Mercury
astronauts and from several Apollo astronauts.
Sells astronaut and cosmonaut autographed photos. Also,
a book section includes autographed editions of astronaut
and other space related books.
Legacies Lunar Legacies offers various space memorabilia
including autographs of famous astronauts, cosmonauts
and space scientists. They hold regular auctions of
Force Space Patches
Joseph Fricano has been an avid space patch enthusiast
since 1965. His online store sells patches for all the
US space missions. The patches come with "detailed
explanation of the significance and importance behind
the symbols and colors choices used in the making of the
Space exploration has been a
popular theme for stamps ever since Sputnik. Many countries,
including those without space programs, have issued
commemorative stamps of significant space events such
as the Moon landings.
Collecting such space stamps
has grown into a popular hobby and there are many groups
and websites devoted to it.
Note that philatelic
hobbies include not only stamps but also the collecting
of covers, especiallyFirst Day Space Covers.
A cover is an envelope with a canceled stamp on it.
So a First Day Space Cover would be an envelope with
a canceled space stamp on the first day the stamp was
Covers of particular interest
are those with a cachet (ka-shay),
a stamped design, such as a drawing of a rocket or portrait
of an astronaut, that commemorates some space event.
An autographed space cover
would have an autograph of someone associated with the
space stamp, e.g. an Apollo 11 astronaut and an Apollo
11 commemorative stamp.
Note: there are literally
thousands of websites devoted to the general hobby of
stamp collecting. See the link lists at American
Air Mail Society and Spacecover
to start exploring the wider philatelic cosmos.
Topic Study Unit - This group is affiliated
with the American
Philatelic Society and the American Topical Association:
"The Space Unit is an organization of hobbyists
devoted to the collection and study of covers and
stamps issued on space themes. It has a world wide
membership and is the largest independent astrophilatelic
society in the world."
Treasures - "We carry a large amount
of space first day covers, sts flown covers, and space
related event covers. Space items can be easily found
at our site of 1,000's of pictured items by the use
of our "keyword search" routine."
Robert Pearlman's site is dedicated to space related
collecting of any sort. The site offers an enormous
amount of information, news, forum participation, and
more on topics related to both space collectibles and
NASA, Patches, Caps, coins, Photos, Videos, Models, Philatelic,
Covers, Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Space Shuttle, Space
John, Veronica and Peter Kleeman have built a big collection
from the Space Age of "familiar objects such as
toys, amusements, fashion, advertising, decorative arts,
architecture — things that reveal how deeply the spacefaring
vision infused our culture".
Spaceflori Space collectibles and memoribilia for sell:
"...Each and every month this website will launch
a sale of premium Space Memorabilia - autographed
photos, covers, flown artifacts. Every month at the
pre-announced date and time we upload a completely
new inventory onto this page. All unsold items remain
available for sale until the next launch."
Includes items sold on consignment.
This UK site offers access to over 7500 space related
items. SpacePortUK is
"..a UK based authorized dealer for Alpha Industries
Inc. - manufacturer of military clothing for the USAF
and US Navy for over 40 years. We are also suppliers
of products relating to the achievements of man/woman
in space over the last 40 years."..
The catalog includes embroidered mission apparel, vinyl
models, patches, and more.
Space Shop - UK Collectables NASA Special And Rare Editions. Flown
In Space. Display Desk Models And More.