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    Huge 1960s - 1970s Autograph Collection With an Emphasis on Astronauts. This 3" thick binder contains hundreds of autographs as assembled by Mrs. Loraine Runion of St. Louis. Her primary collecting method consisted of sending a white matchbook cover to a celebrity and requesting it be autographed. Those covers returned with signatures were harmlessly slid into diagonal cuts on blank pages. The autographs were occasionally supplemented with relevant newspaper clippings, photographs, and illustrations. "People in the news" from all walks of life grace these pages, however America's astronauts are the dominant and most comprehensive group here. Over 80 NASA signatures are present with Charles Conrad's being the only evident autopenned autograph. Highlights include the following: Scott Carpenter, Roger Chaffee, Gordon Cooper, Virgil Grissom, Sally K. Ride, Walter M. Schirra, Elliot See, Alan B. Shepard, Donald K. Slayton, Edward White, Clifton C. Williams, and John Young. There is also a full color "bubble gum" card signed "Virgil Grissom" which shows the doomed astronaut suiting up. Other prominent signatories in the Runion Collection are such diverse luminaries as Mikhail Baryshnikov, General Omar Bradly, George Bush, Sr., Bob and Elizabeth Dole, General James H. Doolittle, Mamie Eisenhower, John Nance Garner, J. Edgar Hoover, Hubert Humphrey, Ladybird Johnson, Gene Kelly, Thurgood Marshall, the Nixon daughters, and Adlai Stevenson. A collection worthy of further study and certainly evocative of its day. Overall fine condition.

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2007
    16th-17th Monday-Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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