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    Dr. Kraft's Personal Interstellar Association of Turtles Membership Card and Lapel Pin, Directly from the NASA Legend's Estate, with Certificate of Authenticity. A green 3.5" x 2.25" membership card for the International Association of Turtles, with accompanying gold color turtle pin. Signed on the front by Kraft as well as Alan Shepard. Walter Schirra's facsimile signature is on the bottom as High Potentate. This is the first of these Heritage has offered that was signed by Shepard. Rough edges and wear consistent with age, pin very good.

    By most accounts, this organization started as a fun, fraternal drinking club among World War II pilots. Admission is gained by answering four questions that would apparently have vulgar answers, but in fact do not. Examples are found on the back of these cards; take a look at the image on our website. Also, the password must be given when asked by another member: "Are you a turtle?" The only acceptable answer, "You bet your sweet *** I am," had to be spoken in a loud voice or the one challenged had to buy the drinks. This was based, of course, on the assumption that all members owned a certain animal related to a donkey. Wally Schirra was the High Potentate of the astronaut club and during his Sigma 7 flight, he was asked the ever-important question by a ground controller just minutes into his flight. He recorded his answer off-radio for later playback. A similar situation came up between Slayton and Schirra on Apollo 7.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2021
    21st-22nd Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 23
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