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    The "New Nine"

    NASA Astronaut Group Two: Photo Signed by Eight (Conrad Autopen), with PSA/DNA LOA. A stunning and rare assemblage of signatures on an 8" x 10" matte finish vintage B&W photo of the "New Nine" or "Next Nine," the first new group of astronauts chosen by NASA after the original "Mercury Seven." They are all in business suits and gathered around a large rocket model with two of the Mercury Seven group, John Glenn and Wally Schirra (who have not signed). This was signed for a NASA employee, as follows: "Many regards to/ Joe Fraselli/ Elliot See", "To Joe/ Best Regards/ Edward H White II", "Charles Conrad Jr." (autopen), "Frank Borman", "Neil Armstrong", "Thomas P Stafford", "John Young", "Best wishes/ James A McDivitt", and "Best regards/ James Lovell". The Gemini Program had been announced and this second group was chosen to face new and more technical challenges; four of the nine had advanced engineering degrees. A rare and desirable photo. Included with this lot is a full PSA/DNA Letter of Authenticity for all nine signatures. The photo has wear in the margins, a barely-noticeable crease down the right side, and, due to the dark suits, some of the signatures exhibit low contrast. Very good overall.

    This is an amazing group of American heroes and includes the first man on the moon (three moonwalkers total), the first American to walk in space, the commander of the first mission to the moon, and the commander of the first shuttle mission. The "New Nine" signed very few items as a group due to their busy schedules and, as Eliot See died in an early-1966 training accident, none could be obtained after that.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2020
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
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