DescriptionApollo 1: Plaque of Special Recognition Presented by the NCAA to Ed White II in 1967 and Directly from His Personal Collection. An 8.5" x 12.25" wooden plaque to which is mounted a high-relief "National Collegiate Athletic Association" medallion, 5.5" in diameter, and a 5.75" x 2.5" engraved plate. The plate reads, in part: "...By Unanimous Resolution This January 10, 1967 At Its 61st Annual Convention, Houston, Texas Presents This Plaque Of Special Recognition To Astronaut Edward H. White II United States Military Academy '52. An American Space Pioneer Who Distinguished Himself Athletically As Well As Academically During His Undergraduate Years At A Member Institution Of This Association". Physical fitness and athletics were very important to White; he was considered by his fellow astronauts to be the most physically fit of their group. Twelve of these special plaques were presented at a luncheon in Houston; White was present to receive his award in person that day even though he was in the final stages of preparation for the Apollo 1 mission. Very fine condition with just a few minor dings in the wooden plaque.
Included with this lot is a printed copy of a page from the "NCAA News" publication dated January-February-March, 1967, with an article titled "Collegiate Competition Important to Space Effort" that discusses the award and the ceremony. It reads, in part: "Seven of the 12 men of space singled out by the NCAA for their collegiate varsity sports competition were present to receive the special plaques including Lt. Col. Edward H. White, II, graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, a few short weeks later one of three astronauts to be fatally burned on the launching pad in an Apollo project drill." A photo with the article shows Alan Shepard receiving his matching plaque at the luncheon.
Included with this lot is a signed certificate of authenticity from Ed White III.
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