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    From Commander Wally Schirra's personal collection.

    Apollo 7 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander Wally Schirra, Serial Number 87, with Signed LOA. This 32mm x 24mm sterling silver medal was one of only 255 flown aboard Apollo 7, the first manned mission in the Apollo program, October 11-22, 1968, with crewmembers Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, and Walt Cunningham. It was an eleven-day Earth-orbital mission, the first manned launch of the Saturn IB launch vehicle, and the first three-man American space mission. The obverse of the medal features the mission insignia depicting a command service module, engine firing with the trail from that fire encircling a globe and extending out, symbolizing the Earth-orbital nature of the mission. The Roman numeral "VII" appears in the South Pacific Ocean and the crew's names appears on a wide arc at the bottom. The reverse has the date of the mission launch, the serial number, and the sterling and Robbins hallmarks. Original case with numbered sticker on the bottom included. Excellent condition. From the Steven R. Belasco Collection of Space Memorabilia.

    This was part of Wally Schirra's complete collection of Apollo Robbins medals sold together at a Christie's East auction on September 18, 1999, Lot 90. Note that we are offering all eleven of his medals in this auction.

    Included with this lot is an original signed Letter of Authenticity from Wally Schirra on his letterhead stating, in full: "Enclosed is a complete set of Apollo sterling silver Robbins mission emblem medallions. Each was flown on their respective mission. Robbins began making these with my Apollo 7 flight. The following Apollo crews carried on the tradition and had medallions made for there [sic] flights as well. The commander for each flight after Apollo 7 gave me a flown medallion in order that I might have a complete set. I have listed the missions and medallion serial numbers below:

    "Apollo 7 -- #87
    Apollo 8 -- #294
    Apollo 9 -- #260
    Apollo 10 -- #52
    Apollo 11 -- #416
    Apollo 12 -- #206
    Apollo 13 -- #348
    Apollo 14 -- #298
    Apollo 15 -- #273
    Apollo 16 -- no number
    Apollo 17 -- #232

    "[signed] Walter M Schirra
    Walter M. Schirra
    Captain USN, (Ret.)
    Mercury, Gemini
    and Apollo Astronaut"


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