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    ISS Expeditions Robbins Medal collection from the astronaut who began the tradition

    I.S.S. Expeditions 1 through 45: Complete Collection of Unflown Silver Robbins Medals Directly from the Personal Collection of Astronaut Walt Cunningham, with Signed LOA. An amazing collection of these rare and beautiful medals representing the first thirteen-plus years of occupation, by astronauts and cosmonauts from several countries, of the International Space Station. Medals for these long-duration missions were issued in extremely limited numbers (likely under 100 each) and rarely ever appear on the collector market. This group is extraordinary in that all forty-five medals are still in their original cases with serial-numbered stickers and are in gorgeous mint state condition. Many are numbered in the single digits. It is of our opinion that some of the most elaborate and beautiful medals ever produced by Robbins are included in this series, well-suited for display.

    Included with this lot is a signed Certificate of Authenticity from Walt Cunningham on his letterhead, reading, in full: "In 1968, I initiated a relationship with the Robbins Company that specialized in products such as medallions. My order for the Apollo 7 commemorative medallions established a long-term relationship between Robbins and future mission crews. Medallions have since become ideal souvenirs and the ultimate collectibles from our manned space program. Since Apollo 7, I have personally obtained from a flight crew member or the astronaut office, one or two medallions for each American manned space mission. I hereby warrant and certify that these Medallions from ISS Mission 1 through ISS Mission 45 are from my personal collection of space artifacts. To my knowledge, this is the only complete set of 45 ISS Mission medallions available to date and they have been in my possession following each mission to the International Space Station."

    Who better to have assembled this collection than Apollo 7 Lunar Module Pilot Walt Cunningham? We have him to thank for the tradition of the Robbins Company producing medals for all the NASA missions since his flight in 1968. To quote from Howard Weinberger's excellent reference work The Robbins Medallions, Flown Treasure from the Apollo Space Program: "It began with Walt Cunningham and Apollo 7. Cunningham wanted a special commemorative memento made to take with him on his flight into space... He then began working with a jeweler in Cocoa Beach, Florida to have a commemorative medallion made for himself with the emblem and details of the Apollo 7 mission. As the jeweler began the task, a number of the other astronauts heard about Cunningham's idea and also wanted to order one or more of the medallions. As the requests increased, the jeweler put Cunningham in contact with The Robbins Company of Attleboro, Massachusetts, a manufacturing company that specializes in casting and stamping. Cunningham worked with Robert Sweet, then the president of The Robbins Company, and George Ryan, the sales development manager, to produce these first astronaut Robbins Medallions."

    The I.S.S. orbits about 220 miles above the earth, completing 15.5 orbits per day. It was built in orbit by five different space agencies representing fifteen countries, beginning with Russia's Zarya module launched in 1998. It has been continuously occupied since November 2, 2000, when the first Expedition crew of William Shepherd, Sergei Krikalev, and Yuri Gidzenko arrived. It is as big as a five-bedroom house, has two bathrooms and a gym as well as research laboratories and serves as a potential stepping stone for further space exploration including a manned mission to Mars.


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    Below is a list of each mission represented by a medal in this collection.

    Expedition 1: Serial Number 38. 38 x 30 mm. Launch: Oct. 31, 2000 / Land: March 21, 2001. Crew: Commander William Shepherd, Sergei Krikalev, and Yuri Gidzenko.

    Expedition 2: Serial Number 39. 30 x 43 mm. Launch: March 8, 2001 / Land: Aug. 22, 2001. Crew: Commander Yury Usachev, Susan Helms, and James Voss.

    Expedition 3: Serial Number 33. 45 x 36 mm. Launch: Aug. 10, 2001 / Land: Dec. 17, 2001. Crew: Commander Frank Culbertson, Mikhail Tyurin, and Vladimir Dezhurov.

    Expedition 4: Serial Number 43. 45 x 45 mm. Launch: Dec. 5, 2001 / Land: June 19, 2002. Crew: Commander Yury Onufrienko, Carl Walz, and Daniel Bursch.

    Expedition 5: Serial Number 40. 33 x 45 mm. Launch: June 5, 2002 / Land: Dec. 7, 2002. Crew: Commander Valery Korzun, Peggy Whitson, and Sergei Treschev.

    Expedition 6: Serial Number 58. 45 x 42 mm. Launch: Nov. 23, 2002 / Land: May 3, 2003. Crew: Commander Kenneth Bowersox, Nikolai Budarin, and Don Pettit.

    Expedition 7: Serial Number 22. 46 x 46 mm. Launch: April 25, 2003 / Land: Oct. 27, 2003. Crew: Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Ed Lu.

    Expedition 8: Serial Number 24. 42 x 43 mm. Launch: Oct. 18, 2003 / Land: April 29, 2004. Crew: Commander Michael Foale and Alexander Kaleri.

    Expedition 9: Serial Number 24. 38 x 44 mm. Launch: April 18, 2004 / Land: Oct. 23, 2004. Crew: Commander Gennady Padalka and Mike Fincke.

    Expedition 10: Serial Number 17. 45 x 43 mm. Launch: Oct. 13, 2004 / Land: April 24, 2005. Crew: Commander Leroy Chiao and Salizhan Sharipo.

     

    Expedition 11: Serial Number 16. 45 x 36 mm. Launch: April 14, 2005 / Land: Oct. 10, 2005. Crew: Commander Sergei Krikalev, John Phillips, and Roberto Vittori.

    Expedition 12: Serial Number 16. Launch: Sept. 30, 2005 / Land: April 8, 2006. Crew: Commander Bill McArthur, Valery Tokarev, and Gregory Olsen.

    Expedition 13: Serial Number 16. 46 x 46 mm. Launch: March 29, 2006 / Land: Sept. 28, 2006. Crew: Commander Pavel Vinogradov, Jeffrey Williams, and Thomas Reiter.

    Expedition 14: Serial Number 11. 40 mm diameter. Launch: Sept. 17, 2006 / Land: April 21, 2007. Crew: Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria, Mikhail Tyurin, Sunita Williams, Thomas Reiter, and Anousheh Ansari.

    Expedition 15: Serial Number 10. 45 x 34 mm. Launch: April 7, 2007 / Land: Oct. 21, 2007. Crew: Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, Clayton Anderson, Oleg Kotov, and Sunita Williams.

    Expedition 16: Serial Number 17. 46 mm diameter. Launch: Oct. 10, 2007 / Land: April 19, 2008. Crew: Commander Peggy Whitson, Yuri Malenchenko, Clayton Anderson, Daniel Tani, Leopold Eyharts, Garrett Reisman,  and Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor.

    Expedition 17: Serial Number 13. 40 mm diameter. Launch: April 8, 2008 / Land: Oct. 23, 2008. Crew: Commander Sergei Volkov, Oleg Kononenko, Gregory Chamitoff, Garrett Reisman, and So-yeon Yi.

    Expedition 18: Serial Number 13. 45 mm diameter. Launch: Oct. 12, 2008 / Land: April 8, 2009. Crew: Commander Michael Fincke, Yury Lonchakov, Gregory Chamitoff, Sandra Magnus, Koichi Wakata, and Richard Garriott.

    Expedition 19: Serial Number 11. 40 mm diameter. Launch: March 26, 2009 / Land: May 29, 2009. Crew: Commander Gennady Padalka, Koichi Wakata, Michael Barratt, and Charles Simonyi. Note: Case is cracked.

    Expedition 20: Serial Number 19. 44 mm diameter. Launch: May 27, 2009 / Land: Oct. 11, 2009. Crew: Commander Gennady Padalka, Michael Barratt, Timothy Kopra, Koichi Wakata, Roman Romanenko, Frank De Winne, Robert Thirsk, and Nicole Stott.

     

    Expedition 21: Serial Number 9. 43 x 45 mm. Launch: May 27, 2009 / Land: Dec. 1, 2009. Crew: Frank De Winne, Jeffrey Williams, Roman Romanenko, Robert Thirsk, Nicole Stott, Maxim Suraev, and Guy Laliberte.

    Expedition 22: Serial Number 9. 45 x 45 mm. Launch: Sept. 30, 2009 / Land: March 18, 2010. Crew: Commander Jeffrey Williams, Oleg Kotov, Soichi Noguchi, Maxim Suraev, and T.J. Creamer.

    Expedition 23: Serial Number 9. 48 x 26 mm. Launch: Dec. 20, 2009 / Land: June 1, 2010. Crew: Commander Oleg Kotov, Soichi Noguchi, T.J. Creamer, Alexander Skvortsov, Tracy Caldwell Dyson, and Mikhail Kornienko.

    Expedition 24: Serial Number 14. 56 x 36 mm. Launch: April 24, 2010 / Land: Sept. 25, 2010. Crew: Commander Alexander Skvortsov, Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Mikhail Kornienko, Douglas Wheelock, Shannon Walker, and Fyodor Yurchikhin.

    Expedition 25: Serial Number 10. 43 x 43 mm. Launch: June 15, 2010 / Land: Nov. 25, 2010. Crew: Commander Douglas Wheelock, Shannon Walker, Oleg Skripochka, Alexander Kaleri, Scott Kelly, and Fyodor Yurchikhin.

    Expedition 26: Serial Number 8. 45 x 45 mm. Launch: Oct. 7, 2010 / Land: March 16, 2011. Crew: Commander Scott Kelly, Oleg Skripochka, Alexander Kaleri, Paolo Nespoli, Dmitry Kondratyev, and Catherine Coleman.

    Expedition 27: Serial Number 8. 44 x 45 mm. Launch: Dec. 15, 2010 / Land: May 23, 2011. Crew: Commander Dmitry Kondratyev, Paolo Nespoli, Catherine Coleman, Andrey Borisenko, Alexander Samokutyaev,  and Ronald Garan.

    Expedition 28: Serial Number 8. 28 x 47 mm. Launch: April 4, 2011 / Land: Sept. 15, 2011. Crew: Commander Andrey Borisenko, Alexander Samokutyaev, Ronald Garan, Michael Fossum, Sergei Volkov, and Satoshi Furukawa.

    Expedition 29: Serial Number 8. 40 mm diameter. Launch: June 7, 2011 / Land: Nov. 21, 2011. Crew: Commander Michael Fossum, Anatoly Ivanishin, Sergei Volkov, Anton Shkaplerov, Satoshi Furukawa, and Dan Burbank.

    Expedition 30: Serial Number 8. 45 x 42 mm. Launch: Nov. 13, 2011 / Land: April 27, 2012. Crew: Commander Dan Burbank, Oleg Kononenko, Anatoly Ivanishin, Andre Kuipers, Don Pettit, and Anton Shkaplerov.

     

    Expedition 31: Serial Number 8. 33 x 50 mm. Launch: Dec. 21, 2011 / Land: July 1, 2012. Crew: Commander Oleg Kononenko, Sergei Revin, Gennady Padalka, Joe Acaba, Andre Kuipers, and Don Pettit.

    Expedition 32: Serial Number 8. 28 x 42 mm. Launch: May 14, 2012 / Land: Sept. 16, 2012. Crew: Commander Gennady Padalka, Yuri Malenchenko, Sergei Revin, Joe Acaba, Sunita Williams, and Akihiko Hoshide.

    Expedition 33: Serial Number 8. 40 x 50 mm. Launch: July 14, 2012 / Land: Nov. 18, 2012. Crew: Sunita Williams, Yuri Malenchenko, Kevin Ford, Oleg Novitskiy, Evgeny Tarelkin, and Akihiko Hoshide

    Expedition 34: Serial Number 9. 35 x 42 mm. Launch: Oct. 23, 2012 / Land: March 15, 2013. Crew: Commander Kevin Ford, Roman Romanenko, Oleg Novitskiy, Chris Hadfield, Evgeny Tarelkin, and Tom Marshburn.

    Expedition 35: Serial Number 8. 47 x 35 mm. Launch: Dec. 19, 2012 / Land: May 13, 2013. Crew: Commander Chris Hadfield, Roman Romanenko, Alexander Misurkin, Chris Cassidy, Tom Marshburn, and Pavel Vinogradov.

    Expedition 36: Serial Number 8. 53 x 32 mm. Launch: March 28, 2013 / Land: Sept. 10, 2013. Crew: Commander Pavel Vinogradov, Luca Parmitano, Karen Nyberg, Alexander Misurkin, Chris Cassidy, and Fyodor Yurchokhin.

    Expedition 37: Serial Number 8. 40 mm diameter. Launch: May 28, 2013 / Land: Nov. 10, 2013. Crew: Commander Fyodor Yurchokhin, Oleg Kotov, Sergey Ryazanskiy, Mike Hopkins, Luca Parmitano, and Karen Nyberg.

    Expedition 38: Serial Number 8. 56 x 36 mm. Launch: Sept. 25, 2013 / Land: March 10, 2014. Crew: Commander Oleg Kotov, Richard Mastracchio, Koichi Wakata, Mikhail Tyurin, Sergey Ryazanskiy, and Mike Hopkins.

    Expedition 39: Serial Number 15. 47 x 47 mm. Launch: Nov. 6, 2013 / Land: May 13, 2014. Crew: Commander Koichi Wakata, Alexander Skvortsov, Steve Swanson, Oleg Artemyev, Richard Mastracchio, and Mikhail Tyurin.

    Expedition 40: Serial Number 14. 43 x 55 mm. Launch: March 25, 2014 / Land: Sept. 10, 2014. Crew: Commander Steve Swanson, Oleg Artemyev, Alexander Skvortsov, Maxim Suraev, Reid Wiseman, and Alexander Gerst.

     

    Expedition 41: Serial Number 23. 28 x 55 mm. Launch: May 28, 2014 / Land: Nov. 9, 2014. Crew: Commander Maxim Suraev, Reid Wiseman, Alexander Gerst, Barry Wilmore, Alexander Samoukutyaev, and Elena Serova.

    Expedition 42: Serial Number 7. 45 x 33 mm. Launch: Sept. 25, 2014 / Land: March 11, 2015. Crew: Commander Barry Wilmore, Alexander Samoukutyaev, Elena Serova, Terry Virts, Anton Shkaplerov, and Samantha Cristoforetti.

    Expedition 43: Serial Number 7. 40 x 44 mm. Launch: Nov. 23, 2014 / Land: June 11, 2015. Crew: Commander Terry Virts, Anton Shkaplerov, Samantha Cristoforetti, Scott Kelly (One-Year crew member), Mikhail Kornienko (One-Year crew member), and Gennady Padalka.

    Expedition 44: Serial Number 8.  50 x 37 mm. Launch: March 27, 2015 / Land: Sept. 11, 2015. Crew: Commander Gennady Padalka, Scott Kelly (One-Year crew member), Mikhail Kornienko (One-Year crew member), Oleg Kononenko, Kjell Lindgren, and Kimiya Yui.

    Expedition 45: Serial Number 9. 33 x 55 mm. Launch: July 22, 2015 / Land: Dec. 11, 2015. Crew: Commander Scott Kelly (One-Year crew member), Mikhail Kornienko (One-Year crew member), Oleg Kononenko, Sergey Volkov, Kjell Lindgren, and Kimiya Yui.





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