Early space exploration lifts off in this unique 1960s astronaut collection. Highlights are (2) rare card sets: (32/32) 1964 “NASA” exhibit cards (avg. VG-EX); (40/40) 1963 McGraw-Hill “Astronauts” (avg. EX-MT to NM) with original box (VG). Also present: 1969 Apollo “moon landing” pennant with astronaut appliqué (EX-MT) with stunning graphics; four sheet set of (36) space shuttle decals (NM); (2) “Life” magazines: 5/12/61 Shepard (VG), 10/25/68 Schirra/Apollo 7 (VG-EX); (8) 1962-63 newspapers (avg. VG-EX); 11x14 Shuttle Missions poster (EX). More on our website.
The exhibit cards are numbered on the reverse which features text related to the corresponding obverse image. The McGraw-Hill cards are #96422 from the “I.D. Cards” series. The moon landing pennant is a 26” long, 3/4-size example and presents much better than the technical (EX-MT) grade derived from very minor wear on the point and light soiling on the tassels, all graphics and lettering are bold and full. The (8) newspapers are all from New York and feature astronauts on the front cover including (7) with Gordon Cooper and (1) with John Glenn and Jackie Kennedy.