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Space Programs

People have stared at the stars for thousands of years, but the technology to travel to them was not available until after World War II. The Soviet Union was the first country to launch a satellite into space with Sputnik I in 1957. The Soviet Union was also the first to achieve manned space flight when Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the earth in 1961. Neil Armstrong, an American astronaut, became the first person to set foot on the moon in 1969, and space exploration continues today.

Collecting space memorabilia has become a popular hobby, especially since the end of some of the major space initiatives such as the U.S. Space Shuttle program. Since the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011, items associated with the shuttles have boomed in popularity. Gift shop memorabilia such as t-shirts, mugs, pins, and other items have little value to collectors of space memorabilia. Rather, serious collectors look for items that have historical significance such as items that have traveled to space or were used for a mission.

The most sought-after space memorabilia continues to be items from the Apollo 11 moon mission in 1969. Space collectors greatly desire anything that has been to the moon's surface in particular. Items that were associated with the first moon landing continue to sell for the highest prices during space memorabilia auctions.


Quick Facts

  • In 2011, scraps from the first flag to be flown on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission sold at auction for $45,000. The scraps never left Earth
  • At the same auction, the checklist used by the launch pad director who strapped in the astronauts for the fatal Challenger flight in 1986 sold for $1947
  • Stargazer Lottie, a 7-inch doll produced by Irish toy company Arklu arrived on the International Space Station in December 2015, making her the first doll in space

Recommended Items at Auction

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SR-71 Pilot Mission Used Flight Jacket
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
SR-71 Pilot Mission Used Flight Jacket
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $300- $500
$2509 Bids
Apollo 11 Flown Kapton Foil from Command Module #107 with COA
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Apollo 11 Flown Kapton Foil from Command Module #107 with COA
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $200- $300
$1006 Bids
First Photo of Earth from Deep Space Poster Board & Photograph
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
First Photo of Earth from Deep Space Poster Board & Photograph
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $200- $300
$1255 Bids
Apollo 11 Oversized "Visor Shot" Photograph on 'A' Kodak Paper
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Apollo 11 Oversized "Visor Shot" Photograph on 'A' Kodak Paper
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $800- $1,200
$2255 Bids
Apollo 11 Flown Ablative Heat Shield Plug with COA & More
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Apollo 11 Flown Ablative Heat Shield Plug with COA & More
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$5004 Bids
Apollo 13 Flown to the Moon Film Display
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Apollo 13 Flown to the Moon Film Display
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $300- $500
$1003 Bids
Flown SR-71 American Flag Display
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Flown SR-71 American Flag Display
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $800- $1,200
$1503 Bids
Space Flown Space Shuttle Columbia Insulator Panel
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Space Flown Space Shuttle Columbia Insulator Panel
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$2753 Bids
STS-1 Launch Flame Trench Brick - Whole
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
STS-1 Launch Flame Trench Brick - Whole
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $300- $500
$703 Bids
Full Set of 19 Apollo Program Mission Emblem Patches
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Full Set of 19 Apollo Program Mission Emblem Patches
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $200- $300
$703 Bids
NASA Polaroid Camera
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
NASA Polaroid Camera
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $300- $500
$602 Bids
APOLLO 11 FLIGHT AWARENESS SPACECRAFT METAL MEDALLION
Nov 29, 3:00 PM EST
APOLLO 11 FLIGHT AWARENESS SPACECRAFT METAL MEDALLION
by Omnia Auctions
Est: $80- $160
$652 Bids
Astronaut Bob Springer's Used Training NASA Launch Entry Coveralls
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Astronaut Bob Springer's Used Training NASA Launch Entry Coveralls
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$4752 Bids
Flown STS-61 Appreciation Award of General Jeremiah W. Pearson
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Flown STS-61 Appreciation Award of General Jeremiah W. Pearson
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $500- $800
$602 Bids
1994 Illinois 25th Ann. 1st Man On The Moon Plates
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
1994 Illinois 25th Ann. 1st Man On The Moon Plates
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $10- $10,000
$102 Bids
Early & Rare Space Shuttle Manned Flight Awareness Poster
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Early & Rare Space Shuttle Manned Flight Awareness Poster
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $100- $200
$802 Bids
Artemis EVA Suit Scale Model - Gorgeous!
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Artemis EVA Suit Scale Model - Gorgeous!
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1752 Bids
Artemis Lunar & Martian Lander Concept Model - Fabulous Detail!
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Artemis Lunar & Martian Lander Concept Model - Fabulous Detail!
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2252 Bids
Space Shuttle HRSI Thermal Tile
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Space Shuttle HRSI Thermal Tile
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $300- $500
$702 Bids
Authentic Flight Suit with NASA Mission Patches
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Authentic Flight Suit with NASA Mission Patches
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Rare Boxed 1958 Revell Factory Display Launcher
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
Rare Boxed 1958 Revell Factory Display Launcher
by Weiss Auctions
Est: $150- $300
$751 Bid
AFRSI Thermal Blanket Tile
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
AFRSI Thermal Blanket Tile
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $300- $500
$501 Bid
Unusual Skylab Fragment Lucite Display
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Unusual Skylab Fragment Lucite Display
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $200- $300
$501 Bid
Space Shuttle Fuel Tank Insulation & Skin
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Space Shuttle Fuel Tank Insulation & Skin
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $300- $500
$501 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Space Programs


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