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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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1958 Rocketdyne S-3D Rocket Engine
Mar 09, 12:00 PM EST
1958 Rocketdyne S-3D Rocket Engine
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $100,000- $200,000
$4,1008 Bids
Apollo 14 Lunar Landed American Flag & Mission Patch
Mar 09, 12:00 PM EST
Apollo 14 Lunar Landed American Flag & Mission Patch
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $12,000- $15,000
$1,4005 Bids
Apollo 11 Gold & Platinum Coins
Mar 09, 12:00 PM EST
Apollo 11 Gold & Platinum Coins
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $100- $300
$2755 Bids
Flown Apollo 9 Landmark Map Book Page
Mar 09, 12:00 PM EST
Flown Apollo 9 Landmark Map Book Page
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $700- $900
$2255 Bids
Apollo 11 Flown To The Moon Robbins Medallion #264
Mar 09, 12:00 PM EST
Apollo 11 Flown To The Moon Robbins Medallion #264
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $20,000- $25,000
$3,6004 Bids
Multiple Mission Flown Space Shuttle Airlock Storage Bag
Mar 09, 12:00 PM EST
Multiple Mission Flown Space Shuttle Airlock Storage Bag
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $500- $1,000
$1754 Bids
16 - STS-51L Accident Investigation Photographs
Mar 09, 12:00 PM EST
16 - STS-51L Accident Investigation Photographs
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $200- $400
$703 Bids
Gemini 11 Flown Heat Shield Fragment
Mar 09, 12:00 PM EST
Gemini 11 Flown Heat Shield Fragment
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $500- $700
$2003 Bids
Woody Spring's STS-1 Robbins Medallion
Mar 09, 12:00 PM EST
Woody Spring's STS-1 Robbins Medallion
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $600- $800
$703 Bids
Apollo 14 Lunar Surface Equipment Award
Mar 09, 12:00 PM EST
Apollo 14 Lunar Surface Equipment Award
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $800- $1,200
$3753 Bids
Space Shuttle AFT Separation Bolt
Mar 09, 12:00 PM EST
Space Shuttle AFT Separation Bolt
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $500- $800
$2753 Bids
Ed Gibson's Skylab H.S.P. Program Badge, Flown Teleprinter Message Page & Signed Items
Mar 09, 12:00 PM EST
Ed Gibson's Skylab H.S.P. Program Badge, Flown Teleprinter Message Page & Signed Items
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $500- $800
$1252 Bids
Photograph of Earth from the Moon
Mar 01, 12:00 PM PST
Photograph of Earth from the Moon
by District Auction
Est: $0- $0
$122 Bids
3 - Original NASA Apollo 8 Crew Beta Cloth Name Tags
Mar 09, 12:00 PM EST
3 - Original NASA Apollo 8 Crew Beta Cloth Name Tags
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $500- $800
$2252 Bids
John McBride's Space Shuttle Crossing Sign & Hard Hat
Mar 09, 12:00 PM EST
John McBride's Space Shuttle Crossing Sign & Hard Hat
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $800- $1,200
$1252 Bids
Apollo 9 Mission Guidance & Navigation Analyzer Dial from Raytheon
Mar 09, 12:00 PM EST
Apollo 9 Mission Guidance & Navigation Analyzer Dial from Raytheon
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $100- $300
$602 Bids
Bill Pogue's Handwritten Notes from Boeing Aerospace
Mar 09, 12:00 PM EST
Bill Pogue's Handwritten Notes from Boeing Aerospace
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $200- $400
$502 Bids
Space Shuttle HSRI Thermal Protective Tile
Mar 09, 12:00 PM EST
Space Shuttle HSRI Thermal Protective Tile
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $300- $500
$1252 Bids
Apollo 11 Kapton Foil from Lunar Module - 5 Eagle
Mar 09, 12:00 PM EST
Apollo 11 Kapton Foil from Lunar Module - 5 Eagle
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $300- $500
$1252 Bids
Original Grumman Lunar Module Transparency Book
Mar 09, 12:00 PM EST
Original Grumman Lunar Module Transparency Book
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $100- $300
$702 Bids
Apollo 17 MCC Access Badge
Mar 09, 12:00 PM EST
Apollo 17 MCC Access Badge
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $300- $500
$1252 Bids
Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Press Information Package
Mar 09, 12:00 PM EST
Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Press Information Package
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
Apollo 11 CIF Computer Complex Operations Plan
Mar 09, 12:00 PM EST
Apollo 11 CIF Computer Complex Operations Plan
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $600- $1,000
$1001 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Space Programs


Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum

Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum

Figlio Designs LLC

Figlio Designs LLC

Nate D Sanders Auctions

Nate D Sanders Auctions

East Coast Books

East Coast Books