Apollo 11 autographs for sale
Apollo 11 autographs for sale are items featuring the signatures of one or more of the Apollo 11 crew members – Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins - available to buy on the collectibles markets.
Popularity and value of Apollo 11 autographs
Autographs of the Apollo 11 crew are some of the most sought after signatures for all space autograph collectors. Good examples are increasingly rare, and their value has risen dramatically in recent years. According to the industry’s PFC40 Autograph Index, the average price of an item signed by all three crew members has risen 375% since the year 2000.
And as sales of space memorabilia have become increasingly common at major auction houses such as Bonhams and Sotheby’s, the demand for Apollo 11 autographs has grown year after year.
A key factor in the price rise is the fact that Neil Armstrong stopped signing autographs for the public in 1994, meaning that no new examples have hit the market for 17 years. Armstrong himself has shunned the limelight and remained a strictly private person, creating a slight aura of mystery that further intensifies the interest of collectors.
The Apollo 11 Moon landing is one of the most famous events in 20th century history, and as such the signatures of the men that were involved will always be highly desirable. But the limited supply means that the competition between collectors for every example is stronger than ever. However far into space the future takes us, the autographs of the brave pioneers that went first will remain at the top of most space collectors ‘want’ lists.
The most valuable of all Apollo 11 autographs are items which are directly linked to the mission, such as personal letters and official documents, along with space-flown items that were aboard the ship. The most valuable autographs on the market are single items signed by all three crew members, such as photographs or other items of flown memorabilia such as flags and postal covers.
The most important factors for collectors are authenticity and provenance, as the popularity of Apollo 11 crew autographs means that there are a large number of fake examples on the market.
Many dealers offer certificates of authenticity, but these are merely written opinions and can mean very little unless accompanied by a lifetime money-back guarantee. Companies like Paul Fraser Collectibles are among those who back their stock with a money back lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
Buyers should always look for information about the dealer, such as their history, previous sales and general expertise in the area.