Lot 5044: Fantastic gag 'space taxi' card, 3.5 x 2, notated on the reverse in black felt tip by Guenter Wendt, "Presented at Pad 'A,' Complex 39 by Neil A. Armstrong, 16th of July, 1969." The front of the card is printed with blue text: "Free Ride—Space Taxi—Good for one round-trip fare between any planet, moon, star or galaxy in the Solar System. No limitation on distance. Travel in comfort at the SPEED OF LIGHT!! Only latest Space-craft used." Laminated, with light soiling and some wrinkles to the laminate, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by Wendt, in part: "This 'Space Taxi'…card…was presented to me by NASA astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo 11 Commander, atop Pad 39A's 320-foot level White Room on July 16, 1969, prior to Apollo 11's launch to the moon. This was the original card that Neil had in his spacesuit pocket that was put under his watchband to present me as a gag gift about 3-hours before the historic liftoff from Kennedy Space Center on man's first lunar landing mission." This humorous gift exchange is described in James R. Hansen's biography of Armstrong, and this piece—presented by Armstrong mere hours before blasting off—is a one-of-a-kind relic of the Apollo program that portrays the lighthearted camaraderie between the astronauts and support personnel.
RR Auction's The Nasa Collection of Leon Ford Auction 455
Thursday, 25th June 2015
Estimate: $5000 - 10000
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