Lot 8048: Mercury-Era Astronauts and Spacecraft Card Dispenser
20th April 2017
Awesome Mercury program-era Astronauts and Spacecraft trading card vending machine, 10 x 23.5 x 11.5, manufactured by The Exhibit Supply, Co., of Chicago, Illinois. For a charge of two cents, the "'Compact' Mechanical Vacuumatic Card Vender" sold 32-card packs that commemorated the achievements of the six pilots of the Mercury program. The machine face is detached but present, and consists of a functional spring lever, coin slot, card dispensing space at bottom, and the original graphic poster and Plexiglas front, 7.25 x 19.5, listing the names of the six pilots and images of the moon, a launching Saturn rocket with tower, and Friendship 7 Pilot John Glenn smiling in his flight suit and helmet. Includes several pieces of hardware relating to the locking mechanism. Inside of machine bears several affixed instruction labels. In very good condition, with some staining to poster, and various wear from use and storage to machine body, including scuffs, scrapes, and tape remnants. A simply fantastic restoration piece that harkens back to the days of stargazing and early space travel.
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