Lapel Pins Lot 3 (Challenger)

Winning Bid: $82.50

AUCTION CONCLUDED and SOLD. This is an auction for one lot of lapel pins as shown, and this collection is dubbed “Challenger”. Scroll down for details. I reserve the right to make corrections as needed after the auction starts.

Item condition: Used



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I was still in college on 28 January 1986, and that morning turned on the TV news to see how the Shuttle Challenger launch was going. It didn’t go well. The pin on the left is that mission’s lapel pin (and shoulder patch design). A few years(?) after the accident, NASA reissued the pin with a black, rather than white, border. By then I was working at JPL and thought that was a very touching tribute, so when they came out I immediately went to the employee gift shop and got the black one to go with the white one I already had. I’ve kept these two together since. The third pin is not related to that incident per se, but is a cool 3-D representation of the Shuttle in launch configuration.

The lettering on the black pin looks like it’s smeared, but that’s a photographic anomaly: I inspected both pins with a loupe and the lettering on both is very clear.

At Auction

How much is this worth? No idea whatever, hence the auction. I will also provide a signed letter describing the provenance. The starting price is $20, the increment is $7.50, and there is no reserve. It’s sold “as-is,” and domestic shipping is a flat $10 (Priority with tracking number).

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Auction History

Auction has finished

Highest bidder was: Vikingwife1

Date Bid User Auto
September 18, 2023 10:02 pm$82.50Vikingwife1
September 18, 2023 5:34 pm$75.00Gracie Schutze
September 16, 2023 12:30 am$67.50Vikingwife1
September 12, 2023 8:02 am$60.00DBreskin
September 12, 2023 7:55 am$37.50jt12312
September 11, 2023 6:55 pm$30.00DBreskin
September 11, 2023 2:00 pmAuction started