Space Station Pin/Patch

Winning Bid: $140.00

NASA-issued, but never to my knowledge released, Space Station “logo” pin and patch.

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Item condition: New

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Description

I was hired at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1986 specifically to work on the Space Station project. On a trip to NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C. for meetings with my project sponsor around 1988 or 1989, he mentioned that there were new Space Station “logo” lapel pins made, but said they had not been officially approved yet, nor were they available for distribution. But he had a box of them right there, and he let me grab a handful of them anyway. I found what I had left several years ago, and auctioned off two of them, most recently in 2013; I kept the last one for myself. Well, now that one is going too.

I have never seen these from any other source, nor heard of anyone else getting a handful of these from NASA as I did. I consider these to be very rare because as far as I have ever heard, they were never officially released by NASA. I never heard what happened with the rest of them.

But wait, there’s more. 🙂 When I was still working at JPL, I gave one of the pins to a co-worker, and told him the story. And he told me a similar story back! Except his wasn’t about pins, it was about an embroidered patch with the same logo! He gave me a couple; as I recall, I auctioned one off years ago, and have one of those left, too. Now, I’m offering both as a set to the highest bidder.

The back of the gold-tone pins are stamped “L.I.-GI.” Google searches tell me this is a hallmark for “Lordship Industries and Graco Industries” — two U.S. manufacturers who formed a co-op to make medals and such for the U.S. Government. (At least, the one I took out of the box had that stamp. This one has never been out of its presentation box, so I can only assume it’s similarly stamped.)

I have never seen these from any other source, nor heard of anyone else getting a handful of these from NASA as I did. The box had several hundred of them in it (and who knows if there were more boxes), but I consider these to be very rare because as far as I have ever heard, they were never officially released by NASA. I never heard what happened with the rest of them.

I believe this is the only one I have left in a presentation box. There’s another one that I actually wore. It’s probably in a box with other pins …that I can’t currently find. The one on auction is at least the last “new” one — still in its original presentation box — that I have.

The sticker on the back of the presentation box reads:

This symbol represents the modular configuration concept of the Space Station. The interior solid circle symbolizes the earth, while the graduated diagonal lines are symbolic of space.

The Space Station will be fixed in an orbit around the earth which is illustrated by the outer linear circle and two modular units.

The elements work together as a unit to define and symbolize the NASA Space Station.

The Winner Will Also Get a signed letter from me explaining where I got these items.

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Auction History

Auction has finished

Highest bidder was: Groggy1

Date Bid User Auto
May 24, 2018 11:07 am$140.00Groggy1
May 22, 2018 12:06 am$130.00Tau_Ceti
May 17, 2018 2:02 am$120.00brettlam
May 10, 2018 7:49 pm$115.00Cropman
May 9, 2018 10:07 pm$110.00Groggy1
May 9, 2018 7:53 pm$87.00Cropman
May 9, 2018 4:09 pm$83.00Groggy1
May 9, 2018 6:21 am$79.00Cropman
May 8, 2018 7:37 pm$75.00Groggy1
May 7, 2018 9:15 pm$49.00Cropman
May 7, 2018 5:00 pmAuction started