FOUND - Thrift Store NASA 'Suits' May Fetch $20,000

College Students Paid $1 for the 'Shuttle Flown' Flight Suits

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Flight suits were worn by Astronauts during Space Shuttle missions in the 1980s.

September 1, 2017
By James Massey, What Sells Best News

TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA (VIDEO) – CBS reports, two college students found four NASA Space Shuttle flight suits at a Salvation Army thrift store. They paid $1. The suits may fetch $20,000 in an upcoming auction.

THE STORY

FOX 35 reports the central Florida students, Talia Rappa and Skyer Ashworth were shopping at a thrift store closeout sale, where they found the suits marked at 20-cents a piece.

The suits were under a stack of sweaters. In an interview with WKMG News 6, Rappa said. “They were kind of in a weird corner," “He (Skylar) pulled them all out at first, then brought the whole handful over to me.

Reportedly, the American Space Museum, helped identify the suits as space flown, and linked them to astronauts George “Pinky” Nelson, Robert A. Parker, and Charles D. Walker, who flew shuttle missions in the 1980s.

The 20-cent NASA flight suits have been valued by experts at $5,000 each, or $20,000 for the entire collection.

WHY THEY'RE RARE

Less than 600 people have flown into space. From that number, only a small number of space flown items ever slip outside of NASA and/or museums, into private ownership. Those rare items that do, are highly sought by collectors.

HOT 'SPACE' SALES

Using the free collectible price research page. There are many examples of high-prices for a wide variety of rare space items. Particularly items from early in space history, or flown to the moon.

The rarest items that are most sought by collectors are Space Flown.  They sometimes launch bidding wars ending in the millions. Here's some examples:

'NASA 'Flight Suit' Auction Information

The Suits will be sold in an upcoming American Space Museum auction scheduled for November, 2017. You can learn more at the museums auction website.

Top 25: NASA Collectibles on eBay

Try to spot a bargain among NASA items listed on ebay (research prices). Also see; Top 25: Historical Collectibles on ebay, worldwide, right now (links open on ebay).



Randall Knife ~ NASA ~ MODEL 14 ~ 1 OF 25

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23 NASA Original Color Photos 1967,1970,1971 Apollo, Lunar Surface, Moon Rock...

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NASA Apollo Era "Cocoa Drink Package" 8150 Serial # FZ 357

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NASA STS-3 Space Shuttle Columbia Flag & Certificate 1982-Employed Awarded Item

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ORIGINAL 1964 NASA Project GEMINI Numbered Familiarization Manual!

High Bid: $127.50
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NASA Apollo Era "SKIN CLEANING TOWEL" Sealed with Velcro

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NASA MERCURY / SPACE SHUTTLE ASTRONAUT John Glenn Signed & Dated 11-6-99 Memoir

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NASA Red Number Letter Apollo 8 Earthrise Photo Jim Lovell NASA Bill Anders

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ORIGINAL NASA Grumman Apollo Lunar Module Transparency Book Printed in Germany

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c.1964 Colonel John Glenn NASA Astronaut Signed Christmas Card Seabrook Texas VG

High Bid: $46.00
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NASA Boeing 747 Space Shuttle Enterprise 1/500 scale models Herpa Wings 513111

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Lot Vintage Original NASA Apollo 11 Snoopy Lunar Eyes on the Star Decal Stickers

High Bid: $39.09
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JPL/NASA 12 PIN Collection 1958 thru 1983 Explorer thru Iras #0525 No Reserve!

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JOHN GLENN SIGNED CUT SIGNATURE PSA/DNA 83960006 (D) NASA FRIENDSHIP 7

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8 NASA Original Color Photos Apollo 11 Armstrong & Aldrin US Flag on Moon

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APOLLO 8 LOVELL BORMAN VINTAGE ORIGINAL MFA NASA FLOWN METAL COIN - MEDALLION

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VINTAGE NASA 1993 ORBITER ZONE AND ACCESS LOCATOR SPACE MANUAL

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Vintage Space Camp jumpsuit 80s NASA astronaut Suit Size 32 And Hat

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Lot of 6 NASA Apollo Program Books, Pictures, Moon Landing, NASA Documents, NOS

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1988 SIGNED MICHAEL COLLINS LIFTOFF NASA AMERICAN ODYSSEY IN SPACE FIRST EDITION

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STS 83 NASA Litho, orig.signed Crew, SPACE

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ORIGINAL NASA APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING 13 PHOTO PRINTS ch

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NASA MERCURY APOLLO ASTRONAUT Alan Shepard Signed Poster Artist Signed 249/2000

High Bid: $24.50
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Vintage MCCOY Pottery 1962 Friendship 7 Space Capsule Astronaut Cookie Jar NASA

High Bid: $23.16
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STS 103 NASA Litho, orig.signed Crew, SPACE

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