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).



Apollo 12 COMPLETE SET Stereo Slides frm Flown Film ALSCC Camera NASA Fred Peace

High Bid: $510.00
Bids: 15
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Apollo 14 COMPLETE SET Stereo Slides frm Flown Film ALSCC Camera NASA Fred Peace

High Bid: $500.00
Bids: 10
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Vintage 1966 Grumman NASA (LEM) Lunar Support Manual All Original And VERY RARE!

High Bid: $179.50
Bids: 8
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NASA Concept Art, Original Painting, Shuttle Launch Site, Alvarez 1977-79 (270)

High Bid: $150.00
Bids: 7
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1960'S VON BRAUN ERA NASA MSFC SECURITY BADGE SET APOLLO HI GLO Lapel + Hat

High Bid: $127.51
Bids: 5
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Harrison Schmitt Apollo 17 Moonwalker Signed Official NASA WSS Lithograph Photo

High Bid: $102.84
Bids: 9
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ORIGINAL NASA APOLLO 3 STAR MOON LUNAR SURFACE EMPLOYEE GIVEN SERVICE LAPEL PIN

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
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APOLLO COMMAND SERVICE MODULE CSM DISPLAY PANEL NASA

High Bid: $99.99
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NASA Concept Art, Original Painting, Orbiter Landing, Manny Alvarez 1978 (270)

High Bid: $88.88
Bids: 9
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1972 NASA /GRUMMAN OAO-3 "Copernicus" Satellite Momento Flown In Space Original!

High Bid: $86.00
Bids: 5
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NASA Concept Art Space Shuttle, National Spaceline, Original Painting, 1977(270)

High Bid: $76.00
Bids: 4
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NASA Art, Original Painting, MLP Space Shuttle Vehicle,1979 (270)

High Bid: $76.00
Bids: 2
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Four Packs, Space Exposed Seeds, NASA Shuttle Program

High Bid: $76.00
Bids: 10
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Jim Irwin Apollo 15 Moonwalker Signed Official NASA Lithograph Photo

High Bid: $70.00
Bids: 6
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#2 orig. APOLLO 11 NASA U.S. FLAG & MOON FOOT PRINTS photo on "A KODAK PAPER" nr

High Bid: $55.00
Bids: 1
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Task Force 130 Flight Suit or Jacket Patch Large Cut Edge ORIGINAL NASA Apollo

High Bid: $54.00
Bids: 17
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NASA Concept Art Space Shuttle Original Painting Lift Off Booster Alvarez (270)

High Bid: $50.00
Bids: 3
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NASA Concept Art, Original Painting, Shuttle Cutaway, Manny Alvarez 1979 (270)

High Bid: $49.00
Bids: 1
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VINTAGE NASA 1967 NUCLEAR ROCKET Operations Manual Fortran IV Aerojet Sacramento

High Bid: $44.99
Bids: 1
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Vintage Grumman NASA 1st Manned Lunar Landing Lapel Pin 1969 Given to employees

High Bid: $34.69
Bids: 8
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TRW FLTSATCOM 4 NASA NAVY USAF SATELLITE PATCH NOS New Old Stock

High Bid: $33.99
Bids: 4
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1/144 scale Wooden display model NASA Space Shuttle Orbiter Endeavor OV-105

High Bid: $33.00
Bids: 3
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Astronaut BUZZ ALDRIN autographed / signed baseball * NASA Apollo 11 Moonwalker

High Bid: $33.00
Bids: 4
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Vintage Grumman Pen & Pencil Set Project Sterling Box Set Air Crants Planes Nasa

High Bid: $29.99
Bids: 1
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NASA Hat and PIN lot of 18- vintage SPACE station SHUTTLE Mercury Apollo

High Bid: $29.99
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