Exceptional flown 5.5 x 5.5 Beta cloth swatch from Tom Stafford’s personal collection, with a 3.25″ mission insignia printed in the center, signed around the insignia in ink and felt tip by Deke Slayton, Tom Stafford, Vance Brand, Alexei Leonov, and Valeri Kubasov. In fine condition, with Leonov’s signature a couple shades light, but still completely legible. Accompanied by a 2008 letter of authenticity from Tom Stafford, which reads, in part: “This is to certify that the accompanying Apollo/Soyuz Test Project Beta Cloth patch bearing the signatures of the American and Soviet crew was carried, by me, aboard our spacecraft during the first flight of international cooperation…NASA’s policy allowed astronauts to keep disposable equipment or personal memorabilia from their mission as personal mementos, and I accordingly chose to include this beta cloth patch presentation among mine. The ASTP Beta Cloth…has remained a treasured part of my personal space collection for over thirty years.” Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
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