Impressive assemblage of 10 items from the personal collection of Guenter Wendt, Pad Leader for the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs, including: an antenna coax cable, approximately 10 x 1, model number MPS19044, accompanied by a handwritten letter of provenance from Wendt, in full: “This antenna coax cable was used by me to communicate with the astronaut via OIS during pad testing with the helmets closed (Gemini operations)”; a linoleum swatch affixed to an 8.5 x 11 informational sheet concerning the Gemini—Titan II Air Force launch vehicle, signed by Wendt and authenticated by Ernest Malnassy; two rare Gemini decal stickers signed by Wendt, featuring a 5.5 x 3.5 Gemini–McDonnell decal sticker and a 2 x 2 Gemini mission insignia sticker; two vintage Apollo stickers signed by Wendt, 2.75″ and 4.25″ in diameter, portraying an Apollo 16 mission insignia and an Apollo moon and three-star decal; three official NASA lithographs, 8 x 10 and 10 x 8, each signed on the reverse by Wendt, featuring images of Wally Schirra being helped into his Mercury–Atlas 8 pressure suit, a wooden plaque displaying the Gemini VII emblem, and a depiction of Skylab 2 on its launch pad by artist Don Brown; and a rare Apollo XVII Beta-cloth patch, 9 x 9, signed and certified on the front in blue ink by Ron Evans, “Identical patches from this same bolt of beta cloth were worn by the crew of man’s last flight to the moon on Apollo 17—6 to 19 Dec. 1972,” adding an inscription, “To Pad Leader Guenter Wendt, I will never forget your smiling face that night 16+ years ago. Many thanks, Ron Evans, Apollo 17 Command Module Pilot, 27 January 1989,” and signed again in the lower right in black ink by Wendt. In overall fine condition, with some show-through from Wendt’s signatures to the photos. Accompanied by an additional unsigned Gemini mission insignia sticker. An extensive and uncommon assortment from the historic Pad Leader. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli.
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