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Item 4295 - Tom Stafford's Flown Apollo 10 Robbins Medal Catalog 538 (Oct 2018)

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Sold Price: $12,251.23 (includes buyer's premium)

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Tom Stafford’s flown sterling silver Apollo 10 Robbins medal, approximately 1.25 x 1.25, shield-shaped with a raised design on the face of the mission insignia and the last names of crew-members Tom Stafford, John Young, and Gene Cernan. The reverse of the medallion is engraved "May 18-26, 1969" and serial numbered "238." Includes the original matching case. Condition is mint state.

An immensely appealing flown Robbins medal from the very important 'dress rehearsal' for the Apollo 11 moon landing—one of 300 flown to the moon on Apollo 10, this medallion stayed with Young aboard the Command Module Charlie Brown while Stafford and Cernan flew the Lunar Module Snoopy to within 9.7 miles of the lunar surface; It was on this flight that Young became the first human to fly solo around the moon. The medallion has the unique distinction of being part of a Guinness World Record—on its return from the moon, Apollo 10 set the record for the highest speed attained by a manned vehicle: 24,791 mph (39,897 km/h) or Mach 36!

From the personal collection of General Thomas P. Stafford; proceeds to benefit the Stafford Air and Space Museum (SASM) Foundation expansion fund. The hammer price, minus the auction estimate, is considered a tax deductible donation to the SASM; winning bidder should contact the SASM for a donation letter.

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