Rare NASA, Space, and Aviation Collectibles Up For Auction

The Bill Endicott collection is a trove of NASA photographs and films, dating to 1961 when, as a reporter, he was assigned to cover America’s fledgling space program in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Would you like to own a piece of American space history? Thursday, OCT. 1, in Davenport, WA. Grant Zahajko Auctions is conducting a sale dedicated to NASA Space and Aviation collectibles both in-person and online beginning at 9 am Pacific time.

The main attraction for the event will be the collection of NASA photographs and slides owned by the late Bill Endicott, who sadly died in 2018 at the age of 91.

Endicott lived in Marysville and held a career in television and radio. He even reported on NASA for our own KRKO-1380 AM station, along with other Northwest radio stations in the 1960s.

According to the event’s press release, Endicott’s collection is a treasure trove of NASA photographs and films from his time reporting dating as far back as 1961 when he was assigned to cover America’s new space program in Cape Canaveral, Fla. During his time, he met Americas first seven astronauts and worked with countless others.

Golf ball signed by America’s very first man in space, Alan Shepard (est. $4,000-$6,000). Shepard signed it for the consignor – a former friend of the astronaut.

Grant Zahajko, owner, and auctioneer of Gran Zahajko Auctions shared his excitement of the items up for grabs. “The auction includes many images that I’ve not seen previously and some rare autographed pieces, including a Neil Armstrong State of Texas Medal of Honor Ceremony program. And, of course, the first golf ball that Alan Shepard ever signed must be considered the prize lot of the catalog. This auction is a must-attend event for collectors of space memorabilia.”

Zahajko estimates the Alan Shepard signed golf ball is a prime candidate for top-lot of the auction with a pre-sale estimate of $4,000-$6,000.

The release also included other items to watch such as lot #11 which consists of a full sheet of Apollo 11 10-cent U.S. stamps (“First Man on the Moon”) signed by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins (est. $1,000-$2,000). Another lot to look out for is lot #8, which is a State of Texas Medal of Honor Presentation program from October 17, 1970, for the Apollo 11 astronauts, signed by Neil Armstrong (est. $2,000-$3,000), both lots’ have Beckett LOAs.

The Bill Endicott trove features a NASA Gemini GTA-8 Master 16mm film, 14 inches in diameter, distributed for institutional, educational and/or news reporting organizations (est. $400-$600); and a group of six vintage 16mm film reels, all pertaining to NASA’s Apollo space program, some in color and some black-and-white, being offered as one lot (est. $100-$150).

Here is a full list of Mr. Endicott’s photo collection:

  • An original semi-glossy vintage original color photo on double-weight paper of Gemini 8 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Dave Scott, 8 inches by 10 inches (est. $100-$150).
  • A group of four original glossy black-and-white photos on single-weight paper from the 1960s of NASA Gemini astronauts, in excellent condition (est. $100-$150).
  • A NASA vintage original photograph Lunar Orbiter “first view of the Earth taken by a spacecraft”, glossy black-and-white on single-weight paper (est. $50-$150).
  • A NASA vintage original photograph of the Saturn 1 SA-1 launch on October 27, 1961, “the first Saturn space vehicle launched”, glossy black-and-white (est. $50-$100).
  • A NASA original 35mm color slide of an astronaut on the moon, measuring 2 inches by 2 inches, in fine condition (est. $40-$60). Other NASA slides are also in the auction.

To find out more information about the full list of items up for bid, click here.

Previews and in-house bidding will be by appointment only in the Grant Zahajko gallery, located at 510 Morgan Street Davenport. To Schedule an appointment, call 509-725-5600. You can register and bid on the Grant Zahajko website at www.bid.gzauctions.com Phone and absentee bids are also accepted. For more information, visit https://www.gzauctions.com/other.html#tab_Absentee

Neil Armstrong signed invitation to a September 1969 Homecoming, with a letter from Armstrong’s mother. The astronaut’s signature is nice and bold (est. $500-$800).

 

 

Signed photograph of Neil Armstrong, 5 inches by 7 inches, authenticated and encapsulated by Beckett Authentication Services (est. $400-$500).
State of Texas Medal of Honor Presentation program from October 17, 1970, for the Apollo 11 astronauts, signed by Neil Armstrong (est. $2,000-$3,000).
Full sheet of Apollo 11 10-cent U.S. stamps (“First Man on the Moon”) signed by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins (est. $1,000-$2,000).
Group of four vintage original NASA Gemini 8 black-and-white photographs, showing Neil Armstrong and David Scott, dated March 1966 (est. $80-$140).

Daniel Albert is an award-winning journalist studying Integrated Strategic Communications at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.