Space Memorabilia Up for Auction Includes Canceled Checks, Postcards from the Moon, Carl Sagan Letters

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

My friend, Frank, is a bit of a space enthusiast and by that I mean the walls of his office are lined with autographed photos of NASA astronauts. When I read about an upcoming auction of space memorabilia, he was the first one I thought of. The auction, hosted by RR Auctions, includes a ton of space-themed items with bids closing May 15.

Included in the lot is a pair of canceled checks from Col. James Irwin, the eighth man to land on the moon. One of the checks for $35 was made out to the Republican National Convention in 1990 from he and his wife's home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Another pair of interesting finds are letters from Carl Sagan on Cornell University letterhead. The best of the two is a letter to a Leonard Scott from Mesquite, Texas in 1993. In the letter, Sagan apparently disputes an assertion by Scott related to God and the supernatural.

I'm afraid I must disagree with the distinction you make, because I know of no instances, not a single one, of 'supernatural abilities' convincingly demonstrated--that is, not a lie, or a misapprehension or a hoax--among any of us humans, saints or sinners. If you know of such cases, perhaps you could send me the one you consider most compelling.

There are a ton of other items on the auction website. Bidding closes on May 15. For space and science nerds, the lots in the auction should command quite a bit of attention. I bet my friend will be bidding right along with them.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.