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MEET YOUR CURATOR! For this week’s Collector Spotlight feature, we interviewed @Space-Truckin ! Space-Truckin collects coins and antique mechanical banks, and is the proud owner of a Space Race themed collection featuring over 50 banks signed by astronauts and NASA staff. To see more of his impressive collection, copy and paste this link. https://gemr.com/user/space-truckin Space-Truckin, a true Space Race enthusiast, began by collecting mostly American coins in gold and silver. As often happens, one collection begets another and Space-Truckin found himself collecting antique mechanical banks! What’s crazier, he has even donated some of his collectibles to museums! Space-Truckin’s unique collection includes a Charles Fazzino bank and TWO Peter Max Berzac banks. His collection is especially out of this world because many of his rare and vintage mechanical banks have been signed by astronauts from every aspect of the American Space Program -- from Mercury (the first human spaceflight program) to the Space Shuttle Program. Heck, even Soyuz, SkyLab and Mir are represented! When adding to his extensive collection he looks for condition, rarity and (of course) the coolness factor. What would this intrepid collector do if he didn’t have to sleep? He’d spend even more time promoting these intriguing and historically significant American Space Race artifacts!

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Thanks for helping me promote these intriguing American Space Race artifacts by writing this great review..! These banks deserve all the credit for guiding me on this fantastic journey through researching their history. It truly is an original and complex story of American Mettle, involving three different but closely associated companies and the various families in the East Detroit area from the late 1940's through the mid-to-late 1970's. I feel extremely fortunate to even have had the several opportunities to make the donations, and I am truly honored. Thanks again to everyone on Gemr who've both admired and helped promote these old promotional toy mechanical banks..!
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Space Shots Series 2 Space Ventures - 1991

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FUNKO SNOOPY POP PEANUTS ASTRONAUT

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Destination Moon Group Of Signed Banks

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Cunningham, Borman, McDivitt, Schweikart, Stafford, Collins, Aldrin, Bean, Gordon, Mitchell, Haise and Lovell (Apollo 13,) Scott, Worden, Duke and Cernan have all signed a Destination Moon Bank.
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Millenium Collection

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Space Race Mechanical Banks

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My blog from 2014... http://macdaddyrico-macdaddybanks.blogspot.com/
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Here's your opportunity to own a unique, historically significant, autographed artifact...Several models available...
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The Alan Bean signed rocket bank has been SOLD..!
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The Scott Carpenter signed Destination Moon Bank is under consideration for acquisition by the JFK Museum...
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"First Man On The Moon" Commemorative Medallion

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Russian Space Program Commemoration Badges/Pins

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UFOs, Space & Mythological Creatures Collection

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SPACE TRUCKIN' AT THE LONE STAR MUSEUM, HOUSTON, TEXAS...

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[LEGO] Saturn V Rocket

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Welcome all new members...Feel free to post or comment...

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NASAA026 photo

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1957 A Berzac Creation

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This is truly a stunning collection. And signed to boot!
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Welcome the 306 members who've joined this club... Why not post some of your artifacts..?

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The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's Annual Astronaut Autograph & Memorabilia Show / Space Rendezvous will take place in a new venue this year. After ten years at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida, this year's event will be held at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas this November...

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8 Hours to assemble, with plenty of breaks... Well worth the effort..!

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Many people thought this was a UFO...
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What are your thoughts on this guys ? Just announced for Preorder on Sideshow Collectibles. Made by Blitzway in 1:4 Scale. $1200 price tag though .

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For the die hard Space fan with deep pockets...
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Canada Dry Gemini Astronaut Water Bottle Bank... Complete & in Mint Condition..! From limited information gathered from the internet, these were issued to journalists rather than sold to the general public...

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Sold at this past Astronaut Autograph & Memorabilia Show in Cape Canaveral to one of my favorite customers...  
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Welcome to the Club, 84 Members who joined... Why not post some of your artifacts..?

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Vendor Badges...

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Brand new photos of Jupiter. These are amazing!
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Christmas Orbit Possible Dreams Clothtiques 10" Santa Claus Astronaut Figure

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Ho ho ho..!
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Welcome the 56 members who've joined this club... Feel free to post your artifacts and share your stories..!

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Welcome the 56 members who've joined this club...

Feel free to post your artifacts and share your stories..!
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Museum Donation Display

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Sorry...I double-posted this...
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The Henry Ford Museum is just down the road from where these banks were manufactured, and having just acquired a small collection of them became the 7th Museum who I've donated to...
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Astro Mfg Postcard Advertising Cardboard Store Display

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Group of Destination Moon Banks representing Apollo 7 through 17...All signed by astronauts...

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Group of Destination Moon Banks representing Apollo 7 through 17...All signed by astronauts...
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USS INTREPID DONATION 2011

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The Gold Commemorative Satellite Bank (upper right, or third on top row) is now on display...Thank you gemrceo for informing me during your recent visit..!
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Another collection, donated to the Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum, can be seen here...
https://airandspace.si.edu/collections/search/duro%20berzac
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Awesome
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Thanks jthorsen..!
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Welcome, Jamozia73
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That's One Small Step... Bedroom slippers from late 1969 or the early 1970's, just after the USA landed men on the Moon for the first time... Too cute..!

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That's One Small Step...

Bedroom slippers from late 1969 or the early 1970's, just after the USA landed men on the Moon for the first time...

Too cute..!
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This stretched canvas is a reproduction of an original Salesman's Brochure which Astro representatives carried with them to encourage potential clients to buy their product in bulk...

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This stretched canvas is a reproduction of an original Salesman's Brochure which Astro representatives carried with them to encourage potential clients to buy their product in bulk...
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SNOOPY..! In mint condition and still factory-sealed in its original packaging, this sterling silver medallion portrays our favorite Beagle in his Space Suit and ready for another Mission...

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SNOOPY..!

In mint condition and still factory-sealed in its original packaging, this sterling silver medallion portrays our favorite Beagle in his Space Suit and ready for another Mission...
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SNOOPY..! I love Snoopy, especially when he's suited up for a Space Mission... Here he is with his faithful little buddy, Woodstock, riding Woodstock's rocket ship where no man had ever gone before..! This artifact is actually a radio...in mint condition and working, though it may be a little difficult to pick up an AM signal in outer space...

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SNOOPY..!

I love Snoopy, especially when he's suited up for a Space Mission...

Here he is with his faithful little buddy, Woodstock, riding Woodstock's rocket ship where no man had ever gone before..!

This artifact is actually a radio...in mint condition and working, though it may be a little difficult to pick up an AM signal in outer space...
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Welcome to the club, sean, sullivanimation and jamie..!

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Welcome to the club, sean, sullivanimation and jamie..!
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Vintage planetary bank

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Cool...The Plan-It Bank...These were produced by both Astro Mfg. and Vacumet, and with a clear ring as well as a solid metal ring...
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Russian space race memerobilia

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I've had a few of these...
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Thanks for creating this club - I love space memorabilia and artifacts, even though I don't have many. Can't wait to see what people are collecting in this space.

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Thanks for creating this club - I love space memorabilia and artifacts, even though I don't have many. Can't wait to see what people are collecting in this space.
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I bought this Feve some time ago...It represents Apollo 11 Astronaut Neil Armstrong with his Hasselblad 16mm Data Acquisition Camera... In the beginning of January, French bakeries are filled with a special cake: la galette. Much more than just a cake, this pastry is a beloved tradition that traces its roots back to the Roman Empire. The tradition of Tirer les rois that is to say to “Find the King” at the beginning of the New Year has survived the f...  See More

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I bought this Feve some time ago...It represents Apollo 11 Astronaut Neil Armstrong with his Hasselblad 16mm Data Acquisition Camera...

In the beginning of January, French bakeries are filled with a special cake: la galette. Much more than just a cake, this pastry is a beloved tradition that traces its roots back to the Roman Empire.
The tradition of Tirer les rois that is to say to “Find the King” at the beginning of the New Year has survived the fall of the Roman Empire, the Middle Age and the French Revolution. Why so? Is it the great taste of the pastry, the change of roles for one day, the significance of this event, the satisfaction of finding the lucky charm, la fève? Everyone has their own interpretation, from the frangipane lovers to the youngest child at the table that has the right to decide for who is the next slice to the lucky charm collectors, everyone has his reason to love this tradition...

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One of my latest acquisitions, A Snoopy and Woodstock AM Radio...Mint condition and working...Snoopy and Charlie Brown had been assigned to the Apollo 10 Lunar and Command Modules...

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One of my latest acquisitions, A Snoopy and Woodstock AM Radio...Mint condition and working...Snoopy and Charlie Brown had been assigned to the Apollo 10 Lunar and Command Modules...
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Thank you gemrceo and minto for joining this club...

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Thank you gemrceo and minto for joining this club...
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Casper Comic Book, the cover depicts Casper waving at Apollo 17 Moon Walkers as they appear somewhat startled...Could this be the reason we never returned to the Moon..? Signed by the last man to have walked on the Moon, Mr. Gene Cernan...

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Casper Comic Book, the cover depicts Casper waving at Apollo 17 Moon Walkers as they appear somewhat startled...Could this be the reason we never returned to the Moon..?

Signed by the last man to have walked on the Moon, Mr. Gene Cernan...
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Archie Comic Book, the cover depicting Archie and the "Gang" as they walk down the hallway of their school and pass a poster of Apollo 11 Lift-off... Signed by Command Module Pilot Michael Collins...

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Archie Comic Book, the cover depicting Archie and the "Gang" as they walk down the hallway of their school and pass a poster of Apollo 11 Lift-off...
Signed by Command Module Pilot Michael Collins...
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Parade flag signed by Mr. Glenn and in mint condition, taken from a factory-sealed paper wrapped dozen...

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Parade flag signed by Mr. Glenn and in mint condition, taken from a factory-sealed paper wrapped dozen...
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A group of banks commemorating as well as signed by America's first astronaut to orbit the Earth, Mr. John Glenn...The globe is a tin lithographed still bank, and the others are all pot metal mechanical banks...

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A group of banks commemorating as well as signed by America's first astronaut to orbit the Earth, Mr. John Glenn...The globe is a tin lithographed still bank, and the others are all pot metal mechanical banks...
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Group Shot of "The Collection"...See more in my profile here on Gemr...

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The base of an Alan Shepard Commemorative Satellite Bank which had been signed by Buzz Aldrin...

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The base of an Alan Shepard Commemorative Satellite Bank which had been signed by Buzz Aldrin...
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Mechanical Banks from New York's 1964-1965 World's Fair... Each of the three rings encircling the Earth represent the historical achievements of the early days of the Space Race: The first satellite, the first Cosmonaut to orbit the Earth and the first Astronaut to orbit the Earth...

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Mechanical Banks from New York's 1964-1965 World's Fair...
Each of the three rings encircling the Earth represent the historical achievements of the early days of the Space Race: The first satellite, the first Cosmonaut to orbit the Earth and the first Astronaut to orbit the Earth...
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Space Shuttle Atlantis at its final resting place...

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Space Shuttle Atlantis at its final resting place...
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The Space race took place between 1957 and 1969, when the United States successfully landed the first men on the Moon, with many other firsts accomplished through 1975...

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