|Title:||Christa Mcauliffe Letter|
|Date/Era/Period:||August 8, 1985|
|Description:||The item is a hand written letter from Christa Mcauliffe describing what she will be teaching during the shuttle flight.|
|Origin:||We wrote to Christa Mcauliffe after it was announced that she would be the first teacher in space. We sent the letter to her school and she sent the letter to us.|
|Appraised By:||Kenny Lindsay|
|Appraiser Comments:||Hello and thank you for selecting What's it Worth to You.com for your professional appraisal needs. My name is Col. Ken Lindsay, CPPA and I have specialized in the field of autographs and vintage sports memorabilia for over two decades. In addition, I am the owner of a large autograph and memorabilia firm and deal extensively with items such as this on a daily or regular basis. I have authored numerous articles on the subject of autograph authentications which include being the lead investigator and author of 'Autograph Discoveries' newsletter. I have been involved in major forgery ring busts near Detroit, Michigan. I am a certified personal property appraiser and autograph document examiner. Let's take a few moments and provide you further insight on your item.|
The expert, Kenny Lindsay, is of the opinion that this item
Reason: In 1986, Christa McAuliffe, a Social Studies teacher from Concord, New Hampshire, was to be the first civilian in space on board the Challenger shuttle. The mission ended tragically when the shuttle exploded just 73 seconds after takeoff, killing all seven astronauts aboard. The signature of Christa McAuliffe is NOT a rare signature but it is indeed scarce. Signed photographs, typed letters signed, signed People magazine covers and related items appear on the market from time to time. When appraising letters, one of the key factors when determining value is the 'CONTENT' of the letter. For example. A letter from Christa that has no space related content is considerably lower in value than one that discusses her space career. In the case of your letter, the CONTENT is absolutely pure. In addition, the fact that the letter is entirely hand written as opposed to being typed is another MAJOR asset and of course the fact that the letter is written on NASA letterhead is the crowning touch. This is by far, the nicest and most significant Christa McAuliffe letter that I have personally examined. Typically a McAuliffe signed letter sells in the range of $1,500-$2,500.00. However, in your case, I feel that a $1,000 boost to this figure is in order.
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