|Apollo 8 Patch
Flown On The Apollo 8 Mission
|D. Kent Evans
Letter Of Authenticity
mission patch for Apollo 8 flew to the Moon on
the Apollo 8 mission. It was originally in
the collection of McDonnell Douglas Manned
Flight Awareness Coordinator D. Kent Evans.
Mr. Evans consigned a lot of 19 flown patches to
the Superior Auction Galleries Spring 1994 Space
Memorabilia Auction. This auction occurred
on June 25, 1994.
The collection of flown patches was lot number
319 in that auction. The description in
the auction catalog stated, "319. Flown
Patches. Lot of 19 different patches
including Apollo 1, 7-17, Skylab I-IV (5
different) and Apollo-Soyuz (2
different). All are official hallmarked
patches (made by the Lyon Bros. Patch Co.) and
all but Apollo 1 were flown on their
respective flights. The consignor, a
former high Manned Flight Awareness Program
official, received them directly from the
patch company astronaut representative after
each flight. Owner's letter of
authenticity included. This is a
spectacular, never-before-offered opportunity
to get a set of flown patches."
The purchaser of this lot
from the Superior auction was Sanabria, Inc. of
Loveland, Colorado. Later Sanabria broke
up this collection and offered the Apollo 8
flown patch for sale to their customers.
The Earth To The Moon Air & Space Museum
acquired this artifact from Sanabria.
Accompanying the artifact and on the reverse
side of the D. Kent Evans letter is a notarized
letter of authenticity from Sanabria. That
"To Whom It May Concern:
This is to certify that the letter of
authenticity from D. Kent Evans, dated July 6,
1994 appearing on the revers hereof is a true
and complete copy of the original letter
accompanying D. Kent Evan's collection of
flown mission patches, which was purchased by
Sanabria, Inc. in June 1994. This letter
accompanies the individual patch, which was
flown aboard Apollo 8 , from that collection.
Stephen R. Datz President."
Also on that letter is a statement of
witness by the Notary Public along with her
The D. Kent Evans letter of authenticity states,
"To Whom It May
I was the NASA Manned Flight Awareness
Coordinator for the McDonnell Douglas from
1968 through 1974.
This is to certify that the set of nineteen
mission patches, Apollo 1, Apollo 7-17,
Apollo-Soyuz (2 different patches), and Skylab
I-IV (5 different patches) were flown aboard
their respective missions (Apollo 1 excepted),
and that they were personally presented to me
by the astronauts after each mission.
D. Kent Evans"