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When they arrived on the U.S.S. Essex following the recovery operation the Apollo 7 crew were wearing their betacloth flightsuits complete with betacloth mission patches as shown in the first two photos above.

Some time thereafter, however, they changed into blue jumpsuits which had embroidered mission patches attached.

These embroidered mission patches are shown quite clearly in detail from the photo KSC-68PC-211.

This patch was actually embroidered as a circular design with a white surround, as worn by the suit techs in S68-48789, and clearly visible on suit tech Clyde Teague in 68-H-936. It was trimmed by hand around the central area of the design for use on the blue jumpsuits of the crew.

The Crew Patches

Patch id:

Apollo 7 Crew Patch

Worn by crew? This patch design was worn by the crew on their blue jump suits at recovery.
Flown? Unknown.
Manufacturer: Texas Art Embroidery.
Distribution: Apparently distributed to the crew and a few NASA/contractor workers only.
Dimensions: 4" / 105mm untrimmed
Type: Part embroidered on white cloth. Merrowed edge without 'tail' (selvedged).
Scarcity: Extremely rare. Perhaps 4 sold in the last 4 years.
Value: Unflown examples have sold for $972 to $1595 in recent years[1].
Notes: The ribbing visible in the South American landmass on the Crew Patch is particularly distinctive.

NB: At least one replica of this patch exists, as detailed in the section below. You need to check very carefully which version of the patch you are looking at before assuming it's a vintage original.

Patch id:

Apollo 7 Crew Souvenir Patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? Yes. Walt Cunningham stated that he carried a few of these patches in a suit pocket.
Manufacturer: Unknown.
Distribution: Apparently distributed only to the crew and within NASA.
Dimensions: 4 3/16 x 3 3/16" / 106 x 81mm
Type: Fully embroidered. Merrowed edge without 'tail' (selvedged).
Scarcity: Extremely rare. Perhaps 4 sold in the last 4 years.
Value: An example sold recently for $584[2].
Notes: The blue background has a 'knitted' structure (quite visible on the reverse of the patch), the "VII" is in yellow, and the landmasses are much more detailed than on the AB version.
Patch id:

Apollo 7 "New" Crew Patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Unknown.
Distribution: Was sold direct by Walt Cunningham in late 2010 - 2013.
Dimensions: Body 3¼" / 83mm
Type: Fully embroidered. Merrowed edge with 'tail'.
Scarcity: 300 made.
Value: Sold at $15 unsigned, or $70 signed.
Notes: This modern patch, which is very true to the original insignia artwork, was produced by Walt Cunningham as a limited edition of 300 examples in late 2010. The edition sold out in early 2013.

Other Embroidered Mission Patches

Patch id:

AB Emblem patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: AB Emblem
Distribution: Sold as souvenirs.
Dimensions: 4" / 101mm high
Type: Fully embroidered. Merrowed edge with 'tail'.
Scarcity: Uncommon in bare cloth back form.
Value: Bare cloth back examples sell for maybe $5-15.
Notes: The AB Emblem patch also has quite different coloration to the crew version and a much skinnier "VII".
Patch id:

Lion Brothers patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Lion Brothers
Distribution: Was available commercially.
Dimensions: 4½" x 3½" / 101mm x 89mm
Type: Part embroidered on blue twill. Stitched border with cut edge.
Scarcity: Scarce.
Value: Examples sell for around $15-35. Up to $50 for the rarer purple variant.
Notes: The Lion Brothers Apollo 7 patch has distinctly different coloration to the crew version. In addition, the orbital trail touches the nose of the CSM in this version. Note also that a rare plastic backed prototype version of this patch exists.
Also exists as a variant embroidered on purple twill which is somewhat rarer than the regular blue version.
Patch id:

Space Spin-off Ltd. patch (variant 1)

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Space Spin-Off Ltd.
Distribution: Unknown.
Dimensions: Body 3½" / 90mm
Type: Partially embroidered on blue cloth. Stitched border, cut edge.
Scarcity: Rare.
Value: An example sold recently for $31[4].
Notes: This patch was offered to readers of Look-in magazine and Countdown magazine in the UK in 1972, and was part of a set manufactured by Space Spin-Off Ltd. The design appears to be based on the AB Emblem patch, but executed on thin blue cloth (not twill) with a cut edge. This particular variant has a bright blue backing cloth center to the design.
Patch id:

Space Spin-off Ltd. patch (variant 2)

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Space Spin-Off Ltd.
Distribution: Unknown.
Dimensions: Body 3½" / 90mm
Type: Partially embroidered on blue cloth. Stitched border, cut edge.
Scarcity: Rare.
Value: An example sold recently for $36[4].
Notes: This patch was offered to readers of Look-in magazine and Countdown magazine in the UK in 1972, and was part of a set manufactured by Space Spin-Off Ltd. The design appears to be based on the AB Emblem patch, but executed on dark blue cloth (not twill) with a cut edge. Unlike variant 1, this version does not have a brighter blue cloth backing in the center.
Patch id:

Space Spin-off Ltd. patch (variant 3)

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Space Spin-Off Ltd.
Distribution: Unknown.
Dimensions: Body 3½" / 90mm
Type: Partially embroidered on blue cloth. Stitched border, cut edge.
Scarcity: Rare.
Value: Unknown.
Notes: This patch was offered to readers of Look-in magazine and Countdown magazine in the UK in 1972, and was part of a set manufactured by Space Spin-Off Ltd. The design appears to be based on the AB Emblem patch, but executed on dark blue cloth (not twill) with a cut edge. This is a third color variant.
Patch id:

Crew patch replica

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Unknown.
Distribution: Unknown.
Dimensions: Approx 4" / 104mm
Type: Part embroidered on white twill. Merrowed edge with 'tail'.
Scarcity: Unknown.
Value: As replica.
Notes: This replica was first seen in 2013 with an example being sold as a 'rare patch'. It is a farily accurate copy of the original crew patch but there are numerous differences that allow it to be identified.

For a start it is embroidered on modern twill whilst the original was embroidered on a white cloth. The engine bell on the CSM lacks the dark fill shading at the top and bottom, and the details on the upper left part of the service module are quite different from those of the original. The landmasses lack the angled ribbing visible in the fill pattern used in the original. The outer border of the patch also has a 'tail' on the back which the original did not have.

3" Embroidered Mission Patches

Footnotes

[1] Examples of Crew Patch sales:
      eBay item no. 110157789207 Aug 9, 2007 sold at $42.50 [Buy-it-now]
      Lunar Legacies listing Oct 2 2009 sold at $1595
      eBay item no. 220483885378 September 28, 2009 sold at $1280
      Astro-Auction item no. 61217618918 Jul 25, 2008, sold at $1249.99.
      eBay item no. 120161318366 September 19, 2007 sold at $1183.98
     Goldberg Space Auction lot no. 1145 Jul 10, 2011 sold at $1003
      Goldberg Space Auction lot no. 447 Dec 3, 2011 sold at $1020 [Signed by the crew]
      eBay item no. 310623668215 Mar 17, 2013 sold at $971.51
      RR Auction lot 248 Apr 22, 2014 sold at $481.43 (trimmed & mounted)

[2] Examples of 'Crew Souvenir Patch' sales:
      Heritage Sep 19, 2007 auction lot 25090 mounted alongside flown flag
      Heritage Sep 19, 2007 auction lot 25091 mounted alongside flown flag
      Heritage Mar 24, 2008 auction lot 58040 FLOWN example from Cunningham's collection
      eBay item no. 180868561485 May 3, 2012 sold at $760.99 (mounted on wooden shield)
      eBay item no. 130830871598 Jan 13, 2013 sold at $417
      RR Auction lot 245 Apr 22, 2014 sold at $584.33

[3] Examples of AS7UNK1 sales:
      eBay item no. 130956913664 Aug 4, 2013 sold at $26.50

[4] Examples of Apollo 7 Space Spin Off patch sales:
     eBay item no. 361037790195 Sep 7, 2014 sold at $36.00 [Dark blue center]
     eBay item no. 361037789379 Sep 7, 2014 sold at $31.00 [Light blue center]
     eBay item no. 181549749524 Oct 11, 2014 sold at $49.99 [var 1]
     eBay item no. 181549748812 Oct 11, 2014 sold at $49.99 [var 2]

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