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During the launch of the maiden flight of the Space Shuttle the crew wore USAF high-altitude escape suits with an embroidered mission patch attached.

The closeup images on the right show the details of the patch taken from a couple of different photos. On the left is the patch on Crippen's suit during suiting-up just before the actual launch. On the right is a clearer image showing the patch on Young's suit during a pre-flight training exercise.

This patch design is known as the STS-1 Crew Patch.

The Crew Patch

Patch id:

STS-1 Crew Patch

Worn by crew? This patch design was worn by the crew on their escape suits during the flight[1].
Flown? Yes. Examples were carried on the flight as souvenirs.
Manufacturer: AB Emblem.
Distribution: Not offered commercially. Produced for NASA, and distributed with letters of appreciation to "Shuttle Team Members".
Dimensions: 4 x 4" / 104 x 104mm
Type: Fully embroidered. Stitched border with cut edge.
Scarcity: Scarce. Maybe 5 to 15 sold per year.
Value: Examples sell at auction for anywhere between $45 and $280, with most falling in the $115-150 range[2].
Notes: The flames below the Shuttle are embroidered in four distinct colors of thread (yellow, pale orange, then two shades of red).

Other Embroidered Mission Patches

Patch id:

STS-1 AB Emblem patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: AB Emblem
Distribution: Sold as souvenirs.
Dimensions:
Type: Fully embroidered. Stitched border with cut edge.
Scarcity: Common.
Value: Minimal value.
Notes: The regular commercial AB Emblem patch is the one most commonly seen, and is easily recognisable by the simple two color flames.
Patch id:

STS-1 Lion Brothers patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Lion Brothers
Distribution: Was available commercially.
Dimensions:
Type: Fully embroidered. Stitched border with cut edge.
Scarcity: Scarce.
Value: Examples sell for around $25-40.
Notes: The Lion Brothers patch looks fairly similar to the crew patch but the flames are only in three colors. The US flag on the Shuttle's wing has no red in it on the Lion Brothers design, and the top edge of the mid-ground Shuttle is overlain by the yellow thread of the flames.
Patch id:

STS-1 AB Emblem 'black outline' patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: AB Emblem
Distribution: Unknown
Dimensions: 4½ x 4¾" / 112 x 120mm
Type: Fully embroidered. Stitched border, cut edge.
Scarcity: Scarce
Value: Examples sold recently for between $59 and $100[3]
Notes: This variant of the AB Emblem patch has a distinctive black outline sewn around the edge of the design. The patch was apparently given to some NASA employees before the flight and may be quite scarce.
Patch id:

STS-1 Swissartex patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Swissartex Emblem Inc.
Distribution: Sold as souvenirs.
Dimensions: 4½ x 4¾" / 115 x 123mm
Type: Fully embroidered. Merowed border with tail.
Scarcity: Uncommon.
Value: Vintage examples sell for $10-$15.
Notes: The vintage version of the Swissartex STS-1 mission patch exists both with a waxy plastic backing and with a vacuum sealed clear plastic coating on the reverse. The fronts of the two versions are virtually identical.
Patch id:

Crew Patch Replica by Skyforce Space Patches

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: AB Emblem
Distribution: Available from Skyforce Space Patches
Dimensions: 4½ x 4¾" / 115 x 123mm
Type: Fully embroidered. Merowed border with tail.
Scarcity: n/a
Value: Available at $10.
Notes: This faithful replica of the Crew Patch was produced in late 2013 by Skyforce Space Patches, and is available to purchase here.
Footnotes

[1] Flown STS-1 crew patches:
John Young's actual flown suit patches were sold as lot 11024 of the Heritage Space Auction on March 31, 2009.

[2] Example sales of unflown STS-1 crew patches:
     eBay item no. 320196275255 Dec 20, 2007, sold at $128.05.
     eBay item no. 360011899895 Jan 14, 2008, sold at $256.99.
     eBay item no. 160200693093 Jan 26, 2008, sold at $152.50.
     eBay item no. 230228506156 Mar 9, 2008, sold at $154.49.
     eBay item no. 150224680975 Mar 18, 2008, sold at $113.50.
     eBay item no. 180227589474 Apr 2, 2008, sold at $122.50.
     eBay item no. 150251880946 Jun 2, 2008, sold at $125.
     eBay item no. 150274379245 Jul 29, 2008, sold at $146.51.
     Astro-Auction: item no. 1220817794 Sep 7, 2008 sold at $75.
     eBay item no. 120340722138 Dec 3, 2008, sold at $120.
     eBay item no. 320335643178 Jan 31, 2009, sold at $177.50.
     eBay item no. 120410395597 Apr 23, 2009, sold at $175.
     eBay item no. 320369316489 May 13, 2009, sold at $110.
     Lunar Legacies Space Auction lot 458 sold Nov 14 2009 at $231
     eBay item no. 140373436902 Jan 17, 2010, sold at $113.61.
     eBay item no. 200432794899 Jan 31, 2010, sold at $45.99.
     eBay item no. 140393074685 Mar 28, 2010, sold at $53.43.
     eBay item no. 360249165137 Apr 4, 2010, sold at $89.88.
     eBay item no. 140400352797 Apr 25, 2010, sold at $88.65.
     eBay item no. 140406136811 May 16, 2010, sold at $265.
     eBay item no. 360265021639 May 30, 2010, sold at $202.50.
     eBay item no. 140414367155 Jun 13, 2010, sold at $280.
     eBay item no. 360275572769 Jun 27, 2010, sold at $158.49
     eBay item no. 110555780687 Jun 12, 2010, sold at $108.49
     eBay item no. 140426478073 Jul 18, 2010, sold at $178.50
     eBay item no. 150477746762 Aug 15, 2010, sold at $78.95
     eBay item no. 140438121560 Aug 15, 2010, sold at $76.99
     eBay item no. 140449594579 Sep 12, 2010, sold at $140.50
     eBay item no. 130433284049 Sep 26, 2010, sold at $158.49
     eBay item no. 380307322183 Jan 19, 2011, sold at $49.99
     eBay item no. 140520715139 Mar 13, 2011, sold at $207.50
     eBay item no. 360351872827 Mar 20, 2011, sold at $214.50
     eBay item no. 250793500851 Mar 27, 2011, sold at $230.08
     eBay item no. 260767747459 Apr 18, 2011, sold at $127.50
     Lunar Legacies Space Auction Lot 402 May 21, 2011 sold at $258.75
     eBay item no. 250903541912 Oct 11, 2011, sold at $85.99 [with other patches]
     eBay item no. 170716999255 Oct 30, 2011, sold at $63.26
     eBay item no. 170732655784 Nov 20, 2011, sold at $178.50
     eBay item no. 130615891876 Dec 18, 2011, sold at $250.21
     eBay item no. 220934459323 Jan 23, 2012, sold at $91
     eBay item no. 170782600251 Feb 19, 2012, sold at $92
     eBay item no. 290679865444 Mar 12, 2012, sold at $86
     eBay item no. 150773223563 Mar 12, 2012, sold at $186.05 [with many other items]
     eBay item no. 370593633041 Mar 17, 2012, sold at $36.50
     eBay item no. 320881019292 Apr 8, 2012, sold at $154.06
     eBay item no. 140737109406 Apr 15, 2012, sold at $154.07
     eBay item no. 160781970753 Apr 18, 2012, sold at $52
     eBay item no. 320897638256 May 6, 2012, sold at $89
     Lunar Legacies auction lot 450 Jun 2, 2012 sold at $100.30
     Direct private sales via AstroGallery web site Jun-Jul 2012 at $89 [several examples from Al Bishop collection]
     eBay item no. 360468543429 Jul 1, 2012, sold at $67.56 [with other patches]
     eBay item no. 180961023884 Sep 2, 2012, sold at $155.97
     eBay item no. 271050329792 Sep 9, 2012, sold at $155.77
     eBay item no. 271050329792 Oct 7, 2012, sold at $125.59
     eBay item no. 2511658911 Oct 17, 2012, sold at $112.50
     eBay item no. 251172792107 Oct 28, 2012, sold at $71.26 [with other patches]
     eBay item no. 321015267735 Nov 6, 2012, sold at $126.50
     eBay item no. 271099483181 Nov 11, 2012, sold at $74.69
     eBay item no. 271101780474 Nov 13, 2012, sold at $75
     eBay item no. 321020078387 Nov 15, 2012, sold at $65.99
     eBay item no. 321021833895 Nov 16, 2012, sold at $71
     eBay item no. 181004822032 Nov 19, 2012, sold at $110
     eBay item no. 321023261136 Nov 20, 2012, sold at $64
     eBay item no. 271111288472 Nov 30, 2012, sold at $65 [Buy-it-now]
     eBay item no. 360521392097 Dec 2, 2012, sold at $52.51
     eBay item no. 130824413026 Dec 30, 2012, sold at $58.75
     eBay item no. 170960774729 Jan 1, 2013, sold at $45
     eBay item no. 350713211372 Feb 17, 2013, sold at $69.99
     eBay item no. 200893500198 Feb 17, 2013, sold at $58.10
     eBay item no. 140920704979 Feb 27, 2013, sold at $40
     eBay item no. 200908926882 Mar 27, 2013, sold at $44.17
     eBay item no. 181116197876 Apr 11, 2013, sold at $33.76
     eBay item no. 130889685890 Apr 21, 2013, sold at $58.26
     eBay item no. 130929729781 Jun 23, 2013, sold at $55.70
     eBay item no. 200950241217Aug 5, 2013, sold at $40 [Buy-it-now]
     eBay item no. 360682675908 Jul 7, 2013, sold at $? [best offer]
     eBay item no. 281099604366 Aug 11, 2013, sold at $? [best offer]
     eBay item no. 181199469757 Aug 19, 2013, sold at $54.99 [best offer]
     eBay item no. 400559648017 Nov 20, 2013, sold at $79.95
     eBay item no. 251383336819 Dec 1, 2013, sold at $79 [buy-it-now] with replica patch
     eBay item no. 221267013900 Feb 9, 2014, sold at $89
     eBay item no. 141225403488 Mar 23, 2014, sold at $86
     eBay item no. 310914464989 Apr 5, 2014, sold at $21.51 [with other patches]
     eBay item no. 331199201971 May 16, 2014, sold at $7.74
     eBay item no. 281263111990 Aug 20, 2014, sold at $74

[3] Example sales of STS-1 black outline patches:
     eBay item no. 140816354162 Aug 10, 2012, sold at $7.75
     eBay item no. 310454576030 Oct 3, 2012, sold at $6.05 [with other patches]
     eBay item no. 130775811323 Oct 6, 2012, sold at $33.55
     eBay item no. 251152632477 Oct 11, 2012, sold at $10.98 [Buy-it-now]
     eBay item no. 190813837543 Mar 31, 2013, sold at $58.78
     eBay item no. 190831439576 May 5, 2013, sold at $97.95
     eBay item no. 190835488171 May 12, 2013, sold at $63.78
     eBay item no. 130912093222 May 26, 2013, sold at $99.98
     eBay item no. 190886401272 Aug 15, 2013, sold at $23 [Buy-it-now]

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