Welcome to the Moon Collector

The Ruddy collection of original NASA artifacts that were on the Moon and returned to Earth contains items from the most important exploration in history­—that of man’s first steps onto another world.

I began my collecting career as a dealer in numismatics in 1954. I was president of Empire Coin Company and Bowers and Ruddy Galleries. After retiring in 1977, I built and operated a non-profit museum in 1984 to house my 6,000-piece collection of general store merchandise from 1935 through 1945. In 2003, I donated the museum to the City of Palm Springs, California. (See the brochure at the end of the collection.)

I also collected Presidential autographs and am a life member and Fellow of the Manuscript Society. I am a recipient of their Award of Distinction.

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Cuff Checklist

Cuff Checklist

This Lunar surface worn Cuff Checklist is the only Apollo checklist to have hand-written instructions added while on the Moon and critical to the success of the mission. A fender on […]

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EVA 1 PREP & POST Cards

EVA 1 PREP & POST Cards

A complete checklist consisting of two, 10.5”x 8”, two sided, heavyweight cards, originally taped together, with complete, step-by step instructions regarding the first EVA at the Valley of Taurus-Littrow.

These cue […]

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Space Suit Glove Liner

Space Suit Glove Liner

A space suit glove liner worn by Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin. One of a pair of “comfort” gloves worn under his space suit gloves to avoid rubbing. The mate to this glove […]

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Moon Rock Manifest and Cabin Prep. EVA 1

Moon Rock Manifest and Cabin Prep. EVA 1

A checklist page, 5-1/2 inches by 8 inches, covered with Moon dust. One side was used as a manifest to record the weight and storage of all Moon rocks and dust […]

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Contour Interval 10 Meter Rover Map

Contour Interval 10 Meter Rover Map

This Contour Interval 10 Meter Map was used interchangeably with the Photographic Map (see next description) and was sandwiched together with it for easier use while driving the Lunar Rover. It […]

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Lunar Rover Photo Map

Lunar Rover Photo Map

This photographic map was used interchangeably with the Contour Interval 10 Meter Map (see previous description) and was sandwiched together with it for easier use while driving the Lunar Rover. It […]

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Scissors and Lanyard

Scissors and Lanyard

My favorite “story” artifact. This pair of scissors was removed from the Lunar Module and brought to the Moon’s surface during all three extravehicular activities (EVAs) as a contingency tool.

Each member […]

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Sunglasses and Carrying Case

Sunglasses and Carrying Case

Sunglasses and a separate beta-cloth carrying case. There are visible traces of Moon dust on the case. Any artifacts that were worn by a Moonwalker while on the Moon are highly […]