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.