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The Space Shuttle Approach and Landing Test (ALT) crews wore the standard AB Emblem embroidered mission emblems on their flight suits, thus there is no rare 'crew patch' for this mission.

Embroidered Mission Patches

Patch id:

ALT AB Emblem patch

Worn by crew? Yes.
Flown? Yes.
Manufacturer: AB Emblem
Distribution: Sold as souvenirs.
Dimensions: 4" / 104mm across
Type: Fully embroidered. Merrowed edge.
Scarcity: Common.
Value: Minimal value.
Notes: The AB Emblem patch was the version used by the crew.
Patch id:

ALT Lion Brothers patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Lion Brothers
Distribution: Was available commercially.
Dimensions: 4" / 104mm across
Type: Fully embroidered. Merrowed edge.
Scarcity: Rare.
Value: Examples have sold for $80 to $387[1]
Notes: The Lion Brothers ALT patch is one of the rarest of the Shuttle-era Lion Brothers patches and sells for significant sums. It can be recognized by the oversize US flag and bold "USA" lettering on the wings of the Shuttle, as well as the dark blue fill thread.
The patch exists in both bare cloth back and vacuum-sealed back versions.
Patch id:

ALT AB Emblem 'black border' variant patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: AB Emblem
Distribution: Unknown
Dimensions: 4" / 104mm across
Type: Fully embroidered. Merrowed edge.
Scarcity: Scarce
Value: An example sold recently for $107.50[2]
Notes: This appears to be an AB Emblem patch but this particular example has a black outer border. This could be a prototype or just an error patch produced by someone loading a spool of black thread instead of gray when the border was added.
Patch id:

ALT Swissartex patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Swissartex Emblem Inc.
Distribution: Sold as souvenirs.
Dimensions: Approx. 4" / 104 mm across
Type: Fully embroidered. Merowed border with tail.
Scarcity: Uncommon.
Value: Vintage examples sell for $10-$15.
Notes: The vintage version of the Swissartex ALT 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.
Footnotes

[1] Example sales of ALT Lion Brothers patches:
     eBay sale Nov 2007 $76
     eBay sale Jan 2008 $204
     eBay sale Mar 2008 $202.55
     eBay sale Jun 2008 $152.55
     eBay sale Jul 2008 $153
     eBay sale Oct 2008 $255.55 [on NASM card]
     eBay sale Aug 2010 $159.16
     eBay sale Mar 2011 $200.35
     eBay sale May 2011 $210 [bare back on NASM card]
     370587642569 Feb 23, 2012, sold at $208.05 [bare back]
     271089797144 Nov 1, 2012, sold at $204.01
     271103133291 Nov 23, 2012, sold at $171.35
     221172593907 Jan 1, 2013, sold at $49.99 [buy-it-now]
     181200173855 Aug 23, 2013, sold at $149.99 [bare back]
     281166130957 Sep 15, 2013, sold at $129.09 [bare back]
     131028170759 Oct 28, 2013, sold at $224.72 [bare back]
     221313618315 Nov 16, 2013, sold at $79.65 [bare back]
     221310119291 Nov 17, 2013, sold at $137.95 [bare back]
     281226571357 Jan 14, 2014, sold at $109.95 [bare back, buy-it-now]
     281245294406 Feb 10, 2014, sold at $109.95 [bare back, buy-it-now]
     281263972808 Feb 12, 2014, sold at $109.95 [bare back, buy-it-now]
     221373376919 Feb 13, 2014, sold at $119.95 [bare back, buy-it-now]
     221519305364 Aug 30, 2014, sold at $79.85 [bare back, buy-it-now]
     281426230432 Nov 17, 2014, sold at $80 [bare back, buy-it-now]
     281426230432 Nov 26, 2014, sold at $81 [bare back, buy-it-now]
     281511385785 Dec 6, 2014, sold at $89.95 [bare back, buy-it-now]
     eBay item no. 281511385785 Feb 21, 2016, sold at $150
     eBay item no. 201681796137 Oct 9, 2016, sold at $102.51 (in lot)
     eBay item no. 201683196348 Oct 9, 2016, sold in lot [on NASM card]
     eBay item no. 201720170652 Nov 16, 2016, sold at $10.89 [buy-it-now, bare cloth back]
     eBay item no. 222385932317 Jan 29, 2017, sold at $89.95 [bare cloth back]
     eBay item no. 142263825461 Jan 31, 2017, sold at $78.00 [bare cloth back]
     eBay item no. 112349304147 Mar 27, 2017, sold at $70.00 [bare cloth back]
     eBay item no. 112391609697 May 1, 2017, sold at $35
     eBay item no. 222448904156 May 16, 2017, sold at $89.95 [buy-it-now, bare cloth back]

[2] Example sales of ALT black border AB Emblem patches:
     eBay item no. 181200174958 Aug 23, 2013, sold at $107.50

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