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Gemini 5 was the first mission to have an embroidered patch. Famously, the motto "8 days or bust" embroidered on the side of the wagon in the design was deemed unacceptable by NASA and had to be covered over on the crew's patches with plain cloth.

It seems that the two patches worn by Cooper and Conrad were more-or-less hand produced, with subtle differences in the two designs being visible e.g. the running board to the right of the barrel on the side of the wagon seems to be a little lower on Cooper's patch than Conrad's.

The closeup images on the right show the two patches in some detail.

The Crew Patches

Patch id:

Gemini 5 Crew Patch

Worn by crew? Yes. The patches were worn by the crew on their space suits.
Flown? Yes. Sewn to the space suits of the crew.
Manufacturer: Unknown.
Distribution: Produced exclusively for the crew.
Dimensions: Approx. 4" / 101mm
Type: Partially embroidered on white felt? Stitched border with cut edge.
Scarcity: Only two patches were produced, one per crewman.
Value: Cooper's patch was sold recently for $19,120[1]
Notes: This patch shown above is Cooper's, as photographed after the flight (photo id S65-59530). Note that the white background material on his patch seems to be very saggy. This was already visible on the post-flight pictures below the "5" of Gemini 5 and at the bottom of the patch where the inner black line is almost obscured by the sagging material.
Patch id:

Gemini 5 Crew Souvenir Patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? Yes. Examples of this patch were carried by the crew on the flight as souvenirs.
Manufacturer: Unknown. The unusual appearance of the back of this patch indicates that it was likely produced by the same manufacturer as the GTA-6 Crew patch, the Gemini 7 Crew Souvenir patch and the Gemini 11 Crew patch.
Distribution: Produced exclusively for the crew.
Dimensions: 4" / 103mm
Type: Partially embroidered on white twill. Stitched border with cut edge.
Scarcity: Extremely rare. Only one unflown example sold in last few years.
Value: An example sold recently for $1,440[2].
Notes: This design is easily identified by the large Gemini 5 text at the top which divides the brown inner border.
An interesting variant of this patch, apparently identical in design and execution to the regular patch but without the "8 Days or Bust" text, was sold recently at auction. As this is the only such example seen to-date (versus 7 or so 'regular' versions) it's impossible to say how many of these patches without the controversial text were produced.

Other Embroidered Mission Patches

Patch id:

AB Emblem 2010 Replica patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: AB Emblem
Distribution: Available commercially.
Dimensions: Approx 4" / 106mm
Type: Partially embroidered on white twill. cut edge.
Scarcity: Limited production run.
Value: On sale at $?
Notes: An impressive modern replica of the crew patch, complete with sewn on fabric covering the "8 days or bust" text, produced by AB Emblem in 2010 in collaboration with Gene Dorr.
Patch id:

Eagle One Aerospace Replica patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Eagle One Aerospace / Cargo Bay Emblems
Distribution: Was available commercially.
Dimensions: 4" / 105mm
Type: Partially embroidered on white twill.
Scarcity: Limited production run.
Value: On sale at approx. $7
Notes: A reasonable replica of the Crew Patch.
Patch id:

AB Emblem souvenir patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: AB Emblem
Distribution: Sold commercially.
Dimensions: 3" / 75mm
Type: Partially embroidered on white twill. Merrowed edge with 'tail'.
Scarcity: Common.
Value: Minimal value.
Notes: This is the AB Emblem souvenir patch for the mission.
Footnotes

[1] Sales of the original Crew Patches:
     Superior Auction Feb 25, 1995 sold at $1,995 [Cooper's suit-worn patch]
     Heritage Auctions May 12, 2012 lot 40056 at $19,120 [Cooper's suit-worn patch]

[2] Examples of Crew Souvenir patch sales:
     Heritage Auctions September 21, 2007 lot 25066 at $2629 (inc buyer's fees) FLOWN.
     Christies Space Exploration Auction May 9, 2001 lot 39 at $1880 (FLOWN).
     Christies Space Exploration Auction Sep 18, 1999 37 at $4370 (FLOWN).
Lunar Legacies Space Auction lot no. 57 sold Jul 11, 2009 at $1375 (inc buyer's fees). Originally noted as flown.
vBonhams Space Auction Jul 16, 2009 Lot 71 at $3355 (FLOWN).
     RRAuction Sep 22, 2011, Lot 206 at $693.60 (UNFLOWN).
     RRAuction May 23, 2012, Lot 185 at $1,440 (UNFLOWN).
     RRAuction Nov 29, 2012, Lot 190 at $2,100 (FLOWN).
     Bonhams Space Auction Lot 87 Mar 25, 2013 at $7,500 [FLOWN by Conrad]
     RRAuction May 23, 2013, Lot 202 at $519.60 (Unflown, crew signed, no "8 Days or Bust" text).
     RRAuction May 22, 2104, Lot 139 at $4,906 (FLOWN).
     Bonhams Space Auction Apr 21, 2015 Lot 32 at $5,000 [FLOWN, from Cooper's estate]
     RRAuction Lot 57 Apr 28, 2015 at $4993.10 on Cooper flight jacket

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