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The Skylab II crew wore coveralls with beta cloth emblems on board the USS New Orleans after the flight. There is effectively no embroidered crew patch for the Skylab II mission, but there is a collectible patch related to the mission that was created for their wives.

The Skylab II Wives patch was an unoffical reworking of the Skylab II insignia with a female figure replacing the male of the original, and the names of the Skylab II astronauts' wives replacing those of the crew.

The artwork for the center of the patch was produced by artist Ardis Shanks, and journalist Jacques Tiziou put together the design and ordered a limited run of 320 patches, apparently from Cape Kennedy Medals.

The story of the production and distribution of the Skylab II Wives patch is covered in some detail on the SpacePatches website. Essentially, a number of patches were given to the wives themselves and the rest were bought by Shanks, Tiziou and some friends. A number of patches apparently made their way onto the flight to the surprise of the crew, who were unaware of the whole scheme.

The Skylab II Wives patch

Patch id:

Skylab II Wives Patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? Yes. Examples were carried on the flight as souvenirs.
Manufacturer: Cape Kennedy Medals.
Distribution: 320 examples with very limited distribution.
Dimensions: 4" / 101mm
Type: Fully embroidered. Merrowed edge with 'tail'.
Scarcity: Rare.
Value: Examples have sold for $150 to $400[1].
Notes: Buyers should check the details of any patch very carefully as a number of fakes exist.

Embroidered Mission Patches

Patch id:

AB Emblem patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: AB Emblem
Distribution: Sold as souvenirs.
Dimensions: 4" / 101mm
Type: Fully embroidered. Merrowed edge with 'tail'.
Scarcity: Uncommon in bare cloth back form.
Value: Bare cloth back examples sell for maybe $5-15.
Notes: The Ab Emblem Skylab II patch does not have the hallmark of the Lion Brothers patch.
Patch id:

Lion Brothers patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Lion Brothers
Distribution: Was available commercially.
Dimensions: 4" / 101mm
Type: Fully embroidered. Merrowed edge without 'tail' (selvedged).
Scarcity: Scarce.
Value: Examples sell for around $15-30.
Notes: The Lion Brothers Skylab II patch has the first initials of crew's surnames "BGL" hidden in the red area above the "S" of Skylab as a hallmark. Note that a rare plastic backed prototype version of this patch exists.
Patch id:

Cape Kennedy Medals patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Cape Kennedy Medals
Distribution: Unknown.
Dimensions: 4" / 101mm
Type: Fully embroidered. Merrowed edge with 'tail'.
Scarcity: Uncommon.
Value: Examples sold recently between $30 and $89[2].
Notes: This patch is believed to have been manufactured by Cape Kennedy Medals. It can be identified by the square cornered black thread at the navel of the central figure.
Patch id:

Hilborn Hamburger

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Hilborn Hamburger
Distribution: Unknown.
Dimensions: Approx 4" / 102mm
Type: Fully embroidered. Merrowed edge with 'tail'.
Scarcity: Scarce.
Value: Unknown[3].
Notes: This patch from Hilborn Hamburger can be easily identified by the dark inner border enclosing the red and blue central area.
Patch id:

Skylab II Wives patch Randy Hunt replica

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Randy Hunt
Distribution: Unknown.
Dimensions: 4" / 101mm
Type: Fully embroidered. Merrowed edge.
Scarcity: Uncommon.
Value: Unknown.
Notes: This replica (or fake) of the Skylab II Wives patch is easily distinguished from the real thing by the crude detailing. It was produced by Randy Hunt (4gator).

3" Embroidered Mission Patches

Footnotes

[1] Examples of Skylab II Wives patch sales:
      eBay item no. 140396868435 sold Apr 11, 2010 at $392
      eBay item no. 1230551857126 sold Nov 23, 2010 at $73.01
      Heritage Auction lot no. 41220 sold Jun 3, 2011 at $310.70
      eBay item no. 180824343759 sold Feb 22, 2012 at $349.99 [signed by artist]
      eBay item no. 251210279543 sold Jan 13, 2013 at $381.51
      Bonhams Space Auction lot 186 Apr 8, 2014 sold at $1,625 [with numbered decal]

[2] Examples of Skylab II Cape Kennedy Medals patch sales:
      eBay item no. 330646600710 sold Nov 29, 2011 at $89
      eBay item no. 330655315457 sold Dec 11, 2011 at $70
      eBay item no. 330658888889 sold Dec 21, 2011 at $29.99
      eBay item no. 330662664269 sold Jan 2, 2012 at $24.99
      eBay item no. 330669902849 sold Jan 22, 2012 at $11.10
      eBay item no. 140748966573 sold May 13, 2012 at $9.95

[3] Examples of Skylab II Hilborn Hamburger patch sales:
      eBay item no. 140962937998 sold Apr 30, 2013 at $115.49 [with HH Skylab III patch, both in HH packaging]

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