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The STS-5 crew wore the standard AB Emblem embroidered mission emblems on their flight suits and on their in-flight clothing, thus there is no rare 'crew patch' for this mission.

Embroidered Mission Patches

Patch id:

STS-5 AB Emblem patch

Worn by crew? Yes.
Flown? Yes.
Manufacturer: AB Emblem
Distribution: Sold as souvenirs.
Dimensions: 4" / 102mm
Type: Fully embroidered. Merrowed edge with tail.
Scarcity: Common.
Value: Minimal value.
Notes: The AB Emblem patch was the version used by the crew.
Patch id:

STS-5 Lion Brothers plastic back patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Lion Brothers
Distribution: Was available commercially.
Dimensions: 4" / 101mm
Type: Fully embroidered. Merrowed edge with tail.
Scarcity: Scarce.
Value: Examples sell for around $15-$30.
Notes: This version of the Lion Brothers STS-5 mission patch with a plastic coated back is the one most commonly seen. It is easily recognized by the wrap-around pale blue windscreen on the Shuttle plus the fact that there is no flag on the Shuttle's wing.
Patch id:

STS-5 Swissartex patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Swissartex Emblem Inc.
Distribution: Sold as souvenirs.
Dimensions: 4" / 102mm
Type: Fully embroidered. Merowed border with tail.
Scarcity: Uncommon.
Value: Vintage examples sell for $10-$15.
Notes: The vintage version of the Swissartex STS-5 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.
Patch id:

STS-5 Lion Brothers bare back patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Lion Brothers.
Distribution: Unknown.
Dimensions: 4" / 102mm
Type: Fully embroidered. Merrowed edge with no tail (selvedged).
Scarcity: Very rare.
Value: Examples have sold for $92 to $194.[1]
Notes: This version of the STS-5 Lion Brothers patch with a bare cloth back is extremely rare. Like the more common version it lacks a flag on the Shuttle's wing but it doesn't have the same wrap-around windscreen.
Patch id:

STS-5 Cape Kennedy Medals patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Cape Kennedy Medals.
Distribution: Unknown.
Dimensions: 4" / 104mm
Type: Fully embroidered. Merrowed edge with tail.
Scarcity: Uncommon.
Value: Unknown.
Notes: This plastic backed patch was most likely made by Cape Kennedy Medals. The fine details on the tail are quite distinctive, with pale blue shading in the center and a white leading edge and rudder.
Footnotes

[1] Example sales of STS-5 Lion Brothers bare cloth back patches:
     eBay item no. 181002779785 Oct 25, 2012, sold at $100

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