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The STS-6 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-6 AB Emblem patch

Worn by crew? Yes.
Flown? Yes.
Manufacturer: AB Emblem
Distribution: Sold as souvenirs.
Dimensions: 4½" / 115mm 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:

STS-6 Lion Brothers patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Lion Brothers
Distribution: Was available commercially.
Dimensions: 4⅛" / 105mm across
Type: Fully embroidered. Merrowed edge with no tail (selvedged).
Scarcity: Scarce.
Value: Examples sell for around $15-$30.
Notes: This version of the Lion Brothers STS-6 mission patch is the one most commonly seen. It has a plastic coating on the reverse.
Patch id:

STS-6 Swissartex patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Swissartex Emblem Inc.
Distribution: Sold as souvenirs.
Dimensions: Approx. 4¾ x 4¼" / 120 x 107mm across
Type: Fully embroidered. Merowed border with tail.
Scarcity: Uncommon.
Value: Vintage examples sell for $10-$15.
Notes: The vintage version of the Swissartex STS-6 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-6 early Lion Brothers patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Lion Brothers.
Distribution: Unknown.
Dimensions: 4" / 100mm across
Type: Fully embroidered. Merrowed edge with no tail (selvedged).
Scarcity: Very rare.
Value: Examples have sold for around $200.[1]
Notes: This version of the STS-6 Lion Brothers patch is much more rare than the regular version. The fact that is usually has a bare cloth back implies this is likely the earliest version produced by the company but examples have also been seen with vacuum-sealed plastic backing, and even with a white plastic backing.
Patch id:

STS-6 Cape Kennedy Medals blue border variant

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Cape Kennedy Medals
Distribution: Unknown.
Dimensions: 4½" / 116mm across
Type: Fully embroidered. Merrowed edge.
Scarcity: Uncommon.
Value: Unknown.
Notes: This variant of the Cape Kennedy Medals patch has a dark blue border.
Patch id:

STS-6 Cape Kennedy Medals white border variant

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Cape Kennedy Medals
Distribution: Unknown.
Dimensions: 4½" / 116mm across
Type: Fully embroidered. Merrowed edge.
Scarcity: Scarce.
Value: Unknown.
Notes: This variant of the Cape Kennedy Medals patch with a white border is less common than the blue border version.
Footnotes

[1] Example sales of STS-6 early Lion Brothers patches:
     eBay item no. 331689199061 Oct 30, 2015, sold at $128.83
     eBay item no. 262072965857 Oct 30, 2015, sold at $159 [plastic back]

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