Will Sputnik Memorabilia See Spike In Demand?

Hosts Melissa Block and Michele Norris take note of the president's sputnik reference, which will likely stoke a lot of nostalgia. We wonder: "What about sputnik merchandise? Will it affect prices, or demand or general curiosity?"

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Along with a wave of innovation, Sputnik also spawned a boom in memorabilia, from glassware to globes, clothing to furniture.


There's the Sputnik blueprint tile coaster online for a mere $10, also available as a framed tile for $5 more.

BLOCK: The Sputnik 20th anniversary 15 ounce mug, a bargain at $15, also available in large for 18.

NORRIS: There's also a Sputnik anniversary cap and T-shirt available in both light and dark.

BLOCK: A handsome Sputnik light fixture in a modern 1950s style made of polished brass.

NORRIS: And no collection would be complete without a lovely 4-by-5 photo reprint of the Sputnik 2 dog, Laika, from 1958.

NORRIS: We may not have beaten the Russians into space, but when it comes to the tchotchkes race, we're going strong.

(Soundbite of song, "Sputnik, Satellite Girl")

JERRY ENGLER AND THE FOUR EKKOS (Band): (Singing) Well, I say the fun has just begun. We're on Sputnik number one. A'flying through outer space at a rockin' rollin' pace. Hey, we're going to get our kicks on a little old thing called a Sputnik. I said spoo-spoo-spoot-a-nick-a-chick. I said spoo-spoo-spoot-a-nick-a-chick. I said spoo-spoo-spoot-a-nick-a-chick. I said spoo-spoo-spoot-a-nick-a-chick. Flying all around the world with my crazy satellite girl.

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