Updated: March 04, 2021
BILLY MUMY'S ORIGINAL HOLLYWOOD CONTRACT
This contract is a Membership agreement into AFTRA (American Federation of
Television and Radio Artists) for Billy Mumy from Lost in Space, dated March,
1960 with a receipt dated April 27, 1960. It was signed by his mother as he
was around 7 years old, and it supposedly was the prelude to his being in
Lost in Space. There is a notation at the bottom of the contract that says
"Red Skelton". As any true Lost in Space fan knows, Skelton was one of the
investors of the show, under Van Bernard Productions which is in the credits
at the end of every episode. Photo and letter of authenticity come with it.
The name of the document is "Designation and Application for Membership" in
AFTRA. On the bottom of the agreement is handwritten in blue pen March 15,
1960. Where it says "sign here" it says Billy Mumy but in paretheses it
says Mrs. C.W. Mumy, mother. It lists an LA address, phone number, social
security number and under agents name it says Hazel McMillan. Then, under
"Commitment and Date" it says March 19-Red Skelton. It appears all was
handwritten by Bill's mother. Then the receipt that comes with it is for
$50.00 and dated April 27, 1960.
The Certificate I got with it is signed by a representative of PSA/DNA
Authentication Services, A Collectors Universe Company.
I bought this item about a month ago (12/02) on Ebay from a collector's
place called "The Best of Yesterday".
Bill was about 7 years old so he probably couldn't sign himself. It
probably isn't directly related to Lost in Space but it is very coincidental
that Red Skelton is mentioned as he was an investor in the show.
I purchased this item from Donald Capen on 01/27/03. Donald was very kind to
accept my offer on the item, and ended the auction early.