LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former lunar astronaut Buzz Aldrin is not over the moon about the use of his photo on a series of trading cards.

The 80-year-old Aldrin sued Topps Inc. this week in federal court in Los Angeles, saying the company had unfairly profited from his historic achievement when they used an iconic photograph of Aldrin standing on the moon in a series of “American Heroes” trading cards.

Topps attorney Michael Kahn told the Los Angeles Times that the firm has a First Amendment right to include a factual description of the Apollo 11 mission and it included an image of Aldrin in his lunar suit because he is “an American hero.”

The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages and an order prohibiting Topps from marketing the cards.

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Comments (3)
  1. Richard in Castaic says:

    Buzz is famous because he’s a government employee who the taxpayers paid to go on a trip to the Moon. He’s a “Celebrity” in the same way Barack Obama is a celebrity, they’re civil servants doing what we paid them to do. If Topps commemorated US Presidents they would not need permission to use their images, the same is true for Astronauts, etc.

    Buzz is not a hero, he didn’t cure cancer or invent the cheeseburger, he is a government worker hired to act as pilot, nothing more.

  2. Honest Tony says:

    I used to have those metalic lunch boxes with the glass thermos back in the late 60’s. They had many apollo missions and the likeness of many astronauts. And also Buzz Aldrin on them. I don’t recall him suing companies back then. Can it be he became a typical greedy business man over the years now that he is retired?

  3. 2958 says:

    This actor never went to the moon anyways!!!!!!

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