Space Covers

NY 2016 Worldwide Rarities Sale
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  • Lot# : 113 Space Covers

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    Astronaut Signatures Assortment, Includes Apollo 9 commemorative cover with original signatures of crew members McDivitt and Schweikert; Apollo 15 astronaut Jim Irwin - four signatures on mint sheet of US 1971 Space Achievement issue (Scott 1434-35); Apollo 16 signatures of crew members Charles Duke, Ken Mattingly and John Young; a Challenger flown space cover; Very Fine
    Start Price : 800 USD
    Current Opening : 800 USD
    Hammer price : 800 USD

    Lot# : 114 Space Covers

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    Apollo 11 “Insurance” Cover Signed by the Astronauts, Cacheted cover with bold signatures of Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins, cancelled by Kennedy Space Center, FL July 16 1969 launch date machine cancel, Very Fine and rare; signed A Bolaffi and with 2002 «Certificato finanziario di "Qualita Bolaffi"

    As Buzz Aldrin once explained, «Since we were unable to obtain adequate life insurance due to the high risk nature of being an astronaut, we signed this group of covers and evenly distributed them to our families for safe keeping while we performed our mission. If an unfortunate event prevented our safe return, the covers would have provided a limited financial means of support to our families.»
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 2,100 USD
    Hammer price : 2,500 USD

    Lot# : 115 Space Covers

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    Apollo 12 Cover Flown to Moon and Back,
    cacheted cover postmarked Houston TX Dec 10 1960 hand cancel after quarantine period, signed by crew members Alan Bean, Charles Conrad and Dick Gordon, on back side written notation «This envelope was flown to the moon on Apollo 15. Richard F. Gordon.", Very Fine and rare; 1984 E Diena certificate and 1984 sworn statement of Barbara F. Gordon
    Apollo 12 Lunar Module Pilot Richard "Dick" Gordon prepared a set of 87 envelopes with the intention of carrying them with him on the mission but in the end they were left behind. These covers were later carried by Jim Irwin on the Apollo 15 mission, allowing them to be regarded as flown, though on a different mission
    Start Price : 10,000 USD
    Current Opening : 10,000 USD
    Hammer price : 10,500 USD

    Lot# : 116 Space Covers

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    Apollo 13 Cover Flown to Moon and Back in Commander James Lovell»s personal preference kit, cancelled immediately upon landing by Ellington Air Force Base Apr 19 1970 duplex hand cancel with another strike on the back side, cacheted cover is signed by the original crew of James Lovell, Frad Haise and Ken Mattingly (shortly before the flight Mattingly was replaced by Jack Swigert but his signature was not added to the covers either before or after the mission), Very Fine, #13 of 50 flown, signed Alberto and Giulio Bolaffi and E Diena, accompanied by his certificate
    Start Price : 25,000 USD
    Current Opening : 25,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 117 Space Covers

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    Apollo 15 Flown to Moon and Back, Cacheted cover with Kennedy Space Center Jul 26 1971 date of launch slogan machine cancel, stowed aboard the spacecraft in a sealed fireproof packet, carried to the lunar surface in LM "Falcon" and returned to Earth in CM "Endeavour"; immediately after splashdown on Aug 7 1971 the cover was postmarked at US Navy Postal Station on USS Okinawa and signed by the crew - James B Irwin, David R Scott and Alfred M Worden, Very Fine; #270 of 300 (100 were flown on behalf of stamp dealer Hermann Sieger); signed A Bolaffi and accompanied by sworn statement of the crew
    Start Price : 4,000 USD
    Current Opening : 4,250 USD
    Hammer price : 6,250 USD

    Lot# : 118 Space Covers

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    Apollo 17 “Insurance” Cover, Cacheted cover with Dec 7 1972 date of launch machine cancel, signed by all three of the crew members - Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans and Harrison Schmitt, Very Fine and rare
    Very few of the Apollo 17 «insurance» covers were prepared because of the prior Apollo 15 «scandal» and very few covers are known with signatures of all three astronauts as Schmitt was unmarried and had no children.
    Start Price : 2,000 USD
    Current Opening : 2,000 USD
    Hammer price : 2,200 USD
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