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  • Lot# : 103 Transoceanic Record Flights

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    1933 Balbo Squadron Flight Cover, Chicago to Shediac (Canada) Leg, US 10c pair, 50c, $1 Definitives (Scott 571, 642, 701) tied by Chicago Jul 18 1933 Century of Progress slogan machine cancel on envelope with AAMC president cc, backstamped Shediac Jul 25 33, black «ITALIAN AIR CRUISE / CHICAGO - ROMA» cachet, Fine, only 37 covers flown this leg; signed A Diena (Longhi 2941, EUR3,500; Sassone GP 54, EUR5,000)
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,800 USD
    Hammer price : 2,200 USD

    Lot# : 104 Transoceanic Record Flights

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    1933 Balbo Squadron Flight Cover, New York to Shediac (Canada) Leg, US 50c, $1 Definitives plus 20c Map (Scott 571, 701, C9) tied on registered airmail envelope by New York / Varick St Annex July 23 duplex cancel, backstamped Shediac Jul 25 33, nice strike of the purple «ITALIAN AIR CRUISE / NEW YORK - ROMA» flight cachet, Very Fine, only 44 covers flown (Longhi 2944, EUR3,000; Sassone GP 57, EUR4,750)
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,800 USD
    Hammer price : 2,400 USD

    Lot# : 105 Transoceanic Record Flights

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    1933 Balbo Squadron Flight Cover, New York to Shoal Harbor (Newfoundland) Leg, US 50c, $1 Definitives plus 20c Map (Scott 571, 701, C9) tied on airmail envelope by New York / Varick St Annex Jul 23 1933 duplex cancels, neat red ms. «By Italian Air Cruise New York-Newfoundland», backstamped Shoal Harbor Newf»d Jul 26 33, near-perfect strike of purple «ITALIAN AIR CRUISE / NEW YORK - ROMA» cachet, Fine and attractive, 99 covers flown; signed A Diena (Longhi 2945, EUR2,000; Sassone GP 57, EUR3,750)
    Start Price : 750 USD
    Current Opening : 750 USD
    Hammer price : 1,500 USD

    Lot# : 106 Foreign Airmails by Country

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    ITALY; 1931 Crociera Aerea Transatlantica Italia – Brasile, specially printed flight card with Port Guinea 10c, 20c, 30c pair plus two different special flight vignettes, all tied by «ESTACIO POSTAL DE BOLOMA -4. JAN 1931» cds cancels, backstamped «NATAL (R.G.N. Corr. Aereo - 4a SEC. - 6.I.31» on arrival, the vignettes with some tropical toned perfs, otherwise a Fine and scarce use; one of only a few items transported privately outside the official mails by pilot Calo Carducci (I-CALO) himself on his plane from Balamo to Natal; signed E Diena (Longhi 2261, EUR4,000)
    Start Price : 2,000 USD
    Current Opening : 2,000 USD
    Hammer price : 2,000 USD

    Lot# : 107 Foreign Airmails by Country

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    ITALY; 1931 Rome to Genoa Flight Cover, franked with 1930 7.70L Balbo Rome to Rio de Janeiro Flight issue plus 1931 50c St Anthony (Scott C27, 261; Sassone 295, Aerea 25), tied by «ROMA CENTRO 27.6.31» cds and «GENOVA CENTRO (POSTA AEREA) 27.6.31.20» arrival cancel, Very Fine; an extremely rare use of the 7.70L Balbo issue on a cover not flown to Rio, this being one of just six covers known; 1981 E Diena certificate (Longhi 2289, unpriced)
    Start Price : 5,000 USD
    Current Opening : 5,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 108 Foreign Airmails by Country

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    ITALY; 1933 Balbo Squadron Return Flight to Italy, Franked with US 3c Washington (Scott 720) tied by New York Jul 23 1933 duplex and Italy 5.75L+44.75L tryptich overprinted «I-VERC» (Alessandro Vercelloni; Scott C49) cancelled on arrival by «ROMA VIA VICENZA 12.8.33» cds, envelope with some aging not affecting the stamps, Fine and rare with only 10-15 known; signed A Diena and Colla and with the latter»s 2016 certificate (Longhi 2947, EUR25,000; Sassone GP 60, EUR47,500)
    Start Price : 5,000 USD
    Current Opening : 11,000 USD
    Hammer price : 15,000 USD

    Lot# : 109 Foreign Zeppelin Flights

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    BRAZIL; 1930 South America Flight, Brazil “Condor” Domestic Flight, Brazil 100r postal card addressed to Recife uprated with Parahyba Provisional «5» on 20,000r blue with additional 200r «Vovo» tied by «Syndicato Condor Ltda. / PARAHYBA 22 Mai 30» cachet, cancelled on arrival by Zeppelin special cachet and returned same day to Parahyba, card written by Ernesto Oehlker and addressed to himself, Very Fine; sent by Condor to Recife in hope that the card would be returned by Zeppelin but for unknown reasons the card was returned via another Condor flight back to Parahyba; listed in the Zeppelin Study Circle Journal 2005 being #3 of the 7 cards known; 2016 German Zeppelin Study Circle certificate (Sieger 9, EUR65,000)
    Provenance: Heinrich Koehler Auction 230, 1980 Lot 242
    Start Price : 10,000 USD
    Current Opening : 10,000 USD
    Hammer price : 13,000 USD

    Lot# : 110 Foreign Rocket Mail

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    AUSTRIA; Rocket Flight Cover; 1931 Feb 2, Schoeckel Mountain (Austria) – Friedrich Schmiedl, manuscript «Raketen-Flugpost Schmiedl 2.2.1931» on mint Austria 10gr bistre (E-Z 8A1, numbered «71») on album page with flown card franked with same stamp (E-Z 8C1c, numbered «47») neatly cancelled by boxed «V7» handstamp with ms. inserted «2.2.31» date with a second strike of the handstamp at lower left with ms «079» instead of date, nice strike of 2-line «Raketenpost Schmiedl / Raketen-Flugpostkarte» cachet plus hand-written notation »Versuchsweise befördert mit Postrakete 'V7' am 2.2.1931 Schöckel-Radegrund», Very Fine and desirable early rocket mail item
    In 1930 Schmiedl launched further V3, V4, V5, and V6 rockets from Schoeckl, perfecting a parachute recovery system. His first successful post office rocket mail on 2 February 1931 transported 100 letters from Schoeckel to Sankt Radegund. He began with what he called "regular mail service" in September 1931 with launch of his G1 rocket from Hochtroetsch to Semriach. (Hopferwieser (2016) = € 4’800Lot)

    Start Price : 2,500 USD
    Current Opening : 2,500 USD
    Hammer price : 2,500 USD

    Lot# : 111 Foreign Rocket Mail

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    CUBA; Rocket Flight Cover; 1939 Oct 3, Havana – Exp.–Fumes, Excellent strike of «PRE-ENSAYO DEL PRIMER COHETE POSTAL AEREO / C-1 Oct 3 1939» cachet with the «3» inserted, franking a private blue label surcharged «C1 / 25 C» and tied by black «CAMPO EXPERIMENTA / HABANA, CUBA / OCTUBRE 3 1939» with the «3» being inserted in violet, backstamped «ADMON. DE CORREOS HABANA - CUBA 3 OCT 1939», Fine and scarce with only 21 covers flown and only a few known with the Havana arrival cancel (E-Z 2C1a, unpriced, Hopferwieser (2016) = € 2’200 Lot )

    Start Price : 1,200 USD
    Current Opening : 1,200 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 112 Foreign Rocket Mail

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    CUBA; Rocket Flight Cover; 1939 Oct 8, Havana – Exp.-Fumes, Nice strike of «PRE-ENSAYO DEL PRIMER COHETE POSTAL AEREO / C-1 Oct 8 1939» cachet with the «8» inserted, franking a private red label surcharged «C 1 25C / 8 OCT 1939 / 3R ENSAYO», tied by black "CAMPO EXPERIMENTA - HABANA, CUBA OCTUBRE 1939", label with some toned perfs, still Fine and scarce with just 16 covers flown (E-Z 3C1, Hopferwieser (2016) = € 2‘100)

    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    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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