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Aerophilately, Rocket Mail and Astrophilately,
Featuring the Johann Strauss & Leo Malz Collections


Rocket Mail Collections, Groups and Miscellaneous




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Lot 6371

Austria, Rocket Covers & Stamps, 1933-63. Balance of the Austrian collection/stock; 21 items with some duplication; includes better covers (E-Z numbers) 23C1a (cat. $300), 25C1b ($125) & 29C1 ($150); virtually all identified by E-Z number in 5½" x 8½" sheet protectors in a small 3-ring binder; all clean and F-VF. Shipping charges apply - weight 2.2 lbs.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid $100
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Lot 6372

Austria, Schmiedl honors the X-15. A remarkable tribute by the first astrophilatelic pioneer to the North American Aviation rocket plane; this extraordinary collection consists of 21 cards from different X-15 flights; each was one of 50 cards (individually numbered) to which Schmeidl affixed a signed and numbered vignette; three have been autographed by pilots (Rushworth, Dana and Engle); also 23 mint X-15 vignettes all numbered and signed; a must for the experimental aircraft or Schmiedl specialist; scuff on face of etiquette.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid $80
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Lot 6373

Belgium & Luxembourg, Group of 15 different better rocket covers, 1935-60. Comprises (E-Z numbers) Belgium #1C1, 4C1a (3 diff.), 5C1b, 6C1, 6C1b, 7C2, 8C1d, and Luxembourg #1C1, 1C1a, 2C1 & 3C1-3; all clean and F-VF in plastic sleeves.
Ellington-Zwisler $1,700 Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid $250
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Lot 6374

Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg, Rocket Covers & Stamps, 1934-63. Balance of the Benelux part of the collection; about 100 different items plus a good deal of duplication; mostly more modern material but including plenty of older covers and some interesting collateral; we note better material (E-Z numbers) Belgium #1C1 (cat. $225), Netherlands #1C1 ($250), 5A1d ($150) and Luxembourg #1C1 (2 @ $100); most identified by E-Z number and all in 5½" x 8½" sheet protectors in two small 3-ring binders; virtually all clean and F-VF. Shipping charges apply - weight 5.8 lbs.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Current Bid $375
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Lot 6375
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Cuba, Rocket Covers & Stamps, 1934-63. Balance of the Cuban collection/stock; about 25 different covers, stamps and souvenir issues/covers with up to about five of an item; best items include E-Z #1A1a (used block of two pairs, E-Z $100+), 4C1 (3 @ $100), 4C2 (3 @ $175) & 4C2a (2 @ $200); all in 5½" x 8½" sheet protectors in a small 3-ring binder; all clean and F-VF. Shipping charges apply - weight 2.6 lbs.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid $250
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Lot 6376

Cuba, Rare set of rocket mail test launches, 1939. Special opportunity to acquire all three test launch envelopes leading to the Official Cuban Rocket Mail flight of which 2,581 were produced; 1st Test Launch traveled 12 meters before it exploded leaving only 60 covers; 2nd Test Launch travelled 500 meters with 21 covers; 3rd Test Launch rocket was named "Marilyn" after the experimenter's daughter (born an hour before the launch) and attained good speed, altitude and direction but encountered headwinds and settled back within 200 meters of the firing point (only 16 covers flew); all are addressed to the Cuban Rocket Society and are superb condition;also includes two envelopes from the official first flight (15 Oct 1939), although they were probably not carried, also a stylist cream colored card with the overprinted stamp and strong cancel as well as the card without the stamp, a gummed (but without denomination) S/S like item and a red as well as blue label from 1940; catalog value $5,300+.
Hopferweiser AF-02a; €1,800 ($2,020). Hopferweiser AF-03a; €2,100 ($2,350).
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Current Bid $750
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Lot 6377
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Europe, Rocket Covers & Stamps, 1934-84. The balance of the European collection/stock consisting of well over 100 different items, mostly post-1960, from Australia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Poland, Yugoslavia, etc.; arranged and identified in 5½" x 8½" sheet protectors in two small 3-ring binders with up to 4 or 5 of an item; highlights include (E-Z numbers) France #2C2 (6 @ $175), 2C1 ($125), 3C1a ($175), 4D6 ($100), Great Britain #1B4-6 ($190), 60C1 ($125), Italy #9C1 ($225), Poland #X1C1 ($250), Switzerland #OA1a & OA1c ($300), and Yugoslavia #4C1 (2 @ $200); virtually all clean and F-VF. Shipping charges apply - weight 6.2 lbs.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Current Bid $375
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Lot 6378

Europe, Fine assortment of rocket pioneers. Typed letter signed on letterhead Dornberger accompaning flown 1961 Rocket Research Institute cover (EZ 41C1a) Walter R. Dornberger Commander of Peenemunde from 1937-1945, Pullenberg (x3) on matching cachets, Nebel (x10), Von Braun (pattern 1 autopen), Holzer, Schmiedl, Sanger (x2), unknown (x2), Stullinger (x2) and Oberth (x5), also personal 5x7 photograph signed by Oberth and Alfred Klein; an attractive lot.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid $150
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Lot 6379
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Germany, Balance of Better Zucker Rocket Stamps/Labels, 1933-34. About 30 different items: sets, singles and sheets, with modest duplication in 5½" x 8½" sheet protectors in a small 3-ring binder; better items include (mint unless noted) E-Z #2A3b (with Aisslinger certificate), 3A2b (sheet of 8), 3A3b, 4A4c, 5A1+5A3 (two se-tenant gutter pairs, both used), 5A7 (2 used), 6A1a (3, one used), 6A1b, 6A2b (2, mint & used), 6A4c single & tête-bêche pair, 6A5a (2), 6A5d (2) and, 6A6c; all clean and F-VF. A marvelous lot of this very scarce material. Shipping charges apply - weight 2.8 lbs.
Ellington-Zwisler $5,000 Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Current Bid $750
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Lot 6380

Germany, Balance of Better Zucker Rocket Covers, 1933-34. 15 flown covers or cards, all in plastic sleeves, comprising the following E-Z numbers: 5C1 (4, two with 4A4, one with 4A4a, one with 5A1 & 2); 5C2 (3, two with 4A3, one with 4A3 & 4); 6C1 with 6A4-6; 6A1a (2, one with 6A1-3 + Michel WZ 9, one with 6A4a, 5a); 6C2 (2, one with 6A1-3 (½m on picture side), one with 6A2 & 3 only); and 6C2a) (3, one with 6A1, one with 6A3 tête-bêche pair & 6A5a - all on the picture side, and one with 6A5a; also included is an unflown #2D1; all clean and F-VF.
Ellington-Zwisler $3,200+ Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Current Bid $375
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Lot 6381

Germany, Rocket mail cinderella stamps,1933-36. Rare rocket mail issues mounted in two approval books; strength is the Germany 1934 set (EZ 6A1-6), 1/2, 1 and 3m lettering and generic vignette proofs (total of 4), imperf tête-bêche set (unlisted), perf tête-bêche set (unlisted); Great Britain; Italy 1A1a, 1A1b, 1B1, 1B2, 1C2b, Cuba 4C1, 17 German covers with cinderellas but no postage stamps; 7 TIPEX covers; 21 rocket labels; the 1934 German material would be very hard to duplicate.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid $250
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Lot 6382

Germany, 1941-44 - V1/V2 Rocket Development - Collection. 37 covers with Feldpost numbers, addresses or return addresses relating to the Reich's World War II Rocket development program, including Zinnowitz, Peenemünde, and the Dora/Mittelbau work camp; there is also some collateral including a complete issue of the Nazi newspaper "Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung", which features an article about the new threat of the V-2 rocket on greater London; all stored in 5½" x 8½" sheet protectors in a small 3-ring binder, Fine to Very Fine. Shipping charges apply - weight 3.6 lbs.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Bid $500
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Lot 6383

Germany, Complete Silver Jubilee Issue FLOWN, 1960. All possible combinations from this 25th anniversary event; two rocket flown envelopes (EZ#20C1) autographed by experimenter G Zucker; card flown (also signed) the same day (EZ#20C2); four mini-sheets of three rocket labels each, one perforated mint and the other cancelled, and the same mint and cancelled as imperf sheets; also individual label sets of three, mint, mint imperf, cancelled, and cancelled imperf; includes unlisted silver souvenir sheet sent to VIPs and benefactors; a total of three flown and 25 "stamps".
Ellington-Zwisler 20.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid $100
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Lot 6384

India, Group of 13 Different Better Rocket Covers, 1931-38. Comprises E-Z #1C1, 6C1, 9-13C1, 17C1, 26C1, 28C1, 30C1 & 41C1; all appropriately cacheted and franked and in plastic sleeves, Fine to Very Fine.
Ellington-Zwisler $2,060 Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid $450
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Lot 6385

India & Sikkim, Rocket Covers and Stamps, 1934-35. Balance of the India/Sikkim part of the collection/stock; mainly stamps and proofs, with some duplication, but also including covers (E-Z numbers) India #1C1 ($400), 6C1 & 17C1, and Sikkim #3C1 & 4C1; virtually all identified by E-Z number in 5½" x 8½" sheet protectors in a small 3-ring binder; all clean and F-VF. Shipping charges apply - weight 2.4 lbs.
Ellington-Zwisler $2,600 Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid $450
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Lot 6386

Netherlands, Group of 15 Different Better Rocket Covers, 1934-46. Comprises E-Z #3C1, 4C2c, 5C1-1a, 6C1, 10C1-1a, 11C1-1a, 26C1, 27C1, 29C1, 36C1 & 55C1-2, all clean and F-VF in plastic sleeves.
Ellington-Zwisler $1,785 Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid $250
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Lot 6387

Sikkim, Group of 10 Different Better Rocket Covers, 1931-38. Comprises E-Z #2-5C1, 7C1, 8C1, & 12-15C1; all appropriately cacheted and franked and in plastic sleeves, Fine to Very Fine.
Ellington-Zwisler $2,060 Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid $450
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Lot 6388

United States, Extensive holding of modern rocket mail. Very clean collection of modern (1950 and later) rocket mail; very minimal duplication perfect for the specialist or dealer who wants more breadth than depth; 243 envelopes in total, of these 167 are US and 76 foreign. Shipping charges apply - weight 3.8 lbs.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Current Bid $750
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Lot 6389

United States, Wernher von Braun Peenemunde rocket scientists. Wonderful accumulation of 47 members of Project Paperclip who followed von Braun to the United States at the end of WWII; individually signed, principally on Mercury and Apollo FDCs; handwriting belies advanced age; a similar collection would be most difficult to assemble today and virtually all of these men are gone. Shipping charges apply - weight 1.4 lbs.
Estimate $800 - 1,200.
Current Bid $400
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Lot 6390
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United States, Rocket Covers & Stamps, 1935-70. The balance of the U.S. collection/stock consisting of 40-50 different items with some duplication, arranged in 5½" x 8½" sheet protectors in a small 3-ring binder with up to 3 or 4 of an item; covers are mainly pre-1960, stamps run much later; best items are E-Z #5A1a ($150), 6A1a ($125), 6C1 ($250), 11-12C1 (2 of each @ $50), 25D1 - unflown U.S.S. Barbero covers (2 @ $200), 29C6a ($110) and an FDC of Scott #UXC2 with an Art Craft cachet X-1 Rocket cachet ($250); virtually all clean and F-VF. Shipping charges apply - weight 3.4 lbs.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Current Bid $180
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Lot 6391

United States, X-15 rocketplane old school collection. Undisturbed gem waiting for the X-15 specialist; owned by Space Unit member #267 with most handmade by Max Kronstein; 86 X-15 covers with half before 1962; powered flights 3-13 noted; 29 are autographed (including a few extra like Paul Bickle); Walker (2), White (4), Crossfield (2), Petersen (4), Rushworth (3), McKay (2), Armstrong (2), Engle, Thompson (2), Dana (3) and Knight (4); includes curious LLRV signed by Walker, a few from Rocket Motors, a few X-21 (2 signed), and XB-70; Kronstein paste-ups generally don't age well, these are no exception although very minimal toning or foxing noted, Ex- M. V. Crowell collection. Shipping charges apply - weight 3 lbs.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
Current Bid $1,500
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Lot 6392

United States, X-15 rocket plane on the cusp of space. Consists of photographs and covers; unusual inscribed Armstrong on reduced 8x10 (easily matted), 5x7 color photo signed by White, another eight photographs focused on engineering aspects of flight, also Kronstein correspondence. X-15 logs published by Edwards, and two ALS notes from the last pilot, Bill Dana; lovely Kincheloe signature on May 1958 Edwards cover (named project pilot but killed in F-104 two months later), Crossfield on Kronstein homemade, Bock (B-52 carrying X-15) on attractive July 1959 envelope, two meter pictorials from Reaction Motors during development of the XLR-99 engine, Goldcraft 1st and 2nd powered flight, unsigned Boy Scout cachet covers for an Armstrong and two Adams flights; Kronstein always sought out the quirky appreciated by the specialist, Ex- Dr. Max Kronstein collection. Shipping charges apply - weight 2.2 lbs.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500.
Current Bid $1,200
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Lot 6393

United States, X-24 rocket powered lifting body. 45 plus pilot autographs on 117 event covers; mostly Boy Scout and Swanson rubber stamp cachets; many captives, scrubs, and carried on mothership represented; signatures include Brand, Dana (2), Enevoldson (2), Engle, Love (15), Manke (20), McMurty (4), Rushworth, and Scobee (2). Shipping charges apply - weight 4.6 lbs.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid $250
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Lot 6394

United States, Rocket men of the high desert of California. While the Mercury astronauts were soaking up the press in Florida, test pilots were taking it up hurtling pieces of machinery, hanging it out over the edge, and reeling it back in California and Nevada; X-20 pilots Milt Thompson, Capt Al Crews, Maj Henry Gordon, and William Knight signatures on an ASSET envelope; James A Abrahamson (MOL) on a Ap-8 FDC; John P Stapp on a MOF envelope honoring his record-breaking rocket sled rides; Michael Collins on a great GT-X CREW envelope (too bad the Young is an autopen); Francis Gary Powers, the CIA U2 pilot shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960 on a Project Mercury FDC; Myron Malkin, the Program Manager for MOL on a Mercury FDC; John H. Glenn Jr cancelled on an envelope postmarked in Hampton VA in 1961; Robert M White X-15 astronaut, Dick Lawyer MOL astronaut and Hank Hartsfield MOL astronaut on a printed NASA FRC X-24B envelope; Charles E Yeager B/Gen USAF on an Edwards AFB 25th year of advanced flight research envelope; bonus, unaddressed (and uncacheted) USS Lake Champlain (with dots) hand cancel dated Dec 4, 1961 for reference.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid $130
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Lot 6395
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United States, Exhibit quality 1936 cinderella rocket mail labels. Rocket mail was a hot topic in the 1930's; the International Philatelic Exhibition in May 1936 planned to feature the German rocket experimenter, Gerhard Zucker; while envelopes with his cinderella labels are common a complete sheet with all 10 different "values" is rare, hinged on a handmade display sheet; 12 label 50 cent (printed 6 inverted over 6) sheets in tan and another in silver; the American Legion triangles, all 4 examples as singles and pairs in both orange and in green; man riding rocket ettiquette-type label on yellow, tan, blue and ivory paper printed in groups of 4; National Stamp Exhibit labels printed by the American Banknote Company overprinted with "Rocket-post experimental flight" in black. strip of four stamps for each of the four issued colors; red Century of Progress label (actually from the 50's); four covers postmarked during the 1936 stamp show with rocket overprint on 1934 ABC labels; two 1936 TIPEX covers with triangle pairs (not flown); 1936 Greenwood Lake flown card; EZ#101C1a flown by RRI rocket; McMahon 982.01.28 cover postmarked USS Observation Island Mar 29, 1960 valued in 1972 at $10; a very nice lot for the rocket mail specialist.
Ellington-Zwisler 9D1. Ellington-Zwisler 8C2; $25.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid $100
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Lot 6396

Worldwide, Powerful rocket mail collection, 1932-1938. Surprisingly strong examples from around the globe from early experimenters; Germany wonderful unlisted Tiling postcard of rocket in flight dated 13 Nov 1932, Zucker 6C1 with perf labels and another without, striking 2C1b, stock book with 31 tête-bêche 1934 rocket label pairs, plus 31 modern; Switzerland 2C1; Italy 1C1b; Belgium 4C1a; Holland 1C1 (with burn marks from explosion), 4C1, 5C1, 7C1a, 10C1, 11C1, 11C1a, 53C1, 54C1; United States 5A1, 5A1a, 6C1, 8C1 plus 14 modern; France 4C2; and Luxembourg 1C1; a truly impressive lot. Shipping charges apply - weight 1 lbs.
Ellington-Zwisler 2C1b; $175. Ellington-Zwisler 2C1; $150.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Current Bid $750
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Lot 6397

Worldwide, Balance of Modern Rocket Covers & Stamps. More than 150 covers, stamps, souvenir sheets & collateral including duplication, some on Lighthouse album pages but most loose and unidentified; includes Cuba, Germany, Netherlands, United States, etc.; all clean and F-VF. Shipping charges apply - weight 5.8 lbs.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid $250
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