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


U.S. Space Flights




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Lot 6407

United States, 1958-62, early satellite launches including Goldey cachets. Nice mix of launches; Pioneer 1 (5 Goldcraft), 2 (5 Goldcraft), 3 (3 Goldcraft), 4 (2 Swanson) and 5 (2 Swanson); Explorer 1 (Swanson), 3 (5 Swanson), 4 (3 Swanson), 7 (Swanson) and 8 (Swanson); Vanguard 1 (2 Goldcraft and 2 Swanson), 2 (Goldcraft) and 3 (Goldcraft and 2 Sarzin); Mariner 1 (2 Swanson) and 2 (2 Swanson); two Thor firings from Vandenberg April 16, 1959 (listed in McMahan in the 1960s for $12 but rarely seen); another 10 including a Rank flocked Mariner 2; 41 covers (18 Goldeys) in all.
Estimate $600 - 800.
Current Bid $300
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Lot 6408

United States, 1958, Explorer I. Elusive first Goldcraft artwork for this series; Patrick Air Force Base machine cancel; light pencil address.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid $50
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Lot 6409

United States, 1959, Discoverer I & II. In the late 1950's the CIA was intent on gathering photographic intelligence on Soviet military installations; codename CORONA, ultra high resolution cameras were carried in a series of missiles launched from California; the cover name of the series was Discoverer; the Vandenberg Air Force Base hand cancel document the launch site required to achieve a polar orbit needed to spy on the Russians, scarce Flick printed cachets, the Discoverer II envelope has been hand colored.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid $150
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Lot 6410

United States, Explorer satellite program. Goldcraft premium color cachets for I,III,IV,VI,VII, and VIII;unaddressed or with unobtrusive rubber stamp address.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid $150
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Lot 6411

United States, Pioneer lunar program series. Ahead of it's time the US Army and then NASA launched Thor-Able missiles at the Moon; beautifully captured on premium Goldcraft printed cachets; for perspective, it had been less than a year since Werner Von Braun had launched America's first successful satellite.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid $150
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Lot 6412

United States, Discoverer series. CIA Corona spy satellite series launched into polar orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base; early pieces tough to get since launches not widely advertised; 22 covers with minimal duplication; contains key numbers 1, 2, 4 and 7 fired in 1959; cachets are mostly generic Swanson; includes Zaso, Sarazin and a Goldey.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid $150
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Lot 6413

United States, Discoverer satellite series launched from Vandenberg. Purported as a developmental technology series, Discoverer was actually CIA cover for the CORONA spy satellite series designed to take high resolution film images of Soviet military installations; this lot has 42 envelopes beginning with Discoverer 15 and ending with Discoverer 38; very slight duplication noted; most cachets are the Holden (Swanson?) generic missile orbiting from the West Coast, some are Sarzin, others Zaso, and four are the attractive photo ringed in red inset into the envelope reminiscent of a Crosby; CORONA was an important story and this group will help you tell it.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid $150
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Lot 6414

United States, Explorer, 5 early covers. Produced by Sarzin; includes Explorer I,III,VI,VII, and IX; all have Port Canaveral hand cancel; unaddressed or to Sarzin.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid $100
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Lot 6415

United States, Vanguard I, II, and III. Goldcraft printed cachets postmarked at Patrick Air Force Base (Vanguard I) and Port Canaveral (Vanguard II & III), after some embarrassing false starts, Vanguard achieved orbit and qualified a number of technologies including the use of solar cells to generate electricity in space.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid $100
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Lot 6416

United States, Thor, Titan and Atlas postcards cancelled for launch. For some reason a dealer went crazy and postmarked stamps on the face of Air Force missile postcards in 1959 and early 1960; included are 12 for Explorer 7 (Oct 13, 1959), the day after Echo (Oct 27, 1959), 9 for the 5000 mile flight of Atlas ICBM (Oct 29, 1959), and 6 for Transit 1-B (Apr 13, 1960); good dealers stock of 28 cards.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid $100
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Lot 6417

United States, NASA "Officials" from White Sands, JPL, and Ames. 60 envelopes related to satellites; 10 TRW Navstar envelopes; several covers from the JPL stamp club related to Voyager; wind tunnel test covers from Ames; and a nice series of Viking rubber stamps from Pasadena and the spacecraft tests at White Sands; clean lot for the specialist in "Officials" other than KSC or Vandy.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid $100
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Lot 6418

United States, Key satellite scientists and principal investigators. Appropriately the lot starts with a real photo postcard of a captured V2 erected at White Sands Proving Grounds; autographs of Walter R Dornberger (von Braun's superior), Albert Pullenberg (rocket pioneer), Kurt Debus (von Braun contemporary); Mercury capsule designer Max Faget, astronomers Sir Bernard Lovell (2) and Lubos Kohoutek, scientists William Pickering (2) and James van Allen (3), author Arthur C. Clarke; solar eclipse expedition from Woods Hole (1959) signed by the Chief Scientist and the six expedition members; and several lovely SpaceCraft envelopes covers in signatures supporting Explorer 43, Eole, SERT, Mariner 8, Mariner 9 and RAM-C; a fun group of 57 autographs on 27 envelopes.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid $100
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Lot 6419

United States, Hodge-podge with hidden gems. We start with the beginning of the end, a Mailgram (Sep 1974) heralding "an important step in electronic transmission of letter mail"; covers for Telstar, Echo, and COMSAT; crisp Ap-11 VIP card postmarked on July 20, form letter to Boeing employees in lunar rover contractor cover, autograph of Jerrie Cobb (Mercury 13), FLOWN RAF Woodbridge HC-130 during STS-2, numerous FDCs for 1331-32, 1371, C76, 1434-35 (2 sets of KSC/Huntsville/Houston), Niki Wenger (Teacher in Space finalist), corner card FDCs from Philco Ford, Sperry Rand, and NASA Manned Spacecraft Center; 10 different shuttle launch envelopes from Genesis Graphics; bonus hand-drawn cachets (they actually look like Little Joe and not the Redstone or Atlas) for the Mercury flights, the MR-3 is actually 1st anniversary cover and there isn't a MR-4 but the MA-6, MA-7, MA-8 and MA-9 all look good. Shipping charges apply - weight 1.4 lbs.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid $100
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Lot 6420

United States, Mariner I & II probes to Venus. Seldom seen collection of project leader autographs on add on cachet; signed by Mariner I Program Manager, Spacecraft System Manager, and Mariner Project Manager;; Mariner II envelope toned with pronounced label stain.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid $50
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