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Apollo Flights (1967-1972)




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Lot 6468

United States, 1969 (Jan 6), Apollo 8 return to port. One of the toughest autographs is rookie Bill Anders; added to a Prime Recovery Ship envelope postmarked on return from rescue of the first humans to orbit the Moon; those seeking the recovery cancel sent late received the return to port date with a ship rubber stamp cachet; the autograph is wonderfully large and bold' a great example.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid $0
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Lot 6469

United States, 1969 (Mar 3), Apollo 9 crew signed envelope. Crew: James McDivitt, David Scott, Rusty Schweickart. A note found in this envelope reads, "The signatures on the enclosed Apollo 9 launch cover were obtained before the flight by Bill Anders. I was mailed on launch day and went though the normal mails; autographs of James A. McDivitt, Rusty Schweickart, Dave Scott, and Bill Anders; of them all Anders is the tough one.
Estimate $600 - 800.
Current Bid $300
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Lot 6470

United States, 1969 (May 18), Apollo 10 crew signed cover. Crew: Thomas P. Stafford, John Young, Eugene Cernan. Dress rehearsal for the first manned lunar landing; bold Patrick AFB hand cancel for the launch; multicolor SpaceCraft cachet; signed by Tom Stafford, John Young and Gene Cernan; this is a hard one to get since Young was a sporadic signer.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Current Bid $375
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Lot 6471
United States, Apollo 11: Iconic shot of Armstrong back inside LM after first walk on the Moon. 8"x10" color photo reduced on top and bottom; inscribed Best Wishes to Jim Moore - Neil Armstrong; enough said.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Bid $600
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Lot 6472

United States, 1969 (Jul 16), Apollo 11 Prime Recovery Ship signed by Armstrong. Crew: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins. 21mm Type II machine cancel onboard USS Hornet during recovery operations to rescue the first men to set foot on the Moon; franked with a less common 1338A flag and White House perf 10 coil definitive; magenta Beck rubber stamp put on the estimated 250,000 envelopes postmarked aboard the carrier that day; faint outline where address label had previously been prior to removal for autograph by Neil Armstrong.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Bid $500
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Lot 6473

United States, 1969 (Jul 16), Apollo 11 Buzz Aldrin autograph on cover. Crew: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins. Orbit cachet honoring the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon; 25th anniversary cancel from the Kennedy Space Center, FL; C-76 tied to envelope with a C-129 not tied; addressed to West Germany; Buzz Aldrin has autographed the middle of the envelope.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid $100
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Lot 6474
United States, 1969 (Jul 16), Apollo 11 TELEX congratulations to Col Aldrin. Crew: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins. Copies of ten TELEX messages of congratulation (of the thousands that poured in) received by the central mail room at the Manned Spaceflight Center in TX; they range from July 15th to the 29th; On behalf of thirty thousand geological scientists of the American Geological Institute congratulations; Godspeed you to the Moon and safely home again love Olive Aldrin Burt; Best wishes Buzz from Andys former camp champion cabin mate; We will be watching sincerely Shirley Johnson and Bob; This is the day which you had in mind from the very beginning Albert Swanson, Gustavus Adolphus College; Our prayers are answered and congratulations yours truly Carol Geortner; May the great architect of the universe continue to guide and protect you in all your doings fraternally Horace Standbridge Royal Arch Mason Most Excellent High Priest; To all lunar ticks of 69 all systems go for a splashdown party Thursday evening Jack Laining Royal Order of Jester Court; Our prays were with you for success in this magnificent and incredible feat Montgomery Police Dept; From all the brethren of the Austin Scottish Rite bodies to you brother Buz and brother Mike Collins we can only cheer this tremendous gesture towards peace in our time God bless you all.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid $100
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Lot 6475

United States, 1969 (Jul 16), Apollo 11 crew autographs on three covers. Crew: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins. Autograph of Neil Armstrong on a Ap-9 support cover along with a 5x7 appealing photograph taken at the 1970 COSPAR meeting in Leningrad in which he relayed a report on the first manned landing on the Moon; Michael Collins on a Sarzin GT-X launch envelope along with a pristine Ap-11 VIP card postmarked at the Kennedy Space Center on July 20, 1969; lastly, a bold signature of Buzz Aldrin on a SpaceCraft Man on the Moon cover with a beautiful Patrick AFB hand cancel along with ticker tape from the Aug 13, 1969 parade down Wall Street in New York City; a great lot.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Current Bid $750
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Lot 6476

United States, 1969 (Jul 16), Apollo 11 a most interesting connection. Crew: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins. Originally only military test pilots were eligible to be astronauts; despite his 3 years of Active (Korea) and 8 years Reserve in the Navy, Neil Armstrong was a civilian before NASA advertised for the New Nine; he was selected for Air Force programs Man in Space Soonest (MISS) and Dyna-Soar (X-20), both that would be stillborn; Armstrong would keep busy by flying over 200 aircraft types for NASA including the rocket powered X-1B and X-15; when the space agency agreed to consider civilians for Group 2 Armstrong was accepted along with Elliot See; they would team up as Back Up on GT-V; Armstrong would command GT-VIII before flying to the Moon on Ap-11; See would be named to the Prime crew of GT-IX but died in a T-38 crash; these first two civilian NASA astronauts have signed together on a cover postmarked on the day Armstrong walked on the Moon.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Current Bid $750
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Lot 6477

United States, 1969 (Jul 16), Apollo 11 bold Neil Armstrong on FDC (Scott C-76). Crew: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins. Art Craft engraved cachet with dual cancels commemorating the landing on the Moon as well as the issuance of the stamp; the Paul Calle designed stamp was printed from a Master Die taken with the crew to the lunar surface; very faint label stain in address area.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Bid $600
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Lot 6478

United States, 1969 (Jul 16), Apollo 11. Crew: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins. Between 1971-72 Herman Seiger got 20 astronauts to autograph blocks; only 500 sets were created; the key is this Belgian souvenir sheet autographed by Neil Armstrong.
Michel B846.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Current Bid $375
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Lot 6479

United States, 1969 (July 24), Apollo 11 crew signed Prime Recovery Ship. USS Hornet Type I machine cancel with magenta Beck rubber stamp cachet; franking overpaid to highlight attractive space stamps; C-76 First Man on the Moon stamp tied with dumb registry cancel added later since the stamp would not be issued for several weeks; autographed by Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
Current Bid $1,000
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Lot 6480

United States, 1969 (July 24), Apollo 11 Prime Recovery Ship. With U.S.S. Hornet Type II (21mm) machine cancel, autographed by the first human in history to set foot on another world, Neil Armstrong.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Bid $500
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Lot 6481

United States, 1969 (Sep 9), Apollo 11 crew signed. Highly coveted autographs of Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins on a First Man on the Moon first day cover; dual cancel with dates of the lunar landing and the date the stamp based on the master die brought to the lunar surface was released; the Art Craft engraved art is the version with the date superimposed on the lunar surface, crisp example without faults.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
Current Bid $1,000
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Lot 6482

United States, 1969 (Sep 9), Apollo 11: Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins signatures. On C-76 First Man on the Moon first day cover; Art Craft steel engraved cachet with landing date superimposed on the lunar surface; stamp designed by Paul Calle shows an unknown astronaut (Armstrong) stepping of the pad of the Lunar Module onto the surface; in real life the Master Die for the stamp accompanied the astronauts to the surface of the Moon, bold autographs on an iconic envelope.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
Current Bid $1,000
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Lot 6483

United States, 1970 (Apr 11), Apollo 13 Insurance cover. Al Bishop, a friend of the astronauts, created mission emblem envelopes for the exclusive use of the crews. The astronaut symbol beneath the names identifies this as a Bishop cover; autographed by Lovell, Haise and Mattingly prior to the flight, the envelopes served as an "insurance policy" in the event of disaster. After Mattingly was replaced for medical reasons the mission experienced a catastrophic explosion that canceled the landing on the Moon and nearly cost the crew their lives; as often seen, the stamp is not tied to the cover.
Estimate $800 - 1,200.
Current Bid $400
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Lot 6484

United States, 1971 (Jan 31), Apollo 14 Insurance cover. Sporting the pilot wings from their respective military service to identify this as a Bishop "Insurance cover", this crisp example is autographed by the crew and has a Machine Cancel from the Kennedy Space Center. The crew consisted of America's first astronaut, Alan Shepard, and rookies Stu Roosa and Ed Mitchell.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Bid $500
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Lot 6485

United States, 1971 (July 26), Apollo 15 "Insurance" type crew signed. While this envelope is clearly a Scott, Worden and Irwin signed Bishop crew cover, there is some debate whether it should be regarded as an "Insurance cover"; Al Worden says only envelopes from the Manned Spaceflight Stamp Club with the Antarctica stamp qualify; others point to this as an acceptable example in all respects.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid $200
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Lot 6486

United States, 1972 (Apr 16), Apollo 16 Insurance cover. With veteran astronaut John Young in command, Charlie Duke and Ken Mattingly (recycled from Apollo 13) left this envelope with family in the event of a problem with their safe return; Al Bishop designed special envelope can be identified by the astronaut symbols to the side of the mission emblem; small waterspots on Mattingly and Duke autographs, despite six spaceflights, John Young autographs remain difficult to find.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Current Bid $750
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Lot 6487

United States, 1967 (Jan 27), Apollo 1 and other losses. Crew: Gus Grissom, Ed White, Roger B. Chaffee. 14 items memorializing the crew lost in the pad fire and earlier tragedies; Space City Cover Society mourning cachet (blue), most are postmarked at station 6 (this at 5A); Jamaica AMF Kennedy postcard clearly backdated since quote refers to date of death; thermograph In Memoriam postmarked at Cape Canaveral the day after the fire (2), Amsterdam cover cancelled on the planned flight date (Feb 21); Sarazin Post Washington correct date, wrong location; SCCS rubber stamp the day Givens died in a car accident; remainder are Goldcraft cachets including stray Mariner probe, the day Bassett and See were killed in a T-38 (2), memorials to Bassett and See in Houston and St Louis, and memorial services (Houston) and burial (Washington), SCCS covers are astrophilatelically correct and may be show in exhibits, virtually all other covers are backdated.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid $100
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Lot 6488
United States, 1969, 10¢ Moon Landing the real deal (Scott C76). 22 blocks (13 are plate blocks) of the First Man on the Moon stamp; signed by 14 of the 24 to travel to the Moon; autographs include, Schirra, Cunningham, Eisele, Borman, Schweickart, McDivitt, Stafford, Conrad, Bean, Gordon, Lovell, Swigert, Roosa, Mitchell (2), Duke, Mattingly, Cernan (3), Evans and Schmitt;a powerful group of half of all humans to ever fly to the Moon.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid $250
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Lot 6489
United States, Vintage Aldrin photograph with cosmonauts. Fresh portrait color photograph of Buzz Aldrin and two cosmonauts probably taken at an aerospace conference; all are in business suits with the Soviets sporting medals and Aldrin with a conference pin and an astronaut pin on his lapel; all have signed under their images; white frame has the faint cream appearance common of that era; printed on Kodak paper, Pristine with no cracks or creased corners.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid $250
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Lot 6490

United States, 1971 (Feb 5), Apollo 14 crew signed envelope. Crew: Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, Edgar Mitchell. Shepard, Mitchell and Roosa have autographed this Orbit engraved event envelope; Cape Canaveral machine cancel postmarked on return to Earth.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid $130
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Lot 6491

United States, 1971 (Jul 26), Apollo 15 Onion skin "Moon-type" envelope. Crew: David Scott, Alfred Worden, James Irwin. To keep weight to a minimum, envelopes taken to the Moon, in addition to the distinctive Bishop artwork, were produced with very thin, lightweight paper; postmarked on launch day and autographed by the crew of Dave Scott, Al Worden and Jim Irwin; not taken to the Moon but just as pretty; small ink blot in the left lower corner of the pictorial cancel.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid $250
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Lot 6492

United States, 1971 (Jul 26), Apollo 15 crew signed. Crew: David Scott, Alfred Worden, James Irwin. Scott, Worden and Irwin have autographed this envelope with Orbit engraved cachet; a Cape Canaveral machine cancel ties a C-76 First Man on the Moon stamp (along with a 1 cent Jefferson to make up the Airmail rate); extremely faint label stain (along with killer bars on the reverse, suggest the envelope went through the mail.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid $130
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Lot 6493

United States, 1971 (Jul 26), Apollo 15 foreign crew signed covers. Crew: David Scott, Alfred Worden, James Irwin. A great opportunity the enterprising dealer to be able to offer customers complete crew signed covers at a very reasonable price; autographs of Dave Scott, Al Worden and Jim Irwin on commemorative envelopes from Poland (3), Italy, UAE, and Yugoslavia (3); moonwalkers are disappearing, Apollo crew signed material will only improve over time; eight envelopes (24 signatures).
Estimate $600 - 800.
Current Bid $300
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