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Soviet and Russian Space Flights




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Lot 6575
U.S.S.R., Pilot of Starship. Published by Detgiz in 1961, this 49 page book with cardboard cover, is autographed on the title page by Gagarin and Titov (who added 4 Apr 1963); book has scrapes and is aged (and in Russian) but the pictures are wonderful and the autographs are bold. Shipping charges apply - weight 1 lbs.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Current Bid $375
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Lot 6576
U.S.S.R., Soviet tribute to Yuri Gagarin autographed by 42 cosmonauts and astronauts. 1986 casebound volume published in Moscow honoring the life of the first human in space; his humble roots and early military training through his Vostok 1 flight around the world and his celebrity for the remainder of his life; 220 glossy pages mostly B&W with a few color at the beginning and end; must have been signed at an ASE conference since a third are NASA astronauts; a wonderful book (if you read Russian). Shipping charges apply - weight 2.4 lbs.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid $200
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Lot 6577

U.S.S.R., First cosmonauts in uniform autographed on postcard. Gagarin, Titov, Nikolayev and Popovich has signed below their image dressed in military dress; not postally used; very attractive.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Bid $500
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Lot 6578

U.S.S.R., Delightful booklet of Vostok autographs. Produced by the government in 1964 this trifold booklet has a stamp honoring the pilot from each Vostok flight; Gagarin (Vostok 1), Titov (Vostok 2), Nikolayev (Vostok 3), Popovich (Vostok 4), Bykovsky (Vostok 5) and Tereshkova (Vostok 6); presumably transmitted in a badly damaged envelope (included).
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Bid $500
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Lot 6579

U.S.S.R., Vostok-1 through 6 autographed covers as issued by the Moscow Philatelic Department. These are the key Kniga covers that every USSR/Russian collection requires; for many the best way to ensure you get a genuine Gagarin, Titov, Nikolayev, Popovich, Bykovsky, and Tereshkova; minor foxing around stamps; photocopy of undated Kniga cert.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Current Bid $375
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Lot 6580

U.S.S.R., Similar set of autographed Vostok flights. Fresh with multicolored Kniga cachets.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Current Bid $375
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Lot 6581

U.S.S.R., Vostok 1 autographed by Gagarin and Bykovsky. Blue "Globe and Rocket" only used in 1961 and four times less common than the red version with the 12 Apr 1961 black postmark (backdated from the 13th or 14th); included are notes from the First Secretary of the USSR Embassy in Norway and a letter from a dealer explaining that the signatures were obtained in 1964 during a visit to Scandinavia.
Estimate $600 - 800.
Current Bid $300
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Lot 6582

U.S.S.R., A marvelous Gagarin autograph request. Crew: Yuri Gagarin. First man in space. A noted Chicago collector (letter included) writes to Yuri Gagarin for an autograph stating that he collects all astronauts who have orbited the planet; at that time that consisted of John Glenn (just that week becoming America's first) and two Russians (Gagarin being one); by summer's end the number would swell to six (four of them Russian); Gagarin has autographed the airmail envelope (sealed with a UPU International Reply Coupon); a delightful piece.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Bid $500
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Lot 6583

U.S.S.R., 1961 (Apr 12), Vostok 1 autographed by Gagarin with preferred postmark. Crew: Yuri Gagarin. First man in space. It is generally acknowledged that no launch day cancels exist; that said, the closest is the Type 2 Moscow launch postmark dated the 12th but applied 13-14 April; the cachet is the Kniga Red Globe and Rocket (61040031) issued in early April 1961; across the postmark and touching the stamp is the autograph of the world's first space voyager, Yuri Gagarin.
Estimate $800 - 1,200.
Current Bid $400
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Lot 6584

U.S.S.R., 1961 (Apr 12), Vostok 1 Key to the set. Crew: Yuri Gagarin. First man in space. If you collect space autographs you need the tough one missing from most collections; in Jan 1964 Mezhdunarodnaya Kniga issued a series to honor the cosmonauts of the Vostok series (1961-63); each pilot individually signed their own cover; it was the only organized signing Gagarin ever participated in; the Moscow 'd-k' CDS has tied the 3k blue Gagarin stamp to the envelope; the Many Orbits cachet (61100005) was from the first printing in Oct 1961; the Gagarin autograph is in the upper left corner of the envelope; includes copy of Kniga certificate of authenticity.
Estimate $800 - 1,200.
Current Bid $400
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Lot 6585

U.S.S.R., 1961 (Apr 12), Vostok 1 Stellar matched pair signed by Gagarin. Crew: Yuri Gagarin. First man in space. The best bookends possible; the 1961 3k Gagarin and 6k rocket with label issues (2463-65) tied on matching envelopes; the Kniga Blue Globe and Rocket (61040030) is four times as scarce and seen only in April 1961; the launch day cancel is a Moscow Type 1 (rounded "C"); the autograph of cosmonaut pilot Gagarin is in blue; the matching Red Globe and Rocket (61040031) has a Moscow Type 2 (squared "C") only used the first two days after the flight; Gagarin has autographed the envelope in black.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Current Bid $750
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Lot 6586

U.S.S.R., 1961 (Apr 12), Vostok 1 Gagarin signed postcard. Crew: Yuri Gagarin. First man in space. There were not official Vostok cancels from the day of the flight; the Soviet Citizen in Space postmark is known in three types and two colors with many applied by Kniga long after the mission to satisfy worldwide philatelic demand; the key is the Type 2 in red; according to Reichman, this postmark version was only applied by the actual Moscow K-9 post office branch during the afternoon of 14 April 1961; these were the hours for Gagarin's reception and hero's parade in Moscow; beautiful Gagarin autograph on this unused card; superb condition.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Bid $500
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Lot 6587

U.S.S.R., 1961 (Apr 12), Vostok 1. Crew: Yuri Gagarin. First man in space. Material for an investigation of the Gagarin postmark applied in Moscow; lot consist of 25 examples on cover and one striking red cancel on a portrait postcard; consists of 7 rounded "C" and 9 squared "C" in black, and 2 rounded "C" and 6 squared "C" in red; also includes 2 rounded "C" issued April 29th; while the cancel is understood as backdated and not generally uncommon, the red squared "C" was only applied during a two hour window during the parade for the cosmonaut in downtown Moscow; 26 items in total; an excellent lot.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid $250
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Lot 6588

U.S.S.R., 1963 (Jun 16), Vostok 6. Crew: Valentina Tereshkova. First woman in space. East Germany honors the first woman cosmonaut with a pair of stamps, a cacheted envelope, and commemorative postmark;vintage autograph by Tereskova who was reportedly chosen for her experience with a parachute (the early Soviet spacemen ejected before the capsule reached the ground), family political pedigree, and her photogenic qualities.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid $50
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Lot 6589
U.S.S.R., Earliest known Gagarin autograph on the market. 5" x 7" B&W glossy photo portrait of Gagarin inscribed on reverse to Alexei Nikolayevich Surchakovo, autographed by Gagarin, and dated 13.06.61, two months after his historic spaceflight in Vostok 1. The date is currently believed to be the earliest dated photo available on the market; left upper corner crease, surface scatches.
Estimate $800 - 1,200.
Current Bid $400
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Lot 6590
U.S.S.R., Gagarin, Komarov and other signatures on stamps. Select important autographs on stamps, perfect for exhibiting; includes Gagarin on a plate block, a mint single, and a used CTO; Komarov, Feoktistov and Yegorov on a stamp (3) and individual signatures on a stamp bearing their likeness; Tereshkova on mini-sheet of three stamps and a label (7); plus 21 others including Leonov, Kubasov, Stafford, Slayton and Brand on the Soviet pair of ASTP stamps; 35 better autographs in all.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Current Bid $750
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Lot 6591

U.S.S.R., Nicest Kiev club cover you could possibly find. Look for classic images on the cover of Reichman's study of Kiev Collector Club covers and you will see this Vostok anniversary envelope; addressed to a Deputy Chief Post Office official this envelope could not be any nicer; Reichman reports that the Type 1A (no dots) red commemorative postmark (here on the KievEnv#1) was only available for two hours on 12 Apr 1962; compare the proof-like strike to a typical Type 1B in black (on the web) and you will understand how special this really is; standard black impression included for comparison.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid $100
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Lot 6592

U.S.S.R., 1961 (Apr 12), Vostok 1 Gagarin signature on Kniga Blue Globe and Rocket. Crew: Yuri Gagarin. First man in space. Moscow Type 1 (rounded "C") ties 2463-65 on a Western sized envelope; cachet is the sought after Blue Globe and Rocket (61040030) which is far less common than a similar cachet issued in red; autographed by Gagarin into the postmark and touching the stamp with his likeness.
Estimate $800 - 1,200.
Current Bid $400
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Lot 6593

U.S.S.R., 1965, matched pair of covers signed by Yuri Gagarin. The 1965 20k issues of Soviet spaceships lifting off and the other of cosmonauts viewing orbiting spacecraft are striking with red and blue on a shiny silver background; the Cosmonaut Day postmark design was shared with 18 different cities, this pair cancelled in Moscow; the Kniga artwork is the Moon Explorers and Rocket (64100033) issued in Oct 1964; each envelope has the autograph of Gagarin; unlikely to every find a matched pair like this again
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Michel 3042-3043.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Current Bid $750
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Lot 6594

U.S.S.R., 1963, Vostok-5 and Vostok-6 joint launch cover. Franked with autographed imperforate stamps honoring Bykovsky and Tereshkova; a third stamp is signed by both cosmonauts.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid $100
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