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Voskhod Flights (1964-1965)




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Lot 6595

U.S.S.R., 1964 (Oct 12), Voskhod 1 triumphant autographed postcard. The perfect item from the world's first three man crew; commemorative postmark ties stamp honoring these brave cosmonauts; Komarov, Feoktistov and Yegorov have boldly signed this exceptional item.
Estimate $600 - 800.
Current Bid $300
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Lot 6596

U.S.S.R., 1964 (Oct 12), Voskhod 1 striking item. Crew: V. Komarov, K.Feoktistov, B.Yegorov. First multiman spacecraft. Boldly signed postcard by Komarov, Feoktistov and Yegorov; commemorative honoring the trio is tied with a space-themed postmark; a difficult item to find and in lovely condition.
Estimate $600 - 800.
Current Bid $300
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Lot 6597

U.S.S.R., 1964 (Oct 12), Voskhod 1 autographed by crew. Crew: V. Komarov, K.Feoktistov, B.Yegorov. First multiman spacecraft. Lofting three men in orbit before America could even manage two continued the Soviet relentless march for "firsts"; by removing the ejection seat, eliminating spacesuits, and even requiring the crew to go on a diet, the Soviets were able to squeeze three where before there had only been one; Komarov would fly again but be lost when the parachute on his Soyuz 1 capsule failed to correctly deploy; for Feoktistov and Yegorov, this would be their only flights; this crew signed set from a landmark mission needs to be in your collection.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid $250
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Lot 6598

U.S.S.R., 1964 (Oct 12), Voskhod 1 scuffed but rare postcard. Crew: V. Komarov, K.Feoktistov, B.Yegorov. First multiman spacecraft. Autographed by Komarov, Feoktistov and Yegorov; following their epic feat of orbiting three cosmonauts at once (in 1964), Komarov would fly the first Soyuz series spacecraft as well; tragically, he was killed when the parachute system fouled on his return to Earth; with this being the only flight for his comrades, the crew signed postcard is scarce; flaking on the edges and smudges to the signatures.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid $200
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Lot 6599

U.S.S.R., 1964 (Oct 12), Voskhod 1 signed Komarov color card. Crew: V. Komarov, K.Feoktistov, B.Yegorov. First multiman spacecraft. A superior commander who led Voskhod 1 would go on to fly the first of the new series, Soyuz 1; due to a parachute failure he unfortunately perished and became the first space fatality; stamp honoring tied to card; bold autograph of Komarov below.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid $150
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Lot 6600
U.S.S.R., 1965 (Feb 27), Chief Designer responds to suggestion for cosmonauts. In a letter to Sergei Korolev, two Russian pilots are recommended as cosmonauts for upcoming spaceflight; in a lighthearted response Korolev writes back, "there are lots of guys out here, we don't need them."; written just three weeks before Belyayev and Leonov in Voskhod 2 performed the world's first space walk; due to Soviet concerns of a potential CIA assasination attempt, he was not identified as anything but the Chief Designer during his lifetime; Korolev, who was worked to death and in poor health, would be dead within a year; a certificate of authenticity (in Russian) accompanies the document, spectacularly rare space related correspondence from the secret Chief Designer.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
Current Bid $1,000
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Lot 6601

U.S.S.R., 1965 (Mar 18), Voskhod 2 crew signed postcard. Crew: P. Belyayev, A. Leonov. First spacewalk. Pavel Belyayev was the senior ranking officer in the cosmonaut corps and commander of the flight in which his partner, Alexei Leonov, make the world's first spacewalk; since he died at age 44 after complications following surgery crew signed items remain uncommon; the stamps were added later since the 10th anniversary of Gagarin's flight cancels were not applied until 1971 (Pavel died in 1970).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid $100
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