Sale 754

Lot 6144

Paraguay, 1930 South America Flight, Rio - Lakehurst, then Steamer "Europa" and Catapult to Amsterdam (Michel 66Eb). 70c postal card addressed to Cottbus, Germany with an additional 2.10p postage canceled by two strikes of the Zeppelin flight cachet and carried to Lakehurst; the card was then held until October 3, when a U.S. 20¢ Airmail (C9) was added and canceled at New York; Europa arrived in Amsterdam on Oct 9, where the card received the two red Catapult handstamps and was carried by German airplane to Berlin, arriving (backstamped) later that same day, Very Fine. One of only five such cards recorded.
Graue-Leder K X1; $3,000.
Michel €3,000 ($3,360) Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.

Opening Bid $750

Lot 6171

United States, 1930, Graf Zeppelin complete (Scott C13-C15), First Day. Tied on a single cover by one of two strikes April 19 Washington D.C. Station "5" duplex cancel; small opening tear at top and bit of very light soiling, otherwise Very Fine, with 1970 AFDCS certificate.
Scott $10,000 Estimate $4,000 - 5,000.

Opening Bid $2,000

Lot 6434

United States, 1961 (May 5), Shepard U.S.S. Lake Champlain Prime Recovery Ship. Arguably the most difficult Prime to acquire; a superb hand cancel with standard rubber stamp; beautiful full vintage Shepard autograph (possible atypical autopen?) with partial address of Peter Van Miert, an early Astrophilatelist; this will be the finest Prime Recovery Ship in your collection, outstanding postmark; label stains and evidence of prior photo mount in left lower corner; hinge remnant on reverse, reportedly only 44 philatelic covers were mailed from the ship; in contrast the U.S.S Hornet mailed 250,000 philatelic covers for Apollo 11.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.

Opening Bid $1,000

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.

Opening Bid $1,000

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.

Opening Bid $1,000

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.

Opening Bid $1,000

Lot 6537

United States, 1963, Oct NASA Group 3 complete on cover. Entire collection of autographs of 14 of the most important astronauts NASA ever selected;while eight were slated to fly in Gemini half would be killed; three in separate T-38 crashes, and one in the Apollo 1 ground fire; ten flew in Apollo with half walking on the surface of the Moon; signed on a Mercury First Day Cover cancelled the previous year; autographed by Cunningham (AP-7), Aldrin (GT-12, AP-11), Anders (AP-8), Schweickart (AP-9), Bassett, Collins (GT-10, AP-11), Scott (GT-8, AP-15), Cernan (GT-9, AP-17), Bean (AP-12), Eisele (AP-7), Chaffee, Gordon (GT-11, AP-12), Freeman, Williams, Phenominally RARE; Anders, Bassett, Chaffee, Freeman and Williams are scarce individually.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.

Opening Bid $1,000

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.

Opening Bid $1,000

Lot 6791

U.S.S.R., Holy Grail of crew signed autographs. Soviet tradition held that pilots would not offer autographs until they returned from their first trip to space; in the case of Soyuz-11 the original crew included Alexei Leonov, the first spacewalker, but when a crewmember had an abnormal chest x-ray, the entire crew was replaced; the new crew, consisting of Victor Patsaev, Vladislav Volkov and Georgy Dobrovolsky, became the first to occupy the Saylut 1 space station; while a ventilation system needed to be replaced on arrival, and a fire broke out halfway through the 22 day stay, the mission was a success until reentry;a malfunction on separation from the service module disturbed a vent seal which dumped the air from the spacecraft causing the death of the crew; while there are some creases and cracks in this 6.75" x 8.5" black and white photograph, the signatures are bold and EXTREMELY rare; a complete crew signed item from a mission where two had never flown is virtually unheard of; comes with Expert Verification from the International Public Charitable Foundation for Support of Russian Cosmonautics, Extremely scarce.
Estimate $6,000 - 8,000.

Opening Bid $3,000

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