Sale 837 — 2001 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 19 May, 2001

Category — Space Flight Covers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
366
c
Sale Number 837, Lot Number 366, Space Flight CoversApollo 11 Flown Cover, Apollo 11 Flown CoverApollo 11 Flown Cover. Illustrated cover with colorful Apollo 11 cachet bearing 6c Flag (1638) tied by "Webster Tx. Aug. 11, 1969" circular datestamp, clear strike of "Delayed in Quarantine at Lunar Receiving Laboratory M.S.C.-Houston, Texas" handstamp, cover is also signed by Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins, pristine condition, ink "EEA-27 Carried to the Moon on Apollo 11" at top left

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF ONLY A FEW KNOWN COVERS CARRIED TO THE MOON AND BACK AND SIGNED BY THE ENTIRE CREW OF APOLLO 11. AN OUTSTANDING PIECE OF SPACE EXPLORATION HISTORY.

The U.S. Post Office authorized the astronauts to carry one "moon letter" on Apollo 11. After clearing quarantine, it was toured extensively. A few other pieces of mail, not authorized by the Post Office, were also carried aboard Apollo 11. These, too, underwent quarantine procedures. 150 souvenir cards were also prepared but were not flown.

Very few covers actually flown to the moon and signed are known. One sold most recently realized $46,000 in a September 1999 Christie's auction.

With 2000 Hopferwieser certificate.

E. 30,000-40,000
30,000
367
c
Sale Number 837, Lot Number 367, Space Flight CoversMir 30th Anniversary of Sputnik Flown Card, Mir 30th Anniversary of Sputnik Flown CardMir 30th Anniversary of Sputnik Flown Card. Cover with colorful illustration of Sputnik at left, bearing Soviet commemorative stamp tied by Oct. 4, 1987 commemorative postmark, also bearing departure postmark from Cosmodrome at Baykonur of Nov. 11, 1987, and arrival postmark from Arkalyk of Dec. 29, 1987, blue postmark (undated) applied aboard Space Station Mir, card signed by Yuri Romanenko and Alexandr Alexandrov, pristine condition

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF 1,000 COVERS FLOWN TO THE SPACE STATION MIR IN COMMEMORATION OF THE THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF SPUTNIK. A WONDERFUL SPACE FLIGHT RARITY.

The USSR established a post office on Space Station Mir for the commemoration of this event. 1,000 postal cards were flown to the space station, cancelled on board with the special blue postmark, and returned to Earth.

With 1987 Bolaffi certificate and additional letters of explanation and authenticity.

E. 2,000-3,000
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