FINE. A RARE CARD INTENDED FOR THE FINAL LEG OF THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL TRANSCONTINENTAL FLIGHT BY CALBRAITH RODGERS IN HIS "VIN FIZ FLYER". ONLY SEVEN ARE RECORDED.
This card was intended to be carried on the final leg of the flight, from Pasadena to Long Beach, which crashed upon take-off from the stop at Compton. Rodgers was seriously injured in this crash and the plane was wrecked totally, but one month later the last leg to Long Beach was completed.
The last example to be sold realized $12,500 in our 1999 Rarities sale. That cover had several scuffs.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE RARE GROUNDED PLANE VARIETY -- EXTRAORDINARY BOTH FOR ITS CONDITION AND THE EXTREME DOWNWARD SHIFT OF THE PLANE VIGNETTE.
The true Grounded Plane stamps, in which the wheels of the plane break thru the top of "Cents", come from portions of three sheets. The discovery sheet was owned and broken up by J. Klemann of Nassau Stamp Company. A second sheet was discovered in 1946 and sold in the Thomas A. Matthews sale (H.R. Harmer, Nov. 4, 1964), where it was purchased by Georges A. Medawar, publisher of Sanabria Airmail Catalogue. In Linn's Stamp News of April 21, 1986, specialist Joseph R. Kirker Jr. published his research revealing a third source of this variety.
With 2003 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL FLOWN FIRST DAY COVER OF THE GRAF ZEPPELIN SET.
This cover is especially desirable in that it is on a smaller-size cover, which is highly exhibitable.
FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE. OFFERED TO THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME.
The card enclosure explains: "This cover is # of 300 postmarked just prior to the launch of Apollo 15 on July 26, 1971 at Kennedy Space Center; stowed aboard the spacecraft in a sealed fireproof jacket; carried on the LM 'FALCON'; returned to earth in CM 'ENDEAVOUR'; and postmarked immediately after splashdown on August 7, 1971 by the U.S. Navy Postal Station aboard the recovery ship USS OKINAWA." A large number of the flown covers were held by the United States government and only released to Alfred Worden after litigation. This is one of those covers.
FRESH AND VERY FINE COVER. OFFERED TO THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME.
Accompanied by a typed certification signed by Scott, Worden and Irwin, with an additional certification from Worden explaining the mismatch between the certificate number and number on the cover (a clerical error).