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Sale 1237 — American Free Franks and Historical Documents

Sale Date — Tuesday, 22 June, 2021

Category — Space Exploration

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
169
c
Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 169, Space Exploration1971, Apollo 15 Moon Exploration, 1971, Apollo 15 Moon Exploration1971, Apollo 15 Moon Exploration. 8c Antarctic Treaty (1431) tied by "Kennedy Space Center FL Jul. 26, 1971 AM" machine cancel depicting rocket taking off, also with pair of 8c Space Achievement Decade (1435b) tied by "U.S.S. Okinawa (LPH-3) Aug 7, 1971 AM" datestamp, on cacheted flown cover, numbered "22 of 300" with the "300" changed to "400", signed by the three astronauts -- David Scott, Al Worden and James Irwin -- NASA serial no. 079 on back

FRESH AND VERY FINE FLOWN COVER FROM THE 1971 APOLLO 15 MOON EXPLORATION.

Apollo 15 was the ninth manned mission in the United States Apollo space program and the fourth to land on the Moon. It was the first of what were termed "J missions", long stays on the Moon, with a greater focus on science than had been possible on previous missions. The mission began on July 26, 1971, and ended on August 7. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_15 ).

According to the American Air Mail Catalogue, Pilot Alfred Worden was authorized to carry 144 covers on the mission. 16 were torn or destroyed and 60 were confiscated by NASA and eventually returned to Worden after litigation.

Accompanied by notarized certificate signed by the three astronauts and dated 1983, confirming this was one of the covers carried to the moon and back. Also with plate block of First Man on Moon stamp signed by Neil Armstrong. Also with July 30, 1971 cacheted cover signed by Irwin

E. 3,000-4,000
5,000
170
c
Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 170, Space ExplorationChrista McAuliffe, Christa McAuliffeChrista McAuliffe. American educator and astronaut, one of seven people killed aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986, autograph "S. Christa McAufille" at bottom of cover with cachet of space shuttle and "Teachers are the nicest people", with 22c Public Education stamp tied by "Kennedy Space Center, FL 32815 Jan. 28, 1986" postmark, Very Fine, an incredibly rare item from one of America's great tragedies, we do not know when this was made but back has a small handstamp from Robinson Stamps and is numbered "3/5"

E. 750-1,000
550
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171
c
Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 171, Space ExplorationMichael J. Smith, Michael J. SmithMichael J. Smith. American astronaut, pilot of the Space Shuttle Challenger when it was destroyed on January 28, 1986, autograph "Michael J. Smith" on cover with 15c Oliver Wendell Holmes stamp tied by "Houston, Tx. 77201 Jul. 7 1980 A.M." also with additional stamps tied by "Cape Canaveral, FL 32920 Jan. 28 AM 1986" postmark and commemorative cachet, Very Fine, an unusual and rare item

E. 300-400
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