Sale 1259 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 21-23 June, 2022

Category — United States Space Covers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
5152
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5152, United States Space CoversUNITED STATES, 1958, Jan. 31, Explorer I Satellite Launch Covers. Three, two with blue Goldcraft cachets, other with Sarzin cachet of rockets, all with Jan. 31 postmarks, one signed Werner von Braun and another signed James Van Allen, Very Fine trio

E. 300-400
170
5153
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5153, United States Space CoversUNITED STATES, Covers with Astronaut's Autographs. Series of seven space-related covers with the signatures of 79 different astronauts, including John Glenn, Virgil Grissom (unusually signed "Virgil" and not "Gus"), Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins, Very Fine group of covers containing signatures of some of the most important United States astronauts

E. 750-1,000
700
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5154
 
Sale 1259, Lot 5154, United States Space CoversUNITED STATES, 1960s Project Mercury, Astronaut Autographs. Sheet of 4c Mercury stamp signed by all seven crew members (Carpenter, Cooper, Glenn, Grissom, Schirra, Shepard, and Slayton), Very Fine and most unusual

E. 750-1,000
750
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5155
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5155, United States Space CoversUNITED STATES, 1961, U.S.S. Lake Champlain Prime Recovery Cover. Mimeographed cachet at top left, 7c Air Post (trimmed perfs at top and right) tied by May 5, 1961 duplex, fresh and Very Fine, a rare recovery ship cover, with 1992 A.P.S. certificate

E. 300-400
475
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5156
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5156, United States Space CoversUNITED STATES, 1961, U.S.S. Lake Champlain Prime Recovery Cover. Mimeographed cachet at top left, 3c and 4c tied by May 12, 1961 duplex, signed by the rescue pilot, addressed to Patterson, N.J., Very Fine

E. 300-400
375
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5157
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5157, United States Space CoversUNITED STATES, 1961, U.S.S. Randolph Rescue Mission. 10c Air Mail tied by U.S.S. Randolph July 21, 1961 duplex, with two cachet handstamps, signed by (Virgil) Gus Grissom, also signed by the Executive Officer of the Randolph, Very Fine

E. 500-750
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5158
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5158, United States Space CoversUNITED STATES, 1965, Gemini Mission. 5c Kennedy tied by U.S.S. Intrepid, March 23, 1965 duplex, "First Manned Flight U.S. Navy Recovery Force" violet flight handstamp cachet, signed (Virgil) Gus Grissom and John Young, Very Fine

E. 200-300
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5159
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5159, United States Space CoversUNITED STATES, 1969, Apollo 11 Cover. 8c Moon tied by Kennedy Space Center July 20, 1969 circular datestamp, special blue handstamp cachet, signed by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, Aldrin also writes "We Came in Peace For All Mankind", Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
2,100
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5160
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5160, United States Space CoversUNITED STATES, 1969, Apollo 11 Cover. 6c Flag tied by Kennedy Space Center July 20, 1969 circular datestamp, special blue handstamp cachet that is particularly strong, signed by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, Aldrin also writes Best Wishes/Lunar Module Pilot Apollo XI, Very Fine and a most desirable cover from the famed Apollo 11 mission

E. 750-1,000
2,100
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5161
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5161, United States Space CoversUNITED STATES, 1969, Apollo 11 Cover. 8c Moon tied by July 16, 1969 Eglin Air Force Base duplex, Apollo 11 handstamp cachet, signed by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
2,100
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5162
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5162, United States Space CoversUNITED STATES, 1969, Apollo 11 Card. United Nations 6c Postal Card, along with U.S. 6c, 8c, 10c, tied by Cape Canaveral July 20, 1969 duplex, signed by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, special cachet on reverse, Very Fine

E. 500-750
2,100
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5163
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5163, United States Space CoversUNITED STATES, 1969, Nov. 14, Apollo 12 Insurance Cover. Type I cacheted cover with the signatures of astronauts Charles Conrad, Alan Bean, and Dick Gordon, with additional note on reverse that this is from Charles Conrad's personal collection, Very Fine, with EAC Gallery certificate

E. 500-750
1,100
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5164
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5164, United States Space CoversUNITED STATES, 1970, Apollo 13 Launch Cover. 6c tied by April 11, 1970 Kennedy Space Center circular datestamp, blue official NASA flight cachet, signed by astronauts James Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise, in addition Fred Haise has written Apollo 13 beneath the cachet, Very Fine and scarce with the official NASA cachet

E. 400-500
650
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5165
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5165, United States Space Covers1971, Apollo 15 Moon Exploration Cover, Phases of the Moon Envelope (Hopferweiser A-15d). Nos. 1396 and 1435a tied by "U.S.S. Okinawa (LPH-3) Aug 7, 1971 AM" datestamp on cacheted flown cover, "Launch July 26, 1971" circular datestamp at upper left, red "Recovery Aug. 7, 1971" circular datestamp also ties stamps, signed by the three astronauts -- David Scott, Al Worden and James Irwin -- NASA serial no. 351 on back, right stamp in pair nicked at top from separation

FRESH AND VERY FINE COVER. ONLY 144 CARRIED BY AL WORDEN TO THE MOON.

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). Hopferweiser €9,000

E. 2,000-3,000
2,600
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5166
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5166, United States Space CoversUNITED STATES, 1971 Apollo 15 Launch Cover. Cacheted cover with 10c Man on the Moon tied by July 26, 1971 Cape Canaveral, duplex. red German rocket cachet, signed by Werner Von Braun, Hermann Oberth, and A. F. Staats, Very Fine and a most unusual trio of autographs

E. 200-300
325
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5167
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5167, United States Space CoversUNITED STATES, 1971 Apollo 15 Launch Cover. Cacheted cover with 8c tied by July 26, 1971 Kennedy Space Center duplex, signed by astronauts Dave Scott, Al Worden, and Jim Irwin, Very Fine

E. 200-300
400
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