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|DChudwin||If price were not an issue, what three space covers would you choose? My choices: |
What do you think?
- Apollo 11 cover carried to the lunar surface, e.g. the ones carried by Buzz Aldrin that appear occasionally at auction.
- Cover autographed by the second group of astronauts, chosen in l962 (rarer than the Original Seven). When did you last see one of these?
- Lake Champlain recovery cover for Al Shepard's flight.
|micropooz||Once again, great thread Dave! I'm going to let my X-15 fanatacism show through here: |
- An X-15 flown cover. There were a few covers flown on 5 - 10 of the flights. Any of them would do for me...
- A Mike Adams auto'd X-15 cover. Adams only flew 7 missions and died on the 7th as he was completing his only astronaut wings flight. A terribly rare signature to find, and especially on a cover.
- A June 8, 1959 X-15 first free-flight cover. I have never seen one or talked with any collector who has. Crossfield told me that he thinks he carried maybe a half dozen covers on this flight, but can't remember who they went back to. If these still exist, they may be the only (flown or unflown) covers canceled for this flight.
|Bob M||My three: |
- Even though it would be maybe 1/5 as valuable, I think I'd rather have an Apollo 15 flown cover than an Apollo 11 one. It's pretty well accepted (Buzz is silent on the subject) that the Apollo 11 flown covers ("Carried to the moon on Apollo 11") were stored in the CM and weren't carried to Tranquility Base. The Apollo 15 covers (wonderfully done) were without question carried to the moon's surface.
- A cover signed by all 12 moonwalkers (a photo would also do).
- A cover signed by all 12 X-15 pilots. It's possible that such an item would exist, but very unlikely that there are any signed by all 12.
|cosmos-walter||My favorites are: |
- Official Apollo 11 cover postmarked during flight.
- Official Apollo 15 cover postmarked on the moon.
- Kamanin's letter, which was delivered to Vladimir Shatalov onboard Soyuz 4 by Soyuz 5 cosmonauts Yevgeni Khrunov and Aleksei Yelisejev in January 1969. It is the earliest cover known to be flown on a manned space mission. Only two letters and a few photographs were delivered. This very letter was sold for some 110,000.00 US $ on the first Sothebee's auction on Soviet space memorabilia.
- Flown Apollo 16 cover. Charly Duke took 25 covers with LM Orion to moon surface. They were exposed to the vacuum of space during 3 EVAs done by John Young and Charlie Duke. The two austronauts drove with LRV-2. All Apollo 16 covers are properly registered in Charlie's PPK list. To the best of my knowledge, only on Apollo 16 covers were flown to moon, which were cancelled right on launch-day at KSC.
- Cover flown to moon onboard Apollo 11 in CSM Columbia.
|spacemike||Do not forget a Randolph Gemini 4 cover signed by Gus Grissom. I only saw two of them in the last 22 years.|
|nojnj||I have been focusing my attention on cosmonauts and mostly Russian covers lately. I greatly enjoy their colorful cachets, pictures and stamps. I have changed to covers because of this and they are much easier to store and display. A signed crew cover for Soyuz 11 would be great, and a signed cover of the first group of cosmonauts wouldnt be bad either. It would be very interesting to have a cover signed by Werhner von Braun and Sergei Korolev.|
quote: Is this true? Apollo 11 covers were not carried to surface?
Originally posted by Bob M:
It's pretty well accepted (Buzz is silent on the subject) that the Apollo 11 flown covers ("Carried to the moon on Apollo 11") were stored in the CM and weren't carried to Tranquility Base.
|Tykeanaut||214 covers were carried to the moon and I believe were not flown to the surface. However, a master-die was landed in the LM and used to cancel the covers after splash-down.|
|micropooz||Holy moly! This thread is a real blast from the past - 8+ years ago! Since then, I've found items 1 and 2 on my list above...|
|DChudwin||I don't even remember this thread-- and I started it!|
Suffice it to say that I do not have any of the three on my wish list.
|Ross||Since I wasn't around for the original list, I'll add mine (sorry I couldn't stop at 3). |
The only one I have much chance of affording is 5) if it ever comes on the market.
- MR-3 USS Lake Champlain Crew cover signed by the ship's Commanding Officer (Does such a cover exist?)
- Cover (or photo) signed by the entire STS-51L crew
- Cover (or photo) signed by the entire STS-107 crew
- Apollo 11 Flown to the Moon (or at least orbited the Moon) cover
- ELDO F.1 cover from Woomera and signed by the launch team
|Tykeanaut||Were the Apollo 11 covers intended to be flown to the moon's surface and left in the Command Module by mistake?|
- Vostok 1 launch cover signed by Gagarin and his back-up Titov.
- Apollo 11 VIP card postmarked at KSC for launch day and signed by the crew.
- STS-1/STS-135 dual cancel launch cover signed by both crews.
|cosmos-walter||Apollo 11 astronauts listed and carried their covers in their CM-PPKs. Thus they were not intended to land on the moon.|
Only the following covers landed on lunar surface:
The 28 Apollo 16 covers were exposed to the vaccum of space during moonwalks. Apollo 15 covers were vacuumed and well packed.
- 100 Sieger covers on Apollo 15
- 298 Scott covers on Apollo 15
- 25 astronauts covers on Apollo 16
- 3 covers with hand-painted illustration by Bill Hanson on Apollo 16.
- Gemini 9 crew announced cover signed by See and Bassett and Stafford and Cernan.
- XB-70 cover signed by Al White and Carl Cross.
- Apollo 15 cover surface flown and hand cancelled by Dave Scott.
|SpaceSteve||Mine would be: |
- Apollo 11 insurance cover
- X-15 cover signed by Mike Adams (I have all 11 other pilots)
- Gemini 9 cover signed by Bassett and See
- STS-51L cover signed by McAuliffe (to complete the crew)
- STS-107 cover signed by Ramon (to complete the crew)
|Robert Pearlman||Here are my three (though two are sets): |
Through the generosity of cS members, I have been able to obtain half of the first set (launch covers) and a good sampling of the second set.
- Complete set of space shuttle launch and landing covers
- Complete set of Project Mercury 4¢ stamp first day covers from the original post offices where they were first offered
- STS-8 cover flown on the middeck (one of 1,000) and signed by the entire crew