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BMckay
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posted 11-05-2002 07:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a Tribute to Space Exploration stamp ($9.95) from the 1994 Endeavour launch sold by the Post Office. It says Space Achievement Commemorative Souvenir Item #9859. I know these were discussed in the past but was this a flown one or not?

Ben
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posted 11-05-2002 08:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, those are all flown, 500,000 stamps flew on STS-68 (not the cover, just the stamp):
http://www.geocities.com/ovcolumbia/Endeavourflown.html

The controversial one is the STS-8 cover.

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Bob M
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posted 11-06-2002 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Uhh...Ben, why do you consider the STS-8 Challenger flown covers "controversial"?

Bob Mc.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-06-2002 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll let Ben speak for himself, but I think he was referring to the fact that not all of the STS-8 covers on the market today are necessarily flown.

The stats as to which and which did not fly is available here: http://collectspace.com/ubb/Forum14/HTML/000123.html

Ben
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posted 11-06-2002 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The simple reason, is that it is said that 500,000 covers were produced intented to be flown on STS-8. 260,000 were actually flown on Challenger according to NASA and the USPS. Yet, the serial numbers seen on some covers go to 300,000 or so.

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Aztecdoug
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posted 11-06-2002 01:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Having reread the original article, it states that the unflown covers were destroyed. Is this believed to be true? If so, then all the existing covers in circulation should be flown.

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Bob M
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posted 11-06-2002 02:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From all accounts I've ever heard is that every STS-8 cover sold by the USPS was flown and those not flown were destroyed. I've never heard of any controversy or questions relating to STS-8 unflown covers being distributed. I feel that it is quite safe to say if you have an USPS/NASA STS-8 flown cover, it was onboard Challenger for the STS-8 flight - one of the few sure things in our hobby <G>.

Bob Mc.

BMckay
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posted 11-06-2002 06:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for all the info on the stamp. Can any one email me off line and help me figure out what it is worth. I know it is worth at least $9.95.

Thanks again.

BMckay
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posted 12-03-2002 10:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have the sheet of Apollo stamps that came out a few years plus the stamp that flew on Endeavour. Does anyone know what they would be worth. If anyone is interested in them or can give a fair assesment of their value, please e mail me off post.

thanks!!

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