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posted 05-28-2007 02:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have any information on the Jim Irwin Shamrock (Apollo 15) Cover?

How many were produced? How many were flown? How many to the surface?

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posted 05-29-2007 04:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RMH   Click Here to Email RMH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a previous post on the topic.

Ken Havekotte

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posted 05-29-2007 05:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To briefly answer Tom's questions here pertaining to Irwin's Shamrock covers;
  • My estimate of how many were produced is between 300 and 500 of the special cachet covers. I still have a few from the original batch that were KSC launch posted for the Apollo 15 liftoff on July 26, 1971.

  • Only 8 covers were flown around the moon on the command ship Endeavour, however, there is a strong possibility that Irwin had anywhere from one to 42 more inside his PPK that was stowed aboard LM Falcon that went to the lunar surface.

    Unfortunately, neither Scott or Irwin retrieved their LM PPKs as the landing craft was jettisoned while in lunar orbit. Irwin did report that some "covers" were indeed included as part of his LM Falcon PPK contents, however, he never did reveal exactly what type of covers those were.

    Perhaps some — if not all — were indeed from the original 50 batch he had of the Shamrock variety.

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