Posts: 1823 From: Merritt Island, Florida, Brevard Registered: Mar 2001
posted 05-29-2007 05:37 PM
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.