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Starfighter1
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posted 11-04-2011 02:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Starfighter1   Click Here to Email Starfighter1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know approximately how many sets of the six signed Kniga covers were officially done?

Any information about where and when these were signed would be appreciated.

garyd2831
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posted 11-04-2011 11:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would ask Florian Noller from SpaceFlori.com. He seems to know a lot about these covers. I have a set of them myself.

mjanovec
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posted 11-06-2011 10:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't forget that Kniga signed covers didn't stop with the six Vostok flights. Kniga did signed covers up through Soyuz 24. The only missions that weren't given Kniga covers were the unsuccessful missions (Soyuz 1, Soyuz 10, Soyuz 11, Soyuz 18a) and the unmanned missions (Soyuz 2, Soyuz 20).

Overall, the Kniga covers are a nice way to get a nearly complete set of authentic signatures (with the exception of two of the three of the Soyuz 11 cosmonauts) for the first 15 years of the Soviet space program. And overall, they are much cheaper than collecting a comparable set of autographs for the US space program.

So why stop at collecting the first six? Collect them all!

RichieB16
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posted 03-13-2016 08:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichieB16   Click Here to Email RichieB16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm interested in picking up a few KINGA covers and I have been trying to find a list somewhere of all the KINGA space covers produced but I have been unable to do so. Does anyone know of such a list?

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fimych
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posted 03-13-2016 09:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fimych   Click Here to Email fimych     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is no catalogue on the KNIGA issues and the subject has much confusion among Russian astro-philatelists.

Everybody knows the early narrow covers printed using metallography technique and bearing the "first day" sign, reminding third satellite. Then comes the mess — KNIGA started to produce colored covers that resembled very much the western prints. From this point, many covers that appear on the market are "KNIGA-like."

Some dealers listed their own covers as KNIGA, though they only had postmarks arranged by KNIGA. Even experienced Russian collectors sometimes find it very hard to differentiate the original KNIGA covers from those made abroad.

Note that KNIGA was a commercial enterprise that tasked by trading books, audio and video products as well as postal goods and services like printing covers, providing postmarks, special cancellations, certification of VIP signatures, and more. So when talking about "KNIGA covers," need to understand what exactly is required.

In my opinion, if you just want to get some, go for the early covers of 60s, you cannot miss them. Want some fancy ones, there are a couple of flown or "nearly" flown covers, but it will take some budget.

Cannot say anything about the signed covers with certificates, not my area of interest, but I see them much often on eBay.

RichieB16
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posted 03-13-2016 09:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichieB16   Click Here to Email RichieB16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are the covers that I have seen or have been told are legit:

Autographed:

  • Vostok 1, Vostok 2, Vostok 3, Vostok 4, Vostok 5, Vostok 6

  • Voskhod 1, Voskhod 2

  • Soyuz 3, Soyuz 4/5 (four autographs on the same cover), Soyuz 6, Soyuz 7, Soyuz 8, Soyuz 9, Soyuz 12, Soyuz 13, Soyuz 14, Soyuz 15, Soyuz 16, Soyuz 17, Soyuz 18, Soyuz 19, Soyuz 21, Soyuz 22, Soyuz 23, Soyuz 24
I have also seen a flown on Mir Soyuz TM-3 landing crew autographed cover and well as a Buran nearly flown cover.

It seems that what was produced after Soyuz 24 might be a little questionable... or what?

fimych
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posted 03-14-2016 07:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fimych   Click Here to Email fimych     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe most of the covers you are talking about are general FDC, produced by Ministry of Communications of USSR. They just certified by KNIGA. Indeed the flown covers from MIR-2 and Soyuz TM-7 as well as Buran are made by KNIGA and have appropriate branding. KNIGA also produced some fancy sets of covers to commemorate special events like Intercosmos or 20 years of Gagarin flight, etc.

NAAmodel#240
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posted 03-14-2016 01:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NAAmodel#240   Click Here to Email NAAmodel#240     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Let me suggest "Kniga First Day Covers with Space Symbolics" by James Reichman. It can be ordered at AmericanAstrophilately.com.

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