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Bob M
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posted 11-26-2011 12:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Cover of the Week, Week 137 (November 27, 2011)

Space Cover #137: Astronaut Autographed NASA/KSC VIP Cards

Starting with Apollo 7, continuing through Apollo 17, and ending with the first manned Skylab mission, NASA/KSC produced special postal cards, typically referred to as KSC "VIP Cards," and were distributed to NASA guests, VIP's, at the time of the launches. These cards are relatively scarce and are prized by many collectors. Putting together a complete set would be quite interesting and challenging.

VIP Cards are a worthy collectible, but often they are found hand addressed and also many uncanceled. But many were both canceled and unaddressed and, as such, are quite useful and appropriate for autographs.

Shown here are VIP cards for Apollos 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17, with each autographed by a crew member, along with an SL-2 VIP card autographed by the entire crew.

Twenty-five years after KSC's last VIP Card for SL-2, KSC again issued an official VIP card and it was for John Glenn's STS-95 flight in 1998.

Ray Cartier created an excellent study of NASA/KSC VIP Cards for the Space Unit, which shows all types, including fakes.

spaceman1953
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posted 11-26-2011 06:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So without having seen Ray Cartier's publication, did any astronauts (suppose this is a really dumb question!) ever send these out to people signed and just sent through the mail to them before the flight, meaning that they would make them up, sign them, and make sure they were mailed postmarked on their launch day?

What a thrill that would be, to get a signed VIP card from a crew member during the flight in the mail?!?

Ken Havekotte
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posted 11-26-2011 07:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not to my knowledge as the VIP cards were usually first issued on launch day to invited guests. Most, if not all of them, were signed by crews after their return from space.

I've got a VIP card collection signed by most of the Apollo crews, however, I do not have cards signed by the full crews of Apollos 8 and 11, if I recall offhand.
If anyone has either crew, or both, let me hear from you. I would love to complete my own VIP card collection in this special way.

Thanks, Bob, for the VIP card topic here as we astrophilatelists seldom hear about the VIP cards these days.

onesmallstep
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posted 11-28-2011 10:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I found an Apollo 11 VIP card (unsigned) postmarked on launch day many years ago in the $1.00 box at a stamp show; had to suppress my grin as I bought it!

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