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posted 08-09-2008 04:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for petespace   Click Here to Email petespace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone help identify the autographs on this Russian Space Cover? Is it a flown cover? Value? Thanks!


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posted 08-09-2008 04:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Green one is Kovalyonok and the one below is Savinykh - both Soyuz T-4/Salyut 6 - 1981. Not sure about the one bottom left, which doesn't look Cyrillic.

As for whether it was flown, I'm not sure. It has the Salyut 6 frank-stamp on it (with the names of the cosmonauts) but that could mean anything. It is also twice franked from Baikonur.


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posted 08-10-2008 12:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceflori   Click Here to Email spaceflori     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is my understanding that this is a souvenir spacemail cover which means the cover is NOT flown but was cancelled with the bordpostmarker from Salyut.
Unfortunately these bordpostmarkers were often brought back after the flight (in the Salyut days) and used for souvenir cancellations back on earth.

I wouldn't consider any cover a flown cover unless it's specifically certified by a cosmonaut as such or checked carefully by an expert such as Walter Hopferwieser.


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posted 08-12-2008 01:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Florian, I fully agree with you that it is a souvenir cover which was not flown to Salyut-6.

There are also covers around which have some or all on-board cancellation made by copiers.

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posted 11-05-2012 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alec   Click Here to Email alec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a similar cover in my collection for some time now but till this day I was unable to identify the signature from left. I have asked even the Soyuz 40 crew, Mr. Prunariu and Mr. Popov in person without any success... Anyone?

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