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posted 01-16-2019 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kirkland   Click Here to Email kirkland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was wondering, what do you guys think this signed Apollo 13 cover is worth?


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posted 01-17-2019 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would guess $400 and up. All of the prime crew that signed are still living; the cover is not cancelled for any event; and it is not a "rare" cover. Some of these type covers were later signed by Jack Swigert who replaced Mattingly as CMP, and were cancelled with an April 14, 1970 postmark and a red "Mission aborted" rubber stamp also.

Your cover seems to fit the description of one gifted to a member of the Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club. A signed batch by Lovell and Haise of these type covers were prepared for the 30th anniversary of the flight and cancelled on April 11, 2000. A post in the Stamps and Covers forum from 2010 (Space Cover of the Week 51) details these covers.

Ken Havekotte

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posted 01-17-2019 01:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am quite sure, almost 100%, that this particular cover was provided by the Apollo 13 original crew while in their quarantine pre-launch period at KSC's Manned Spacecraft Operations Building.

The MSCSC-emblem cachet cover seen here was more likely from the collection of an astronaut crew quarters' employee. She was able to acquire about 25 of the pre-launch signed emblem covers. More than likely, she was able to obtain the signed covers directly from the crewmen themselves while working in crew quarters here at Kennedy.

The other covers referred to for the 30th anniversary of Apollo 13 in April 2000 are from a different batch of emblem-type cachet covers (actually 3 different-type batches altogether).

There were a total of 348 covers done altogether for the anniversary observance.
All of the unsigned and mint covers had been in the possession of crewman Fred Haise from 1970 until 2000.

Both Fred Haise and Jim Lovell were kind enough to autograph each of the envelopes, however, when contacted for the special Apollo 13 anniversary project, original CMP Ken Mattingly did not want to participate in the charity-signing event. He felt that his signature wasn't necessary since he wasn't a prime crew member during the flight as Jack Swigert took his seat.

LMP Haise signed all of the covers during two visits to my home, with Lovell signing
them through the mail after Haise a few weeks later.

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