posted 01-17-2019 01:46 PM
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.