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Posts: 193
From: W.Sussex United Kingdom
Registered: May 2003

posted 12-18-2021 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KenDavis   Click Here to Email KenDavis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As a collector of signed Soviet and Russian material I've noticed a scarcity of signed Soyuz 10 material.

Signed covers from the early Soyuz flights seems fairly common, with the obvious exception of Soyuz 1 and Soyuz 11, but why Soyuz 10? All three crew members seemed to sign other material; Shatalov and Yeliseyev from earlier flights on Soyuz 4, 5 and 8, and Rukavishnikov from later flights on Soyuz 16 and 33.

The mission did not achieve its objectives of delivering the first crew to Salyut 1 and so I don't believe a stamp was issued to commemorate the flight – hence no covers, but that wouldn't have stopped the crew signing other material. It is because the flight was deemed a failure and everyone, crew as well, would prefer not to remember or commemorate it in any way.

Does anyone have a cover signed by the Soyuz 10 crew?

Daniel Lazecky

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From: Czech Republic-Europe
Registered: Oct 2007

posted 12-18-2021 03:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel Lazecky   Click Here to Email Daniel Lazecky     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Colleague, what exactly do you mean also? I have in my collection signatures on a postal envelope, a correspondence card and also on a photograph. I sent an e-mail.


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From: Shady Side, Md
Registered: Sep 2004

posted 12-19-2021 02:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Each of the Soyuz 10 crew has autographed covers. I believe they respond through Star City.

On edit: Correction Rukavishnikov is deceased.


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From: Salzburg, Austria
Registered: Jun 2003

posted 12-20-2021 03:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All Soyuz 10 cosmonauts freely signed. Crew signed covers might be scarcer than others missions since no stamp for this flight was issued. Thus no First Day Covers exist. Launch covers from Leninsk are scarce in spite of the facts that most are probably backdated.

On 15.6.2021 Vladimir Shatalov passed away. RIP


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From: Sydney, Australia
Registered: Sep 2003

posted 12-20-2021 04:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Back in the 1980s, when I was a far more ardent collector of space-related autographs, I sent a glossy B&W photo of the Soyuz-10 crew to each of them in turn, and eventually I had all three signatures, nicely inscribed and dated on it.

I was recently mentioning to a friend that in those earlier days, most of the astronauts and cosmonauts had beautiful, full signatures - unlike today where you are lucky if you get an initial followed by a hastily-drawn squiggle; totally unreadable but still expensive if purchased.

Mike Dixon

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From: Kew, Victoria, Australia
Registered: May 2003

posted 12-20-2021 05:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The long lost art of decent handwriting, due in no small part to the arrival of the PC.

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