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    Apollo 11 Crew-Signed Type III Insurance Cover Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin. A philatelic cover, 6.5" x 3.625", with the "Apollo 8" 6ยข stamp (Scott #1371) affixed, postmarked Houston, Texas on July 20, 1969, the day Apollo 11 landed on the Moon. The color cachet features the text: "NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club/ Official Commemorative Cover/ First Manned Lunar Exploration". It is boldly signed in blue felt tip: "Neil Armstrong," "Michael Collins", and "Buzz Aldrin". Excellent condition.

    Apollo 11 was the first flight in which insurance covers were utilized. They were produced for the crew to sign together in pre-flight quarantine, shortly before launch to the moon, and then leave behind with their families as a form of insurance that could be sold should they fail to return. Some of the covers were postmarked at the Cape on July 16, 1969, the day of launch, with the remainder postmarked in Houston on July 20, 1969, the day of the landing. There are three known types of Apollo 11 insurance covers, this being known as "Type III."

    Included with this lot is a signed letter of authenticity from Dr. Aldrin.




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