Apollo 11 insurance cover.Apollo 11 Crew-Signed Type III Insurance Cover Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin. This "NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club Official Commemorative Cover First Manned Lunar Exploration" with a color cachet, 6.5" x 3.625", has an "Apollo 8" 8¢ U.S. stamp affixed and cancelled July 20, 1969 (the date of the moon landing), at Houston, Texas. It features the crew's bold signatures: "Neil Armstrong", "Michael Collins", and "Buzz Aldrin", all in blue felt tip to the right of the cachet. This is the third of three different designs known for these insurance covers, a tradition that began with this flight. The astronauts would all sign a certain quantity of these covers to be left on Earth as a contingency against their failing to return safely from the moon. In the case of a tragedy, the covers would be sold with the proceeds benefiting their families, not unlike an insurance policy. Excellent condition.
This cover was given directly to the consignor in June 1986 at Warsaw, Poland by Dr. Aldrin in appreciation for the three days he spent in his home. They had a mutual friend and Aldrin stopped in Warsaw on his way from Moscow back to the United States to visit Poland. The consignor met him at the airport, opened his home to him, and aided him in getting around the city for meetings.
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