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    Apollo 16 Crew-Signed Insurance Cover Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander John Young, Signed and Certified. The crewmembers' signatures, "John Young", "Ken Mattingly", and "Charlie Duke", are all in blue felt-tip on this cacheted cover, approximately 6.5" x 3.625" in size, featuring the "United States in Space" U.S. 8ยข stamp (Scott #1434). It was cancelled (space pictorial) on the day of launch, April 16, 1972, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The color cachet features the Apollo 16 mission insignia. On the verso, Young has signed: "From My Personal Collection. John W. Young". Excellent condition except that there is a light smudge at the end of Mattingly's signature.

    Insurance covers were a tradition that started with Apollo 11 and continued through Apollo 16. 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.


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