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    Apollo 16 Crew-Signed Insurance Cover and Young-Signed Launch Cover Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander John Young, Both Certified and Signed. Two items as follows:
    (1) Insurance Cover-
    The three bold signatures, "John Young", "Ken Mattingly", and "Charlie Duke", all in blue felt-tip, are neatly placed on this cacheted cover, approximately 6.5" x 3.625" in size, featuring the "United States in Space" U.S. 8¢ 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 flanked by two astronaut pins. 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. Excellent condition save for a bit of paper roughness on the verso.
    Young has certified this item on the verso: "From My Personal Collection/ John W. Young".
    (2) Launch Cover- This 6.5" x 3.625" "Official Commemorative Cover" was issued by the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club. It is postmarked Houston, Texas, April 16, 1972 (launch date), and bears a "United States in Space" 8¢ stamp (Scott #1434). The cachet bears the mission insignia in bright colors. John Young has signed on the front to the right of the insignia. Extremely fine condition with a couple of small nicks on the front.
    Young has certified this item on the verso: "From my Personal Collection/ John Young". His original blue pen ran out of ink and he completed it in black ink.


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