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    Apollo 11 Lunar Module Flown "Moon Landing" Cancellation with Neil Armstrong's Handwritten Note of Provenance Directly From The Armstrong Family Collection™, Certified and Encapsulated by Collectibles Authentication Guaranty.




    One of the absolutely most interesting and important space-flown items we have encountered. The now-famous "First Man On The Moon" 10¢ stamp was designed (by Paul Calle) before the mission in strict secrecy (in case the mission was not successful). The Apollo 11 crew carried with them the die that would make the stamp's printing plates, a special "moon letter" bearing a die proof of the stamp, and a cancellation hand stamp that read: "Moonlanding U S A Jul 20, 1969". Armstrong and Aldrin were supposed to use this stamp to "cancel" the letter on the surface of the moon. The letter and stamp were taken there on the LM Eagle but they were too busy with other tasks to get it accomplished. It was actually on the trip home before they cancelled the Postmaster's "moon letter."

    Michael Collins tells the story on page 426 of his book Carrying The Fire (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1964): "We also have a stamp kit, including a first-day cover commemorating the issuance of a new ten-cent stamp, showing an astronaut at the foot of the LM ladder, about to sample the lunar surface. With the envelope is an ink pad and a cancellation stamp [that reads Jul 20]. Never mind that it is Jul 22; this is the first chance we have had to get to it. We try the cancellation out first, inking it and printing it in our flight plan three times until we get the hang of it, and we apply it gingerly to the one and only envelope, which we understand the Postmaster General will put on tour."

    Neil Armstrong kept his "test cancellation" for his collection which is offered here to some lucky bidder. Along with it is his handwritten note: "Stamped in the flight/ plan on the time/ that the Post Office stamp/ was cancelled'. Definitely a museum quality relic. Very fine, sealed in a numbered archival holder. This lot will include a Statement of Provenance signed by Neil Armstrong's sons, Rick and Mark.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2018
    1st-3rd Thursday-Saturday
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