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    Apollo 11 Crew-Signed "Type One" Insurance Cover, #BA22, Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin, with Signed Letter of Authenticity. A philatelic cover with the "Apollo 8" 6¢ stamp (Scott #1371) affixed, bearing a pictorial machine cancellation from Kennedy Space Center dated July 20, 1969, the day that 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 felt tips: "Neil Armstrong," "Michael Collins", and "Buzz Aldrin". Excellent.

    Included with this cover is a handsome and informative signed display LOA on Aldrin's letterhead reading, in full: "This Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club postal cover with a lunar exploration scene and a small Apollo 11 emblem cachet is one of the "insurance covers" signed by the Apollo 11 crew before our launch on July 16, 1969. Since we were unable to obtain adequate life insurance due to the high risk nature of being an astronaut, we signed this group of covers and evenly distributed them to our families for safe keeping prior to performing our mission. If an unfortunate event prevented our safe return, the covers would have provided a limited financial means of support to our families.

    "The cover displayed above has been in my private collection since 1969 and has an identifier of BA22 written on the reverse side. It was signed by the Apollo 11 crew - Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and myself prior to launch. The cover was postmarked on the lunar landing day of Apollo 11 at Houston, Texas, on July 20, 1969. Just a few hours after landing, Neil Armstrong and I became the first humans to walk on another celestial body - the Moon."


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    May, 2019
    9th-11th Thursday-Saturday
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