DescriptionApollo 11 Crew-Signed "Type One" Insurance Cover Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin, with Signed LOA. 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" (cancellation over part of his signature as usual), "Michael Collins", and "Buzz Aldrin", all in blue felt tip to the right of the cachet. Excellent condition.
This cover is mounted to a signed Letter of Authenticity on Aldrin's personal letterhead, as follows (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 prior to our launch in July 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 while we performed 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 BA15 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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