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    APOLLO 11

    Flown to the moon and signed by the crew

    Apollo 11 Flown Crew-Signed Quarantine Cover, C-59, Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, Signed and Certified, with Handwritten LOA. A color-cacheted "NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club Official Commemorative Cover of the First Manned Lunar Exploration" signed "Neil Armstrong", "Michael Collins", and "Buzz Aldrin" to the right of the cachet. Collins has signed above it: "Carried to the Moon aboard Apollo 11" and numbered it "C-59" in the image of earth in the cachet. This cover flew to the moon on one of mankind's greatest adventures, the first manned lunar landing mission. Affixed to the cover is an 6ยข "Apollo 8" stamp (Scott #1371) with an August 11, 1969, cancellation at Webster, Texas. Stamped beneath the cancellation is the text: "Delayed In Quarantine At/ Lunar Receiving Laboratory/ M.S.C. - Houston, Texas". Apollo 11 splashed down on earth on July 24 at which point, the equipment, and astronauts from the spacecraft were quarantined. As soon as this cover was released, it was taken to the nearest post office for cancellation. This is the pinnacle, the ultimate, for any collection of space-related covers. Excellent.

    Included in this lot is a handwritten and signed Letter of Authenticity on his personal letterhead. It reads, in full: "I hereby certify that the accompanying Apollo XI Official Commemorative Cover, numbered C-59 written within the earth image, further identified with the August 11, 1969 Webster, TX postmark, the Lunar Receiving Laboratory quarantine stamp and the original signatures of the crew, is one of my 63 covers that flew to the moon with me aboard the mission July 16-24 1969. Michael Collins/ AMP/ Apollo XI/ August 23, 2011"

    Space historian Howard Weinberger has done extensive research on these Apollo 11 flown covers. He has confirmed that there were a total of 214 covers flown. Of the three different cachet designs known, the majority were of this NASA Manned Spacecraft Center variety. The 214 flown covers were shared among the crew in the following breakdown: Armstrong- 47; Collins- 63; and Aldrin- 104. Each of the astronauts devised their own serial numbering key for their covers. Aldrin noted each cover in the top left corner with his initials and a number. Collins noted his covers within the image of the earth on the front with his last name initial and a number such as the "C-53" found on this one in that position. Aldrin and Collins hand wrote above the cachet on each of their covers that it flew to the moon aboard Apollo 11. It is not known if and how Armstrong notated his. Armstrong had recently confirmed that he was still in possession of his forty-seven covers and that they were noted similarly to the Aldrin and Collins covers. Weinberger, analyzing their collectability, states: "... the flown covers really do exemplify the ideal rarity because they incorporate all of the desired elements: the commemorative aspect, the flown status, the quarantine time, the crew signatures and the scarcity of only 214 having existed." A great opportunity for the astute collector.


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