DescriptionApollo 12 Crew-Signed Insurance Cover Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Alan Bean. This cover, 6.5" x 3.625" in size, features the U.S. "First Man on the Moon" 10¢ stamp (Scott #C76) placed vertically. It is boldly signed "Charles Conrad", "R. F. Gordon", and "Alan L. Bean" in the address area and pictorially cancelled on the day of launch, November 14, 1969, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The cachet features the Apollo 12 mission insignia with "Yankee Clipper" (the command module) and "Intrepid" (the lunar module) printed below, along with a Navy Wing insignia. All three members of the crew were Navy pilots, thus the naval theme of the insignia and the ship call signs. Insurance covers were a tradition that started with Apollo 11. 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. Fine condition overall; the stamp was placed as to hide the last portion of both Conrad's and Gordon's signatures and there is a minor dampstain in the cancellation area affecting the "d" in Conrad.
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