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Ex. Alan Bean
Apollo 12 Crew-Signed "Type One" Insurance Cover, Directly from
the Family Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Alan Bean,
Signed and Certified. A philatelic cover with the 10¢ "First
Man on the Moon" (Scott #C76) stamp affixed, bearing a pictorial
machine cancellation from Kennedy Space Center dated November 14,
1969, the day that Apollo 12 was launched. The color cachet
features the mission insignia. It has been boldly signed in black
felt tip: "C Conrad Jr", "Dick Gordon", and "Alan
L Bean". Signed on the verso: "Insurance cover/ from my
collection/ Alan Bean/ Apollo 12 LMP". Starting with Apollo 11,
the astronaut crews 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. Excellent.
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