Signed by the original crew.Apollo 13 Crew-Signed Insurance Cover Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander James Lovell, Signed and Certified. This cover features a color cachet of the mission insignia at left with "NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club" printed above, and "Official Commemorative Cover" below. To the right are the bold signatures of the original crew: "James Lovell", "Ken Mattingly", and "Fred Haise". It bears a pictorial machine cancellation from Kennedy Space Center, dated April 11, 1970 (launch date). At the last minute, Ken Mattingly was pulled from the mission because of his exposure to German measles. Lovell has signed on the verso: "Original insurance cover from my personal/ collection./ James Lovell/ CDR Apollo 13". Seldom offered. Excellent condition.
Insurance covers were a tradition that started with Apollo 11. The astronauts, who were considered too high risk for regular insurance, 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.
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