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    Extremely rare flown cover, #5 of 87

    Apollo 15 Flown Crew-Signed Limited Edition Apollo 12 Cover Directly from the Family Collection of Apollo 12 Command Module Pilot Richard Gordon, Signed and Certified. A philatelic cover bearing the mission insignia with Navy wings by Bishop, the 6¢ flag stamp cancelled at Houston on December 10, 1969 (the day the crew left quarantine). It is boldly signed in black felt tip: "Charles Conrad Jr", "Dick Gordon", and "Alan L Bean". Gordon has written "Flown To The Moon RG" at top left, and "5 of 87" at bottom left. He has certified on the verso: "This envelope was flown/ to the moon on Apollo 15/ Richard F. Gordon Jr". Inside is a printed card to match the cover with the text: "The Accompanying Cover/ is # 5 of 87/ Carried to the Moon." It is signed and dated: "Richard F. Gordon Jr/ 9-20-80". Rare in all regards and particularly so due to the incredibly low number. Excellent.

    This is one of the little-known philatelic-related stories of the Apollo missions. Richard Gordon prepared eighty-seven mission insignia covers (identical to the Type I insurance covers) to take on the flight with him but they were left behind. As a personal favor to Apollo 15 back-up Commander Gordon, Jim Irwin volunteered to carry them to the moon on Apollo 15. Thus, they finally did make it to the moon and back and are a treasured rarity to the few lucky collectors who own one.

    A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this lot.


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    May, 2018
    11th Friday
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