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    Apollo 16 Crew-Signed Insurance Cover Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander John Young, Certified and Signed on Back. The three bold signatures, "John Young", "Ken Mattingly", and "Charlie Duke", all in blue felt-tip, are neatly placed on this cacheted cover, approximately 6.5" x 3.625" in size, featuring the "United States in Space" U.S. 8ยข stamp (Scott #1434). It was cancelled (space pictorial) on the day of launch, April 16, 1972, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The color cachet features the Apollo 16 mission insignia. Excellent condition.

    Insurance covers were a tradition that started with Apollo 11 and continued through Apollo 16. 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.

    On the back, John Young has written: "From My Personal Collection. John W. Young".


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