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Ex. John Young
Apollo 16 Crew-Signed Insurance Cover Originally from the
Personal Collection of Mission Commander John Young, Signed and
Certified. The crewmembers' signatures, "John Young", "
Ken Mattingly", and " Charlie Duke" are all in blue
felt-tip on this philatelic cover, featuring the "A Decade of
Achievement" U.S. 8¢ stamp. It bears a space pictorial cancellation
on the day of launch, April 16, 1972, at the Kennedy Space Center
in Florida. The color cachet features the Apollo 16 mission
insignia with Astronaut pins at lower left and right. The verso
bears the following typed certification: "Original Apollo 16
Insurance Cover/ Pre-launch signed on obverse/ from my personal
collection/ [signed] John Young". Insurance covers were a
tradition that started with Apollo 11 and continued through this
mission. 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. Excellent.
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