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    Ex. Gene Cernan

    Apollo 17 Crew-Signed "Type Two Insurance" Cover #165, Canceled on the 25th and 30th Launch Anniversaries, Originally from the Personal Collection of Gene Cernan, with a Notarized COA. An official cover from the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club with the mission insignia cachet, signed by all three in black felt tip: "Gene Cernan", "Ron Evans", and "Jack Schmitt". Gene Cernan tells the full story, taken from the COA:

    "Prior to Apollo 17's launch, my crew received some ‘Apollo 17 Mission Emblem Postal Covers' from the ‘NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club' to autograph shortly before our launch to the Moon. The covers were then signed before launch by both myself as mission commander and Ronald Evans as our command module pilot, while our lunar module pilot Harrison Schmitt signed the covers once back on Earth. The signed covers then remained behind, and could have been sold to raise money for our families if we had not returned from the Moon. Today, these covers indeed represent my crew's Apollo 17 Insurance Covers. After the mission, I chose not to release my crew's Insurance Covers to collectors as the other Apollo crews had done with theirs. Instead, I kept most of the covers intact in order to postmark them on significant Apollo 17 anniversaries over the decades. I eventually chose to release the covers in 2009, at which time an ‘Insurance Cover' hand-stamp was affixed to officially memorialize them as the Apollo 17 Insurance Covers." The signature at close is copied but the Notary's signature is authentic.

    Also included is a printed history of the Apollo 17 covers. COA states "Serial No. 105" while the cover appears to be numbered "165." Very fine.

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