1963-05-15 USA Mercury MA-9

Mercury-Atlas 9 (Faith 7) Launch Cover. A Space Craft illustrated cachet cover with a 5¢ stamp affixed, bearing a Cape Canaveral cancellation dated May 15, 1963 (launch day), the last Project Mercury manned orbital flight. It features a "Project Mercury/Mission Accomplished" illustrated cachet. Signed by Gordon Cooper.
In the Mercury missions, the capsule communicator (CAPCOM) was the main person to communicate with the pilot. Scott Carpenter served as CAPCOM in Kauai, Hawaii, for Gordon Cooper's flight.
USS Kearsarge, prime recovery ship for Faith 7. Ship's stamped cachet (different from the one used for Sigma 7) in black ink and hand cancellation on this cover, signed by the Commanding Officer, E. P. Rankin.
A magenta ink was used for the ship's cachet on this cover. Signed by Gordon Cooper.
An unusual cover with a machine cancel, a hand cancel and a
"Dag Hammarskjöld invert" stamp.
A rare MA-9 USS Kearsarge Beck CREW Cover, only 25 covers without the "B" number printed exist. Signed by the Commanding Officer, E. P. Rankin.
A Carlson illustrated cachet printed on cover, signed by the Commanding Officer, E. P. Rankin.
Ship's stamped cachet in magenta ink with machine cancellation on this cover, signed by Gordon Cooper and the Commanding Officer, E. P. Rankin