1969-07-16 USA Apollo 11

Hand-painted cachet done by Alec Bartos, the Romanian Astrophilately Chairman, visual artist and stamp designer. Alec painted this cover with contents carried in Armstrong's Personal Preference Kit (PPK) - a piece of wood from the Wright brothers' 1903 airplane's left propeller, a piece of muslin fabric from its upper left wing, a gold olive branch pin that was left on the Moon's surface.


Neil Armstrong and Wernher von Braun Apollo 11 Covers Signed. A wooden plaque, 9" x 11.75", featuring two signed Apollo 11 event covers and four space-related U.S. stamps, all laminated to a red album page, covered with Plexiglas, and mounted to the plaque along with a space medallion. There are two signed items in this lot: (1) An Apollo 11 launch cover with a July 16, 1969 pictorial cancel from the Kennedy Space Center. It has a color cachet issued by the Bendix Company's Launch Support Division and is addressed to Honorable Harry Flood Byrd, Jr., a U.S. senator from Virginia. It has been signed by both "Neil Armstrong" and "Wernher von Braun". (2) An unaddressed Apollo 11 splashdown cover with a July 24, 1969 Cape Canaveral cancellation and a color cachet depicting the astronauts and the recovery in the Pacific. It has been boldly signed "Neil Armstrong" in a blank area. - Heritage Auction











Apollo 11 Crew-Signed Type III Insurance Cover Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin. This "NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club Official Commemorative Cover First Manned Lunar Exploration" with a color cachet, 6.5" x 3.625", has an "Apollo 8" 8¢ U.S. stamp affixed and cancelled July 20, 1969 (the date of the moon landing), at Houston, Texas. It features the crew's bold signatures: "Neil Armstrong", "Michael Collins", and "Buzz Aldrin", all in blue felt tip to the right of the cachet. This is the third of three different designs known for these insurance covers, a tradition that began with this flight. 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.

This cover was given directly to the consignor in June 1986 at Warsaw, Poland by Dr. Aldrin in appreciation for the three days he spent in his home. They had a mutual friend and Aldrin stopped in Warsaw on his way from Moscow back to the United States to visit Poland. The consignor met him at the airport, opened his home to him, and aided him in getting around the city for meetings.- Heritage Auction
Apollo 11 Crew-Signed "Type One" Insurance Cover Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin, with Signed LOA. This "NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club Official Commemorative Cover First Manned Lunar Exploration" with a color cachet, 6.5" x 3.625", has an "Apollo 8" 8¢ U.S. stamp affixed and cancelled July 20, 1969 (the date of the moon landing), at Houston, Texas. It features the crew's bold signatures: "Neil Armstrong" (cancellation over part of his signature as usual), "Michael Collins", and "Buzz Aldrin", all in blue felt tip to the right of the cachet.

This cover is mounted to a signed Letter of Authenticity on Aldrin's personal letterhead, as follows (in full): "This Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club postal cover with a lunar exploration scene and a small Apollo 11 emblem cachet is one of the "insurance covers" signed by the Apollo 11 crew prior to our launch in July 1969. Since we were unable to obtain adequate life insurance due to the high risk nature of being an astronaut, we signed this group of covers and evenly distributed them to our families for safe keeping while we performed our mission. If an unfortunate event prevented our safe return, the covers would have provided a limited financial means of support to our families. The cover displayed above has been in my private collection since 1969 and has an identifier of BA15 written on the reverse side. It was signed by the Apollo 11 crew - Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and myself prior to launch. The cover was postmarked on the lunar landing day of Apollo 11 at Houston, Texas, on July 20, 1969. Just a few hours after landing, Neil Armstrong and I became the first humans to walk on another celestial body - the Moon." - Heritage Auction












USS Hornet hand cancel variation with time slug above the year, only one observed. This postmark variation can be found in some Apollo 12 USS Hornet covers.
USS Hornet cover with hand-painted cachet by artist Detlev Van Ravenswaay.

Beck cover B804 cachet was meant for USS Goldsborough, but this one went to USS Hornet. Only one observed, it could be unique. 



USS Hornet hand cancel variation with missing time slug. Signed by William Pierce Rogers, who led the investigation into the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.
USS Hornet hand cancel variation with missing time slug. Cover is attached with a sample piece flotation collar.
The USS Arlington (AGMR-2) served as President Nixon's "Floating White House" during the Apollo 11 recovery.