1969-11-14 USA Apollo 12

Apollo 12 Flown crew-signed cover directly from the family collection of Apollo 12 Command Module Pilot Richard Gordon, signed and certified.
A philatelic cover bearing the mission insignia with Navy wings by Bishop, the 6¢ flag stamp cancelled at Houston on December 10, 1969 (the day the crew left quarantine). It is boldly signed in black felt tip: "Charles Conrad Jr", "Dick Gordon", and "Alan L Bean". Gordon has written "Flown To The Moon RG" at top left, and "4 of 87" at bottom left. He has certified on the verso: "This envelope was flown/ to the moon on Apollo 15/ Richard F. Gordon Jr".

This is one of the little-known philatelic-related stories of the Apollo missions. Richard Gordon prepared eighty-seven mission insignia covers (identical to the Type I insurance covers) to take on the flight with him but they were left behind. As a personal favor to Apollo 15 back-up Commander Gordon, Jim Irwin volunteered to carry them to the moon on Apollo 15. Thus, they finally did make it to the moon and back and are a treasured rarity to the few lucky collectors who own one.
- Heritage Auction.
This flown cover comes with a printed card that match the cover with the text: "The Accompanying Cover/ is # 4 of 87/ Carried to the Moon." It is signed and dated: "Richard F. Gordon Jr/ 9-20-80". A description of the Apollo 12 mission is printed at the back of the card.
Apollo 12 "Type 1" Insurance Cover (Bishop) from Charles Conrad's that was originally meant to be flown. Envelope measuring approximately 4 x 6 inches with a color crew emblem cachet and Navy wings. Kennedy Space Center postmark of November 14, 1969, the launch date of Apollo 12. Signed by Charles Conrad, Richard Gordon and Alan Bean. Mounted on a typed card signed by Charles Conrad. - Bonhams
Apollo 12 "Type 1" Insurance Cover (Bishop) from Alan Bean. Envelope measuring approximately 4 x 6 inches with a color crew emblem cachet and Navy wings. Kennedy Space Center postmark of November 14, 1969, the launch date of Apollo 12. Front signed by Charles Conrad, Richard Gordon and Alan Bean, handwritten on the back "INSURANCE COVER FROM MY COLLECTION ALAN BEAN APOLLO 12 LMP".
Apollo 12 official commemorative cover from NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club, cancelled on launch day at Kennedy Space Center, November 14, 1969. Signed by Charles Conrad, Richard Gordon and Alan Bean.
Apollo 12 official NASA cachet on cover with a Kennedy Space Center hand cancel.
Apollo 12 commemorative cover from The Manned Spaceflight Cover Society, cancelled on moon landing day November 19, 1969. Signed by Charles Conrad, Richard Gordon and Alan Bean.
Apollo 12 lunar module, Intrepid, took off from the moon at 9:25 a.m. on November 20, 1969, leaving its descent stage behind as planned.
Apollo 12 US Navy recovery cover with printed cachet of splash-down. USS Hornet machine cancelled November 24, 1969.
Apollo 12 USS Hornet recovery ship cover with Beck rubber stamped cachet. Beautiful hand-painted cachet by artist Detlev Van Ravenswaay.
Apollo 12 USS Hornet Captain's cover and typed letter from the Captain. Signed by Captain Carl J. Seiberlich.
Apollo 12 NASA Recovery Team printed cachet cover. Signed by Charles Conrad, Richard Gordon and Alan Bean.
Apollo 12 Recovery Team printed cachet cover with Beck rubber stamped cachet.
Apollo 12 USS Hornet recovery ship cover with Beck rubber stamped cachet. Signed by Captain Carl J. Seiberlich, helo recovery pilot Cdr. Warren E. Aut, astronauts Richard Gordon, Charles Conrad and Alan Bean, NASA recovery team leader John C. Storesifer.
Beck printed cachet cover B821 with USS Hornet machine cancel. Signed by helo recovery pilot Cdr. Warren E. Aut, Captain Carl J. Seiberlich.
Apollo 12 USS Hornet recovery ship covers with a stick-on United States Navy (USN) emblem label. This hand cancel is a variation without the AM time slug.
Apollo 12 USS Hornet recovery ship covers with a hand cancel without the AM time slug. Beautiful hand-painted cachet by Alec Bartos, the Romanian Astrophilately Chairman, visual artist and stamp designer.
Apollo 12 USS Hornet recovery ship cover with both USS Hornet machine and hand cancels. Signed by Captain Carl J. Seiberlich, Cdr. V. E. Sprudley. The hand cancel is a variation with the AM time slug above the year 1969.
Unusual Beck rubber stamped cachet cover with Apollo 11 July 24, 1969 USS Hornet machine cancel and Apollo 12 November 24, 1969 USS Hornet hand cancel.