1962-10-03 USA Mercury MA-8

Mercury-Atlas 8 (Sigma 7) Launch Cover. A Space Craft illustrated cachet cover with a 4¢ Project Mercury stamp affixed, bearing a Cape Canaveral cancellation dated October 3, 1962 (launch day), the third US manned orbital flight. It features a "Project Mercury/Man in Space" illustrated cachet. Signed by Wally Schirra.
Space City cachet cover postmarked at Cape Canaveral October 3, 1962. From September 1, 1962, Port Canaveral post office's name was changed to Cape Canaveral post office. Signed by Wally Schirra.
USS Kearsarge recovery ship Captain's cover with ship's cachet and Captains's corner card. Machine cancelled and signed by commanding officer, E. P. Rankin and Wally Schirra.
USS Kearsarge recovery ship Captain's cover with ship's cachet and Captains's corner card. Hand cancelled and signed by commanding officer, E. P. Rankin.
The first Morris W. Beck Naval covers (cachet no. 77, 78 and 79) produced for space flight mission. However none was produced for USS Kearsarge.