Exceptionally rare flown Apollo 13 commemorative cover carried on board the command module Odyssey by commander James Lovell, 6.5 x 3.5, bearing a color cachet of the mission insignia with a stamped limited edition box in the lower left corner, numbered 30/50, postmarked on the front and reverse, Ellington Air Force Base, Texas, April 19, 1970, and signed in black felt tip by Lovell, Ken Mattingly, and Fred Haise. Also signed and flight-certified by Lovell on the flap in blue ballpoint, “This cover (#30 of 50) was carried into space and around the moon on the flight of Apollo 13 approved as storage in my personal preference kit, James Lovell.” Additionally, the lower left reverse is signed and certified in pencil by former NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club President Matthew I. Radnofsky, a NASA engineer who aided in the preparation of the Apollo 13 PPK covers, in full: “19 April 1970, USPO hand-back cancellation service provided at Ellington, AFB. Attest: M. I. Radnofsky.” In very good to fine condition, with Lovell’s signature on the front, and his notation on the back flap, affected by one time exposure to moisture. An incredibly rare and sought-after item that marks the first such example of a flown Apollo 13 cover we have ever offered at auction. Pre-certified Zarelli Space Authentication.
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