Buzz Aldrin's Apollo 11 'Type 3' insurance cover with a color cachet of the mission insignia and a July 16, 1969, Kennedy Space Center launch date postmark, signed in blue felt tip, "Neil Armstrong, "Buzz Aldrin," and "M. Collins." Cover is also marked along the reverse bottom edge, "BA06." The cover is accompanied by a sheet of personal letterhead signed in blue ballpoint by Aldrin, which reads, in part: "This postal cover with the Apollo 11 emblem cachet is one of the 'insurance covers' signed by the Apollo 11 crew prior to our launch in July 1969…The cover displayed above has been in my private collection since 1969 and has an identifier of BA06 written on the reverse side. It was signed by the Apollo 11 crew—Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and myself prior to launch." In very fine condition. These famous insurance covers, produced immediately prior to space missions in order to provide financial security for astronauts' families in case of disaster, have earned near-legendary status as the ultimate space-related philatelic item, and exist as one of the most coveted formats for astronaut autographs. The 'Type 3' cover rates as the least common of the three Apollo 11 insurance covers.
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