Commemorative cover with a cachet honoring the "Team of 14 Astronauts for 3rd Stage Apollo-Gemini Project," postmarked on October 18, 1963, the date of their selection announcement, signed on or next to their respective floating heads in ink or ballpoint by the entirety of NASA Astronaut Group 3—"Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr.," "W. A. Anders," "Charles Bassett," "Alan L. Bean," "Eugene A. Cernan," "Roger B. Chaffee," "M. Collins," "Donn Eisele," "Walter Cunningham," "R. F. Gordon, Jr.," "C. Williams," "Rusty Schweickart," "Dave Scott," and "Ted Freeman." In fine condition.
Complete sets of autographs for NASA Astronaut Group 3 are among the rarest and most sought-after of all space collectibles, with covers such as this—signed neatly and boasting the appealing 'floating head' design—virtually nonexistent. In addition to its quartet of moonwalkers, the cover likewise fields four astronauts who tragically died before their slated missions—Roger Chaffee, Charles Bassett, Clifton Williams, and Ted Freeman. A terrific, utterly uncommon fully signed postal cover.
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