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Item 515 - Apollo 15 Catalog 396 (Nov 2012)

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Apollo 15 flown Sieger postal cover with a cachet honoring the Apollo 15 mission insignia, signed at the top in black felt tip, “Landed at Hadley Moon, July 30, 1971 Dave Scott,” and “Jim Irwin,” and also signed in felt tip in the lower left corner “Dave Scott,” “Al Worden,” and “Jim Irwin.” On the reverse is a typed and notarized inscription that reads: “This is to certify that this cover was onboard the Falcon at the Hadley-Apennine, Moon, July 30–August 2, 1971,” and is notary stamped and signed Mrs. C. B. Carsey. Her notary raised seal is also applied to the cover. Also on the reverse, in the lower left reverse corner, Sieger's name "H.W. Sieger" is stamped then signed by him below a handwritten serial number “99.” In fine condition.

Prior to the flight of Apollo 15, a German stamp dealer cut a deal with the crew to carry 100 covers to the moon in return for $7,000 each, on the condition that they not be sold until after the end of the Apollo program. The crew carried his covers, along with 300 of their own. Despite the agreement not to sell the items, the stamp dealer immediately began offering them to interested parties…leading to a Congressional investigation and a decision by NASA to suspend Scott, Worden, and Irwin from flight duty. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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