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Item 5200 - Apollo 12 Flown Cover Catalog 550 (Apr 2019)

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Sold Price: $11,251.25 (includes buyer's premium)

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Rare Apollo 12 'Type 1' cover carried to the moon on the Apollo 15 mission, 6.5 x 3.5, numbered 5/87, signed in black felt tip by the full Apollo 12 crew: Charles Conrad, Richard Gordon, and Alan Bean. Also signed and flight-certified on the reverse in blue ballpoint, “This envelope was flown to the moon on Apollo 15, Richard F. Gordon, Jr.,” and again initialed and certified above the cachet in black ballpoint, “Flown to the Moon, RG.” In fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Gordon's son, who confirms that the cover "was given directly to me by my parents, astronaut Richard Gordon and Barbara Gordon," as well as an unissued certificate signed and flight-certified by Gordon, "The accompanying cover is #5 of 87 carried to the moon," with Gordon adding the date below, "9/20/80." These covers were prepared to be carried on the Apollo 12 mission but did not make it due to an oversight; Jim Irwin later carried them on his Apollo 15 mission as a favor to Mrs. Gordon. These 87 were the only Apollo 12 cachet covers to be flown, making them quite scarce and highly desirable.

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