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Item 2223 - Buzz Aldrin's Apollo 11 Flown Crew-Signed Type 1 Cover Catalog 588 (Jul 2020)

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Estimate: $30,000.00 +
Sold Price: $30,818.75 (includes buyer's premium)


Amazing flown Apollo 11 'Type 1' postal cover carried to the moon on the first lunar-landing mission, postmarked at Webster, TX on August 11, 1969, and stamped: "Delayed in quarantine at Lunar Receiving Laboratory M.S.C.-Houston, Texas." Boldly signed in blue felt tip by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, and signed in black felt tip by Michael Collins. Also annotated in the upper left in ballpoint by Aldrin: "A-58, Carried to the Moon on Apollo 11." The 'Type 1' cover features a full-color cachet of lunar surface activities. Although the crew splashed down on July 24, 1969, they and their equipment and belongings were immediately quarantined until August 11, when the covers were able to be postmarked at the Webster, Texas, Post Office. Removably mounted in a sleeve affixed to a letter of provenance signed by Aldrin, noting that the cover had been "in the Aldrin family's private collection since 1969." Beautifully cloth-matted and framed to an overall size of 14.5 x 17. In fine condition. A superb example, these covers are seldom seen where part of Armstrong's signature is not obscured by the color cachet. These covers represent the pinnacle for any collection of space-related covers.

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