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Apollo 11 Patch

  • APOLLO 11 was the first manned flight to the Moon where Astronauts actually touched down and set foot on the Moon. In 1961, while the U.S. manned space program was still in its infancy, President John F. Kennedy set the space program on a new course by proclaiming: "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth". This was accomplished on the Apollo 11 flight. Here are the highlights of the flight:
  • 07/16/1969 Launch date
  • 07/20/1969 Moonlanding date
  • 07/24/1969 Splashdown date
  • Unserviced DOW-UNICOVER cachets covers were distributed by Dave Oulette who worked at the Kennedy Space Center Florida during the time of Apollo 11 flight. The DOW-UNICOVER cachets are very similar to the HERITAGE CRAFTS cachets produced by Dave Oulette that exist for other Apollo flights.

  • Another space cover dealer calls these cachets "Contractor Covers" because of the name "DOW", however the cover company called FLEETWOOD has been advertising these are their cachets as the name "UNICOVER" is associated with the FLEETWOOD company and makes no reference that these are Contractor Covers. So you be the judge!

  • NEW INFORMATION RECEIVED ABOUT THIS CACHET ARTIST AND THE NAME OF DOW and so these are NOT contractor covers: The artist who drew this cachet for Fleetwood was Donald E. Wiles, of York PA. Mr. Wiles negotiated the deal with FLEETWOOD and one of his requirements was to be able to sign his work as "DOW-UNICOVER". Mr. Wiles, a Bendix employee at the Kennedy Space Center, also did the artwork for the Bendix LSD cacheted covers as well as for the HERITAGE CRAFTS cachets. (This information was recently provided by a reliable source who worked with Mr. Wiles in 1969 and has a collection of art work by Mr. Wiles.)

  • These DOW-UNICOVER cacheted covers are very attractively printed in blue and show the Apollo 11 astronauts heads in their space suit with their names down the left side of the envelope. The main part of the cachet is a drawing showing the first step on the Moon and is titled "APOLLO XI THE FIRST STEP". There is additional wording to the cachet: PROJECT APOLLO, FIRST MANNED LUNAR LANDING. The DOW-UNICOVER name is at the bottom of the cachet.

  • All items on this list are with DOW-UNICOVER cachets unless otherwise noted.

  • All items on this list are #6 size covers and unaddressed unless otherwise noted.

  • All are rag content envelopes, with the exception of the Mission Profile Cards.

  • All DOW-UNICOVER cacheted covers come with an illustrated/text filler card that is called a "Mission Profile Card" drawn by artist Don Wiles, that shows an Astronaut setting up an experiment on the Moon and gives information about the Apollo 11 Astronauts and has the famous Moon quote made by President John F. Kennedy.

  • Some of the covers on this list are SPECIAL in that they have foreign space stamps or cinderella/local post items affixed and ARE cancelled by the US postmark. This is allowable under USPS regulations, so long as there is US postage on the cover that pays the first class rate. Many collectors seek out these kind of combination covers as they are unusual and not produced in any large quantities.

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Price List

LIST IDITEM IDPRICECANCEL DATECANCEL LOC
AP11DOW2B010$5.0007/20/1969T
APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING, Astronaut Trail Station,Titusville FL hand cancel on Apollo 8 stamp. DOW-UNICOVER printed cachet for Apollo 11. IMAGE

AP11DOW2B020$5.5007/20/1969T
APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING, Astronaut Trail Station,Titusville FL hand cancel on Apollo 8 stamp and Gemini spacewalk stamp. DOW-UNICOVER printed cachet for Apollo 11.

AP11DOW2B030$6.0007/20/1969T
APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING, SPECIAL COVER, Astronaut Trail Station,Titusville FL hand cancel ties both of these stamps to the cover: USA Apollo 8 stamp and Yeman 1/4B. "Astronaut on Moon" space stamp. DOW-UNICOVER printed cachet for Apollo 11. IMAGE

AP11DOW2B040$6.0007/20/1969T
APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING, SPECIAL COVER, Astronaut Trail Station,Titusville FL hand cancel ties both of these stamps to the cover: USA Apollo 8 stamp and Yeman 1/8B. "Lunar Module/Astronauts on Moon" space stamp. DOW-UNICOVER printed cachet for Apollo 11. IMAGE

AP11DOW2B060$6.0007/20/1969T
APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING, SPECIAL COVER, Astronaut Trail Station,Titusville FL hand cancel ties both of these stamps to the cover: USA Apollo 8 stamp and Paraguary G.10 "Gemini 8" space stamp. (Apollo 11 Astronaut Neil Armstrong was a Gemini 8 Astronaut). DOW- UNICOVER printed cachet for Apollo 11. IMAGE

AP11DOW2B070$6.0007/20/1969T
APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING, SPECIAL COVER, Astronaut Trail Station,Titusville FL hand cancel ties both of these stamps to the cover: USA Apollo 8 stamp and Paraguary G.50 "Gemini 10" space stamp. (Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins was a Gemini 10 Astronaut). DOW- UNICOVER printed cachet for Apollo 11. IMAGE

AP11DOW2B080$5.0007/20/1969T
APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING, SPECIAL COVER, Astronaut Trail Station,Titusville FL hand cancel ties both of these stamps to the cover: USA Apollo 8 stamp and Paraguary G.25 "Apollo Capsule" space stamp. DOW-UNICOVER printed cachet for Apollo 11. IMAGE

AP11DOW2B090$4.0007/16/1969T
APOLLO 11 LAUNCH, Astronaut Trail Station,Titusville FL hand cancel on Apollo 8 stamp. DOW-UNICOVER printed cachet for Apollo 11. IMAGE

AP11DOW2B100$5.0007/16/1969T
APOLLO 11 LAUNCH, SPECIAL COVER, Astronaut Trail Station,Titusville FL hand cancel ties both of these stamps to the cover: USA Apollo 8 stamp and Y.A.R. (Yeman Arab Republic) 1/4B. "John F. Kennedy/Rocket launch at Kennedy Space Center FL" space stamp. DOW- UNICOVER printed cachet for Apollo 11. IMAGE

AP11DOW2B110$4.0007/24/1969T
APOLLO 11 SPLASHDOWN, Astronaut Trail Station,Titusville FL hand cancel on Apollo 8 stamp. DOW-UNICOVER printed cachet for Apollo 11. IMAGE

AP11DOW2B120$12.00 SET
APOLLO 11, SET OF 3 COVERS, FOR LAUNCH, MOONLANDING AND SPLASHDOWN, all covers with the Astronaut Trail Station,Titusville FL hand cancel on Apollo 8 stamp. Same DOW-UNICOVER printed cachet for Apollo 11 on all 3 covers.

AP11DOW2B140$4.0007/24/1969C
APOLLO 11 SPLASHDOWN, Cape Canaveral FL machine cancel on Apollo 8 stamp. DOW-UNICOVER printed cachet for Apollo 11. IMAGE

AP11DOW2B180$30.0007/20/1969K
APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING, SCARCE COVER, with NASA KENNEDY SPACE CENTER FL RED METER CANCEL!! (Scarce on any philatelic cover)! The Kennedy Space Center meter slogan cancel reads "See Your Spaceport NASA Tours", DOW- UNICOVER printed cachet for Apollo 11. NOTE: the meter cancel does not show up good on the image shown, as it is low resolution scan. I can send a 300dpi resolution scan upon request. Meter cancel impressions on rag content envelopes (such as this) do not take as good as if it were a cheaper envelope. IMAGE

AP11DOW2B200Q$5.50 DBL
APOLLO 11 LAUNCH AND FIRST ANNIVERSARY, SPECIAL DOUBLE CANCELLED COVER, First cancel is 07/16/1969 Cape Canaveral FL machine cancel on Apollo 8 stamp (for launch of Apollo 11). Second cancel is 07/20/1970 Cape Canaveral FL hand cancel on Apollo 11 stamp (for the 1st anniversary of the first Moon Landing). DOW-UNICOVER printed cachet for Apollo 11.

AP11DOW2B210Q$6.50 DBL
APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING AND FIRST ANNIVERSARY, SPECIAL DOUBLE CANCELLED COVER, First cancel is 07/20/1969 Cape Canaveral FL machine cancel on Apollo 8 stamp (for Apollo 11 Moon Landing). Second cancel is a private hand cancel with circular "Moon Landing USA, 07/20/1969" cancel with wording "First Anniversary 1970" inside of 4 killer bars. This cancels a USA Apollo 11 Moon Landing stamp. DOW-UNICOVER printed cachet for Apollo 11....(A very UNUSUAL cover)!

AP11DOW2B240$4.5007/20/1969 
APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING, Grissom Air Force Base Indiana machine cancel on Apollo 8 stamp. (cancel is light but readable, Virgil Grissom was one of 1 of 3 Apollo One astronauts who died in an Apollo capsule fire in 1967, and the air force base was named in honor of Virgil Grissom). DOW-UNICOVER printed cachet for Apollo 11.

AP11DOW2B250$4.5007/20/1969 
APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING, SPECIAL COVER, Grissom Air Force Base Indiana machine cancel on Apollo 8 stamp. The same cancel also ties a NASA Local Post 5 cent black and yellow stamp honoring Astronaut Virgil Grissom. (cancel is light but readable, Virgil Grissom was one of 1 of 3 Apollo One astronauts who died in an Apollo capsule fire in 1967, and the air force base was named in honor of Virgil Grissom). DOW-UNICOVER printed cachet for Apollo 11.

AP11DOW2B270$6.0007/20/1969 
APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING, SPECIAL COVER, Apollo PA machine cancel ties both of these stamps to the cover: USA Apollo 8 stamp and Panama b/.005 "Apollo Lunar Module and Capsule" space stamp. DOW-UNICOVER printed cachet for Apollo 11.

AP11DOW2B280$5.0007/20/1969 
APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING, Bloomfield NJ machine cancel on Apollo 8 stamp. (Bloomfield is near Montclair NJ which is the home town of Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin). DOW- UNICOVER printed cachet for Apollo 11.

AP11DOW2B310$5.0009/06/1969 
APOLLO 11 ASTRONAUT HOMECOMING, with FIRST DAY OF USE OF MACHINE SLOGAN CANCEL from Wapakoneta OH on Apollo 8 stamp, 3 line postal slogan reads "Hometown of Neil Armstrong, First Man on Moon". DOW-UNICOVER printed cachet for Apollo 11.

AP11DOW2B480$6.0007/20/1969T
APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING SPECIAL ITEM, A MISSION PROFILE CARD, (that came with the DOW-UNICOVER covers). with Astronaut Trail Station,Titusville FL hand cancel on a 6 cent Flag/White House stamp on illustrated/text side of card. This vertical card measure 6 3/4x3 1/2" shows an Apollo 11 Astronaut setting up an experiment on the Moon, plus descriptive text on the Apollo 11 flight crew Astronauts: Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins, and the famous Moon quote by President John F. Kennedy. IMAGE

AP11DOW2B490$7.5007/20/1969 
APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING SPECIAL ITEM, A MISSION PROFILE CARD, (that came with the DOW-UNICOVER covers). with Jamaica N.Y., A.M.F. KENNEDY hand cancel on a 6 cent Flag/White House stamp on illustrated/text side of card. This vertical card measure 6 3/4x3 1/2" shows an Apollo 11 Astronaut setting up an experiment on the Moon, plus descriptive text on the Apollo 11 flight crew Astronauts: Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins, and the famous Moon quote by President John F. Kennedy: "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth". IMAGE

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