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Apollo 8
First Manned Moon Flight
First Day Covers, (#1371)
with Various Cachets.
Date of Issue May 5, 1969

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Apollo 8 Space Stamp
#1371 Apollo 8 Space Stamp

Apollo 8 Space FDC.
"Artcraft" printed cachet cover

Apollo 8 Space
First Day Covers, (#1371)
Notes

  • This stamp marks the successful flight of man's first flight to the Moon. Three astronauts aboard the Apollo 8 space capsule in December 1968 left Earth and circumnavigated the Moon on Christmas Eve and returned home successfully.
  • Its central design is an Earth view from the Moon taken from the Apollo 8 capsule and the stamp has a quote from the Holy Bible: "In the beginning God.......".
  • On Christmas eve the 3 Apollo 8 astronauts read from the Holy Bible as they circled the Moon.
  • This stamp was issued on May 5, 1969, the 8th anniversary of the first U.S. manned space flight by astronaut Alan Shepard in 1961.
  • For more information on the Apollo 8 flight and to read what the astronauts quoted from the Holy Bible, click on the link below:

From the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Website


Pricelist Cataloging
for these First Day Covers

  • The Item ID's for the below cover listings are cataloged using the

  • Mellone's Specialized Cachet Catalog of First Day Covers of the 1960's
    for the #1371 stamp, this catalog has 57 different cachets listed.
    • I use a 4 digit alpha/numeric number, and so a Item ID number of "M022", means that the M signifys that it is in the Mellone catalog and having a catalog number of 22.
    • When a cachet exists that is not in the Mellone catalog, then the Item ID will be a 4 digit alpha/numeric number starting with an "N" signifying NOT in Mellone and the 3 following numbers are my own identification. Such as "N004".
    • Any letter(s) following the 4 digit alpha/numeric number are my own and it signifies a different variety of cover such as a different kind of cancel, a different city cancel, a cover with an autograph, how the cover is addressed, etc. etc.
    • For each cover listed in the below price list I also list the Mellone catalog number in the pricelist text such as (#1371M-4) as it is listed in the catalog. Or if you see: (#1371-NIM) this means the cover is "Not In Mellone" catalog.

General Notes

  • All items are covers unless otherwise noted.
  • All covers are the standard U.S. #6 size (approximately 6 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches), as collected in the USA, unless otherwise noted.
  • Foreign covers may be slightly smaller in size than the standard U.S. #6 size and if so, their size will NOT be noted. Any cover larger than a number 6 size will be noted or any item of an unordinary size will be so noted.
  • All covers are unaddressed unless otherwise noted.
  • All covers are cacheted unless otherwise noted. A brief description of the cachet is given of the event being commemorated.
  • If covers are autographed they are genuine, unless otherwise noted.
  • Where stamp(s) used on the item are of significance, such as being a space stamp or a flag stamp or related to the event or location, it will be described. Otherwise the stamp(s) used on the item may be a definitive issue or an unrelated commemorative issue, and will not be described.
  • Items listed here may not be listed in any particular order.
  • Please print out the ON-LINE ORDER FORM and use it to mark down the covers you need. When ordering, please mark the LIST ID as well as ITEM ID.

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Price List

LIST IDITEM IDPRICECANCEL DATECANCEL LOC
FDC1371AM005$2.5005/05/1969H
APOLLO 8 FIRST DAY COVER (#1371M-5) , with a Houston TX machine cancel of 05/05/1969. With a black ARTCRAFT engraved printed cachet showing the busts of the Apollo 8 astronauts, the Apollo capsule orbiting the Moon with Earth in the distance, with printed text "First Day of Issue, James A. Lovell, William A. Anders, Frank Borman. Saluting Apollo 8, U.S. First Manned Lunar Orbital Flight.". IMAGE

FDC1371AM008$7.0005/05/1969H
APOLLO 8 FIRST DAY COVER (#1371M-8) , with a Houston TX machine cancel of 05/05/1969. With a blue ATA SPACE UNIT printed cachet showing "Apollo" statue, Earth from the Moon and the ATA Space Unit logo, with printed text "Project Apollo, 'Luner Flirtation', Apollo 12.". Label address IMAGE

FDC1371AM010$5.0005/05/1969H
APOLLO 8 FIRST DAY COVER, (#1371M-10) , with a Houston TX machine cancel of 05/05/1969. With a red & blue BUTLER PUBLICATIONS printed cachet that shows an Apollo 8 stamp (with no wording), the Apollo 8 Saturn launch against background of the surface of the Moon, and the generic Apollo emblem, with text that reads: "Apollo 8 Mission, United States, First Day Cover". IMAGE

FDC1371AM018S$7.5005/05/1969H
APOLLO 8 FIRST DAY COVER,COMBINATION STAMPS (#1371M-18) , with a Houston TX hand cancel of 05/05/1969 that ties the Apollo 8 stamp AND a Paraguay JFK/Saturn rocket stamp to cover. With a multicolor FLEETWOOD printed cachet that shows the three Apollo 8 Astronauts: Borman, Lovell and Anders, the Apollo 8 spacecraft at the Moon, and the Apollo 8 emblem, with text that reads in part: "In the beginning God created heaven and earth... Commemorating Apollo 8...". IMAGE

FDC1371AM043$5.0005/05/1969H
APOLLO 8 FIRST DAY COVER (#1371M-43) , with a Houston TX machine cancel of 05/05/1969. With a blue SPACE CITY COVER SOCIETY printed cachet showing the Apollo 8 Astronauts in business suits, Earth and the Moon with a space capsule in a loop around Earth and the Moon trajectory, with printed text "First Day of Issue, Anders - Lovell - Borman. Honoring Apollo 8 Crew.". Cover also has a 5 cent green and black NASA Local Post stamp showing the Apollo 8 astronauts in business suits, and text reading "Apollo 8 Tribute, Lovell-Borman-Anders, NASA Local Post, Houston Texas.". Local post stamp is tied to cover with a blue NASA Local Post cancel showing the state of Texas with a space capsule orbiting over it, with text: NASA Local Post, May 5, 1969, Space City U.S.A. IMAGE

FDC1371AN001F$5.0005/05/1969DBL
A SPECIAL DOUBLE CANCELLED APOLLO 8 FIRST DAY COVER (#1371-NIM) , The 1st cancel is a Houston TX first day of issue machine cancel of 05/05/1969 on the Apollo 8 stamp. The 2nd cancel is a Titusville FL Astronaut Trail Station hand cancel of 07/20/1969 on a 6 cent Flag stamp, cancelled on the date the Apollo Eleven astronauts made the first Moon landing. With a black and blue FRASKETI rubber stamp cachet (unidentifed) showing the Mercury III/Alan B. Shepard launch and a replica of the U.S. First Man on the Moon stamp, with rubber stamp text: "From 5-5-61 MR3 Mercury Flight to Apollo XI Moonlanding 7-20-69.". (the issue date of the Apollo 8 stamp is the anniversary date of the 1st U.S. man into space, Alan Shepard's Mercury/Redstone [MR-3] flight). This is an add on cachet. IMAGE

FDC1371AN002F$3.0005/05/1969DBL
A SPECIAL DOUBLE CANCELLED APOLLO 8 FIRST DAY COVER (#1371-NIM) , The 1st cancel is a Houston TX first day of issue machine cancel of 05/05/1969 on the Apollo 8 stamp. The 2nd cancel is a Titusville FL Astronaut Trail Station hand cancel of 07/20/1969 on a 6 cent Flag stamp, cancelled on the date the Apollo Eleven astronauts made the first Moon landing. (the issue date of the Apollo 8 stamp is the anniversary date of the 1st U.S. man into space, Alan Shepard's Mercury/Redstone [MR-3] flight). this cover has no cachet, perfect for add-on cacheting.

FDC1371AN002FF$2.0005/05/1969H
APOLLO 8 FIRST DAY COVER, (#1371-NIM) , with a Houston TX machine cancel of 05/05/1969. Cover has a white filler card stuck inside by the inserted flap. This cover has NO cachet, and is perfect for add-on cacheting

FDC1371AN004G$7.5005/05/1969H
APOLLO 8 FIRST DAY CANCEL ON UNUSUAL PASSPORT ITEM! (#1371-NIM) , with a Houston TX hand cancel of 05/05/1969 on the inside of this passport of 4 double sided sheets that fold up as shown, (the front of the passport). With a dark blue text & illustrations on light blue paper on all 8 sides that shows different space logos for Mercury, Gemini & Apollo, with text that reads in part: "To whome it may concern: Outer Space Greetings, whereas earthing (space for you to write your name has proved his devotion, interest, pride in United States Space Achievement.....", this is a GOODWILL AMBASSADOR printed cachet . IMAGE

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