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1981 Space Achievement Stamps FDC's:
Set & Single Stamped First Day Covers, (#1912-1919)
with FMF cachets and Other Cachets.
Official and Unofficial Cancels.
Date of Issue May 21, 1981

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`block of 4 space shuttle FDC.
Block of 4 Space Shuttle FDC
with FMF Printed Cachet

First Day Covers, (#1912-1919)
Notes

  • This pricelist is a work in progress, more covers will be added as time permits.
  • Besides being able to purchase the full set of stamps on one cover, you can also purchase individual first day covers with blocks of 4, strips of 2, single stamps, double cancelled covers, unofficial cancels, local post covers etc, which most other dealers do not offer. See the numbering system below to easily locate what you are looking for.
  • In this way I am able to accommodate the topical collector who may only collect one particular kind of space event. So take a close look at what I have to offer. There are many unusual items listed.
  • Due to the way the block of 8 stamps was positioned on the pane of 48 stamps, one could seperate the stamps as to get unusual blocks and strips, (see below) such as having a block of 4 of the smaller stamps, or a block of 8 with the 4 smaller stamps shifted to one side, or having different vertical strips of the smaller stamps where the normal stamp at the bottom would now be at the top of the strip, etc.
1981 Space Achievement block of 8 stamps.
the 1981 Space Achievement block of 8 stamps in its normal configuration, with the 4 center space shuttle stamps, flanked by two smaller vertical pairs on each side. The catalog numbering and the design of each stamp is as follows:

  • Top left stamp (#1912), Exploring the Moon, shows an astronaut on the moon.
  • Top stamp second from the left side (#1913), the Space Shuttle releasing its external tanks, before it goes into orbit. This shuttle stamp position is referred to as the UL position (upper left) in the block of 4 stamps.
  • Top stamp second from the right side (#1914), the Space Shuttle in orbit about to release a satellite from its cargo bay. This shuttle stamp position is referred to as the UR position (upper right) in the block of 4 stamps.
  • Top right stamp (#1915), understanding the sun, shows the Skylab manned space station.
  • Bottom left stamp (#1916), probing the planets, shows the Pioneer spacecraft near the planet Saturn.
  • Bottom stamp second from the left side (#1917), the launch of the Space Shuttle. This shuttle stamp position is referred to as the LL position (Lower left) in the block of 4 stamps.
  • Bottom stamp second from the right side (#1918), the Space Shuttle coming in for an Earth landing. This shuttle stamp position is referred to as the LR position (lower right) in the block of 4 stamps.
  • Bottom right stamp (#1919), comprehending the universe, shows the hubble telescope space satellite againt backdrop of the universe.
To make it easy for you to find particular stamps or groups in the pricelist: here is how the FDC's are listed below, such as full sets, blocks of 4, strips of 2 stamps, single stamps, combination stamps etc. as follows giving the ID Numbers and how grouped:
  • #001 - 049 = sets of covers in full sets.
  • #050 - 099 = the block of 8 stamps on covers.
  • #100 - 149 = blocks of 4 of the Space Shuttle stamps on covers.
  • #150 - 199 = strips of 2 of the Space Shuttle stamps on covers.
  • #200 - 249 = blocks of 4 of the small stamps on covers.
  • #250 - 299 = strips of 2 of the small stamps on covers.
  • #300 - 319 = single Shuttle launch stamp (LL #1917) on covers.
  • #320 - 339 = single Shuttle preparing for orbit stamp (UL #1913) on covers.
  • #340 - 359 = single Shuttle in orbit stamp (UR #1914) on covers.
  • #360 - 379 = single Shuttle laund stamp (LR #1918) on covers.
  • #380 - 399 = double cancelled Shuttle stamps on covers.
  • #400 - 449 = single Exploring the Moon stamp (#1912) on covers.
  • #450 - 474 = Exploring the Moon stamp (#1912) double cancelled covers.
  • #475 - 499 = Exploring the Moon stamp (#1912) combination stamped covers.
  • #500 - 549 = single Understanding the Sun/Skylab stamp (#1915) on covers.
  • #550 - 574 = Understanding the Sun/Skylab stamp (#1915) double cancelled covers.
  • #575 - 599 = Understanding the Sun/Skylab stamp (#1915) combination stamped covers.
  • #600 - 649 = single Probing the Planets/Saturn stamp (#1916) on covers.
  • #650 - 674 = Probing the Planets/Saturn stamp (#1916) double cancelled covers.
  • #675 - 699 = Probing the Planets/Saturn stamp (#1916) combination stamped covers.
  • #700 - 749 = single Comprehending the Universe/Hubble stamp (#1919) on covers.
  • #750 - 774 = Comprehending the Universe/Hubble stamp (#1919) double cancelled covers.
  • #775 - 799 = Comprehending the Universe/Hubble stamp (#1919) combination stamped covers.

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
FDC1912A002A$24.0005/21/1981SET
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SET OF 8 SINGLE STAMPS FIRST DAY COVER (#1912-1919), with Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue machine cancel of May 21, 1981 on all 8 FDCs, each cover has a single stamp affixed, there are 4 Space Shuttle stamps (different views), and a single cover for: Exploring the Moon, Probing the Planets, Understanding the Sun, Comprehending the Universe. With a black READERS DIGEST printed cachet, each of the 8 cachets are different showing space topics: such as rocket pioneer Robert Goddard, an astronaut with EVA backpack, astronauts in a shuttle cockpit etc, with printed text: "First Day of Issue, Space Achievement."

FDC1912A004A$16.0005/21/1981SET
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SET OF 4 PAIR OF STAMPS FIRST DAY COVER (#1912-1919), with Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue machine cancel of May 21, 1981 on all 4 FDCs, each cover has a vertical se-tenant pair of stamp affixed. Each cover has a different two color SPACE VOYAGE printed cachet, each of the 4 cachets are different as explained below with printed text for each event. 1st cover has the 2 left shuttle stamps, & cachet shows various shuttle launch events including the STS-1 emblem patch; 2nd cover has the 2 right shuttle stamps & cachet shows various events & the shuttle landing; 3rd cover has the pair of stamps for the moonlanding & the Saturn/pioneer spacecraft & cachet shows events pertaining to these achievements; 4th cover has the pair of stamps for the Skylab & the Hubble space telescope & cachet shows events pertaining to the Skylab space station and future launch of the Hubble space telescope.

FDC1912A006A$8.0005/21/1981SET
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SET OF 2 BLOCK OF 4 STAMPS FIRST DAY COVER (#1912-1919), with Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on both FDCs, each cover has a se-tenant block of 4 stamps affixed. Two different complimenting two color cachets make up this set: The 1st cover has the se-tenant block of 4 Space Shuttle stamps (#1913-14, 1917-18) with HM-SHUE printed cachet, showing the Space Shuttle and stars and bars with text: "Space Shuttle 1981". 2nd cover has the block of 4 smaller se-tenant stamps showing Skylab, Man on Moon, Hubble space telescope & Pioneer spacecraft at Saturn, with BOWIE STAMP CLUB printed cachet (unidentified) showing the Space Shuttle and stylized American flag with text: "Columbia, Space Shuttle 1981". (Only 20 sets exist).

FDC1912A050A$6.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT BLOCK OF 8 STAMPS FIRST DAY COVER (#1912-1919), with a large Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on the block of four 18 cent Space Shuttle se-tenant stamps flanked on each side by vertical se-tenant pairs of stamps for other space achievements: Exploring the Moon, Probing the Planets, Understanding the Sun, Comprehending the Universe. With a blue FMF printed cachet showing 3 US space/astronomy stamps (Gemini Spacewalk, Palomar Observatory & Apollo 8 Earth from the Moon), with printed text: "America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind". IMAGE

FDC1912A052A$6.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT BLOCK OF 8 "SHIFTED" STAMPS FIRST DAY COVER (#1912-1919), with a large Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on the block of four 18 cent Space Shuttle se-tenant stamps with the 4 smaller stamps shifted to the right side of the shuttle stamps, these smaller se-tenant stamps are for other space achievements: Exploring the Moon, Probing the Planets, Understanding the Sun, Comprehending the Universe. With a blue FMF printed cachet showing 3 US space/astronomy stamps (Gemini Spacewalk, Palomar Observatory & Apollo 8 Earth from the Moon), with printed text: "America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind." (Very few covers were prepared with this shifted block of 8 stamps).

FDC1912A055A$6.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT BLOCK OF 8 STAMPS FIRST DAY COVER (#1912-1919), with a large Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on the block of four 18 cent Space Shuttle se-tenant stamps flanked on each side by vertical pairs of se-tenant stamps for other space achievements: Exploring the Moon, Probing the Planets, Understanding the Sun, Comprehending the Universe. With a multicolored FLEETWOOD printed cachet showing the Space Shuttle Launch. Backside of the cover gives information of the shuttle launch.

FDC1912A100A$4.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT BLOCK OF 4 SPACE SHUTTLE STAMPS FIRST DAY COVER (#1913-14, 1917-18), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on the block of four 18 cent Space Shuttle se-tenant stamps. With a blue FMF printed cachet showing the Space Shuttle in orbit about to launch a satellite from its cargo bay, with printed text: "America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind". IMAGE

FDC1912A105A$5.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT BLOCK OF 4 SPACE SHUTTLE STAMPS FIRST DAY COVER (#1913-14, 1917-18), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on the block of four 18 cent Space Shuttle se-tenant stamps. With a blue REAC printed cachet showing the Space Shuttle with the booster tanks, and printed text: "Space Shuttle. The World's First Reusable Space Craft.". (Only a small quatity of covers serviced with this cachet).

FDC1912A110A$5.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT BLOCK OF 4 SPACE SHUTTLE STAMPS FIRST DAY COVER (#1913-14, 1917-18), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on the block of four 18 cent Space Shuttle se-tenant stamps. With a multicolored FLEETWOOD printed cachet showing the Space Shuttle in orbit over earth with moon in the background. with printed text: "America's Space Shuttle, Since it can place a variety of payloads into orbit, the reusable Shuttle opens a new era in transportation." Backside of the cover gives information of the shuttle launch.

FDC1912A150A$5.0005/21/1981SET
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE STAMPS, SET OF 2 FIRST DAY COVERS (#1913-14, 1917-18), with a large Kennedy Space Center FL bullseye hand cancel of May 21, 1981 (which is the First Day of Issue date) on the top horizontal pair of 18 cent Space Shuttle se- tenant stamps on one cover, the other cover has the same cancel on the bottom horizontal pair of 18 cent Space Shuttle se-tenant stamps. Both covers have a blue FMF printed cachet showing the Space Shuttle in orbit about to launch a satellite from its cargo bay, with printed text: "America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind". IMAGE

FDC1912A150B$5.0005/21/1981SET
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE STAMPS, SET OF 2 FIRST DAY COVERS (#1913-14, 1917-18), with a large Kennedy Space Center FL bullseye hand cancel of May 21, 1981 (which is the First Day of Issue date) on the top horizontal pair of 18 cent Space Shuttle se- tenant stamps on one cover, the other cover has the same cancel on the bottom horizontal pair of 18 cent Space Shuttle se-tenant stamps. Both covers have a blue FMF printed cachet showing 3 US space/astronomy stamps (Gemini Spacewalk, Palomar Observatory & Apollo 8 Earth from the Moon), with printed text: "America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind".

FDC1912A152A$6.0005/21/1981SET
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE STAMPS, SET OF 2 FIRST DAY COVERS (#1913-14, 1917-18), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 cancelling the top horizontal pair of 18 cent Space Shuttle se-tenant stamps on one cover, the other cover has the same cancel on the bottom horizontal pair of 18 cent Space Shuttle se-tenant stamps. Both covers have a brown FMF printed cachet showing 5 space & astronomy stamps from various countries, and printed text: "Exploring the Universe.". (Very few sets were prepared with this cachet). IMAGE

FDC1912A160A$3.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE STAMPS, BOTTOM HORIZONTAL STRIP OF 2 STAMPS FIRST DAY COVER (#1917-18), with a large Kennedy Space Center FL bullseye hand cancel of May 21, 1981 (which is the First Day of Issue date) on the bottom horizontal pair of 18 cent Space Shuttle se-tenant stamps on one cover. With a blue FMF printed cachet showing 3 US space/astronomy stamps (Gemini Spacewalk, Palomar Observatory & Apollo 8 Earth from the Moon), with printed text: "America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind".

FDC1912A161A$3.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE STAMPS, BOTTOM HORIZONTAL STRIP OF 2 STAMPS FIRST DAY COVER (#1913-14), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on the top horizontal pair of 18 cent Space Shuttle se-tenant stamps on one cover. With a brown FMF printed cachet showing 5 space & astronomy stamps from various countries, and printed text: "Exploring the Universe.". (Very few covers were prepared with this brown cachet).

FDC1912A200A$6.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT "CONSTRUCTED MINATURE SHEET" FIRST DAY COVER (#1912, 1915, 1916, 1919), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on the the four 18 cent smaller stamps (corner single stamps with selvage) for space achievements: Exploring the Moon, Probing the Planets, Understanding the Sun, Comprehending the Universe that are positioned so that it appears to be a minature sheet with selvage all around. With a blue FMF printed cachet showing 3 US space/astronomy stamps (Gemini Spacewalk, Palomar Observatory & Apollo 8 Earth from the Moon), with printed text: "America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind". IMAGE

FDC1912A202A$4.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT BLOCK OF 4 SMALLER STAMPS FIRST DAY COVER (#1912, 1915, 1916, 1919), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on the the four 18 cent smaller se-tenant stamps for space achievements: Exploring the Moon; Probing the Planets (shows the Pioneer spacecraft at Saturn); Understanding the Sun; Comprehending the Universe, in a joined se-tenant block of 4 arrangement. With a blue FMF printed cachet showing the Voyager Spacecraft emblem, with 11 printed lines of text that read in part: "Closest Approach to Saturn, November 12, 1980, Voyager I, Voyage II,....A multibillion mile space odyssey to the outer planets on a detailed scientific expedition...... America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind." (The Voyager spacecraft also went to explore Saturn - the subject of the probing the planets stamp. Very few FDC's were prepared with this arrangement of blocks of 4 small stamps.)

FDC1912A204A$5.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT BLOCK OF 4 SMALLER STAMPS FIRST DAY COVER (#1912, 1915, 1916, 1919), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on the the four 18 cent smaller se-tenant stamps for space achievements: Exploring the Moon; Probing the Planets (shows the Pioneer spacecraft at Saturn); Understanding the Sun; Comprehending the Universe, in a joined se-tenant block of 4 arrangement. With a blue & orange FMF printed cachet showing 3 US space/astronomy stamps & the Voyager Spacecraft emblem, with 10 lines of text that read in part: "Voyager I, Sept. 5, 1977; Voyage II, Aug. 20, 1977....A multibillion mile space odyssey to the outer planets on a detailed scientific expedition...... America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind.". (The Voyager spacecraft also went to explore Saturn - the subject of the probing the planets stamp. Very few FDC's were prepared with this arrangement of blocks of 4 small stamps.) IMAGE

FDC1912A206A$4.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT BLOCK OF 4 SMALLER STAMPS FIRST DAY COVER (#1912, 1915, 1916, 1919), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on the the four 18 cent smaller se-tenant stamps for space achievements: Exploring the Moon, Probing the Planets, Understanding the Sun, Comprehending the Universe that are in a joined se- tenant block of 4 arrangement. With a blue FMF printed cachet showing 3 US space/astronomy stamps (Gemini Spacewalk, Palomar Observatory & Apollo 8 Earth from the Moon), with printed text: "America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind". (Very few FDC's were prepared with this arrangement of blocks of 4 small stamps.)

FDC1912A208A$4.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT BLOCK OF 4 SMALLER STAMPS FIRST DAY COVER (#1912, 1915, 1916, 1919), with Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on the the four 18 cent smaller se-tenant stamps for space achievements: Exploring the Moon, Probing the Planets, Understanding the Sun, Comprehending the Universe that are in a joined se- tenant block of 4 arrangement. With BOWIE STAMP CLUB printed cachet (unidentified) showing the Space Shuttle and stylized American flag with text: "Columbia, Space Shuttle 1981". (Very few FDC's were prepared with this arrangement of blocks of 4 small stamps.)

FDC1912A250A$4.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT WITH TWO VERTICAL PAIRS OF THE SMALL STAMPS FIRST DAY COVER (#1912, 1915, 1916, 1919), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on the the four 18 cent smaller stamps for space achievements: Exploring the Moon; Probing the Planets (shows the Pioneer Spacecraft at Saturn); Understanding the Sun; Comprehending the Universe, that are in two joined vertical se-tenant pairs. With a blue FMF printed cachet showing the Voyager Spacecraft emblem, with 11 printed lines of text that read in part: "Closest Approach to Saturn, November 12, 1980, Voyager I, Voyage II,.... A multibillion mile space odyssey to the outer planets on a detailed scientific expedition...... America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind.". (The Voyager spacecraft also went to explore Saturn - the subject of the probing the planets stamp. Very few FDC's were prepared with this arrangement of blocks of 4 small stamps.) IMAGE

FDC1912A252A$4.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT WITH 2 VERTICAL PAIRS OF THE SMALL STAMPS FIRST DAY COVER (#1912, 1915, 1916, 1919), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel, May 21, 1981 on the the four 18 cent small stamps: Exploring the Moon; Probing the Planets (shows the Pioneer Spacecraft at Saturn); Understanding the Sun; Comprehending the Universe, that are in two joined vertical se-tenant pairs. With a blue & orange FMF printed cachet showing 3 US space/astronomy stamps & the Voyager Spacecraft emblem, with 10 lines of text that read in part: "Voyager I, Sept. 5, 1977; Voyage II, Aug. 20, 1977.... A multibillion mile space odyssey to the outer planets on a detailed scientific expedition...... America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind." (The Voyager spacecraft also went to explore Saturn - the subject of the probing the planets stamp. Very few FDC's were prepared with this two color cachet & the arrangement of 2 strips of small stamps.)

FDC1912A254A$5.0005/21/1981SET
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT WITH TWO VERTICAL PAIRS OF THE SMALL STAMPS, SET OF 2 FIRST DAY COVERS (#1912, 1915, 1916, 1919), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on the the four 18 cent smaller stamps for space achievements: Exploring the Moon, Probing the Planets, Understanding the Sun, Comprehending the Universe that are in two joined vertical se-tenant pairs, each cover has a different vertical pair of stamps to make the set. With a blue FMF printed cachet showing 3 US space/astronomy stamps (Gemini Spacewalk, Palomar Observatory & Apollo 8 Earth from the Moon), with printed text: "America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind".

FDC1912A256A$5.0005/21/1981SET
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT WITH TWO VERTICAL PAIRS STAMPS SET OF 2 FIRST DAY COVERS (#1912, 1915, 1916, 1919), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on the the four 18 cent smaller stamps for space achievements: Exploring the Moon, Probing the Planets, Understanding the Sun, Comprehending the Universe that are in two joined vertical se-tenant pairs, each cover has a different vertical pair of stamps to make the set. With a brown FMF printed cachet showing 5 space & astronomy stamps from various countries, and printed text: "Exploring the Universe." (Very few FDC's were prepared with this brown FMF cachet).

FDC1912A258A$5.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT WITH TWO VERTICAL PAIRS OF THE SMALL STAMPS FIRST DAY COVER (#1912, 1915, 1916, 1919), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on the the four 18 cent smaller stamps for space achievements: Exploring the Moon; Probing the Planets (shows the Pioneer Spacecraft at Saturn); Understanding the Sun; Comprehending the Universe, that are in two joined vertical se-tenant pairs. With a multicolored FLEETWOOD printed cachet showing the Voyager spacecraft around Saturn and its moons. with printed text: "Probing the Last Frontier. Packed with sensitive instruments the Voyagers were launched in 1977 to further investigate the stars and planets." Backside of the cover gives information of probing the last frontier.

FDC1912A300A$4.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCH SINGLE STAMP FIRST DAY COVER (#1917), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on a 18 cent bottom left space shuttle stamp (#1917) showing the launch of the Space Shuttle. With a multicolor KSC EXCHANGE printed cachet (unidentified) shows the STS-1 Shuttle emblem patch with printed text: "Columbia, Young - Crippen" (The name of this Shuttle and the Astronauts on the first flight).

FDC1912A301A$4.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCH SINGLE STAMP FIRST DAY COVER (#1917), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue machine cancel of May 21, 1981 on a 18 cent bottom left space shuttle stamp (#1917) showing the launch of the Space Shuttle. With a 15 cent black on blue FMF LOCAL POST STAMP showing the Space Shuttle with cargo bay open holding up a sign that reads: "Beginning a new era". LP stamp has a first day of issue local post rubber stamp pictorial hand cancel showing a rocket launch from earth with text: "America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind."

FDC1912A320A$4.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE PREPARING FOR ORBIT SINGLE STAMP FIRST DAY COVER (#1913), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue machine cancel of May 21, 1981 on a 18 cent upper left space shuttle stamp (#1913) showing the booster tanks falling away before the shuttle went into orbit. With a black UNKNOWN printed cachet (cachet is signed "AJS" and is an overall cachet of the Shuttle over the earth).

FDC1912A320B$4.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE PREPARING FOR ORBIT SINGLE STAMP FIRST DAY COVER (#1913), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on a 18 cent upper left space shuttle stamp (#1913) showing the booster tanks falling away before the shuttle went into orbit. With a black UNKNOWN printed cachet (cachet is signed "AJS" and is an overall cachet of the Shuttle over the earth).

FDC1912A321A$3.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE PREPARING FOR ORBIT SINGLE STAMP FIRST DAY COVER (#1913), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue MACHINE cancel of May 21, 1981 on a 18 cent upper left space shuttle stamp (#1913) showing the booster tanks falling away before the shuttle went into orbit. With a blue and red all purpose space ARTOPAGES printed cachet showing 3 rockets on the ground and a space capsule going into orbit, with printed text: "Cape Canaveral renamed Cape Kennedy Space Center".

FDC1912A321B$3.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE PREPARING FOR ORBIT SINGLE STAMP FIRST DAY COVER (#1913), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue HAND cancel of May 21, 1981 on a 18 cent upper left space shuttle stamp (#1913) showing the booster tanks falling away before the shuttle went into orbit. With a blue and red all purpose space ARTOPAGES printed cachet showing 3 rockets on the ground and a space capsule going into orbit, with printed text: "Cape Canaveral renamed Cape Kennedy Space Center".

FDC1912A322A$3.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE PREPARING FOR ORBIT SINGLE STAMP FIRST DAY COVER (#1913), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue HAND cancel of May 21, 1981 on a 18 cent upper left space shuttle stamp (#1913) showing the booster tanks falling away before the shuttle went into orbit. With a dark blue all purpose space JJF printed cachet showing the American flag; a Saturn rocket on the ground; a satellite in orbit and a Apollo capsule in orbit, with printed text: "Launched from Cape Kennedy".

FDC1912A322B$3.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE PREPARING FOR ORBIT SINGLE STAMP FIRST DAY COVER (#1913), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue MACHINE cancel of May 21, 1981 on a 18 cent upper left space shuttle stamp (#1913) showing the booster tanks falling away before the shuttle went into orbit. With a dark blue all purpose space JJF printed cachet showing the American flag; a Saturn rocket on the ground; a satellite in orbit and a Apollo capsule in orbit, with printed text: "Launched from Cape Kennedy".

FDC1912A323A$4.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE PREPARING FOR ORBIT SINGLE STAMP FIRST DAY COVER (#1913), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on a 18 cent upper left space shuttle stamp (#1913) showing the booster tanks falling away before the shuttle went into orbit. With a multicolor KSC EXCHANGE printed cachet (unidentified) shows the STS-1 Shuttle emblem patch with printed text: "Columbia, Young - Crippen" (The name of this Shuttle and the Astronauts on the first flight).

FDC1912A324A$4.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE PREPARING FOR ORBIT SINGLE STAMP FIRST DAY COVER (#1913), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on a 18 cent upper left space shuttle stamp (#1913) showing the booster tanks falling away before the shuttle went into orbit. With a 15 cent black on blue FMF LOCAL POST STAMP showing the Space Shuttle with cargo bay open holding up a sign that reads: "Beginning a new era". LP stamp has a first day of issue local post rubber stamp pictorial hand cancel showing a rocket launch from earth with text: "America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind." (the USPS KSC hand cancel ties the local post stamp to cover).

FDC1912A340A$3.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE IN ORBIT SINGLE STAMP FIRST DAY COVER (#1914), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue HAND cancel of May 21, 1981 on a 18 cent upper right space shuttle stamp (#1914) showing the shuttle in orbit launching a satellite from its cargo bay. With a light blue all purpose space JJF printed cachet showing the American flag; a Saturn rocket on the ground; a satellite in orbit and a Apollo capsule in orbit.

FDC1912A340B$3.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE IN ORBIT SINGLE STAMP FIRST DAY COVER (#1914), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue MACHINE cancel of May 21, 1981 on a 18 cent upper right space shuttle stamp (#1914) showing the shuttle in orbit launching a satellite from its cargo bay. With a light blue all purpose space JJF printed cachet showing the American flag; a Saturn rocket on the ground; a satellite in orbit and a Apollo capsule in orbit.

FDC1912A341A$4.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE IN ORBIT SINGLE STAMP FIRST DAY COVER (#1914), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on a 18 cent upper right space shuttle stamp (#1914) showing the shuttle in orbit launching a satellite from its cargo bay. With a multicolor KSC EXCHANGE printed cachet (unidentified) shows the STS-1 Shuttle emblem patch with printed text: "Columbia, Young - Crippen" (The name of this Shuttle and the Astronauts on the first flight).

FDC1912A342A$4.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE IN ORBIT SINGLE STAMP FIRST DAY COVER (#1914), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on a 18 cent upper right space shuttle stamp (#1914) showing the shuttle in orbit launching a satellite from its cargo bay. With a 15 cent black on blue FMF LOCAL POST STAMP showing the Space Shuttle with cargo bay open holding up a sign that reads: "Beginning a new era". LP stamp has a first day of issue local post rubber stamp pictorial hand cancel showing a rocket launch from earth with text: "America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind." (the USPS KSC hand cancel ties the local post stamp to cover).

FDC1912A360A$4.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE LANDING SINGLE STAMP FIRST DAY COVER (#1918), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on a 18 cent bottom right space shuttle stamp (#1918) showing the shuttle with wheels down making a landing. With a 15 cent black on blue FMF LOCAL POST STAMP showing the Space Shuttle with cargo bay open holding up a sign that reads: "Beginning a new era". LP stamp has a first day of issue local post rubber stamp pictorial hand cancel showing a rocket launch from earth with text: "America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind."

FDC1912A380A$12.0005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1917), First Space Shuttle launch cover, with a Kennedy Space Center FL pictorial shuttle machine cancel of April 12, 1981 on a "B" stamp. The new 18 cent Space Shuttle launch stamp (#1917) was applied to this cover and has a small Kennedy Space Center FL bullseye hand cancel of May 21, 1981 (which is the First Day of Issue date). Cover has a blue FMF printed cachet showing 3 US space/astronomy stamps (Gemini Spacewalk, Palomar Observatory & Apollo 8 Earth from the Moon), with printed text: "America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind", & a blue 15 cent FMF Local Post Space Shuttle stamp and first day local post cancel. (Very few double cancelled covers were issued like this). IMAGE

FDC1912A382A$8.0005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1918), Space Shuttle pictorial cancel cover, showing the Space Shuttle emblem with a Philafair Station, Denver CO cancel of March 15, 1981 on a 15 cent Flag stamp. The new 18 cent Space Shuttle landing stamp (#1918) was applied to this cover and has a large Kennedy Space Center FL bullseye hand cancel of May 21, 1981 (which is the First Day of Issue date). Cover has a red 10 cent FMF Local Post Space Shuttle emblem stamp (just like the emblem in the postal cancel) and a small space pictorial local post cancel that reads "America's Space Program Benefits all Mankind." Cover also has two lines of blue rubber stamp text: "Flight of the Columbia, Year of the Space Shuttle". (Very few double cancelled covers were issued like this).

FDC1912A383A$8.0005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1917), Space Shuttle/Concorde/Wright Brothers pictorial cancel cover, showing these 3 subjects with a Midwest Postage Stamp & Coin Show Sta. Chicago IL cancel of April 15, 1978 on a 13 cent (Lindbergh's) 50th anniversary of his transatlantic flight stamp (#1710). The new 18 cent Space Shuttle launch stamp (#1917) was applied to this cover and has a small Kennedy Space Center FL bullseye hand cancel of May 21, 1981 (which is the First Day of Issue date). Cover has a red 10 cent FMF Local Post Space Shuttle emblem stamp and a local post first day cancel. Cover also has a blue space exploration rubber stamp cachet and one line of blue rubber stamp text: "75 Years of Powered Flight". (Just a handful of these double cancelled covers were issued like this).

FDC1912A384A$6.0005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1918), Tenth Anniversary of Space Shuttle Astronaut John Young's Apollo 10 Lunar Descent commemorative cover, with a Cape Canaveral FL hand cancel of May 22, 1979 on a 15 cent Albert Einstein commemorative stamp (#1774). The new 18 cent Space Shuttle landing stamp (#1918) was applied to this cover and has a large Kennedy Space Center FL bullseye hand cancel of May 21, 1981 (which is the First Day of Issue date). Cover has a black & goldenrod colored 10 cent FMF Local Post Apollo 10 stamp showing the Lunar Module over the Lunar surface & the names of the Apollo 10 astronauts and a local post first day of issue cancel. Cover also has three lines of purple rubber stamp text: "Tenth Anniversary, Lunar Module Descends to Within 10 Miles of the Moon". (Apollo 10 Astronatut John Young became one of the 2 astronauts to fly on the first Space Shuttle Mission, STS-1).

FDC1912A385A$8.0005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1918), Third Active Captive test of the Space Shuttle Approach & Landing commemorative cover, with a Edwards CA Space Shuttle pictorial machine cancel of July 26, 1977 on a 10 cent ASTP space stamp. (The pictorial cancel is partially visible on this cover due to the dark colors of the postage stamps used). Two of the new 18 cent Space Shuttle stamps (#1913-1914) showing the shuttle in near orbit and also in orbit launching a satellite from its cargo bay, was applied to this cover and has a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981. Cover has a red Space Shuttle emblem printed label for the cachet. (NOTE: when these covers were cancelled with the Edwards CA cancel, the cancelling machine placed a small black line at the top of envelopes. Just a few of these double cancelled covers were issued).

FDC1912A385B$8.0005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1918), Third Active Captive test of the Space Shuttle Approach & Landing commemorative cover, with a Edwards CA Space Shuttle pictorial machine cancel of July 26, 1977 on a 13 cent Eagle/Shield stamp (The pictorial cancel is clearly visible on this cover). Two of the new 18 cent Space Shuttle stamps (#1913-1914)showing the shuttle in near orbit and also in orbit launching a satellite from its cargo bay, was applied to this cover and has a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981. Cover has a red Space Shuttle emblem printed label for the cachet. (NOTE: when these covers were cancelled with the Edwards CA cancel, the cancelling machine placed a small black line at the top of envelopes. Just a few of these double cancelled covers were issued).

FDC1912A395A$15.0005/21/1981DBL
UNOFFICIAL CANCEL, SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SPACE SHUTTLE DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER, (#1917), A First Space Shuttle (STS-1) launch cover, with a Patrick Air Force Base FL hand cancel of April 12, 1981 on a "B" stamp. The new 18 cent Space Shuttle launch stamp (#1917) was applied to this cover and has a Patrick Air Force Base FL hand cancel of May 21, 1981 (which is an unofficial cancel of the First Day of Issue date). Cover has a multicolored KENNEDY SPACE CENTER EXCHANGE printed cachet (unidentified) showing the STS-1 emblem that has this printed text on the emblem: "Columbia. Young - Crippen" (Cover comes with a Space Shuttle filler card).

FDC1912A400A$15.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT MOON LANDING SINGLE STAMP COMBINATION FIRST DAY COVER (#1912), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on a 18 cent Exploring the Moon stamp (#1912) and the First Man on Moon stamp (#C76). With a light blue & black BENDIX LAUNCH SUPPORT DIVISION printed cachet for Apollo 11 thats shows an astronaut working on the moon, in front of the Lunar Module and with the Earth rising in the background, also shows the 3 apollo 11 astronaut busts with their names. Cachet text reads in part: "Apollo 11, First Manned Lunar Landing, Kennedy Space Center Florida" plus the famous 1961 quote by President John F. Kennedy about landing a man on the moon before this decade is out. (A unique cover, I only prepared one such cover like this, this was a leftover Apollo 11 cacheted envelope that I had available).

FDC1912A402A$5.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT MOON LANDING SINGLE STAMP FIRST DAY COVER (#1912), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue machine cancel of May 21, 1981 on a 18 cent Exploring the Moon stamp (#1912). With a blue APOLLO 13 EMBLEM printed cachet (unidentified, it may be a Goodwill Ambassador cachet as that name is on the back envelope flap), front of the cover also have a 9 line word rubber stamp cachet in red of an Apollo 13 prayer that reads: " O, Lord. We joyfully welcome back to earth astronauts Lovell, Haise, Swigert, who by Your good grace and their skill and the skill of many men, survived the dangers encountered in their mission, and returned to us safe and whole. We offer our humble Thanksgiving for this successful recovery" (A unique cover, I only prepared one such cover like this, this was a leftover Apollo 13 cacheted envelope that I had available).

FDC1912A404AQ$4.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT MOON LANDING SINGLE STAMP COMBINATION FIRST DAY COVER (#1912), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on a 18 cent Exploring the Moon stamp (#1912) and an 8 cent stamp showing astronauts in the Lunar Rover on the moon (#1435). With a multicolored HERITAGE CRAFTS printed cachet (unidentified) for Apollo 16 flight thats shows and identifies the 3 Apollo 16 astronauts and a large Apollo 16 emblem. Cachet text reads: "John F. Kennedy Space Center". (Just a few covers prepared with this cachet, this was leftover Apollo 16 cacheted envelopes that I had available).

FDC1912A404BQ$4.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT MOON LANDING SINGLE STAMP COMBINATION FIRST DAY COVER (#1912), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on a 18 cent Exploring the Moon stamp (#1912) and an 8 cent stamp showing the Lunar Lander & Earth from the surface of the moon(#1434). With a multicolored HERITAGE CRAFTS printed cachet (unidentified) for Apollo 16 flight thats shows and identifies the 3 Apollo 16 astronauts and a large Apollo 16 emblem. Cachet text reads: "John F. Kennedy Space Center". (Just a few covers prepared with this cachet, this was leftover Apollo 16 cacheted envelopes that I had available).

FDC1912A450A$8.0005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT MOON LANDING ANNIVERSARY DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1912), A 10th anniversary Apollo 11 moonlanding cover, with a Spacepex Sta. Houston TX pictorial cancel (showing the Apollo 11 emblem, US Flag and Lunar Module) of July 20, 1979 on a "A" eagle stamp. The new 18 cent Exploring the Moon stamp (#1912) was applied to this cover and has a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981. Cover has a 10 cent golddenrod color Apollo 11 FMF Local Post stamp and first day local post cancel, Local Post stamp shows the Apollo 11 astronauts on the Moon & the lunar module. Cover also has a 2 line word rubber stamp cachet that reads: "Tenth Anniversary, The Eagle Has Landed". IMAGE

FDC1912A450B$8.5005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT MOON LANDING ANNIVERSARY DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1912), A 10th anniversary Apollo 11 moonlanding cover, with a Spacepex Sta. Houston TX pictorial cancel (showing the Apollo 11 emblem, US Flag and Lunar Module) of July 20, 1979 on a 10 cent First Man on the Moon (#C76) stamp. The new 18 cent Exploring the Moon stamp (#1912) was applied to this cover and has a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981. Cover has a 10 cent golddenrod color Apollo 11 FMF Local Post stamp and first day local post cancel, Local Post stamp shows the Apollo 11 astronauts on the Moon & the lunar module. Cover also has a 2 line word rubber stamp cachet that reads: "Tenth Anniversary, The Eagle Has Landed".

FDC1912A454A$10.0005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1912), Apollo 11 moonlanding cover, with a Astronaut Trail Sta. Titusville FL hand cancel of July 20, 1969 on a 6 cent Apollo 8 Earth from the Moon (#1371) stamp. The new 18 cent Exploring the Moon stamp (#1912) was applied to this cover and has a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981. Cover has a blue DOW- UNICOVER embossed printed cachet that shows & identifys the 3 Apollo 11 astronauts and a drawing of the first step on the moon, with printed text; "Project Apollo, Apollo XI The First Step... First Manned Lunar Landing". (Just a handful of these double cancelled covers were issued like this).

FDC1912A456A$10.0005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1912), Apollo 16 moonlanding cover, with Kennedy Space Center FL space pictorial machine cancel April 16, 1972 on a 8 cent Apollo 15 Lunar Module/Earth from the Moon (#1434) stamp. The new 18 cent Exploring the Moon stamp (#1912) was applied to cover & has a small Kennedy Space Center FL bullseye hand cancel of May 21, 1981 (which is the First Day of Issue date). Cover has a brown & pink LUNAR VOYAGE CACHETS printed cachet showing the launch of Apollo 16 & the 3 astronauts on this flight: Charles Duke, John Young & Ken Mattingly, with printed text that reads in part: "Apollo 16 leaves for Descartes Region, perfect launch from Pad 39A, KSC, next to last Moon Mission". (Backside of cover is marked in pen: "1 of 5 made combo. SH", SH is the initials of Stan Henderson, the Space Voyage/Lunar Voyage Cachet servicer at the Cape Kennedy/Cape Canaveral FL area).

FDC1912A458A$10.0005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#C76 and #1912), Apollo 11 First Day Cover, with a Washington DC First Day of Issue hand cancel of Sept 9, 1969 on a 10 cent First Man on the Moon (#C76) Mr. Zip single stamp. The new 18 cent Exploring the Moon stamp (#1912) was applied to this cover and has a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981. Cover has a blue FLEETWOOD embossed printed cachet that shows & identifys the 3 Apollo 11 astronauts and a drawing of an astronaut planting the American flag on the Moon, with printed text; "Moon Landing USA - One Small Step for Man-One Giant Leap for Mankind. Commemorating First Men on the Moon, Apollo 11, July 20, 1969". (Very few double cancelled covers were issued like this).

FDC1912A475AQ$4.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT EXPLORING THE MOON COMBINATION FIRST DAY COVER (#1912), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on a 18 cent Exploring the Moon stamp (#1212) and a 8 cent Lunar Lander/Earth from the moon stamp (#1434). With multicolored HERITAGE CRAFTS printed cachet (not identified) for the Apollo 16 flight. Cachet shows and identifies the three Apollo 16 astronauts, and a large Apollo 16 emblem and printed text: "John F. Kennedy Space Center".

FDC1912A475BQ$4.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT EXPLORING THE MOON COMBINATION FIRST DAY COVER (#1912), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on a 18 cent Exploring the Moon stamp (#1212) and a 8 cent Lunar Rover vehicle on the moon stamp (#1435). With multicolored HERITAGE CRAFTS printed cachet (not identified) for the Apollo 16 flight. Cachet shows and identifies the three Apollo 16 astronauts, and a large Apollo 16 emblem and printed text: "John F. Kennedy Space Center".

FDC1912A550A$25.0005/21/1981SET
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT UNDERSTANDING THE SUN/SKYLAB DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER SET OF 3 COVERS (#1915), with 3 Skylab First Day Covers, each with a Houston TX First Day of Issue machine cancel of May 14, 1974 on a 10 cent Skylab space station single stamp (#1529). The new 18 cent Understanding the Sun/Skylab stamp (#1915) was applied to each cover and has a large Kennedy Space Center FL bullseye hand cancel of May 21, 1981 (which is the First Day of Issue date) Each of the Skylab FDCs has a different ORBIT COVERS printed cachet for the 3 different manned flights of Skylab: Skylab II, Skylab III & Skylab IV. Each cachet shows the astronauts of that flight and various events that took place on that flight. The Skylab II & III cachets are in red and the Skylab IV cachet is in Green. (Only 6 sets of covers were issued like this).

FDC1912A552A$10.0005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT UNDERSTANDING THE SUN/SKYLAB DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1915), A Skylab First Day Cover, which has a Houston TX First Day of Issue machine cancel of May 14, 1974 on a 10 cent Skylab space station single stamp (#1529). The new 18 cent Understanding the Sun/Skylab stamp (#1915) was applied to the cover and has a large Kennedy Space Center FL bullseye hand cancel of May 21, 1981 (which is the First Day of Issue date). With a multicolor HOUSTON PHILATELIC SOCIETY printed cachet that details the recovery operations of Skylab: with the space station overhead and the 3 individual space capsules with parachutes attached coming in for a splashdown, & with the recovery ship & recovery helicopter ready for each splashdown. With text of the dates of the 3 skylab flights, the names of the astronauts on each mission.

FDC1912A552B$10.0005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT UNDERSTANDING THE SUN/SKYLAB DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1915), A Skylab First Day Cover, which has a Houston TX First Day of Issue machine cancel of May 14, 1974 on a 10 cent Skylab space station single stamp (#1529). The new 18 cent Understanding the Sun/Skylab stamp (#1915) was applied to the cover and cancelled with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel, May 21, 1981. With a multicolor HOUSTON PHILATELIC SOCIETY printed cachet that details the recovery operations of Skylab: with the space station overhead and the 3 individual space capsules with parachutes attached coming in for a splashdown, & with the recovery ship & recovery helicopter ready for each splashdown. With text of the dates of the 3 skylab flights, the names of the astronauts on each mission.

FDC1912A554A$10.0005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT UNDERSTANDING THE SUN/SKYLAB DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1915), Skylab One/Parasol repair cover, with a Cape Canaveral FL machine cancel of May 26, 1973 on a 8 cent Flag stamp. The new 18 cent Understanding the Sun/Skylab stamp (#1915) was applied to the cover and has a small Kennedy Space Center FL bullseye hand cancel of May 21, 1981 (which is the First Day of Issue date). Cover has a multicolor SPACE VOYAGE printed cachet that shows the Skylab space station over earth and the 3 astronauts on this flight: Pete Conrad, Joe Kerwin and Paul Weitz, with printed text that reads in part: "24 ft. by 26 ft. sunshade extended through Skylab airlock: May 26, 8:30 to 11 p.m. Parasol to save overheated Skylab". (Backside of cover is marked in pen: "1 of 10 made combo. SH", SH is the initials of Stan Henderson, the Space Voyage/Lunar Voyage Cachet servicer at the Cape Kennedy/Cape Canaveral FL area).

FDC1912A556A$10.0005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT UNDERSTANDING THE SUN/SKYLAB DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1915), Skylab Three/First Skylab 3 spacewalk cover, with a Houston TX machine cancel of Nov. 22, 1973 on a 8 cent Flag stamp. The new 18 cent Understanding the Sun/Skylab stamp (#1915) was applied to the cover and has a small Kennedy Space Center FL bullseye hand cancel of May 21, 1981 (which is the First Day of Issue date). Cover has a blue & orange SPACE VOYAGE printed cachet that shows the a space walker by the Skylab space station and the 3 astronauts on this flight: Ed Gibson, Bill Pogue and Gerand Carr, with printed text that reads in part: "First Skylab III Walk, Nov. 22 Walk - retrieve film, reload solar telescope, repair Earth resource antenna". (Backside of cover is marked in pen: "1 of 15 made combo. SH", SH is the initials of Stan Henderson, the Space Voyage/Lunar Voyage Cachet servicer at the Cape Kennedy/Cape Canaveral FL area).

FDC1912A558A$10.0005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT UNDERSTANDING THE SUN/SKYLAB DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1915), Skylab 3 Splashdown cover, with a Cape Canaveral FL machine cancel of Feb. 8, 1974 on a 8 cent Flag stamp. The new 18 cent Understanding the Sun/Skylab stamp (#1915) was applied to the cover & has a small Kennedy Space Center FL bullseye hand cancel of May 21, 1981 (which is the First Day of Issue date). Cover has a green & purple SPACE VOYAGE printed cachet that shows the helicopter & frog men recovering the Skylab capsule & the 3 astronauts on this flight: Ed Gibson, Bill Pogue & Gerand Carr, with printed text that reads in part: "Frogmen descend for Splashdown Feb. 8, recovery by U.S.S. New Orleans. Record 84 days: 338 hours observing Sun & Kohoutek". (Backside of cover is marked in pen: "1 of 15 made combo. SH", SH is the initials of Stan Henderson, the Space Voyage/Lunar Voyage Cachet servicer at the Cape Kennedy/Cape Canaveral FL area).

FDC1912A560A$16.0005/21/1981TRP
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT UNDERSTANDING THE SUN/SKYLAB TRIPLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1915), Cover with 3 first day cancels: the 1st cancel is on a Skylab First Day Cover, which has a Houston TX First Day of Issue machine cancel of May 14, 1974 on a 10 cent Skylab space station single stamp (#1529). Cover was sent to Ascension Island & received the two Skylab Ascension stamps (#183-184) & the First Day of Issue Ascension Island March 20, 1975 hand cancel. Cover then was serviced with the 18 cent Understanding the Sun/Skylab stamp (#1915) and received the Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel, May 21, 1981. There is no cachet of this cover, it really does not need one with all the stamps and cancels on it! (Only a handful of covers was prepared with all 3 cancels!)

FDC1912A575A$4.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT UNDERSTANDING THE SUN/SKYLAB COMBINATION FIRST DAY COVER (#1915), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel of May 21, 1981 on a 18 cent Understanding the Sun/Skylab stamp (#1215) and a 10 cent Skylab/Space Station stamp (#1529). With a black USNS VANGUARD rubber cachet from the ship, of the Apollo emblem and text circling the emblem that reads: "USNS Vanguard (TAGM-19) Military Sealift Command, Apollo Soyuz-1975, USA/USSR". There is also a black "Military Sealift Command, United States Navy" rubber stamp cachet applied. Cover is autographed "H. Anderson, Jr." above his rubber stamp name and title: "H. Anderson, Jr., Master" (This was a ships cover from the ASTP mission that did not get cancelled during the 1975 flight, and reused for this first day cover. A one of a kind cover).

FDC1912A600A$4.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT SINGLE PROBING THE PLANETS/PIONEER SPACECRAFT/SATURN STAMP FIRST DAY COVER (#1916), with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue machine cancel, May 21, 1981 on the 18 cent smaller stamp: Probing the Planets, that shows the Pioneer spacecraft near Saturn planet. With a blue & orange FMF printed cachet showing 3 US space/astronomy stamps & the Voyager Spacecraft emblem, with 10 lines of text that read in part: "Voyager I, Sept. 5, 1977; Voyage II, Aug. 20, 1977.... Launched from Cape Canaveral. A multibillion mile space odyssey to the outer planets on a detailed scientific expedition...... America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind.". (Only two FDC's were prepared with this FMF two color cachet & this single stamp).

FDC1912A650A$8.0005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT PROBING THE PLANETS/SATURN DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1916), A Pioneer 11 Spacecraft First Encounter With Saturn Cover, which has a Pasadena CA hand cancel of Sept. 01, 1979 on a 10 cent Pioneer Spacecraft/Jupiter space stamp (#1556) & a 10 cent Progress in Electronics/Transistors stamp (#1501). The new 18 cent Probing the Planets/ Saturn/Pioneer Spacecraft stamp (#1916) was applied to the cover and cancelled with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel, May 21, 1981. With a green ARTMASTER printed cachet from 1975 thats shows the Pioneer Spacecraft encountering a planet & text: "Pioneer Space Probe, First Day of Issue". (Sept. 01, 1979 was the date of the first encounter of Saturn by a spacecraft: Pioneer 11. Pasadena is the location of the Deep Space Tracking Station network of Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which tracked Pioneer 11).

FDC1912A652A$8.0005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT PROBING THE PLANETS/SATURN DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1916), A Pioneer 11 Spacecraft First Encounter With Saturn Cover, which has a Moffett Field CA hand cancel of Sept. 01, 1979 on a vertical Mr. Zip pair of 10 cent Pioneer Spacecraft/Jupiter space stamps (#1556). The new 18 cent Probing the Planets/ Saturn/Pioneer Spacecraft stamp (#1916) was applied to the cover and cancelled with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel, May 21, 1981. With a blue FLEETWOOD printed cachet from 1975 thats shows the Pioneer Spacecraft encountering Saturn & text that reads in part: "Commemorating Pioneer, unmanned exploration of the Solar System". (Sept. 01, 1979 was the date of the first encounter of Saturn by a spacecraft: Pioneer 11. Moffett Field is the location of Ames Research Center for Pioneer Project Management).

FDC1912A654A$15.0005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT PROBING THE PLANETS/SATURN DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1916), A Pioneer 11 Spacecraft First Encounter With Saturn Cover, which has a Moffett Field CA machine cancel of Sept. 01, 1979 on a 15 cent American Flag stamp. The new 18 cent Probing the Planets/ Saturn/Pioneer Spacecraft stamp (#1916) was applied to the cover and cancelled with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel, May 21, 1981. With a black OFFICIAL NASA rubber stamp cachet from 1979 thats shows the Pioneer Spacecraft & text: "Pioneer, First Spacecraft to Saturn, NASA Ames Research Center, 1979. Saturn". (Sept. 01, 1979 was the date of the first encounter of Saturn by a spacecraft: Pioneer 11. Moffett Field is the location of Ames Research Center for Pioneer Project Management. This cover has a sequence number on the front of the envelope of 001044. This cover may be unique, only one was prepared with the official NASA cachet).

FDC1912A656A$10.0005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT PROBING THE PLANETS/SATURN DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1916), A 1st Anniversary of Pioneer 11 Spacecraft's 1st Encounter With Jupiter Cover, with a red Moffett Field CA hand cancel of Dec. 02, 1975 on a 10 cent Pioneer Jupiter stamp (#1556) which is mounted on a Bendix Corporation label affixed to the cover & is also tied by the cancel. The new 18 cent Probing the Planets/ Saturn/Pioneer Spacecraft stamp (#1916) was applied to the cover & cancelled with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel, May 21, 1981. A multicolor BENDIX PIONEER printed card cachet is mounted on the cover & shows a comical Pioneer spacecraft & text: "Smile! Pioneer 11, We're Going to Saturn". (Moffett Field is the location of Ames Research Center for Pioneer Project Management. Bendix Corp. supported the Mission Operations of the Pioneer spacecrafts. Only a handful of covers with this Bendix card was prepared this way.)

FDC1912A658A$6.0005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT PROBING THE PLANETS/SATURN DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1916), A stamp show pictorial cancelled cover: Aeropex Sta. Redondo Beach CA pictorial hand cancel that shows the planets Venus, Jupiter & Saturn with text: "The Year of the Pioneer, Aeropex '79", of Sept. 15, 1979 on a 10 cent Pioneer Jupiter stamp (#1556) & 8 cent Albert Einstein stamp. The new 18 cent Probing the Planets/ Saturn/Pioneer Spacecraft stamp (#1916) was applied to the cover & cancelled with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel, May 21, 1981. the Redondo Beach CA ties a TRW printed adddress label to the cover. (TRW was the prime contractor for the Pioneer spacecraft and is located at Redondo Beach, a perfect tie in with the pictorial cancel!)

FDC1912A660A$6.0005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT PROBING THE PLANETS/SATURN DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1916), A stamp show pictorial cancelled cover: Midwest Postage Stamp & Coin Show Sta. Chicago IL pictorial hand cancel that shows the Pioneer spacecraft and the Sun with zodiac symbols and text: "Mariner, Pioneer, Viking", of Oct. 17 , 1975 on a 10 cent Pioneer Jupiter stamp (#1556) & 3 cent United Nations Atomic Energy stamp (#59). The new 18 cent Probing the Planets/ Saturn/Pioneer Spacecraft stamp (#1916) was applied to the cover & cancelled with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel, May 21, 1981. With a green ARTMASTER printed cachet from 1975 thats shows the Pioneer Spacecraft encountering a planet & text: "Pioneer Space Probe, First Day of Issue". (Pioneer was powered by thermonuclear power generators, managed by the Atomic Energy Commission).

FDC1912A662A$8.0005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT PROBING THE PLANETS/SATURN DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1916), A stamp show pictorial cancelled cover: Midwest Postage Stamp & Coin Show Sta. Chicago IL pictorial hand cancel that shows the Pioneer spacecraft and the Sun with zodiac symbols and text: "Mariner, Pioneer, Viking", of Oct. 17 , 1975 on a 10 cent Pioneer Jupiter stamp (#1556). The new 18 cent Probing the Planets/ Saturn/Pioneer Spacecraft stamp (#1916) was applied to the cover & cancelled with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel, May 21, 1981. With a black on yellow FMF LOCAL POST stamp affixed to cover thats shows the Pioneer Plaque & text: "Pioneer 10 Identification Plaque to Extraterrestrial Beings" with local post cancel. The LP stamp is tied to cover by the first day of Issue USPS cancel. (Scarce, only a few covers were prepared this way with the 18 cent Pioneer stamp & FDOI cancel).

FDC1912A664A$5.0005/21/1981DBL
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT PROBING THE PLANETS/SATURN DOUBLE CANCELLED FIRST DAY COVER (#1916), Pioneer/Jupiter First Day Cover, with a Mountain View CA First Day of Issue hand cancel of Feb. 28, 1975, on a 10 cent Pioneer Spacecraft/Jupiter single stamp (#1556). The new 18 cent Probing the Planets/ Saturn/Pioneer Spacecraft stamp (#1916) was applied to the cover & cancelled with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel, May 21, 1981. There is NO cachet on this cover. Perfect for add-on cachets by other artists..

FDC1912A670A$10.0005/21/1981SET
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT PROBING THE PLANETS/SATURN DOUBLE CANCELLED SET OF 2 FIRST DAY COVERS (#1916), 2 FMF Local Post covers, each with a Fort Myers FL machine cancel of March 16, 1975, on 10 cent Pioneer Jupiter stamps (#1556). The new 18 cent Probing the Planets/ Saturn/Pioneer Spacecraft stamp (#1916) was applied to each cover & is cancelled with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel, May 21, 1981. Both covers have a black on yellow FMF LOCAL POST stamp affixed & LP cancelled. The LP stamp on 1st cover shows the Pioneer Plaque & text: "Pioneer 10 Identification Plaque to Extraterrestrial Beings". The LP stamp on 2st cover shows the Pioneer spacecraft and orbital diagram & text: "Pioneer 10 & 11 Explores Jupiter on way out of solar system ", both covers have rubber stamp text: "First Day Use, Fort Myers Post Office. (Only a few of these LP covers were prepared with the 18 cent Pioneer stamp & FDOI cancel).

FDC1912A675A$25.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT PROBING THE PLANETS/SATURN COMBINATION STAMPED FIRST DAY AUTOGRAPHED COVER (#1916), With new 18 cent Probing the Planets/ Saturn/Pioneer Spacecraft stamp , a 10 cent Pioneer Spacecraft/Jupiter stamp (#1556) & an Einstein stamp. All 3 stamps cancelled with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel, May 21, 1981. A large address label from the Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago was made into a Typed document label cachet filled out & signed (see the underlining) as follows: "Pioneer Saturn Closest Encounter, This cover carried inside Pioneer Mission Operations Center, NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA. Date 1 Sept 1979; Carried by: (signed) J.A. Simpson; Position Principal Investigator; Encounter Remarks:". Typed address. (A unique "carried" cover with autograph of John A. Simpson, principal investigator, Charged Particle Composition Experiment on the Pioneer spacecraft).

FDC1912A675B$25.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT PROBING THE PLANETS/SATURN COMBINATION STAMPED FIRST DAY AUTOGRAPHED COVER (#1916), With new 18 cent Probing the Planets/ Saturn/Pioneer Spacecraft stamp & the 10 cent Pioneer Spacecraft/Jupiter stamp (#1556) Both stamps are cancelled with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel, May 21, 1981. Typed document cachet filled out & signed (see the underlining) as follows: "Pioneer Saturn Encounter, Pioneer Mission Operations Center, NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, California. Science Team: MAGNETIC FIELDS. Principal Investigator: Signed MARIO H. ACUŅA, Flux-Gate Magnetometer, Mario Acuna. Co-Investigator; (signed) NORMAN F. NESS. Remarks of encounter: Fantastic! Great Discovery. Date Sept 1, 1979". (One of a kind cover with autographs & remarks, this cover was carried into the Pioneer Mission Operation Center on the day of the Pioneer Saturn Encounter!)

FDC1912A677A$6.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT PROBING THE PLANETS/SATURN COMBINATION STAMPED FIRST DAY COVER (#1916), The new 18 cent Probing the Planets/ Saturn/Pioneer Spacecraft stamp was applied to this cover along with the 10 cent Pioneer Spacecraft/Jupiter stamp (#1556) & a 5 cent "The Sciences" stamp (#1237) showing stylized picture of the Universe: the Earth and Stars. All 3 stamps are cancelled with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel, May 21, 1981. With a blue FLEETWOOD printed cachet from 1975 thats shows the Pioneer Spacecraft encountering Saturn & text: "Commemorating Pioneer, unmanned exploration of the Solar System. Launched to make scientific readings of the planet jupiter- measuring its magnetic field, radiation belts and temperature".

FDC1912A677B$5.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT PROBING THE PLANETS/SATURN COMBINATION STAMPED FIRST DAY COVER (#1916), The new 18 cent Probing the Planets/ Saturn/Pioneer Spacecraft stamp was applied to this cover along with the 10 cent Pioneer Spacecraft/Jupiter stamp (#1556). Both stamps are cancelled with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel, May 21, 1981. Cachet is a TRW printed adddress label and is tied to the cover by the first day of issue cancel. (TRW was the prime contractor for the Pioneer spacecraft and is located at Redondo Beach CA).

FDC1912A677C$5.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT PROBING THE PLANETS/SATURN COMBINATION STAMPED FIRST DAY COVER (#1916), The new 18 cent Probing the Planets/ Saturn/Pioneer Spacecraft stamp was applied to this cover along with the 10 cent Pioneer Spacecraft/Jupiter stamp (#1556) and an 8 cent Albert Einstein stamp. All 3 stamps are cancelled with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel, May 21, 1981. Cachet is a TRW printed adddress label and is tied to the cover by the first day of issue cancel. (TRW was the prime contractor for the Pioneer spacecraft and is located at Redondo Beach CA).

FDC1912A679A$5.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT PROBING THE PLANETS/SATURN COMBINATION STAMPED FIRST DAY COVER (#1916), The new 18 cent Probing the Planets/ Saturn/Pioneer Spacecraft stamp was applied to this cover along with the 10 cent Pioneer Spacecraft/Jupiter stamp (#1556). Both stamps are cancelled with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel, May 21, 1981. With a brown FMF printed cachet showing 5 space & astronomy stamps from various countries, and printed text: "Exploring the Universe.". (Very few FDC's were prepared with this brown FMF cachet).

FDC1912A700A$5.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT COMPREHENDING THE UNIVERSE/HUBBLE TELESCOPE STAMPED FIRST DAY COVER (#1919), The new 18 cent Comprehending the Universe/Hubble Telescope stamp was applied to this cover and cancelled with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue machine cancel, May 21, 1981. With a yellow and orange CYGNUS COVER #15 printed cachet showing the NASA/ESRO Highly Eccentric Orbit Satellite (HEOS) and the sun, with printed text that reads in part: "HEOS, will explore Earth's magnetosphere and the solar wind". (Probably a unique FDC, this cacheted envelope was an unserviced sample obtained from Cygnus Cachets.)

FDC1912A776A$6.0005/21/1981K
SPACE ACHIEVEMENT PROBING THE PLANETS & COMPREHENDING THE UNIVERSE COMBINATION STAMPED FIRST DAY COVER (#1916, 1919), A se-tenant pair of the new 18 cent stamps: Probing the Planets/ Saturn/Pioneer Spacecraft stamp (#1916) and the Comprehending the Universe/Hubble Space Telescope stamp (#1919) was applied to this cover along with the 10 cent Pioneer Spacecraft/Jupiter stamp (#1556); the 10 cent Mariner 10/Venus & Mercury stamp (#1557) & the 15 cent Viking Missions to Mars stamp (#1759). All 5 stamps are cancelled with a Kennedy Space Center FL First Day of Issue hand cancel, May 21, 1981. With a blue FMF printed cachet (unidentifed) showing 5 space & astronomy stamps from various countries, and printed text: "Exploring the Universe." (Very few FDC's were prepared with the unidentified FMF blue cachet, this was one of my early FMF cachets where the name was not marked on the envelope).

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