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1991 Planets/Space Exploration First Day Covers
With JJF Handpainted Cachets
(Oct 01,1991, Scotts #2568 to #2577)

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1991 PLANETS/SPACE EXPLORATION STAMP & CANCEL NOTES.....
  • On October 1st, 1991 the U.S. Postal Service issued a booket of 10 different setenent space stamps, (two horizontal strips of five stamps joined together vertically and horizontally). Each stamp had a face value of 29 cents.
  • The stamps were issued for National Stamp Collecting Month and commemorated the successful exploration of the 8 of the 9 planets in our Solar System, plus the Earth's satellite..the Moon, by U.S. spacecrafts and are identified as follows:

    • #2568: Planet Mercury/Mariner 10 Spacecraft.
    • #2569: Planet Venus/Mariner 2 Spacecraft.
    • #2570: Planet Earth/Landsat Spacecraft.
    • #2571: Planet Earth's Moon/Lunar Orbiter Spacecraft.
    • #2572: Planet Mars/Viking Orbiter Spacecraft.
    • #2573: Planet Jupiter/Pioneer 11 Spacecraft.
    • #2574: Planet Saturn/Voyager 2 Spacecraft.
    • #2575: Planet Uranus/Voyager 2 Spacecraft.
    • #2576: Planet Neptune/Voyager 2 Spacecraft.
    • #2577: Planet Pluto... not yet explored!

  • The October 1, 1991 first day of issue cancellation on these covers is a pictorial hand cancel, that shows the planet Saturn with its rings and other stars in the background with 3 lines of text:"First Day of Issue, October 1, 1991, Pasadena CA 91109".
  • Pasadena California is the location of the the Jet Propulsion Laboratory which is the control center for the spacecraft listed above.

JJF HANDPAINTED CACHET NOTES...

  • This is a limited edition of HANDPAINTED cachets by JJF cachets (Joseph J. Frasketi, Jr).
  • All covers are handcrafted and handpainted on original art printed cachets, with the cachet drawn over the entire envelope face.
  • a full description is given so you know exactly what you are ordering.
  • only 10 complete sets were prepared.
  • For the COMPLETE SET OF 5 JJF HANDPAINTED CACHETED COVERS: Each cover has a different vertical pair of the planet/space Exploration stamps affixed for the 10 stamps in the set, and cancelled with the first day of issue pictorial Pasadena CA cancel.
  • Each overall cachet shows a progressive planetary scene visited by astronauts, and each cachet is slightly different as follows:

    • 1st cachet shows a spacecraft about to land on the planet.
    • 2nd cachet shows astronauts exploring the planet.
    • 3rd cachet shows the American flag on the planet and the astronauts preparing to leave.
    • 4th cachet shows the spacecraft leaving the planet.
    • 5th cachet shows the surface of the planet where the astronauts have been with a comet overhead.


GENERAL COVER NOTES....

  • All covers are the number 6 size, the standard for U.S. collectors.
  • All covers are unaddressed.
  • When ordering, it is IMPORTANT that you order by LIST ID AS WELL AS ITEM ID. Please use the ORDER FORM.

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Price List

LIST IDITEM IDPRICECANCEL DATECANCEL LOC
PLANET011210$45.0010/01/1991 
A COMPLETE SET OF THE 5 JJF HANDPAINTED CACHETED COVERS, as described in the above notes.

PLANET011220$10.0010/01/1991 
A SINGLE JJF HANDPAINTED CACHET COVER, as described in the above notes, with a pair of the planet/space exploration stamps affixed. My choice of stamps and of cachets #1 through 5.

PLANET011230$10.0010/01/1991 
A SINGLE JJF HANDPAINTED CACHET COVER, as described in the above notes, with a single stamp of the planet/space exploration set showing the the Earth's Moon/Lunar Orbiter Spacecraft (#2571) plus a 29 cent American flag stamp affixed and tied to cover by the first day of issue pictorial cancel. My choice of cachets #1 through 5.

PLANET011240$10.0010/01/1991 
A SINGLE JJF HANDPAINTED CACHET COVER, as described in the above notes, with a single stamp of the planet/space exploration set showing the Earth's Moon/Lunar Orbiter Spacecraft (#2571) plus an 18 cent Exploring the Moon stamp (#1912) affixed and tied to cover by the first day of issue pictorial cancel. My choice of cachets #1 through 5. IMAGE

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