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

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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".
  • Another different cancel called a "bulls eye cancel" may appear on some of the below covers, which consists of small circle cancel with the name of Pasadena CA at the innner top of the circle and the date of Oct. 1, 1991 appearing in the center of the circle, This is also a "first day of issue cancel" and is called a "bulls eye" cancel because there are no killer bars. (It is often used where there is not sufficient space to apply the larger first day of issue cancel).
  • Pasadena California is the location of the the Jet Propulsion Laboratory which is the control center for the spacecraft listed above.

FMF PRINTED CACHET NOTES...

  • These are cachets issued by Joseph J. Frasketi, Jr.
  • FMF stands for "Fort Myers Florida".
  • A full description of the cover is given so you know exactly what you are ordering.
  • There were 6 FMF printed cachets used for these FDC's, they were all issued previously for other space FDC's and space events,but are appropriate for these space exploration stamps. They are given the FMF Identification number of: #2a, #4, #8, #8a, #9 and #11, which refer to the different cachets produced by FMF Cachets (With #1 being the first one issued, #2 the second, etc).
  • 3 of these 6 FMF printed cachets commemorate the Voyager Spacecrafts and were issued 10 years prior to this first day of issue, for the launch of the Voyager Spacecrafts. Unserviced cacheted envelopes were kept in storage, knowing that someday the U.S. Postal Service would commemorate this major space event on a postage stamp, when in fact THREE Voyager stamps were issued on Oct. 01, 1991!.
  • Most FMF cachets are described in the descriptive text for the individual covers, however to save space some cachets are described here:
  • FMF cachet #4, is a blue printed cachet showing 3 U.S. space related stamps (Gemini Space Walk; Palomar Mountain Observatory; Apollo 8 view of Earth from the Moon) on the left side of the envelope, with "America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind" text at the bottom of the envelope.
  • FMF cachet #9, is a blue and orange printed cachet: showing the 3 U.S. space related stamps and text, all in blue, as in FMF Cachet #4, plus an orange cachet showing the Voyager Emblem and the Voyager spacecraft on a trajectory course to the planets. The cachet details information about the 2 Voyager space probe launches; its objectives and that the Mission Control and Computer Center is located at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Pasadena California.

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
PLANET021250$10.0010/01/1991SET
A SET OF 6 FMF CACHETED FDCs, FOR THE FULL SET OF THE 10 PLANETS/SPACE EXPLORATION STAMPS. All covers have the first day of issue Pasadena California, 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel on the new stamps as follows: The first 3 covers have the FMF cachet #4 (see description in notes above): 1st cover: Mercury/Mariner 10 spacecraft stamp (#2568) & Venus/Mariner 2 spacecraft stamp (#2569). 2nd cover: Jupiter/Pioneer 11 spacecraft stamp (#2573) & Pluto stamp (#2577). 3rd cover: Earth/Landsat spacecraft stamp (#2570) & Moon/Lunar Orbiter spacecraft stamp (#2571) & Mars/Viking Orbiter spacecraft stamp (#2572). The 4th, 5th and 6th covers have the FMF cachet #9 (see description in notes above). 4th cover: Saturn/Voyager 2 spacecraft stamp (#2574). 5th cover: Neptune/Voyager 2 spacecraft stamp (#2576). 6th cover: Uranus/Voyager 2 spacecraft stamp (#2575).

PLANET021260$5.0010/01/1991SET
A SET OF 3 FMF CACHETED FDCs, FOR THE VOYAGER 2 MISSION TO THE PLANETS, with the Planets/Space Exploration stamps that pertain only to the Voyager Spacecraft. All covers have the first day of issue Pasadena California, 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel on the new stamps. Each cover in this set has the same FMF cachet #9 (see description in notes above), and stamps as follows, 1st cover: With the Saturn/Voyager 2 spacecraft stamp (#2574). 2nd cover:, With the Neptune/Voyager 2 spacecraft stamp (#2576). 3rd cover: With the Uranus/Voyager 2 spacecraft stamp (#2575).

PLANET021270$4.0010/01/1991SET
A SET OF 3 FMF CACHETED FDCs, FOR THE VOYAGER 2 MISSION TO THE PLANETS, with the Planets/Space Exploration stamps that pertain only to the Voyager Spacecraft. All covers have the first day of issue Pasadena California, 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel on the new stamps. Each cover in this set has the same FMF printed cachet #4: a blue cachet showing 3 U.S. space related stamps: Gemini Space Walk; Palomar Mountain Observatory; Apollo 8 view of Earth from the Moon on the left side of the envelope, with text: "America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind", and stamps as follows: 1st cover: With the Saturn/Voyager 2 spacecraft stamp (#2574). 2nd cover: With the Neptune/Voyager 2 spacecraft stamp (#2576). 3rd cover: With the Uranus/Voyager 2 spacecraft stamp (#2575).

PLANET021280$2.0010/01/1991PA
A MOON/LUNAR ORBITER SPACECRAFT STAMP (#2571) FDC, with FMF printed cachet #11, showing a magnifying glass over a U.S. Apollo Eleven/First Man on the Moon stamp, with text: "Cover Collecting Can be Fun!". (This cachet is a direct tie in with the new moon stamp issued). Cover has the first day of issue Pasadena California, 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel.

PLANET021340$2.5010/01/1991PA
VENUS/MARINER 2 SPACECRAFT (#2569) COMBINATION FDC,, also has U.S. 8 cent Nicholas Copernicus stamp (#1488), both stamps tied to cover by the first day of issue Pasadena California, 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel, with FMF printed cachet #4, a blue cachet showing 3 U.S. space related stamps (Gemini Space Walk; Palomar Mountain Observatory; Apollo 8 view of Earth from the Moon) on the left side of the envelope, with "America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind" text at the bottom of the envelope.

PLANET021350$2.5010/01/1991PA
VENUS/MARINER 2 SPACECRAFT (#2569) COMBINATION FDC,, also has a Paraguay $0.25 stamp showing the Planets in the Universe, both stamps tied to cover by the first day of issue Pasadena California, 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel, with FMF printed cachet #4, a blue cachet showing 3 U.S. space related stamps (Gemini Space Walk; Palomar Mountain Observatory; Apollo 8 view of Earth from the Moon) on the left side of the envelope, with "America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind" text at the bottom of the envelope.

PLANET021370$2.5010/01/1991PA
THE THREE MARINER STAMPS ISSUED TO DATE/COMBINATION FDC,, Cover has the Mercury/Mariner 10 stamp ((#2568); the Venus/Mariner 2 stamp (#2569) and previous issued 10 cent Mariner 10/Venus/Mercury stamp (#1557), these 3 stamps tied to cover by the first day of issue Pasadena California, 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel, with FMF printed cachet #4, a blue printed cachet showing 3 U.S. space related stamps (Gemini Space Walk; Palomar Mountain Observatory; Apollo 8 view of Earth from the Moon) on the left side of the envelope, with "America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind" text at the bottom of the envelope.

PLANET021380$2.5010/01/1991PA
THE TWO NEW VOYAGER 29 CENT STAMPS ISSUED /COMBINATION FDC,, Cover has the Uranus/Voyager 2 stamp((#2575); the Neptune/Voyager 2 stamp (#2576) and a United Nations outer space stamp (#C-08), these 3 stamps tied to cover by the first day of issue Pasadena California, 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel, with FMF printed cachet #4, a blue printed cachet showing 3 U.S. space related stamps (Gemini Space Walk; Palomar Mountain Observatory; Apollo 8 view of Earth from the Moon) on the left side of the envelope, with "America's Space America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind" text at the bottom of the envelope.

PLANET021410$2.0010/01/1991PA
SPECIAL UNUSUAL SINGLE STAMP FDC WITH THE SATURN/VOYAGER 2 STAMP (#2574),, Cover has the first day of issue Pasadena California, 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel, with FMF printed cachet #8a, an orange cachet of the Voyager Emblem showing the Voyager spacecraft on a trajectory course to the planets. The cachet details information about the 2 Voyager space probe launches; its objectives and that the Mission Control and Computer Center is located at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Pasadena California. Cover also has affixed a special black and orange imperf. FMF Local Post "stamp" (locally cancelled) showing an extraterrestrial (E.T.) and his UFO, who is pointing to the Voyager Emblem and smiling. The local stamp commemorates the closest approach to Saturn by Voyager 2 in August 1981.

PLANET021590$2.5010/01/1991DBL
A SPECIAL DOUBLE CANCELLED URANUS/FLYBY OF VOYAGER 2 FDC. The 1st cancel is a Satellite Beach FLorida hand cancel of 01/24/1986 on a 22 cent Flag stamp, the date is that of the Voyager 2 spacecraft encounter (flyby) with the planet Uranus. Cover has a "Uranus Flyby" word rubber stamp cachet. (Satellite Beach is near Kennedy Space Center where Voyager 2 was launched). The 2nd cancel is the first day of issue Pasadena California, 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel on the new Uranus/Voyager 2 stamp (#2575). With FMF #8 printed cachet, a blue cachet of the Voyager Emblem showing the Voyager spacecraft on a trajectory course to the planets. The cachet details information about the 2 Voyager space probe launches; its objectives and that the Mission Control and Computer Center is located at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Pasadena California.

PLANET021610$2.5010/01/1991DBL
A SPECIAL DOUBLE CANCELLED URANUS/FLYBY OF VOYAGER 2 FDC. The 1st cancel is a Pasadena California hand cancel of 01/24/1986 on a 22 cent Flag stamp, the date is that of the Voyager 2 spacecraft encounter (flyby) with the planet Uranus. Cover has a "Uranus Flyby" word rubber stamp cachet. (Pasadena is the location of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is the Voyager Mission Control & Computer Center). The 2nd cancel is the first day of issue Pasadena California, 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel on the new Uranus/Voyager 2 stamp (#2575). With FMF #8 printed cachet, a blue cachet of the Voyager Emblem showing the Voyager spacecraft on a trajectory course to the planets. The cachet details information about the 2 Voyager space probe launches; its objectives and that the Mission Control and Computer Center is located at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Pasadena California.

PLANET021620$3.0010/01/1991DBL
A SPECIAL DOUBLE CANCELLED URANUS/FLYBY OF VOYAGER 2 FDC. the1st cancel is a Pasadena California hand cancel of 01/24/1986 on a 18 cent Comprehending The Universe Space stamp (#1919), the date is that of the Voyager 2 spacecraft encounter (flyby) with the planet Uranus. Cover has a "Uranus Flyby" word rubber stamp cachet. (Pasadena is the location of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is the Voyager Mission Control & Computer Center). The 2nd cancel is the first day of issue Pasadena California, 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel on the new Uranus/Voyager 2 stamp (#2575). With FMF #8 printed cachet, a blue cachet of the Voyager Emblem showing the Voyager spacecraft on a trajectory course to the planets. The cachet details information about the 2 Voyager space probe launches; its objectives and that the Mission Control and Computer Center is located at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Pasadena California.

PLANET021630$2.5010/01/1991DBL
A SPECIAL DOUBLE CANCELLED URANUS/FLYBY OF VOYAGER 2 FDC. The 1st cancel is a Pasadena California hand cancel of 01/24/1986 on a 22 cent Flag stamp, the date is that of the Voyager 2 spacecraft encounter (flyby) with the planet Uranus. Cover has a "Voyager 2 Spacecraft discovers more moons on flyby of planet Uranus" word rubber stamp cachet. (Pasadena is the location of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is the Voyager Mission Control & Computer Center). The 2nd cancel is the first day of issue Pasadena California, 10/01/1991 bulls eye hand cancel on the new Uranus/Voyager 2 stamp (#2575). With FMF #8 printed cachet, a blue cachet of the Voyager Emblem showing the Voyager spacecraft on a trajectory course to the planets. The cachet details information about the 2 Voyager space probe launches; its objectives and that the Mission Control and Computer Center is located at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Pasadena California.

PLANET021640$2.5010/01/1991DBL
A SPECIAL DOUBLE CANCELLED NEPTUNE/FLYBY OF VOYAGER 2 FDC. The 1st cancel is a Fort Myers Florida Mailers Postmark Permit hand cancel, (Fort Myers is the location of FMF Cachets), of 08/24/1989 on an "E" rate stamp showing Earth from Outer Space, the date is that of the Voyager 2 spacecraft encounter (flyby) with the planet Neptune. Cover has a "Voyager 2 Neptune Flyby discovers rings around planet" word rubber stamp cachet. The 2nd cancel is the first day of issue Pasadena California, 10/01/1991 bulls eye hand cancel on the new Neptune/Voyager 2 stamp (#2576). With FMF #8 printed cachet, a blue cachet of the Voyager Emblem showing the Voyager spacecraft on a trajectory course to the planets. The cachet details information about the 2 Voyager space probe launches; its objectives and that the Mission Control and Computer Center is located at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Pasadena California.

PLANET021650$2.0010/01/1991DBL
A SPECIAL DOUBLE CANCELLED NEPTUNE/FLYBY ANNIVERSARY OF VOYAGER 2 FDC. The 1st cancel is a Fort Myers Florida Mailers Postmark Permit hand cancel, (Fort Myers is the location of FMF Cachets)' of 08/24/1991 on an "E" rate stamp showing Earth from Outer Space, the date is that of the 2nd anniversary of the Voyager 2 spacecraft encounter (flyby) with the planet Neptune. Cover has a "Neptune Flyby" word rubber stamp cachet. The 2nd cancel is the first day of issue Pasadena California, 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel on the new Neptune/Voyager 2 stamp (#2576). With FMF #8 printed cachet, a blue cachet of the Voyager Emblem showing the Voyager spacecraft on a trajectory course to the planets. The cachet details information about the 2 Voyager space probe launches; its objectives and that the Mission Control and Computer Center is located at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Pasadena California.

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