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1991 Planets/Space Exploration First Day Covers
With Various Cachets
And Double and Triple Cancels
(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".
  • 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.

GENERAL COVER NOTES....

  • All items are covers unless otherwise noted.
  • All covers are the number 6 size, the standard for U.S. collectors, unless otherwise noted.
  • All items are unaddressed unless otherwise noted.
  • All autographs are genuine unless otherwise noted.
  • 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
PLANET031480$3.0010/01/1991DBL
A SPECIAL DOUBLE CANCELLED JUPITER/PIONEER 11 STAMP FDC. The 1st cancel is a pictorial space hand cancel of 10/17/1975 from the Midwest Postage Stamp & Coin Show Station, Chicago IL, showing a stylized sun & Pioneer Spacecraft in orbit, with 3 spacecrafts named: Mariner, Pioneer & Viking, on a 10 cent Pioneer/Jupiter stamp (#1556). This cancel also ties a blue and black address label from "TRW". Redondo Beach CA. (TRW was the Prime Pioneer Space craft contractor). The 2nd cancel is the first day of issue Pasadena California of 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel on the new 29 cent Jupiter/Pioneer 11 stamp (#2573).

PLANET031490$3.0010/01/1991DBL
A SPECIAL DOUBLE CANCELLED MERCURY/MARINER 10 STAMP FDC. The 1st cancel is a pictorial space hand cancel of 10/17/1975 from the Midwest Postage Stamp & Coin Show Station, Chicago IL, showing a stylized sun & Pioneer Spacecraft in orbit, with 3 spacecrafts named: Mariner, Pioneer & Viking, on a 10 cent Pioneer/Jupiter stamp (#1556). This cancel also ties a blue and black address label from "TRW". Redondo Beach CA. (TRW was the Prime Pioneer Space craft contractor). The 2nd cancel is the first day of issue Pasadena California of 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel on the new 29 cent Mercury/Mariner 10 stamp (#2568). IMAGE

PLANET031500$2.5010/01/1991DBL
DOUBLE CANCELLED MERCURY/MARINER 10 STAMP FDC. The 1st cancel is a pictorial space hand cancel of 10/18/1975 from the Midwest Postage Stamp & Coin Show Station, Chicago IL, showing a stylized sun & Pioneer Spacecraft in orbit, with 3 spacecrafts named: Mariner, Pioneer & Viking, on a 10 cent Mariner 10/Venus Mercury stamp (#1557). Cover has a green Armaster printed cachet showing the unmanned Mariner space craft (this cachet was printed for the 10 cent Mariner stamp FDC's). The 2nd cancel is the first day of issue Pasadena California of 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel on the new 29 cent Mercury/Mariner 10 stamp (#2568).

PLANET031510$2.5010/01/1991DBL
DOUBLE CANCELLED MERCURY/MARINER 10 STAMP FDC. The 1st cancel is a pictorial space hand cancel of 10/17/1975 from the Midwest Postage Stamp & Coin Show Station, Chicago IL, showing a stylized sun & Pioneer Spacecraft in orbit, with 3 spacecrafts named: Mariner, Pioneer & Viking, on a 10 cent Mariner 10/Venus Mercury stamp (#1557). Cover has a black Artcraft printed cachet showing the unmanned Mariner space craft (this cachet was printed for the 10 cent Mariner stamp FDC's). The 2nd cancel is the first day of issue Pasadena California of 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel on the new 29 cent Mercury/Mariner 10 stamp (#2568). IMAGE

PLANET031600$15.0010/01/1991TRP
A SPECIAL TRIPLE CANCELLED CARD FOR ALL 3 PIONEER STAMPS ISSUED BY THE USA!An official invitation card (3 1/2 x 7 inches) for the first day ceremony of the first Pioneer stamp. It is tan with brown printing as follows: "AMES RESEARCH CENTER, NASA, cordially invites you to attend the First Day of Issue Ceremony for the Pioneer Jupiter Stamps at 7 p.m. on February 28, 1975 at the Research Aircraft Hangar, Moffett Field, California." Card shows a pictorial drawing of the Pioneer space craft in orbit. The 3 cancels are as follows: 1. Mountain View CA first day of Issue hand cancel of 02/28/1975 on a 10 cent Pioneer/Jupiter stamp (#1556). 2. first day of issue Kennedy Space Center FL "bulls Eye" hand cancel of 05/21/1981 on an 18 cent Probing the Planets stamp showing the Pioneer space craft at Saturn (#1916). 3. first day of issue "Bulls Eye" hand cancel of 10/01/1991 from Pasadena CA. on the new 29 cent Jupiter/Pioneer 11 stamp (#2573). IMAGE

PLANET031660$9.0010/01/1991DBL
A SPECIAL DOUBLE CANCELLED EARTH/LANDSAT STAMP FDC. The 1st cancel is a Vandenberg AFB California cancel, (for the launch of the Landsat-C satellite there), of 03/06/1978 on a 13 cent Ben Franklin stamp. Cover has the Official NASA purple rubber stamp cachet for the Landsat-C launch. The 2nd cancel is the first day of issue Pasadena California of 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel on the new 29 cent Earth/Landsat stamp (#2570).

PLANET031710$6.0010/01/1991DBL
A DOUBLE CANCELLED JUPITER/PIONEER 11 STAMP FDC. 1st cancel Moffett Field California hand cancel of 12/02/1975, for the first anniversary of the Pioneer 11 space craft encounters the planet Jupiter, on a 10 cent Pioneer/Jupiter stamp (#1556) & a 3 cent Atoms for Peace stamp (#1070). Cover was a #10 business size that has been cut down to approximately a #6 size. This envelope has a Monsanto Research Corp., Miamisburg Ohio printed return address (they provided the radioisotope heater unit capsules, RTG fuel & capsules for the Pioneer space craft). Cover also has a small Atomic Energy Commission - USA label affixed that shows the atomic symbol. 2nd cancel first day of issue Pasadena California, 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel on the new 29 cent Jupiter/Pioneer 11 stamp (#2573). Note: Moffett Field is the location of the Ames Research Center where management & mission operations center of the Pioneer space crafts was headquartered.

PLANET031860$3.0010/01/1991DBL
A DOUBLE CANCELLED MERCURY/MARINER 10 STAMP FDC. The 1st cancel is a Barstow CA machine cancel of 04/03/1974 on a 13 cent airmail stamp. This is a tracking station cover with the date for the Mariner 10 space craft when it was on its way to the Planet Mars. The 2nd cancel is the first day of issue Pasadena California of 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel on the new 29 cent Mercury/Mariner 10 stamp (#2568). Cover has a rubber stamp return address of the NASA Goldstone STDN Station and a Mariner space craft pictorial rubber stamp cachet in blue.

PLANET031870$7.5010/01/1991DBL
A DOUBLE CANCELLED (EARTHS) MOON/LUNAR ORBITER STAMP FDC. The 1st cancel is a Kennedy Space Center FL machine cancel of 08/10/1966 on a 4 cent flag stamp. This date is for the launch of the Lunar Orbiter 1 satellite to the Moon. The 2nd cancel is the first day of issue Pasadena California of 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel on the new 29 cent (Earths) Moon/Lunar Orbiter stamp (#2571). Cover has a two color rubber stamp cachet showing the Lunar Orbiter satellite and text reading "First U.S. Satellite to orbit the Moon, takes photo exploration of Apollo landing sites". (This is a scarce cover with a Kennedy Space Center cancel for this launch). IMAGE

PLANET031890$4.5010/01/1991DBL
A DOUBLE CANCELLED (EARTHS) MOON/LUNAR ORBITER STAMP FDC. The 1st cancel is a Kennedy Space Center FL machine cancel of 05/04/1967 on a 5 cent John F. Kennedy stamp (#1246). This date is for the launch of the Lunar Orbiter 4 satellite to the Moon. The 2nd cancel is the first day of issue Pasadena California of 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel on the new 29 cent (Earths) Moon/Lunar Orbiter stamp (#2571). Cover has a purple rubber stamp cachet showing the Lunar Orbiter satellite and a light green text rubber stamp cachet for the Lunar Orbiter 4. (The Lunar Orbiter Satellite took photo explorations of Apollo landing sites on the Moon. This is a scarce cover with a early Kennedy Space Center cancel for this launch and a nice tie in with the JFK stamp used).

PLANET031900$5.0010/01/1991DBL
A SPECIAL DOUBLE CANCELLED (EARTHS) MOON/LUNAR ORBITER STAMP FDC. The 1st cancel is a Kennedy Space Center FL machine cancel of 05/04/1967 on a 5 cent John F. Kennedy stamp (#1246) plus a Paraguay G.0.40 stamp showing the Ranger 6 space craft and the Moon, both stamps being tied to the cover by the Kennedy Space Center machine cancel! This date is for the launch of the Lunar Orbiter 4 satellite to the Moon. The 2nd cancel is the first day of issue Pasadena California of 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel on the new 29 cent (Earths) Moon/Lunar Orbiter stamp (#2571). Cover has a purple rubber stamp cachet showing the Lunar Orbiter satellite and a light green text rubber stamp cachet for the Lunar Orbiter 4. (The Lunar Orbiter Satellite took photo explorations of Apollo landing sites on the Moon. This is a scarce cover with a early Kennedy Space Center cancel for this launch).

PLANET031910$5.0010/01/1991DBL
A DOUBLE CANCELLED (EARTHS) MOON/LUNAR ORBITER STAMP FDC. The 1st cancel is a Kennedy Space Center FL machine cancel of 08/01/1967 on a 4 cent flag stamp. This date is for the launch of the Lunar Orbiter 5 satellite to the Moon. The 2nd cancel is the first day of issue Pasadena California of 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel on the new 29 cent (Earths) Moon/Lunar Orbiter stamp (#2571). Cover has a red rubber stamp cachet showing the Lunar Orbiter satellite and a blue text rubber stamp cachet reading: "Lunar Orbiter 5, 5 launches--- 5 successes, Lunar Orbiter satellites transmitted back to Earth more than 1,666 photos." (The Lunar Orbiter Satellite took photo explorations of future Apollo landing sites on the Moon. This is a scarce cover with a early Kennedy Space Center cancel for this launch). IMAGE

PLANET031930$10.0010/01/1991DBL
A DOUBLE CANCELLED MARS/VIKING ORBITER STAMP FDC. The 1st cancel is a Kennedy Space Center FL machine cancel of 09/09/1975 on a 10 cent space stamp. This date is for the launch of the Viking B spacecraft to Mars. The 2nd cancel is the first day of issue Pasadena California of 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel on the new 29 cent Mars/Viking Orbiter stamp (#2572). Cover has the official NASA purple rubber stamp cachet for the Viking B launch. IMAGE

PLANET031950$5.0010/01/1991DBL
A DOUBLE CANCELLED MARS/VIKING ORBITER STAMP FDC. The 1st cancel is a Pasedena Calif. machine slogancancel of 07/20/1976 on a 13 cent definitive stamp. The slogan cancel, which is clearly readable, reads: "Langley Viking- NASA's First Lander on Mars." This date is for the landing of the Viking spacecraft on Mars. The 2nd cancel is the first day of issue Pasadena California of 10/01/1991 pictorial hand cancel on the new 29 cent Mars/Viking Orbiter stamp (#2572). Cover has a blue printed cachet showing the Viking spacecraft titled "Viking" (an all purpose space cachet issued by Centennial Cachets, which is unmarked).

PLANET031990$15.0010/01/1991DBL
A SPECIAL DOUBLE CANCELLED JUPITER/PIONEER 11 STAMP FDC. This is a FIRST CACHET FOR TRW SYSTEMS GROUP, this cover has the stamps and first day of issue cancels of the FIRST and SECOND Pioneer Jupiter stamps issued. The 1st cancel is a Mountain View Calif. First Day of Issue machine cancel of 02/28/1975 on a 10 cent Pioneer /Jupiter stamp (#1556) The 2nd cancel is the first day of issue Pasadena California of 10/01/1991 "bulls eye" hand cancel on the new 29 cent Jupiter/Pioneer 11 stamp (#2573). Cover has a TRW Systems Group cachet printed in brown and tan showing the Pioneer spacecraft and a replica of the plaque carried aboard Pioneer 10, cachet is titled: "Pioneer Jupiter, First Space Mission to Explore Jupiter and Saturn", with descriptive filler card about the Pioneer to Jupiter spaceflights.

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