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  • All covers are unaddressed unless otherwise noted.
  • All covers are the #6 size as collected in the USA unless otherwise noted.
  • All autographs are genuine.
  • MOST of these covers are one each available, and each cover is described fully so that you know what you are buying.
  • Most stamp(s) on these covers are described, if not they can be any commemorative or definitive issue.
  • 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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USS BENNINGTON, APOLLO AS-501 (APOLLO 4) PRIME RECOVERY SHIP for this unmanned flight, 11/09/1967, with AM machine cancel on a 5 cent Flag/savings bond stamp, with purple Navy rubber stamp cachet for the Apollo AS-501 recovery. IMAGE

USS GUADALCANAL, APOLLO 9 PRIME RECOVERY SHIP for the flight of Astronauts McDivitt, Scott & Schweickart, 03/13/1969, with PM hand cancel (Type I cancel where the word "Guadalcanal" is at the bottom of the cancel)... (not all of the ships name and date is readable) on a 6 cent Flag stamp, with black Navy rubber stamp cachet for the Apollo 9 recovery. IMAGE

USS HORNET, SPECIAL DOUBLE CANCELLED COVER FROM THE APOLLO 12 PRIME RECOVERY SHIP for the second Moonlanding Flight of Astronauts Conrad, Bean & Gordon, This is an Apollo 11 First Man on Moon 10 cent stamp first Day Cover with Washington DC 09/09/1969 first day of issue hand cancel with commemorative "Moon Landing July 20, 1969" marking. A 6 cent Apollo 8 stamp (#1371) was applied to the cover to receive the USS Hornet cancel for the Apollo 12 recovery, however the USS Hornet 11/24/1969 machine cancel was applied to the already cancelled Apollo 11 stamp and the Apollo 8 stamp received no cancellation. The USS Hornet cancellation is light but readable, cover has the purple Navy rubber stamp cachet for the Apollo 12 recovery and a small rubber stamp address. (Very few of these were prepared). IMAGE

USS TICONDEROGA, APOLLO 17 PRIME RECOVERY SHIP, for the sixth Moonlanding Flight of Astronauts Cernan, Evans & Schmitt, 12/19/1972, with AM hand cancel, with official violet U.S. Navy Pacific Recovery Force rubber stamp cachet. IMAGE

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