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Notes

Apollo 12 Patch

APOLLO 12 was the second manned flight to the Moon where astronauts again touched down and set foot on the Moon. The astronauts on this flight were: Charles Conrad, the Commander, Richard Gordon, the Command Module Pilot and Alan Bean, the Lunar Module Pilot. Astronauts Conrad and Bean walked on the Moon. Highlight of this moon landing was the visit by the astronauts to the Surveyor 3 spacecraft that had soft landed on the Moon in April 1967. Surveyor 3 was sent to the Moon to study it before a manned landing was attempted. Significant dates of the Apollo 12 flight:

  • 11/14/1969 Launch date
  • 11/19/1969 Moonlanding date
  • 11/24/1969 Splashdown date


The Freeport Grand Bahama Island, Eastern Test Range covers below (if available), were serviced by yours truly, as I was stationed there, working at the Telemetry Tracking Site, and I serviced all the covers sent to that station by collectors. These covers have my autograph on them.

The covers on this list may or may not be addressed, (if addressed it can be either by rubber stamp, label or typed, anything other than as noted here will be specified). However many of these covers are unaddressed.

Tracking station covers may have a dated postmark on any day of the flight, sometimes the date may be after the splashdown date due to various conditions, such as postoffice being closed or there was a delay in getting the covers to the postoffice, usually because the servicer was tracking the spacecraft!

The majority of these tracking station covers have some sort of cachet provided by the tracking station (which can be a rubber stamp or label cachet) or just a station return address. Private cachet(s) may have been applied to further describe the flight.

The first part of the description is the postmark city and state or country as shown on the cover.

The rest of the description tells something about that particular tracking station, such as:

  1. What kind of tracking station it is.
  2. What kind of a cachet it has.
  3. If it has an autograph of importance (however many covers also may be autographed and not noted).
  4. If it is cancelled on a significant date during the Apollo flight, otherwise the date on the cover could be any date during the flight or a few days later (as explained above).
  5. If it has a special postage stamp affixed.
  6. And other notes that tell about the cover.

Some cover may be listed two or more times, depending on the difference between them, such as if autographed or not, or if it has a special postage stamp affixed or cancelled on a different date of significance, etc.

Abbreviations

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Price List

LIST IDITEM IDPRICECANCEL DATECANCEL LOC
TRKSTA120010$3.00  
FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND, Eastern Test Range Tracking Station, with launch cachet.

TRKSTA120020$3.00  
FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND, Eastern Test Range Tracking Station, with Moon Landing cachet.

TRKSTA120040A$3.5011/14/1969 
ST. JOHNS, ANTIGUA, NASA Apollo Tracking Station, with APOLLO Tracking Station Space stamp affixed. (This stamp was issued for this tracking station).

TRKSTA120040B$2.50  
ST. JOHNS, ANTIGUA, NASA Apollo Tracking Station, with APOLLO Tracking Station Space stamp affixed. (This stamp was issued for this tracking station). Poor cancel on this cover, & cover has a slight tear at bottom of envelope. (price reduced accordingly).

TRKSTA120050$4.5011/19/1969 
KUWAIT, (scarce cover), Umm Al Aish Earth (Communications Sattelite) Station, cancelled on Moon Landing date. PT&T With hand written address of PT&T station, with Apollo 12 emblem rubber stamp address. typed addressed. Autographed on backside of cover. (Scarce cover, few probably exist, as this was not a well known station at the time of the Apollo 12 flight and before).

TRKSTA120060$4.5011/19/1969 
MASPALOMAS (CANARY ISLAND), (scarce cover), Communication Satellite Earth Station, Autographed by Station Director. Cancelled on Moon Landing date. (Scarce cover, few probably exist, as this was not a well known station at the time of the Apollo 12 flight and before).

TRKSTA120070A$3.00  
AUSTRALIA, Joint Defense Space Research Facility poor cancel (unreadable) on this cover. With Apollo 12 Apollo capsule pictorial rubber stamp cachet. Rubber stamp address.

TRKSTA120080A$6.0011/19/1969 
ASCENSION ISLAND, Cable & Wireless/Comsat Earth Station, Cover has Ascension Apollo Earth Station stamp affixed. Nice tie in with Earth Station cachet. Scarce cover, few probably exist, as this was not a well known station at the time of the Apollo 12 flight and before, cover cancelled on Moon landing date, Nov. 19, 1969.

TRKSTA120090A$6.0011/19/1969 
NITEROI BRAZIL, Comsat Earth Station, Cover has postal meter cancel (light impression but readable). Hand written cachet from this Earth Station, that reads "19 Nov. 1969, Day of Moon Landing of Apollo XII", Autographed by the Station Manager with his title written out in Portuguese? Scarce cover, few probably exist, as this was not a well known station at the time of the Apollo 12 flight and before.

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