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Notes

APOLLO 13 was the third manned flight to the Moon however there was an explosion in the spacecraft that aborted a lunar landing. The astronauts on this flight were: James Lovell, Jr., the Commander, John Swigert, Jr., the Command Module Pilot and , Fred Haise, Jr., the Lunar Module Pilot. This flight was considered a "successful failure" becasue of the experience in rescuing the astronauts. Significant dates of the Apollo 13 flight:
  • 04/11/1970 Launch date
  • 04/13/1970 Explosion aboard the Service Module
  • 04/14/1970 Crucial loop around the Moon
  • 04/17/1970 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.

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Price List

LIST IDITEM IDPRICECANCEL DATECANCEL LOC
TRKSTA130010$4.0004/14/1970 
FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND, Eastern Test Range Tracking Station, with moon landing cachet. IMAGE

TRKSTA130020A$5.0004/20/1970 
FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND, Eastern Test Range Tracking Station, with a special purple splashdown rubber stamp cachet plus black rubber stamp cachet of the Apollo 13 emblem/patch, cover with autograph of a Telemetry tracking technician. Covers were mailed after splashdown and received an April 20, 1970 cancel. (these covers were serviced me, Joe Frasketi)

TRKSTA130030$2.50  
GRAND TURK, TURKS ISLAND, Eastern Test Range Tracking Station with 04/11 launch date cancel (poor cancel date).

TRKSTA130060$3.00  
ST. JOHNS, ANTIGUA, NASA Apollo Tracking Station, with APOLLO Tracking Station Space stamp affixed. (This stamp was issued for this tracking station).

TRKSTA130070A$5.0004/17/1970 
LAS PALMAS CANARY ISLAND, (SCARCE COVER), Communication Satellite Earth Station, machine cancel on pair of Spain stamps, cancel is faint but readable. Purple circular Earth Station rubber stamp cachet, and autograph of the station Director over his rubber stamped name and title. And private one line rubber stamp text: "Apollo 13". Rubber stamp addressed. (Scarce cover, few probably exist, as this was not a well known station at the time of the Apollo 13 flight and before).

TRKSTA130090A$5.0004/14/1970 
BERLIN GERMANY, Wilhelm Foerster sternwarte Tracking Station with 04/14/1970 (Apollo 13 loop around the moon) date cancel. Special two color rubber stamp cachet for Apollo 13 from this station plus a station label. IMAGE

TRKSTA130090B$4.0004/17/1970 
BERLIN GERMANY, Wilhelm Foerster sternwarte Tracking Station with 04/17/1970 (Apollo 13 splashdown/recovery) date cancel. Special two color rubber stamp cachet for Apollo 13 from this station plus a station label. IMAGE

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