Lot 5085: Apollo 15 postal cover, 6.5 x 3.75, numbered 217 of 300, carried to the lunar surface aboard the Lunar Module Falcon, signed in the lower left corner by crew members Dave Scott, Al Worden, and Jim Irwin. In fine condition. This particular cover comes from astronaut Dave Scott's personal collection, and retains its original informational card insert, signed by Scott. Accompanied by a one-page typed notarized certification, signed "Alfred M. Worden," "David R. Scott," and "James B. Irwin." The provenance reads in part: "Postal covers were carried aboard the Apollo 15 Mission, which postal covers were stamped and postmarked at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on the date of the launch, July 26, 1971, and carried aboard the Apollo 15 Spacecraft during the entire term of the Mission, to include landing on the moon and were returned to the Earth at the termination of the Mission on August 7, 1971…The postal covers were in the possession of one or more of the undersigned until 1972, at which time they were deposited with the United States Government…The undersigned have this date inspected Postal Cover No. 45, bearing NASA Serial No. 056, and aver, affirm and certify that said Postal Cover is a cover which was carried aboard the United States Lunar Mission—Apollo 15." All three crew members have also added their initials to a small correction in the text. Also included is a handwritten and signed letter from Scott to the original recipient, Leon Ford, in full: "This cover (#217) has made many travels—both to the moon and here on Earth. I hope you enjoy it!!" In fine condition. Enhanced by the controversy surrounding their confiscation and subsequent 11-year detainment, Sieger covers remain a highly desirable item for philatelists and space collectors alike.
RR Auction's The Nasa Collection of Leon Ford Auction 455
Thursday, 25th June 2015
Estimate: $6000 - 8000
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