Lot 544: Scarce flown Apollo 11 'Type 1' cover, 6.5 x 3.5, with a color cachet of the moon landing and an August 11, 1969, Webster, Texas, quarantine cancellation, signed in blue felt tip by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, and in blue ballpoint by Michael Collins. Also flight-certified in the upper left by Collins, "Carried to the Moon aboard Apollo 11." Includes an ALS by Collins also certifying the piece, one page, 8.5 x 11, in full: "I hereby certify that the accompanying Apollo XI official commemorative cover, numbered C-58 within the earth image, further identified with the August 11, 1969 Webster, TX postmark, the Lunar Receiving Laboratory quarantine stamp and the original signatures of the crew, is one of my 63 covers that flew to the moon with me aboard the mission July 16-24, 1969." Some minor spreading to the ink of Collins's flight certification to the upper left of the cover due to moisture exposure, and overall bleeding to the letter from the same, otherwise fine condition. As Apollo 11 is the most popular lunar mission, flown and fully signed items-particularly those with such exquisite provenance-are of the utmost desirability.
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Friday, 23rd October 2015
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