Lot 9326: Very scarce Apollo 12 postal cover carried to the moon on the Apollo 15 mission, 6.5 x 3.5, numbered 18/87, signed in black felt tip by the Apollo 12 crew, Charles Conrad, Richard Gordon, and Alan Bean. Also signed and flight-certified on the reverse in blue ballpoint, "This envelope was flown to the moon on Apollo 15, Richard F. Gordon," and again initialed and certified above the cachet in black ballpoint, "Flown to the Moon, RG." In fine condition, with a trivial light fingerprint to the upper left corner. Accompanied by an additional certificate of authenticity signed by Richard Gordon and his wife Barbara, as well as a handwritten letter by Barbara, in part: "I hereby certify that the accompanying Apollo 12 crew signed cover…[was] flown to the moon for me aboard Apollo 15, July 26–Aug 7, 1971." These covers were prepared to be carried on the Apollo 12 mission but did not make it due to an oversight; Jim Irwin later carried them on his Apollo 15 mission as a favor to Mrs. Gordon. These 87 were the only Apollo 12 cachet covers to be flown, making them quite scarce and highly desirable.
RR Auction's Space and Aviation Auction 463
Thursday, 22nd October 2015
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