Apollo 11 ‘Type 2’ Dow-Unicover insurance cover with a cachet honoring the three crew members and the first step on the moon, signed in blue felt tip by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. Cover also bears a small pencil notation to lower right corner and along top edge, two 10-cent first man on the moon postage stamps, and a July 20, 1984, Kennedy Space Center postal cancellation on the flap. The stamp on the flap is the rare ‘10¢ Moon Landing, rose red omitted’ stamp (Scott C76a), from which the red flag stripes on the astronaut’s arm are missing, along with the light red dots over the yellow portions of the lunar module and the astronaut’s face plate. Only fifteen insurance covers bear this erroneous stamp, making it an especially desirable example. Also accompanied by its Apollo 11 mission profile card and a certificate of authenticity from Italian philatelist Alberto Bolaffi, certifying both the cover and the stamps. In very fine condition. Signed prior to launch in order to provide financial security for astronauts’ families, insurance covers are some of the most highly sought-after space collectibles, particularly from the first moon mission. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Signed Apollo 11 ‘Type 2’ Dow-Unicover insurance cover