Very scarce Apollo 11 ‘Type 2’ Dow-Unicover insurance cover, 6.5 x 3.5, 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. The cover is desirably certified on the reverse, “This insurance cover from my personal collection is for Howard Weinberger. Michael Collins.” In 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.
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The First Lunar Landing booklet, 9 x 12, 25 pages, signed on the first page in blue felt tip by Neil Armstrong, in black felt tip by Michael Collins, and signed and inscribed in black felt tip, “To Jack Good, with best wishes, Buzz Aldrin.” In very good condition, with scattered creases and soiling mostly confined to the covers, and a pricing label affixed to the lower right corner of the front cover. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli.
Fantastic vintage official color glossy 9.5 x 7 NASA photo of the crew in their white spacesuits, signed and inscribed during the period (circa 1969–1970) in black felt tip, “To Chuck Lewis—With thanks for giving us the Apollo 11 descent procedures. They worked! Neil Armstrong,” “Buzz Aldrin,” and “M. Collins.” Reverse bears purple NASA caption text and “A Kodak Paper” watermarks. In fine condition, with trimmed edges, the image a bit faded, and a trivial speck of surface loss to the lower left edge. Chuck Lewis was Assistant Flight Director to Gene Kranz on the White Team during Apollo 11, having begun a long career at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston in 1964. An absolutely spectacular inscription on this highly sought-after vintage format. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli.
Historic flown sterling silver Apollo 11 Robbins Medal, approximately 1.25″ diameter, with a raised early design on the face of the iconic Apollo 11 mission insignia, with the eagle carrying the olive branch in its beak. The reverse of the sterling silver medal is engraved with the last names of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, along with the July 16, 1969, launch date; July 20, 1969, moon landing date; and July 24, 1969, return date. This medal is serial numbered “190.” Condition is mint state. Medal is accompanied by the original case, labeled “190.” Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Dave Scott stating, in part: “I hereby certify that the Apollo 11 silver medallion number ‘190’ included with this letter is from my personal collection and was flown aboard Apollo 11, July 16-24, 1969…After the mission, the Astronaut Office distributed the medallions accordingly. I specifically requested the Apollo 11 number ‘190’ included with this letter.” Remarkably scarce flight-flown mementos such as this—particularly one from man’s first step into a brave new world—are highly prized by collectors. Provenance: Dave Scott.
Signed Apollo 11 ‘Type 1’ insurance cover, 6.5 x 3.5, with a printed color cachet of the moon landing and a July 20, 1969, Houston, Texas, cancellation, signed in blue felt tip by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin. Cover is also marked along the reverse bottom edge, “BA26.” The cover is lightly affixed to a piece of personal letterhead signed by Buzz Aldrin, which reads, in part: “This Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club postal cover…is one of the ‘insurance covers’ signed by the Apollo 11 crew before our launch on July 16, 1969…The cover displayed above has been in my private collection since 1969 and has an identifier of BA26 written on the reverse side. It was signed by the Apollo 11 crew—Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and myself prior to launch.” In fine, bright condition. The famous insurance covers, produced immediately prior to space missions in order to provide financial security for astronauts’ families in case of disaster, have earned near-legendary status as the ultimate space-related philatelic item and one of the most sought-after formats for astronaut autographs. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli.
Unique and exceedingly desirable flown sterling silver Apollo 11 Robbins Medal originating directly from the family of Neil Armstrong, approximately 1.25″ diameter, with a raised eagle carrying an olive branch in its beak. The reverse of the medal features the last names of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, and is engraved with the launch date of July 16, 1969, moon landing date of July 20, 1969, and return date of July 24, 1969. The medal is serial numbered “236.” Condition is mint state, with expected age wear. Presented on a ring suspended from a silver chain to be worn as a necklace. This is the only Robbins medallion personally owned by Armstrong to ever come to market; after returning from the moon Armstrong gave this as a gift to his brother-in-law, Alfred ‘Bud’ Trude, and it was subsequently left to his son and Armstrong’s nephew, Mike Paul Trude.
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Signed book: First on the Moon. First edition. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1970. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6.25 x 9.5, 434 pages. Signed and inscribed on the half-title page, “To Stephen Antosy—with best wishes, Neil Armstrong,” “Buzz Aldrin,” and “M. Collins.” Title page bears two USPS Apollo postage stamps and a stamped cachet honoring the journey of the Columbia Service Module and space shuttle. Autographic condition: fine, with a very slight page ripple to left edge of signed page, affecting nothing. Book condition: VG/VG-, with two Apollo related postage stamps and one Columbia ink stamp to title page. A much more uncommon format, beautifully signed by all three members of the first manned lunar mission. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.