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Apollo 11 Crew-Signed Original "First Man on the Moon" Stamp Sheet
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $4,700.00
Uncut sheet of thirty-two "First Man on the Moon" stamps, issued by the U.S. Post Office Department in 1969, signed by all three members of the historic Apollo 11 mission, the first manned mission to land on the Moon: Neil Armstrong (black felt-tip pen, grading "9"), Buzz Aldrin (black marker, slight bleeding; otherwise "10"), and Michael Collins (black marker, slight bleeding; otherwise "10"). Collins has also added the date, "1/24/70," below his name. This is an extremely rare, appropriate, and ideal venue for the signatures of Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins, and one that makes for an attractive display piece. The stamp itself is naturally a popular issue in the field of philately. These ten-cent stamps were one of the last ever issued by the United States Post Office Department prior to its replacement by the U.S. Postal Service. They were also the second largest stamp ever issued at the time, explaining why the stamps were produced in sheets of thirty-two instead of the usual fifty. In a stroke of promotional genius by the Post Office Department, arrangements had been made with NASA to allow the astronauts to take with them to the moon the engraved die that later would be used to make the stamp's printing plates, along with a special "Moon letter" bearing a die proof of the stamp. The stamps were officially issued on September 9, 1969. This is a very striking, relevant, and ideal-for-display piece autographed all three members of the Apollo 11 mission, including Neil Armstrong, one of the rarest of all historically significant twentieth-century signatures. The sheet (9 x 10.25 inches) is in Near Mint condition and has been beautifully framed to total dimensions of 14 x 16 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $4,700.00
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