APOLLO FIRST DAY COVERS

FIRST DAY COVERS

Apollo 1 - Disaster
On the 27-January-1967 an exercise for the Apollo 1 mission went wrong when oxygen ignited killing the crew Grissom, Chaffee and White.

This is a promotional photo Apollo 1 crew.

This 11-October-1968 cover (launch day of the next manned Apollo mission Apollo 7) is a tribute to the Apollo 1 crew.
Issued on the day of the accident on 27-January-1967.
Issued for the 25th anniversary of the Apollo 1 tragedy.
Apollo 7
This first day cover features the crew Schirra, Eisele and Cunningham and is cancelled for the launch on 11-October-1968 at Cape Canaveral.
Here we have a Swanson cover also cancelled for the 11-October launch.
Pictured here is a Sarzin cover, cancelled for the 12-October-1968. This cachet shows how the docking would look if the Lunar Module had been available.
Issued for the 5th anniversary of the event, this is the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum's Milestones of Flight series first day cover commemorating the Apollo 7 mission. It includes an informative stuffer with mission details.
Apollo 8 - First manned orbit of the Moon
Apollo 8 was the first manned mission to orbit the moon. It was launched 21-December-1968 and was crewed by Borman, Lovell and Anders.

Cancelled for both the launch and splash down, this crew card features a posed image of the crew suited up.

First Day cover featuring Apollo 8 stamp commemorating the Apollo 8 mission. cancelled on the date of the special commemorative stamp release 5-May-1969 Houston.
This Sarzin cover commemorates the Apollo 8 mission launch 21-December-1968.
First day cover commemorating Apollo 8's mission. Featuring the Apollo 8 stamp and cancelled Houston 5-May-1969.
This is a very attractive Fleetwood cover with stamp from the same flight. cancelled Houston 5-May-1969 for the stamp release.
Another nice first day cover featuring the Apollo 8 stamp and cancelled at Houston on 5-May-1969.
And a further Sarzin cover release to feature the Apollo 8 stamp and to be cancelled on 5-May-1969.
Apollo 9
Launched 3-March-1969 Apollo 9 was crewed by McDivitt, Scott and Schweickart. The Apollo 9 mission included the first docking, manned flight and extraction from the Lunar module and ultimately proved the Luna module's worthiness as a manned spacecraft.

This Apollo 9 crew card is cancelled for the mission launch 3-March.

An Artcraft cover cancelled for the launch of Apollo 9 on 3-March-1969.
This is a Sarzin cover issued for the 3-March mission launch.
This is another Sarzin cover cancelled for the launch, but includes the planned mission highlights.
Commemorating Apollo 9's first in-flight docking with the Spider lunar module on 5th March.
Apollo 9 also featured two astronauts performing EVAs simultaneously on March 6. This cover was cancelled for the event.
This cover was cancelled on 7-March for further docking maneuvers.
Finally this cover was cancelled on 13-March for Apollo 9's successful return to Earth.
Issued for the 5th anniversary of the event, this is the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum's Milestones of Flight series first day cover commemorating the Apollo 9 mission. It includes an informative stuffer with mission details.
Apollo 10
This is a card featuring Apollo 10's crew Stafford, Young and Cerman. Apollo 10 was launched 18-May-1969.

Their mission was to dock with a lunar lander and orbit it around the moon.

This first day cover also features an image of the crew and is cancelled for the launch on 18-May-1969 at Cape Canaveral.
Here we have a Sarzin cover issued for the Apollo 10 mission launch 18-May-1969.
Issued for the 5th anniversary of the event, this is the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum's Milestones of Flight series first day cover commemorating the Apollo 10 mission. It includes an informative stuffer with mission details.
Apollo 11 - First man on the Moon
Crewed by Armstrong, Aldren and Collins, Apollo 11 was launched 16-July-1969. The first ever moon landing occurred four days later on the 20th.

Pictured here is a crew card cancelled on the day of the moon landing 20-July-1969 and 9-September-1969 the later being the date when the special Apollo 11 stamp was issued.

This first day cover predates the Apollo 11 stamp release and was issued on the day of the launch 16-July-1969.
A Swanson Apollo 11 cover cancelled for the 16-July launch.
This Artcraft cover was cancelled for the moon landing on 20-July-1969.
Likewise this cover was also cancelled for the moon landing.
This Sarzin cover was cancelled for the spashdown on 24-July-1969.
This Artcraft cover features the Apollo 11 stamp and was cancelled for the moon landing on 20-July and later for the stamp release 9-September-1969.
This first day cover depicts the plaque left on the moon by the Apollo 11 astronauts after the first moon landing.
The official mission logo and stamps are featured on this typically double cancelled Apollo 11 first day cover.
Apollo 11 first day cover and stamp cancelled 20-July-1969.
This is another example of a first day cover also featuring Apollo 11 stamp with the double cancellations on 20-July-1969 and 9-September-1969.
This Fleetwood first day cover is mounted in a nice presentation page.
Apollo 12
Crewed by Conrad, Gordon and Bean, Apollo 12 was launched on 14-November-1969. It landed on the moon on the 19th and returned to Earth on the 24th.

This is a card featuring the crew and cancelled at Cape Canaveral.

This is a Astrophil German first day cover cancelled on the same day as the launch at Cape Canaveral.
Pictured here is an Artcraft cover cancelled for the launch on 14-November-1969.
First day cover was issued for the launch and is cancelled at Cape Canaveral.
This cachet features the mission logo.
And another cachet to feature the mission logo.
This cover cancelled for the moon landing on 19-November-1969 Houston.
Another first day cover commemorating the moon landing on 19-November-1969 and features an Apollo 11 moon landing stamp.
An Artcraft cover cancelled 19-November-1969 Cape Canaveral.
Here is a cover issued for Apollo 12's safe return to Earth on the 24-November.
This is a Folio-print cover commemorating the launch 14-November-1969 at Cape Canaveral.
This is another Folio-print first day cover cancelled for the moon landing on 19-November-1969 and featuring the moon landing stamp.
Apollo 13 - Successful recovery after mission abort
Crewed by Lovell, Haise and Swighert, Apollo 13 was launched 11-April-1970. The lunar landing mission was aborted after the ship sustained damage after launch. The crew survived despite lack of air and power by using the gravity from a lunar orbit to return to Earth.

cancelled at the Kennedy Space Center for the launch, this first day cover has the mission logo.

An Artcraft cover also cancelled for the mission launch.
Here we have a first day cover cancelled on the day of the launch by Kennedy Space Center.
Cancelled for the mission launch.
Cancelled for the mission launch.
First day cover cancelled by Cape Canaveral on 13-April-1970 when the mission to land on the moon was aborted.
A Sarzin cover cancelled for Apollo 13's orbit of the moon on 14-April-1970.
This informative Colorano silks cover has been cancelled 14-April-1970.
This final Sarzin Apollo 13 cover was issued for the safe return of the Apollo 13 crew on 17-April-1970.
Apollo 14
Pictured here is a card featuring the crew Shepard, Roosa and Mitchell and is cancelled on 9-February-1971 for their return to Earth.
This first day cover commemorates the launch of Apollo 14 crewed by Shepard, Roosa and Mitchell on 31-January-1971.
This cover features the image of the crew in front of the mission logo.
Here is another first day cover with information stuffer (crew profile leaflet) commemorating the launch of Apollo 14 31-January-1971 cancelled at the Kennedy Space Center.
And this is a Sarzin cover cancelled for the take off, 31-January Cape Canaveral.
This is an Artcraft cover double cancelled at Cape Canaveral.
Here is another Sarzin cover cancelled on 6-February Cape Canaveral.
Apollo 15 - The Lunar Rover
Crewed by Scott, Irwin and Worden, Apollo 15 was launched 26-July-1971 and was the first mission to feature a lunar rover buggy.

This is a card featuring the crew with the Lunar rover.

Here we have the mission logo and the double stamps issued for the Apollo 15 mission, cancelled 2-August-1971.
This Apollo 15 cover was issued for the mission launch 26-July-1971.
Here is a second cover issued for the mission launch.
This is an Artcraft cover issued for Apollo 15 and cancelled for the launch Cape Canaveral.
Another Artcraft cover issued for Apollo 15. This one is cancelled for the lunar landing.
Cancelled 30-July-1971, this Apollo 15 cover was issued to commemorate the lunar landing.
This Apollo 15 cover was issued to celebrate America's decade in space. The cachet matching the pair of Apollo 15 stamps it features and is cancelled 2-August-1971 Kennedy Space Center.
First day cover and 2 sets of Apollo 15 double stamps cancelled on the day the Apollo 15 stamps were released 4-August-1971 Houston.
Here we see the Fleetwood first day cover with the Apollo 15 stamps cancelled 4-August-1971 Cape Canaveral.
Here is a second Fleetwood cover with the Apollo 15 stamps cancelled 4-August-1971 Cape Canaveral.
This 2-August cancelled first day cover was from the NASA manned spacecraft centre stamp club.
Apollo 16
Crewed by Young, Mattingly and Duke, Apollo 16 was launched 16-April-1972.

First day cover cancelled Kennedy Space Center for launch.

First day cover cancelled 16-April-1972 Cape Canaveral.
An Artcraft cover cancelled 16-April-1972 Cape Canaveral.
First day cover cancelled 16-April-1972 Kennedy Space Center.
First day cover cancelled 21-April-1972 Kennedy Space Center.
Apollo 17 - The last manned moon mission
Crewed by Cernan, Evans and Schmitt, Apollo 17 was launched 7-December-1972. It was the last manned moon landing and the first to land a geologist (Schmitt). This card features an image of the crew, copies of their signatures and mission logo.
This cover was cancelled for the launch and features the mission logo.
Another cover cancelled for the launch by Kennedy Space Center.
Philgraf cover cancelled for the 7-December-1972 launch.
Colorano Silks cover cancelled 7-December-1972 Cape Canaveral for the launch of Apollo 17.
Colorano Silks cover cancelled for the deployment of Apollo 17's lunar rover 13-December-1972 Cape Canaveral.
Colorano Silks cover cancelled 19-December-1972 for splashdown.


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