25 December 2017
I've added more of my Bob Boudwin covers to Shuttle SRB Recovery and Other Covers . I don't have covers for STS-27. If anyone has these two covers I would greatly appreciate a scan. I've still got several covers to find.
22 December 2017
I've added some Canaveral Port Authority cacheted covers to Shuttle SRB Recovery and Other Covers .
17 December 2017
I've started a new section of my site: Shuttle SRB Recovery and Other Covers . Note that only the SRB Recovery section has been started and even them, there are a lot more covers to come. I have a couple of dozen on order as wll as finding and putting up the rest of my Bob Boudwin covers. Then I'll move on to the other sections.
15 October 2017
A great month for the specialised collector. First, the USS Ellison cover (see below) and now a Gemini 12 USS Wasp cover. So what you ask! Well, this was a great mission for covers (I should do an article on them). As well as the standard Navy Gemini 12 cachet, the USS Wasp used a Gemini 11 cachet. In addition both black and maroon inks were used and both machine and handcancels exist. This makes a theoretical maximum of 8 combinations in addition to other cachets such as the Beck printed cachet and the ship's very distinctive cachet. Up to know I'd only been able to find 7 of the 8 possible combinations. The missing one was a black Gemini 11 cachet with a hand cancel. Well, I've finally found one of these extremely rare combinations!! I suggest everyone checks their duplicates to see if they have one.
Also added a USS Ticonderoga cover with a Artopages Recovery Ship cachet to Apollo 16.
4 October 2017
For nearly 30 years I've been collecting Recovery Ship covers and, in particular, the wonderful series of USS Ellison covers for Gemini 3. I thought I had found all the combinations of colours that existed for this cover. Wrong! I've just bought a lot on eBay of not one but two covers with a pink Navy cachet, a blue postmark and a blue ship's cachet on the back. Amazing it has taken so long to find this combination! I wonder if there are others yet to be discovered? Please let me know if you find any combination that is not documented on my Gemini 3 USS Ellision page.
20 August 2017
Added a very rare USS Essex QSL verification card with Navy cachet to Apollo 7.
20 August 2017
Added a rare cover from the USS Millinnix to Gemini 3. It has a Navy cachet on ship's stationary!
9 August 2017
Added a Beck B998 cover used as a FDC for the US ASTP stamps to Beck covers. Also plenty of new stamps in Stamps, Minisheets and Other Items.
14 April 2017
Added a wonderful Martin Marietta USS Wasp cover with M.M. cachet, Mission emblem and Navy cachet to Gemini 12. It also has a hand cancel and sold for $133.50!
30 March 2017 - Updated 6 April 2017
MAJOR NEW STS-51L DISCOVERY. Added a cover from the USS W. S. Sims to STS-51L. While I was aware of the involvement of the Sims through correspondence with a crew member, this is the FIRST cover I've seen from the ship. Now a second almost identical cover has be found by Antoni RIGO. Possibly the rarest of the STS-51L covers.
13 March 2017
Added a wonderful USS Wasp cover to Gemini 6A that includes a very well done amusing drawing as well as a Navy cachet and the ship's cachet. Only two produced.
22 February 2017
Added a very unusual cover from the USS Jonus Ingram to Apollo 201. It has a Navy cachet on ship's stationary! First one seen for this mission.
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