RECOVERY SHIP COVER & POSTMARK VARIETIES
LATEST ADDITIONS
Previous Latest Additions

 

23 January 2020
Added another fake Beck like cover.  See the bottom of this page. Added another Gemini 12 USS Wasp Crew cover.

12 January 2020
Added a warning about three more fake Beck Like covers on eBay! See the bottom of this page.

4 January 2020
Added a newly discovered USS Thomason postmark variation to Mercuey 9 thanks to Andre Gutmann. The ship's name is on the top of the postmark rather than the bottom. Also the time slug is PM rather than AM. Also added a USS Wasp cover with an unusual text cachet to Gemini 6A thanks to Timothy Preston.

23 December 2019
Major Find!
A Morris Beck un-numbered cover for Mercury 7 from the USS Fred T Berry was sold on eBay for Euro 113! This is only the third ship from MA-7 for which Beck covers are known. Although un-numbered I do not consider these crew covers. All three that I've seen are addressed to Morris Beck. It seems likely that he send these to the ships to be returned to him as an experiment before sending his numbered covers.

17 December 2019
Added a USS Hawkins Beck Crew cover to Apollo 12 thanks to Tony O'Brien. And this one includes the rare ship's name on the bottom of the postmark variety.

12 December 2019
Added a number of covers to SBR Recovery Covers.

8 December 2019
Added 3 unusual Gemini 12 Beck covers B709, B710 & B711 all with identical dual Cape Canaveral postmarks for the 11 & 15 November. Also a Beck B709 postmarked aboard the USS Joseph P Kennedy Jr rather than the designated USS Canisteo thanks to Wolf Magnus. Also an Apollo 10 USS Princeton B787 with missing background colour and with the number on the left side of the cachet rather than the usual right, again thanks to Wolf Magnus.

6 December 2019
Added a USS Wasp cover with a ship's cachet plus an George Goldey text cachet to Gemini 6A.

11 November 2019
Added a couple of USS Wasp covers with printed corner cards to Gemini 9A and Gemini 12. Added an interesting Society of Israel Philatelics USS Nicholas cover to Apollo 9.

11 November 2019
Added a very interesting USNS Vanguard cover to Apollo 7. It has a Navy cachet on the front and a black one on the back!

9 November 2019
Lost and Found. Added a unique USS Wasp cover to Gemini 7. This cover on USS Wasp stationary was apparently cacheted during the mission (December 1965) with a Navy cachet on the front and the ship's cachet on the back. It was then lost for 2 and a half years when it was found and postmarked at West Palm Beach in May 1968!! A very nice find.

8 November 2019
Added a very nice USS New Orleans postcard postmarked on the 23 July 1975 to ASTP thanks to Alec Bartos. Also added a request for information on a missing cover.

5 November 2019
Added a number of covers to Apollo 11 for the 50th anniversary of the splashdown.

30 October 2019
Two more questionable Morris Beck covers were recently sold on eBay. Please read my page on them and please contact me if you purchased one.

17 October 2019
Added an extremely unusual and rare Captain's cover to 'Captain and Crew Covers'. It has a rare maroon Ship's cachet on the back, uses a 10c stamp (unusual) and has Jim Lovell's signature. In addition the gold printing is slightly offset from the blue printing. All in all, a great cover!

12 October 2019
Added a USS Norris cover with an early postmark to Gemini 10 thanks to Andre Gutmann.

10 October 2019
Three questionable Morris Beck covers were recently sold on eBay. Please read my page on them and please contact me if you purchased one.

9 August 2019
Added a major new discovery by Wolf Magnus. The first Apollo 17 USS Recovery cover that is known.

5 July 2019
Added a new section on Goldcraft covers. I am working on a section on Gordon covers.

7 June 2019
Added a Artopages cover with USS Okinawa postmark to Apollo 15 thanks to Joseph Volutza. Also added a Gemini 7 USS Wasp Type 2 Crew cover to Captain and Crew Covers thanks to Timothy Preston.

30 April 2019
No major additions. However, did add covers to Shuttle SRB Recovery Covers and Stamps and Minisheets. Also minor items to other pages so check your favourite page.

7 March 2019
Added a new discovery from Tom Steiner, a USS Nimble cover from Gemini 4! First one I've seen. Also added USS Skill and USS Vesole (not involved) covers to Gemini 4 thanks to Tom. All with Harry Gordon cachets.

24 February 2019
Added a  newly discovered variety of Apollo 6 USS Austin postmark. All postmarks to date have a dot after the M in AM. Now one has been discovered without the dot. Note that since the ink on the postmark is heavy, it seems unlikely that the dot missed being inked. Look out for this variey and please let me know if you find an example.

14 February 2019
Added a reply from Tom Steiner to the possible fake Beck like cover. Also added lots of new stamps with more to come.

14 February 2019
WARNING - Added a section on fake covers. At present it only lists one recently discovered, and reported on collectSPACE, Beck like cover but over time I'll add others. A must read section.

 

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