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 US Navy USS Jefferson SSBN 618
#1 First cover in the 1000 Navy Series. 1962 USS T Jefferson
 
US Navy USS Enterprise CVAN-65 Aircraft Carrier
Special "S" cover USS Enterprise Est $85
 

Mercury Flight of Cooper
 
US Navy USS Hornet Apollo 11 Man on the Moon Moonlanding
USS Hornet-Neil Armstrong-Lunar Landing 1969
 
 
Apollo 15 Prime Recovery Ship

 

USS New Orleans VERY rare July 25 cancel Est $140
 
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USS Carl Vinson CVN-70 Aircraft Carrier Keel Laying cover
#1000 Last cover in Navy Series USS Vinson.
 

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Latest BLOG Update:

August 8, 2017

In memory of Morris W. Beck, 1926-2011
 
"mb" Cachets Question Ansered

Larry Johnson sent us the answer to our question about
the identity of cachet maker "mb".  "mb" is actually
M. Billerth.  He figured this mystery out while at the
recent APS show.  Billerth issued a number of cachets
honoring President Kennedy.

 

 

 

 


This is the first B21 that we have seen with a hand cancel

 

This cover has two different machine cancels.

Scans courtesy of Larry Johnson

Nuclear Ships Covers Added

Larry Johnson sent us some very interesting scans
to add to our Beck Web site.


Donald Schultz was affiliated with the Nuclear Ship Chapter and
probably sponsored this cover.  We don't know for sure.  We do
know that Mr. Beck printed the cachet.  The same design
was used for several ships in about 1963.

 

Nuclear Ships Covers Added

Art Cole sent us the following scans to add to our listing.

Many collectors are very confused with the numbering system used for the nuclear ship covers.  We appreciate Art's help.

See the covers we have scans of HERE

 

 

 

Early Beck Covers Found

Larry Johnson and Charlie Hamilton sent us scans of some covers believed to be early Beck covers.  After some research we now believe that these covers were produced by Mr. Beck.

We have added them to the cover listing starting with 1943 HERE


Scans courtesy of Larry Johnson

 

Beck Secondary Recovery Covers with Additional Text

Larry Johnson sent us some very interesting scans shown at left.  Note how someone has crossed out the word FIRST and rubber stamped the word SECOND on the cachet.

 

These are the only ones we have seen like this and we are fairly certain that Mr. Beck did NOT change the cachet.

 

Morris W. Beck States Issues

Morris W. Beck produced two different series of covers honoring the states and territories.  These covers were produced for collectors that sent in their envelopes to him.  It was a similar service to his other series such as Presidents and Naval event covers.  See the checklist for examples of the state series.  These covers are hard to find especially in a complete set.  A complete set of the 1951-2  or 1956-7 series may sell for about $200-300 each and the full sets are rarely found.

We know of several collectors that want to locate other collectors of this series. 

If you collect the States issues and have covers to sell, trade or if you want to buy, let us know and we will put you in touch with someone.

email   Owen R. Murray

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


Scans courtesy of Larry Johnson

 

More Beck recovery covers with Round RS

Larry Johnson, a MW Beck cover collector sent us
more scans from the Gemini recovery force.

 

See the listing.   HERE


Scan courtesy of Larry Johnson

 

Beck Gemini 9 Cover We Have Benn Looking For

Here is a Beck Gemini 9 Wasp recovery covers that we have been looking to find a scan.  Larry Johnson sent us one.  We do have one with a cancel variety but not with the correct cancel. 

See the listing.   HERE

 

 

Scan courtesy of Larry Johnson

More Beck Gemini recovery covers with Round RS

Beck Gemini sold covers for very high prices. Sold for $45.00 each. They have the round RS and are addressed to Harry Rose.

See the Gemini cover listing.   HERE


 





Sample Covers.  See main listing at link.

Scans courtesy of Larry Johnson

Beck Gemini 9 covers with Round RS

14 Beck Gemini 9 and 10 recovery covers (B647-B657), (664-671) sold for very high prices. Several for $46.00 each. They have the round RS and are addressed to Harry Rose.

See the Gemini 9 AND Gemini 10 cover listing.   HERE

 

 

 

Morris W. Beck States Issues

Morris W. Beck produced two different series of covers honoring the states and territories.  These covers were produced for collectors that sent in their envelopes to him.  It was a similar service to his other series such as Presidents and Naval event covers.  See the checklist for examples of the state series.  These covers are hard to find especially in a complete set.  A complete set of the 1951-2  or 1956-7 series may sell for about $200-300 each and the full sets are rarely found.

We know of several collectors that want to locate other collectors of this series. 

If you collect the States issues and have covers to sell, trade or if you want to buy, let us know and we will put you in touch with someone.

email   Owen R. Murray

 

 

Beck ASTP "Treasures"!

 

The two ASTP covers shown at left are very special and only the
second ones we have seen.  Les Winick got a hold of B998
and B999 and sent them for postmarking.  Houston and KSC

 

Below is a very nice example of B999.

Scans courtesy of Dr Ross Smith

 


Scan courtesy of Gerard Zonneveld

 

 

Previously Unlisted Beck for Apollo 7

Here are two previously unlisted Beck unlisted covers for Apollo 7.

It is unclear how these covers were created.  After Mr. Beck printed the cachet on the collector's envelopes someone sent it to KSC for postmarking.  Very unusual and probably unique.

 

 

Beck CREW Covers on eBay Bring $71.16 Each

Three Beck CREW covers sold on eBay for $71.16 each.

 

USS Mansfield  Beck assigned number B319 to this ship.

USS DeHaven   Beck assigned number B322 to this ship.

USS Taussig  Beck assigned number B324 to this ship

 

In the listings (HERE) we show CREW covers with the covers
assigned by Beck to that "B" cachet number.

Previously Unlisted Beck CREW for Apollo 13

There was a lot of collector interest in bidding on this unlisted
Apollo 13 Prime Recovery Crew Cover.

Final selling price after 12 bids was $310.00

This version of the  cancel with the date "not skewed" is
the most difficult to find.  This is the ONLY one we have seen
with this cancel on Iwo Jima CREW cover.

 

 

 

 

Updated Beck Checklist for the Numbered Series

Checklist HERE

 













 

Scans courtesy of Charlie Hamilton

 

1946 Beck Covers Printed on Postcards

Charlie Hamilton sent us some interesting Beck covers from 1946
that were printed on postcards.

These covers are from 1946 after Mr. Beck returned home from
service in the US Navy during WWII.

Several of these covers show some clues how Mr. Beck marked the back of the early covers.  Note that some of the scans
of the cover reverse show a small stamped "12" in the LRH corner.
 

The covers with the "12" are addressed to the same collector.

 


Reverse of the USS Dayton postcard.




Reverse of the USS Hyman postcard

 

The following is a response to a new collector. 


We've had a few inquires from newer collectors trying to understand how Mr. Beck's cover service worked
and how there can be several covers from a recovery ship with different "B" cachet numbers.

  

Morris W. Beck of Wisconsin was a collector and cover dealer starting about 1943 and stopped producing covers in the mid
1970ís.  His most popular series of Naval covers was the set from 1962-1975 and consisted of 1000 cachets.

 

He advertised his service in the philatelic newspapers offering to print a cachet on collectorís envelopes for a few cents each.
  See  http://beck.ormurray.com/advertising.htm

 

He printed cachets for Navy ship commissioning, launchings, anniversaries, etc.  The most popular cachets (covers) were the
 space recovery covers.

 

Mr. Beck tried very hard to get the recovery force information from the US Navy as early as he could before a flight, but as
time went on, timely information became hard to get in time for printing and shipping deadlines.

Early in his efforts, he tried to print the name of the recovery ship on the envelope but that didnít work very well, so most of
his space covers DO NOT have the ships name on the printed cachet. (although the ships name does appear in the postmark
(cancellation).

 

The US Navy had a coordinator (see blog article at www.ormurray.com) to receive space cover postmarking requests from
collectors and dealers.  Generally, the Navy had a 2 cover limit per collector, per event.  
Collectors sent their requests for rubber stamp cachets directly to the Navy.  Mr. Beck was one of a number of dealers that
provided the service of a printed color cachet.  

 

As a "sidenote" please note that Beck's printed color cachets and the rubber stamp cachets used by the US Navy were very
similar.  This is because Mr. Beck produced the rubber stamp cachets used by the US Navy. 
He sent them to the US Navy for each space flight at no charge.

  
Above Left: Envelope sent to US Navy by collector.  Navy applied cachet and postmark.

Above Right: Envelope with Mr. Beck's printed color cachet and "B Cachet Number".  Navy applied postmark only.

Both the example ASTP covers probably had address removable labels and both were sent to the collector as usual
mail after postmarking.

 

Mr. Beck's Naval Cover Service

Mr. Beck provided the service of printing the cachet on collectorís SASE (self addressed stamped envelope) envelopes sent to him.

Collectors could also send a SASE directly to the Navy for the rubber stamp cachet and postmarking.   

For Mr. Beck's cover service, Collectors would send a supply (25-50) of SASE to Mr. Beck with a small service fee for cachet printing.
See  http://beck.ormurray.com/advertising.htm

Using the information provided by the Navy regarding the total number of ships in the recovery force,
Mr. Beck would assign a cachet number accordingly, such as B 708, B 709, etc.

Look at some of the print log sheets Mr. Beck filled out that are shown on our site.  http://beck.ormurray.com/becklog/index.htm

So if the Navy told Mr. Beck there would be 12 ships in the recovery force, then
Mr. Beck would print 12 different cachet designs and assign/print accordingly.  B708, B709, Cachet ID, etc.

 

Mr. Beck would print the color cachet on the envelopes sent to him by collectors.  
The printed (color cacheted) envelopes were sent by Mr. Beck in bulk to the Navy for postmarking.  
He prepared 400-1000 envelopes per ship according to his customers orders.  
He packed all the envelopes for one ship into a bulk container marked accordingly.

When the Navy received the shipments of printed color cacheted envelops from Mr. Beck, they distributed the envelopes to the ships of the recovery force.

This is where it got ďmessyĒ because someone at the Navy opened boxes and redistributed envelopes without
regard to the various cachet ID numbers.
 So, ships received envelopes all mixed up.

 

That is why you will see Beck covers from the same ship/event with different cachet ID numbers.

Here is one of MANY examples:  All these covers are B569 but with different ship cancellations. 
B569 was suppose to be postmarked by USS Dupont.
In total, 440 covers were printed with B569.  The majority did go to USS Dupont,
but some unknown small quantity went to several other ships. 
That is why the value of the covers varies. 
A collector trying to assemble a complete collection has a big challenge ahead!

 

 

We will add more to this article over time. 
If you have any information or input to help us improve our site, please let us know.

 

 

 

 

 
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Scan courtesy of Lee Kok How
Added Nov 2016.  Only one observed.
Sold for $152.50 on eBay.

 

Beck B671 Cover Added to the Site

After all these years an unlisted Beck cover comes to our
attention.  It sold for $152.50! !  Happy Hunting.  It you see one like this, please let us know.

See the Mercury covers HERE Beck Mercury Covers Seen on eBay

Several previously unlisted CREW covers are now on the site.

317 USS Fletcher

317 USS De Haven

 

 


Scan courtesy of Larry Johnson

 

Ships RS on Beck Commission Cover B854

The cover at left has a small rubber stamp applied by the ship.  This is the only Beck cover that we have seen with this rubber stamp.

 


Scans courtesy of Dr. Ross Smith

 

Beck Space CREW Covers

These Beck CREW covers were sold for $31.00 each.  The market for Beck space covers continues to be fairly strong.

 

See more covers from this Gemini flight HERE

 

 

 

 


Scans courtesy of Joe Volutza

 

US Navy Rubber Stamp Cachets Designed by Beck

Instead of or in addition to sending covers to Mr. Beck for printing, thousands of collectors sent their SASE directly to the US Navy to get the cancellation for the return of the ASTP mission on July 24, 1975.

Covers sent to the US Navy Pacific task force were all postmarked in San Francisco.  The rubber stamp cachet was designed and provided to the US Navy by Mr. Beck.  The US Navy applied the  cachet and postmark then returned the serviced covers to collectors through the regular US mail stream.

The top cover with the blue cachet has the same cancel that appears on the printed Beck cover B998.

The bottom cover with the red cachet has the same cancel that appears on the printed Beck cover B999.

See the ASTP covers in the Beck series HERE

 


Scan courtesy of Joe Volutza
 

 

Unlisted Beck Space Cover

This could be a one-of-a-kind.  This cover might have missed
the cancel on a ship and the USPS applied the Norfolk Cancel.

See the listing HERE

 

 

 

Unlisted Beck Space Cover

Dr. Ross Smith emailed us about this Beck 758 USNS Vanguard cover found on eBay.

He states that now there are two known examples of this cover. At left and below.

The one on eBay sold for $77.00


Scan courtesy of Dr Ross Smith

 

 

Beck 1946 Navy Day Covers

Larry Johnson sent these scans of Beck 1946 Navy Day covers.

Mr. Beck made special efforts to service covers for Navy Day 1946.  He had just returned from his WWII US Navy service in 1946.

So far, we have over 25 different 1946 Navy Day covers listed on our site and the checklist.  We really don't know how many covers of each ship were serviced by Beck.  These covers are usually selling for $10-20 or even more for the more popular ships.

See more of the Navy Day covers HERE

 

 


Scans courtesy of Larry Johnson

 

Beck FDCS Added

We received a scan of a 1964 Beck First Day Cover for the Nevada USPS issue.  Beck's statehood cachet made a good cachet for the new stamp.

 

 



 

Scans courtesy of L.K.How

 

Very Important Beck Space Covers Added

We received some high quality scans of some very interesting and seldom seen Beck space covers from a collector in Singapore.



 


Scan courtesy of L.K.How
 
Unlisted B804 Beck Apollo 11 USS Hornet on eBay

This Beck B804 sold on eBay for $152.50.  This is the first one observed with the Hornet Cancel on B804.

There is a very faint pencil address to a postal clerk.

 

See other Apollo 11 covers HERE.

 

 

 


Scan courtesy of Larry Johnson

 

 

More examples of Beck First Day Covers 

Scan is courtesy of Larry Johnson.

See the checklist of FDCs for more FDCs.

 

Scan courtesy of Gerard Zonneveld

Unlisted B998 Beck ASTP Space Cover

This BECK CREW cover is only the second one we have seen for Apollo 13 postmarked on USS Stoddert.

There are many US Navy RS cachets available for the Stoddert, but
no numbered (printed) Beck covers have been seen.

Below is the list of the US Navy ships that were part of
the Apollo 13 recovery force.

Apollo-Saturn 13 (AS-13) - April 11-17, 1970

USS Iwo Jima (PRS)
USS Benjamin Stoddert
USS Bordelon
USS Escape
USS Forest Royal
USS Granville S. Hall
USS Kawishiwi
USS New
USS William C. Lawe

 


Scan courtesy of Gerard Zonneveld

 

Unlisted B998 Beck ASTP Space Cover

This wonderful and perhaps unique cover from the recovery ship for ASTP was sent to us from G. Zonneveld in Europe.

July 1975 to July 1976 USS New Orleans was on duty with West Pac.  The actual ASTP recovery was July 24, 1975.  The significance of the Sep 2 date isn't certain.  We do know that it is the 30th anniversary of the Tokyo Bay surrender of the Japanese which ended WWII.

Starting with Apollo 16, the US Navy postmarked the covers
sent by collectors and dealers (including Beck) to Hawaii for
postmarking.  The covers actually did not go to the USS New
Orleans. 

The significance of the Beck cover shown here is that it had
to have been on board USS New Orleans to receive this
specific postmark. 

 

 


Scan courtesy of Gerard Zonneveld via Dr Ross Smith
 
Unlisted B839 Beck CREW Space Cover

A previously unlisted CREW cover shown here for Apollo 13 is a welcome addition to this site.  This is the only one we have ever seen.  It appears almost 50 years after Apollo 13 historic and memorable flight.

Note that this cachet is the Beck cachet for Apollo 13 ATLANTIC fleet.  USS Kawishiwi was actually part of the Pacific recovery fleet.

This is the only Beck cover we know of with an Atlantic Fleet cachet that was postmarked on a Pacific Fleet ship.

Scan courtesy of Tom Steiner

Unlisted B801 Beck Space Cover

A Scan of an unlisted B801 was sent to us by Tom Steiner.  After 45 years a previously unlisted Beck cover for the Apollo 11 moon landing is found.  It is amazing that this B801 version has been unlisted for so long.  Thanks Tom.

 

 

 

 

 

Note the missing RED ASTP in the cachet

 

 

Scan courtesy of Larry Johnson

B999 Missing Type "ASTP"

Please refer to the B999 covers shown on the left.  If you compare the Beck printed cachets, you will see that the cachet on the bottom is missing the red type "ASTP".

Larry Johnson spotted this error and brought it our attention.  We have never see this error before.  We searched 28 B999 covers and none of them have this error.

Larry reports seeing one more and Dr. Ross Smith now reports having one after reviewing his collection.

 

Please review your collection and let us know what you find.

UPDATE: Gerard Zonneveld from Europe reports that he has two of these covers in his collection

 

 

It is very unusual to see a printed Beck cachet without postmark or address.  This cover probably came from Mr. Beck's printing samples.  It sold on eBay for $22.50.

 

Unlisted B774 Beck Space Cover

An unlisted B774 postmarked on USS Guadalcanal, an Apollo 8 secondary recovery ship.  The cover was sold on eBay for a bargain price of only $14.99!

 

 

Beck Space Cover With Hand Cancel

Beck 729, USS Bennington, has always been observed as a machine cancel.  Dr. Ross Smith reports the B729 with a hand cancel being sold on eBay for $57.00 after 9 bids.

This is the only B729 with the hand cancel observed.  There are hundreds B729 out there, but they all have the machine cancel.  Now, ONE lucky collector has a great cover.  Perhaps more will be found in the future.

 

More Beck Space Covers

Thanks goes to Larry Johnson for sending us scans of the 16 Beck covers shown here. These are great covers for a space or Beck collector.  We've added the autographed covers to the page showing more autographs.  HERE

Note added date below cachet


Note how dark the cachet is.

 

 

 

We have wondered for some time how it was possible for W R Skelley to obtain so many important space flight covers.  Now it has become clear that he was the coordinator for the US Navy and had access to and distributed covers to the recovery ships.

More Skelly/Beck Space Covers

eBay listed several Beck space covers that hit high prices about $60-70 each.  Great covers for a space or Beck collection.

More Information About W R Skelley, Jr

 

 

Scan courtesy of Greg Ciesielski

An Interesting Cover Addressed to Mr. Beck 

Greg Ciesielski found this 1963 Roosevelt cover and sent a scan to us. 

Mr. Beck sent numerous covers to ships for postmarks
for his personal collection.  These are easy to spot because he preprinted his mailing address on the covers.

The cachet and return card on this cover was applied by
the ship and the cover was postmarked in Charleston,
SC.  Keep in mind that modern subs had rubber stamp
cachets but they didn't have a post office on board the sub.  That is why you see sub covers postmarked at a
port or on another ship.

 

 


 Scan courtesy of Dr. Ross Smith
Previously Unlisted B317 USS Mansfield 

Dr. Ross Smith sent us this scan of  a B317 USS Mansfield.  Our site shows covers from ten different ships/locations for Beck cachet B317.

Mr. Beck's printing log shows that B317 was designated for USS Fletcher.  Someone at the US Navy redistributed the covers to many ships instead of sending all the envelopes to the Fletcher as planned.  This caused a lot of interesting varieties. There are other covers for this Mercury flight postmarked on the USS Mansfield with most of them on B319.

Now Dr. Ross Smith has sent us a scan for the eleventh. See the others HERE.

 


Scan courtesy of Larry Johnson

 

Beck States Anniversaries of 1951-52

An interesting variety from the 1951-52 Beck state anniversaries is shown at left. 

A collector used the 1951 cover for a dual cancel for the 1976 state flags issue.

See the updated checklist HERE courtesy of Larry Johnson.

 


Scan courtesy of Larry Johnson

 

Unlisted Beck 1946 Navy Day Cover

Larry Johnson sent us a scan of a previously unlisted 1946 Navy Day cover.

Mr. Beck made special efforts to service covers for Navy Day 1946.  He had just returned from his WWII US Navy service earlier in 1946.

So far, we have about 25 different 1946 Navy Day covers listed on our site and the checklist.  We really don't know how many covers of each ship were serviced by Beck.  These covers are usually selling for $10-20 or even more for the more popular ships, like this one from the USS Missouri BB-63.

See more of the Navy Day covers HERE

The checklist will be updated soon.  See HERE

One More GT-3 Color Variety

David Ball sent us a scan of another GT-3 printing error, missing the yellow color.

 

See the article below.

 

 

 


Scan courtesy of Tom Steiner

New Addition and GT-3 Variety-Missing Color

Tom Steiner sent us the scan at left of three GT-3 Beck covers that are missing the YELLOW color.  See another variety at this link.  HERE

See all the GT-3 covers HERE

 

   
 

Beck TriColor Cover

Stewart Milstein sent us a scan of a previously unlisted Beck TriColor cover. The cachet was printed for the 1960 Inter American Conference of American States.

The cover is postmarked in Appleton WI in August of 1962.

 



 
Unlisted CREW Cover

A previously unlisted Apollo 7 Beck cover was
sold on eBay for $69.00

This CREW cover and postmarked only at KSC on the
launch date of the mission.

 

Scan courtesy of Larry Johnson

 

Unlisted CREW Cover

Larry Johnson sent us this scan of a Beck 471 cover
without the printed "B" number, making this cover
a crew cover.

The small penciled address on the cover is a Box
in Groton.  Someone familiar with the commissioning.

We've added the cover to our listing as a CREW cover.

 

 

 

First Time We Have Seen States Postcard

Larry Johnson sent us this scan of a Beck States POSTCARD!

This is the first Beck states postcard we have seen and we have no idea if others exist.

Note the wording on the reverse of the card.

 

Thanks Larry and keep searching those cover boxes at the shows! ! !

 

Scan courtesy of Charlie Hamilton

 

Unusual PINK envelope

 

We have seen perhaps twenty thousand or more Beck covers but VERY few were made on envelopes or cards other than on white paper stock.

Below shows the front and back of two different
Flag Day covers.  The reverse is very interesting
because it has a Tazz Nicholson cachet. 
Scan courtesy of Larry Johnson.



Scans courtesy of Larry Johnson

 

 

 

 


1967 Keel Laying of HMS Sir Winston Churchill. 
This cover is in our checklist but we are now adding a scan.

 


Scan courtesy of Tom Steiner

New Addition and GT-3 Variety-Missing Color

Tom Steiner sent us the scan at left of three GT-3 Beck covers that are missing the YELLOW color.  See another variety at this link.  HERE

See all the GT-3 covers HERE

 





 

 

New Additions and Unlisted B374 (CREW) and B317
 

Rich Hoffner sent us the scan of the USS McCloy CREW cover, similar to B374.  First Day in Commission.

Note from Rich: The sailor did not place a stamp on the
cover. While original covers were done with a type 2 cancel
with a straight line dater, this cancel has the proper dates in the dial. Most likely done after commissioning day when daters were located. It is also folded in half. While a collector would not do that, someone who was not a collector probably mailed it to someone inside a letter.
 

 

 

Steve Durst sent us the scan of the B317 recovery cover.
The USS Lofberg cover was previously unlisted and now
added to our Beck cover listing.

Dr. Ross Smith sent us scans of some Mercury covers
that have the printed address of Morris Beck.  We
believe that the cachet shown below was designed and
serviced by/for Donald Schultz.  We don't know for sure
if the US Navy had copies of the cachet rubber stamp to
apply to covers.  We raise this question because of
covers like the USS Constellation shown at the right.
The Schultz cachet is on the back of the cover.  So
when was Schultz's cachet applied to the cover and
who applied it?

 

Scans courtesy of Dr. Ross Smith

 

More New Additions

 


This is the back of the USS Constellation cover shown above.
 


Scan courtesy of Woody Witt. 
A good example of a cover
with Morris W Beck's address printed on the envelope.
This USS Intrepid is considered to be the
"Captain's Cover".

We believe the cachet was printed aboard the ship. 



Scan courtesy of Larry Johnson

 


Sold for $76 on eBay.  New addition. 4/2015


B805 CREW with VIP label












 


The Guam (above) and the Wasp (below) sold
for $173.50 on eBay!


This scan does not show a Beck number. 
It could be a CREW cover B706.
The scan could also be cropped so it doesn't show
the Beck cachet number. 
We don't have any examples of B706 CREW
so we won't officially list it as such.

 




 

New Additions

Sold on eBay for above average prices from the collection
of Joseph P Harowitz.  Many have the VIP label and some are CREW Covers.


Unlisted CREW cover B841 sold for $42.50 with the
USS Ozark Apollo 11 CREW cover shown at left.


Previously unlisted. B623  Sold on eBay $213
B732 Previously unlisted.  $55 along with B716


B584 CREW  The seller on eBay states that this cover
does not have the B cachet number.


B540 CREW  $100 on eBay along with GT5 Lake Champlain



GT3 CREW  See B515
The Intrepid and Lake Champlain covers
sold on eBay $106.50

 


B791 CREW  $85 on eBay
 


B655
B605 is this cachet yellow or orange?


Scan courtesy of Steve Durst
 
New Additions

Steve Durst sent us this scan of a Mercury manned
space flight recovery cover with a printed address to
Morris Beck.  This cover has the ships rubber stamp
cachet.  Mr. Beck did not print a cachet for the
recovery ship, USS Kearsarge, but he did print cachets
for three secondary ships.

Beck cachets B77, B78, B79

 

 

 

 


Scan courtesy of Larry Johnson USS Randolph CV-15-4/MAR/1947/  /


USS Sea Robin with Hand Cancel  May 25, 1944,|
This is the correct Launching date

 

Previously Unlisted and  New Additions

Scans courtesy of Larry Johnson


Another 1947 Midshipmen cover


We assume this is a Beck cachet but not absolutely certain.  It has similar artwork to many other Beck covers but it could be a generic clip art.  According to Larry Johnson, there are no markings on the reverse of the cover.

 

B875 CREW

 

Previously Unlisted and  New Additions
Beck B875 without the number, a CREW cover.  We now
have two USS Austin Apollo 15 CREW covers on the site.
The difference is the location of the ship's name in the cancel.

Scan courtesy of Steve Durst
 
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Morris W. Beck Naval Covers for Collectors

Naval covers have been popular since about the time of Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet.  A naval cover is an envelope or postcard postmarked on board a naval ship.  The cover might commemorate a naval event such as a keel laying, launching or commissioning of a navy ship.  Other covers are simply sailorís mail that now has historical value for the postmark on the US Navy cover.

Collecting memorabilia from US Navy ships is a very interesting hobby and shares a piece of US Navy history.  Some people collect pictures, ash trays, lighters, photos, launching or commissioning programs, US Navy patches, and envelopes or postcards postmarked aboard US Navy ships.  Similar in appearance to a first day cover, a naval cover commemorates a US Navy event or simply be sailorís mail sent home with a letter enclosed.  In any case, these covers are very collectable.

Today, the Universal Ship Cancellation Society, USCS, in an international society where collectors of US Navy ship covers and postcards exchange information about their favorite collecting interests. 

Many collectors specialize in a special type of naval covers or envelopes.  Some US Navy veterans have a special interest in the ships they served on.  Ships like destroyers, aircraft carriers, submarines, battleship, etc.  Some collectors of first day covers or FDCs also collect navy covers as a specialty.

The US NASA manned space program and the US Navy recovery ships are also very popular subjects for naval covers.  The US Navy postmarks from the US Navy ships in the Atlantic or Pacific fleet that picked up the US space astronauts like John Glenn, Neil Armstrong or others are very popular.  One of the most desirable modern naval covers is from the USS Hornet that picked up the astronauts, Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins after the Moon landing Apollo 11 NASA mission.  Dozens of US Navy ships participated in the US Space recovery program including, USS Hornet, USS Wasp, USS Intrepid, USS Lake Champlain, USS Guam, USS Mason, USS Randolph, USS Ticonderoga, USS Iwo Jima, USS Kearsarge, USS Okinawa, USS Essex, USS New Orleans, USS Guadalcanal, USS Bennington, and many others.  All astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab programs were recovered by US Navy ships.  There are covers for most of these events.  The covers for the earliest manned space flights are among the hardest to find.  Some of the most popular covers are for aircraft carriers, submarines, destroyers, battleships, and other types of US Navy ships.

Over the years there have been many individuals and groups produce some very attractive naval covers for US Navy events and space events including Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab manned space flights.  Morris W. Beck was a collector of US Navy covers and started a service to provide other collectors with quality printed US Navy, space covers, and first day covers. 

Beck served in the US Navy during World War II aboard a US Navy Destroyer.  Morris W. Beck covers are well known among collectors.  Beck produced a very popular series of 1000 US Navy event covers 1962-1975.  Beckís effort was a labor of love and his charge to service covers for collectors was only pennies per cover.   This web site is dedicated to the US Navy event covers, president series, state series, nuclear ships and first day covers (FDC) produced by Morris W. Beck. 


 

 

 

 

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The Numbered Series    About the Series  1-50    51-99 MA-8   S,100-150   151-200   201-250   251-299   300-350 MA-9 
 
351-402   403-455    456-514 GT-2    515-569 GT-3, GT-4, GT-5    570-621 GTA-6 GT-7    622-687 AS-201, GTA-8, GTA-9, GTA-10, AP-3, GTA-11  
688-769 AS-202, GTA-12, AS-204, AS-501, AS-502, AP-7     770-841 AP-8, AP-9, AP-10, AP-11, AP-12, AP-13, AP-14  
 
842-899
AP-14, AP-15, AP-16, AP-17, SL-II, SL-III, SL-IV     900-951   952-1000 ASTP


Articles and Resources: NEW Small Rubber Stamps on Space Covers
Apollo PRS Postmarked in Hawaii    
Beck 929 Hawkins

ASTP USS New Orleans July 25, 1975 onboard Cover

How postage rates affected collecting       Beck Printing Log for Numbered Series


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This is an Online Reference Catalog.  Please note that the naval covers illustrated on this Web site
 are for reference only and not for sale.  This is a private Web site for the enjoyment of collectors of navy covers. 

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