Morris W. Beck US Navy Covers
 
 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
 
US Navy Apollo Soyuz Space Recovery Astronauts
Apollo Soyuz on Air Mail Envelope
 
USS Carl Vinson CVN-70 Aircraft Carrier Keel Laying cover
#1000 Last cover in Navy Series USS Vinson. 1975
 

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A Resource and Blog for Collectors of Morris W. Beck Philatelic Covers. 
Owen R. Murray  About this site

Latest BLOG Update:

August 29, 2016
 
 

 

 

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 of this cover.

The one on of eBay sold for $77.00

 

 

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

 

 

 


 


Cover was serviced on a pink envelope
supplied by the collector. 
Scan courtesy of Larry Johnson


Note how the cachet that was printed by Mr. Beck
overlaps the plate number selvage.
Scan courtesy of Larry Johnson

Scans courtesy of Larry Johnson

Beck Covers Added

Note the small maroon, red or blue
rubber stamp that was applied to
collector's envelopes after the flight
was over

Collectors wishing to have
this rubber stamp applied to covers,
sent their covers with SASE to Mr.
Beck. 

Mr. Beck applied the rubber
stamp and returned the covers to the
collectors using their SASE. Keep in
mind that not very many covers have
this rubber stamp. 

Mr. Beck applied the
rubber stamp to any covers the
collector sent in, not just CREW covers.

 

 SEE MORE INFORMATION 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.

 

Scans courtesy of Larry Johnson

New Additions to Beck Statehood and FDC Series

We have been looking for these Morris
Beck's Statehood Series.

Larry Johnson sent us these scans for our site. 

 Beck's Statehood Series are hard to find.

You can view more information on the Statehood Series HERE.

 


We have never seen this JFK Beck FDC #1287.
You can view more information on Beck FDCs  HERE.


Scan courtesy of Larry Johnson

 


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
Previously Unlisted and  New Additions



B898 CREW with ONLY the Hand Cancel.


1955 dated Beck cover for Puerto Rico with "states" cachet.
The actual date of the opening for the airport in San Juan was
two days later, May 22, 1955. Scan on eBay and courtesy of C. Hamilton.

 

Scans below are courtesy of Larry Johnson


Cover with the printed address of MW Beck.  Mr. Beck
was a collector of Naval covers.  We have seen similar
covers where Mr. Beck sent SSAE to ships requesting
cachets.  There doesn't seem to be any specific
significance to this date.  See other covers from his
collection HERE.


B539 with the small RS applied after the space flight.


Possibly Nuclear Ships Cachet #1


 













Postcard


 

New Additions To This Beck Site
Scans are courtesy of Larry Johnson


B517 with the small RS applied after the space flight.


Gray envelope


Gray envelope


Autograph of CO


Autograph of CO


Yellow envelope.


One of the prototypes of the numbered series.


One of the prototypes of the numbered series.


Sailor's mail a few weeks after the atomic bombs.


Similar cachet to B764.  Click HERE
 

 


Crew cover similar to Beck 352
Similar cachet to B412.  Click HERE


See previously entry below about these ships cancels
on B631.

These covers are likely unique and we probably won't
see any more of these (B630 postmarked on these two
ships).

 

Unlisted Beck Covers Surface From 1960's is Likely One of a Kind

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks goes to Larry Johnson for sending us scans of three Morris W Beck state commemorative covers from 1951-2.

These were previously unlisted is our checklist.

See more HERE

 

Scan courtesy of Larry Johnson

 

These covers were printed for Martin Longseth a collector. 
In 1976, Longseth sent this cover to every ship with a post office.

In 2014 a number of these covers with different ship cancelations sold for about $10 each.

See HERE for more examples  We have added 16 new covers.

 

 
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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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   Cover Varieties Oddities  Beck's Messages  Beck's Personal Covers  Astronaut Autographs
1943-1970's Events
     Nuclear Ships     Foreign    President Series     States Series    First Day Covers   

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


        Download Checklists   
 

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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