Morris W. Beck US Navy Covers and First Day Covers
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Latest BLOG Update: May 28, 2020
Huge Prices Paid for Some
The Apollo 13 PRS Beck cover B838 with the "skewed" cancel. See HERE for examples of Iwo Jima cancels.
This Beck cover sold on eBay for $203.00. B838 Skewed Hand Cancel with name at bottom sees to be the most common.
Notice inside Beck 575 Found
The printed notice was inside Beck 575 cover. It was included inside the cover sent to VIPs by the shipyard. The cover marked the launching of SSBN-658. It wasn't unusual for the shipyard to send covers marking important events. If you look at Mr Beck's printing log, it shows about 100 covers for B575 higher than others with similar date/year. A total of 619 covers were printed by Beck for cachet number 575. Thanks goes to Tony Montgomery for sending us this scan.
How Mr. Beck's cover service worked
Morris W. Beck of
Wisconsin was a collector and cover dealer starting about
1943 and stopped producing covers in the mid
He advertised his
service in the philatelic newspapers offering to print a
cachet on collectorís envelopes for a few cents each.
He printed cachets
for Navy ship commissioning, launchings, anniversaries, etc.
The most popular cachets (covers) were the
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
The US Navy had a
coordinator (see blog article at
www.ormurray.com) to receive space cover postmarking
As a "sidenote"
please note that Beck's printed color cachets and the rubber
stamp cachets used by the US Navy were very
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
On the later Apollo flights you will notice that the image of the rubber stamp cachet that they US Navy used was smaller than the cachet Mr. Beck printed. Large rubber stamps were hard for the US Navy to apply so they requested smaller images. Remember that Mr. Beck provided the rubber stamp cachets to the US Navy free.
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.
information provided by the Navy regarding the total number
of ships in the recovery force,
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
the color cachet on the envelopes sent to him by collectors.
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
Beck 937 Scan Now shown, April 3, 2020
Beck 937 was presumed
lost or thrown away at the shipyard.
|Beck Covers March 28, 2020
|If you are not a
member of the USCS or The Space Unit, please consider joining.
Application for the USCS
Application for the Space Unit
|EBay Beck Cover Realized
Priced So far this Year Has been Updated as of March 6, 2020
The eBay 2020 selling price is now updated through March 6, 2020.
There was heavy activity for Beck space covers
as usual and especially for the 1975 ASTP issues.
Covers added March 1, 2020
Covers added February 28, 2020
Covers added February 14, 2020
Scan courtesy of Larry Johnson
Scan courtesy of Dr Ross Smith.
|Very Elusive Beck
Cover y MWB 146 added February 10, 2020
Larry Johnson sent us the following 3 scans. The top one of
MWB146 has been missing from our listing.
|Nice variety of Beck
Covers with Harry Gordon Text Stamps Added February 3, 2020
Harry Gordon covers are popular and distinctive. His text stamps adds to Beck covers and others.
Scans courtesy of Charlie Hamilton
GT-4 Cover Beck CREW Cover (Below Right) Sold on eBay for $105
January 12, 2020
The GT-4 cover is shown here to help illustrate the patch. The Beck CREW cover sold on eBay for $105.
The patch sold in a space auction, January 18 for $180 before buyer premium.
|More FAKE Beck Covers on eBay
More M W Beck Covers Sent in by Collectors for our site
G W Driskill was in management with Sperry Rand
Corporation. He was a specialist in Torque Balance Control
Revised Information About W R Skelley, Jr, US Navy Coordinator for
Space Flights. He Handled Collector's Envelopes.
We have wondered for some time how it was possible for W R Skelley to obtain so many important space flight covers.
It has become clear that he was the coordinator for the US Navy and had access to and distributed covers to the recovery ships.
Skelley/Beck Space Covers
eBay listed several Beck space covers that hit high prices about $60-70 each. Note the return address for Skelley.
Great covers for a space or Beck collection.
Recent Beck Cover Acquisitions
January 3, 2020
December 27, 2019
Probably worth every penny of the price paid!
Thanks goes to Dr Ross Smith for drawing our attention to this important cover.
Shown above is B998 and B999 with a missing color. The normal cachet is also shown for comparison.
December 20, 2019
Above scans courtesy of Anthony O'Brien
December 14, 2019
This is the only one we have seen. Scan courtesy of Tom Steiner
December 13, 2019
Both scans courtesy of Wolf Magnus, Ross Smith and Tom Steiner
We have added several dozen scans of the
postcards sent to collectors from MW Beck and Donald Schultz.
Thanks goes to David Ball for sending us these postcards
Cover for JFK First Day of Issue May 29, 1964
May 29, 1964 is the first day of issue of the JFK stamp. The official first day city was Boston.
This cachet artwork was also used by Mr. Beck for the JFK FDOI for the Kennedy stamp
There are a number of Gemini Covers with dual Cape Canaveral postmarks on Beck cachets B709-B711.
Below is what we have seen so far. Prices on eBay range as high as $76.00.
BELOW: Larry Johnson and others sent us scans of some these Beck covers.
Unlisted B704 GT12 Beck Cover
Sold on eBay after 11 bids
the only B704 we have seen with the Machine Cancel "US Navy 17005
Br. (Midway Island)
This one sold for $73.00
Beck Covers Harder to find
Larry Johnson sent us these two interesting and very collectible Beck Covers.
Very Hard to Find Beck Covers
Sold on eBay for HIGH prices.
You will note that these four Beck covers of PRS are addressed to W R Skelley, the Navy Cover Coordinator. See article on Skelley below.
Beck Autographed Covers Sold
on eBay July 31, 2019
|The Article About CREW Covers
Is Totally Revised
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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