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Copyright ©2000-2019 Owen R Murray.  All Rights Reserved.      Revised: 07/15/2019

This page lists covers 842-899  GO TO:  Previous Listing #770-841  Next Listing #900-951

Number Ship Hull

Event

Date Comments

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842 USS Rathburne DE-1057

Commission

/  /MAY/16/1970

Number produced: 357

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $4.26 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014          

2015
2016
2017     
2018 $1.59
2019 $
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843 USS Dwight D Eisenhower CVAN-69

Keel Laid

AUG 15/AM/1970  

Number produced: 
Not recorded

eBay Prices Realized
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2009  $4.24
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013  $3.50, $3.50
2014        

2015
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2017  $4.75   
2018 $
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Beck’s Cover Log shows #843 was originally scheduled for USS Nashville LPD-13,
 commissioning on 14 February 1970.

Beck’s log book does not show a quantity for cover 843, but given the covers
near that series, the approximate quantity is about 350 covers.

There could have been some lack of information about the actual planned date for the
commissioning of the
Nashville because Beck’s log shows “not sent” which means that
he probably didn’t have time to produce the covers and send them. 
Note that #842 was postmarked in May of 1970.


Link to Beck’s Cover Log

Also, in Beck’s Cover Log, #843 is crossed out and “Nimitz CVAN 68” is written in. 

The final 843 cover was for the Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower
CVAN-69 Keel laying on August 15, 1970.  At the time (early 1970) the actual name of

CVAN-69 wasn’t even known.  The events and results make sense with the timing.

 

844 USS Frederick LST-1184

Commission

APR/11/1970/PM 

Number produced: 347

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $3.25
2010  $3.50 
2011  $
2012 
2013  $2.99, $2.99
2014        

2015
2016
2017     
2018 $1.59
2019 $3.23
2020 $

 

 


 



 
845 USS Schenectady LST-1185

Commission

JUN/13/1970/AM 

Number produced: 345

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $3.50
2009  $
2010  $3.50, $2.50 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014        

2015  $5.00
2016
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2018 $1.59
2019 $
2020 $

 

 


RS cachet front or back

 

846 USS Vreeland DE-1068

Commission

13/JUN/1970/AM 

Number produced: 316 

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $4.26, $3.50 
2011  $7.00
2012 
2013 
2014        

2015
2016
2017     
2018 $1.59
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Small round RS cachet on front.


Scan courtesy of Charlie Hamilton
Signed by CO Added 7/2018

 

847 USS Blakely DE-1072

Commission

JUL/18/1970/AM 

Number produced: 306

eBay Prices Realized
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2009  $
2010  $3.50, $2.00 
2011  $
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2014  $2.59       

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848 USS Francis Hammond DE-1067

Commission

JUL/25/1970/AM 

Number produced:  
Beck's Log shows "not sent"

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $3.50, $1.50 
2011  $2.00

2013 
2014   $2.99      

2015  $5.00
2016
2017  $1.36   
2018 $1.59
2019 $
2020 $


 


 
849 USS Nashville LPD-13

Commission

FEB/14/1970/AM 

Number produced: 357

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $3.50, $2.95,
$2.50,$2.25 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014  $3.99        

2015
2016
2017 


 


Most cancels are poor quality

 

850 USS Reasoner DE-1063

Planned for Reasoner
but never serviced for
original event.

 

Number produced: 
Beck's log
 shows "not sent"

 

 

The above cover submitted by Paul Huber of Fairwinds was used for the
decommission of the Reasoner in 1993.  A collector probablyhad the 20+ year
 old Unserviced envelope saved for the decommission.
 


Larry Johnson found this unserviced envelope. Note that the seal is
missing in the cachet. Added 4/2018


Scan submitted by Charlie Hamilton.
This cover is postmarked for the decommissioning in 1993, over 20 years after
Beck printed the cover.
Signed by the CO CMDR Steven J Sonntag

 

851 USS Peleliu LHA-5

Not serviced

Number produced: 491

Scan not available.
No examples observed.

Les Winick's 1995 Beck Handbook lists #851 as USS Peleliu.

The contract to build USS  Peleliu was given in 1970. 
The KL was in 1976. (The Peleliu was originally named USS Da Nang).

There is a possible change of contract or name that made the 851 cover obsolete.
It was never serviced or returned.

Also see Beck cover 995.
 

852 USS Cayuga LST-1186

Not serviced

August 9 1970 

Number produced: 341

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014   
      
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No samples observed.  Not Serviced.
853 USS Bowen DE-1079

Commission

MAY/22/1971 

Number produced: 429

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $4.33
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014          

2015  $4.00
2016
2017     
2018 $3.00$1.59
2019 $
2020 $


 




Some may have small round RS cachet on front or back.

854 USS Ouellet DE-1077

Commission

15/DEC/AM/1970 

Number produced: 390

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $

2012  $3.00
2013 
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Note the small red rubber stamp on the cover applied by the ship.
Scan courtesy of Larry Johnson

 

855 USS San Jose AFS-7

Commission

OCT/23/1970/AM 

Number produced: 360

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $3.50, $2.50 
2011  $

2012 
2013 
2014  $2.59      

2015  $5.00
2016
2017     
2018 $1.59
2019 $
2020 $


 



 
856 USS Tuscaloosa LST-1187

Commission

AM/OCT/24/1970 

Number produced: 368

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $3.50, $4.99
2009  $3.50
2010  $9.49 
2011  $3.75
2012 
2013 
2014  $2.59        

2015
2016
2017  $4.25   
2018 $2.50
2019 $
2020 $


 


 

857 USS Savannah AOR-4

Not serviced

Number produced: 
Beck's log
 shows "not sent"
 

 


This is the only one we have seen for B857.
We feel that the cover probably isn't genuine.

Actual commissioning date is Dec 5, 1970

Above scan is courtesy of Charlie Hamilton


Envelopes exist without being serviced
 

858 USS Badger DE-1071

Not serviced

Dec 1 1970

Number produced: 
Beck's log shows
 "not sent"
 

No samples observed. 
Not Serviced.
859 USS Joseph Hewes DE-1078

Commission

MAY/18/AM/1971 

Number produced: 334

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $8.00
2010  $2.25 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014        

2015
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2017     
2018 $
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Actual comm. date is April 24 1971

 

859 USS Joseph Hewes DE-1078

Commission

MAY/20/AM/1971 

Number produced:
See above

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014  $2.59        

2015  $1.99
2016
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2018 $
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Actual comm. date is April 24 1971

 

860 USS Blue Ridge LCC-19

Commission

Machine cancel is
Philadelphia
NOV 17/PM/1970

Fancy cancel is
November 14 1970
 

Number produced: 330

eBay Prices Realized
(covers with machine Cancel)

2008  $
2009  $
2010  $3.50 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014  $2.59, $9.00      

2015  $1.99
2016
2017  $3.50   
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $


 



Ships fancy cancel on front with correct date for commission.  November 14, 1970. 
This is the only cover we have observed with only the fancy cancel. 
Others observed also has the machine cancel, shown below.
Scan courtesy of Larry Johnson.


 


This cover is addressed to Ronald Reeves who produced some counterfeit covers. 
We are not sure about this one.  Ron worked in Phila so he might of had this
postmarked during the commissioning.
Scan courtesy of Charlie Hamilton

 

861 USS New Orleans  LPH-11

Apollo 14

9/FEB/1971/AM 

Number produced: 986

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $16.21
2009  $11.77
2010  $ $6.50 
2011  $
2012 
2013  $28.00 CO autog,
$24.50, $9.00
2014          

2015  $43.00 autog helo crew,
$7.50 autog recovery pilots
$ .99
2016  $10.00,
$23.00 w/CO autog,
 $3.35, $9.00,
$55.00 w/CO autog,
2.93
2017  $7.50   
2018 $33.00
(autog CO) $10.26,
$12.00
2019 $
2020 $

 


Prime recovery ship.

Another example with Ships CO autograph 

 

861

CREW

USS New Orleans LPH-11

Apollo 14

9/FEB/1971/AM 

Number produced: 
See above

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $150.00* 
2011  $
*Autographed
2012 
2013 
2014          

2015
2016
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $

 

 

ADDED June 2008

This scan was sent to us by Dr. Ross Smith.  Prior to seeing this scan,
it wasn't verified that a CREW cover existed for this ship for Apollo 14.
As Dr. Smith said, it might not be a pretty cover but I am VERY happy
to have found it.

Another mystery was solved  when this cover was identified.  There are many
Beck CREW covers that haven't been found yet.  We know From Mr. Beck that he
sent the printed envelopes without the cachet number (CREW) to the ships for
space events.  What happened to some of them is a mystery.  Another mystery
recently solved was for 880 Ticonderoga.


Scan courtesy of Martin Schwebs Rasmussen

 

 

 

       

SEE Listing for B841
for similar covers.

 

862 USS Ponchatoula AO-148

Apollo 14

FEB/9/1971/A.M. 

Number produced: 882 

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $3.00, $3.00, $3.00
2010  $7.99 
2011  $
2012  $3.00
2013  $1.25, $1.25
2014  $2.99        

2015
2016  $8.50,  $5.00
2017  $3.34   
2018 $4.00, $4.48, $4.00
2019 $
2020 $

 





Scan courtesy of RJIPhilatelics.  Genuine autograph of Astronaut Dr Lenoir.
Any color variations in the  scans are from scans. 
The cachets are same and colors are the same.

Scan courtesy of RJIPhilatelics.
Dr. Ross Smith reports seeing several covers postmarked with the February
3 date on RSC covers only.  No February 3 dates have been seen on Beck printed
covers B862.

Watch for B862 with Feb 3 1971 date

 

862

CREW

USS Ponchatoula AO-148

Apollo 14

FEB/9/1971/A.M. 

Number produced: 
See above

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014          

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2018 $
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Crew Cover.  Beck cover without number.

 
863 USS Spiegel Grove LSD-32

Apollo 14

FEB/9/PM/1971 

Number produced: 1059 

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $9.95
2009  $5.50, $4.75,
$4.00, $3.00
2010  $7.99, $76.00 autog 
2011  $
2012 
2013  $2.79, $4.00, $2.79
2014  $3.99, $9.50, $4.75      

2015  $2.50, $2.00, $9.50
2016  $8.24, $12.50
2017  $7.00, $2.75, #9.99   
2018 $4.00
2019 $1.98, $3.00
2020 $

 

 



 
863

CREW

 

USS Spiegel Grove LSD-32

Apollo 14

FEB/9/PM/1971 

Number produced: 
See above

eBay Prices Realized
2010  $29.55 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014   
2015  $20.50       

2015
2016
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $

 

 


Scan courtesy of Dr. Ross Smith Crew Cover. 
Beck cover without number.
Previously unlisted.
Added 2/2010
 
864 USS New Orleans  LPH-11

Apollo 14

9/FEB/1971/AM 

Number produced:426

 

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $3.50 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014          

2015  $1.00
2016  $12.99
2017  $10.50, $2.99   
2018 $4.99
2019 $
2020 $


 


Prime recovery ship. 
Note how low the number as compared to the others in
this series.  B861-864.  
 
865 USS Spartanburg City LST-1192

Not serviced

Not serviced

Number produced: 
Beck's log shows "not sent"

 

Added 7/2018
Thanks to Charlie Hamilton for this scan.

 

866 USS Marvin Shields DE-1066

Commission

APR/10/1971/AM 

Number produced: 343

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014   $2.59       

2015
2016
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $


 



 
866 USS Marvin Shields DE-1066

Commission

APR/10/1971 

Number produced: 
See above

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014         

2015  $4.50, $2.49
2016
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $


 


#9 Cancel. 


Scan courtesy of Charlie Hamilton
 

867 USS Elmer Montgomery DE-1082

Not serviced

Not serviced

Number produced: 
Beck's log
shows "not sent"



This cover is a mystery because Beck's log shows B867 as "not sent". 
The cover shown above is a possible suspect or back dated cover. 

The ship was commissioned October 30, 1971.

This is the only commissioning cover we have seen.


Back of cover
Above scans courtesy of Charlie Hamilton


Beck used blank envelopes to send notice to customers

868 USS McCandless DE-1084

Not serviced

Not serviced

Number produced: 
Beck's log
shows "not sent"

 


Envelopes exist without being serviced

 

869 USS Boulder LST-1190

Commission

JUN/4/1971/AM 

Number produced: 314

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $2.50
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014          

2015
2016
2017  $7.00, $1.52,
$1.55, $3.00   
2018 $1.59
2019 $
2020 $


 



 
870 USS Aylwin DE-1081

Commission

SEP/18/AM/1971 

Number produced: 300

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013  $1.99
2014  $2.99         

2015  $4.75, $2.49, $4.00
2016
2017     
2018 $3.74, $3.00, $1.59
2019 $
2020 $

 


Ships fancy cancel on front
 
871 USS Mt. Vernon LSD-39

Commission

13/MAY1972/AM 

Number produced: 293

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $2.25 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014          

2015
2016
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $


 



 
872 USS Peterson DD-969

Keel Laid

APR 29/1974/PM 

Number produced: 440

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $4.99
2009  $2.50
2010  $2.25 
2011  $
2012  $2.50
2013  $4.75
2014          

2015
2016
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $

 


 

 




Fake Cancel on Genuine Beck Cachet.   See August 2008 USCS Log for more
information. 

Rich compiled and presented information on Fake and Fraudulent Naval Covers.
 
The cover shown at bottom right is a sample of a Fake cancel on a genuine Beck.


Somehow a dealer/collector obtained unserviced envelopes from Mr. Beck
and applied the fake cancel. That person was expelled from the USCS.


Scan courtesy of Rich Hoffner

The correct cancel for this  event is a machine cancel. 

This is the only Beck cover that we have observed with a FAKE cancel for this event.
 There are likely others.

Again, thanks goes to USCS Member Rich Hoffner for researching and reporting
 this information.
 

873 USS Okinawa LPH-3

Apollo 15

AUG/7/AM/1971 
Type I

Number produced: 2057

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $9.00, $27.00 *
2010  $6.50, $18.50,
$62.90 autog
2011  $18.50 CO autog
2012  $1.99
2013  $2.85, $14.50,
$24.50 autog
2014  $6.00      

2015
2016  $15.00, $17.00,
$50.00
2017  $2.59, $2.93, $1.93,
$5.04   
2018 $6.99. $10.00, $6.50
2019 $11.45, $15.75
2020 $

 




 

 


Prime recovery ship. Correct cover for this number.


Another example of B873.  This cover is  autographed by Commander Coakley,
the Helo Recovery Pilot.  Cover sold on eBay for $27 in April, 2009. 
Sold by FlagShipGallery.

 


Scans courtesy Dr R Smith Both covers signed by CO.

Each cover has different cancel.
 

873 USS Okinawa LPH-3

Apollo 15

AUG/7/1971/AM 
Type II

Number produced: 

See above

eBay Prices Realized
2005  $26.00
2007  $50.00 w/SA stamps
2010  $ 
2011  $15.50
2012 
2013  $$17.50 Conrad autog,
$12.50, $10.00
2014  $20.00       

2015
2016
2017     
2018 $6.99, $10.00
2019 $2.98, $1.78
2020 $

 

 

 


Prime recovery ship. Correct cover for this number.


Another example. Scan courtesy of Steve Durst

The following information was revised January 10, 2011 to remove the reference
 that this cover was cancelled on the FDOI of the space achievements stamps.

This interesting cover with two cancellations has the Space Achievement Stamps
that were issued by the USPS on August 2, 1971.


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The cover above might be one-of-a-kind. It was sold on eBay in April 2007 for nearly
 $50.  Courtesy RJI Philatelics. 

See Ray Cartier's book for more information.  According to Cartier's book,
these stamps were flown to the Okinawa and were used on the Captain's covers.
 

873

CREW

USS Okinawa LPH-3

Apollo 15

AUG/7/1971/AM 
Type II

Number produced: 
see above

eBay Prices Realized
2014  $52.00, $19.99
2015  $21.50      

2015
2016
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $

 

 


Scan courtesy of Martin Schwebs Rasmussen
Added 2014

 

873 USS Kawishiwi AO-146

Apollo 15

AUG/7/AM/1971 

Number produced: 
See above

 

Reported but not observed.
874 USS Kawishiwi AO-146

Apollo 15

AUG/7/AM/1971 

Number produced: 1885 

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $4.00
2010  $3.50, $3.50, $3.50,
$3.24
2011  $6.50
2012  $6.00
2013  $6.99, $1.50, $6.99
2014  $6.99, $1.99       

2015  $7.00, $2.50, $2.80,
$2.00
2016  $8.55
2017  $10.00 poor cancel,
$1.75,
$3.34, $4.33   
2018 $2.25, $4.00,
$2.25 poor cancel
2019 $
2020 $

 


Above: Normal Beck cachet. Correct cover for this number


Scan courtesy of Tom Steiner.


Above: Cachet printing error. 
Black color missing.  Only green and Red printed. 
See more information HERE
Scan courtesy of Dr. Ross J Smith

 

874 USS Okinawa LPH-3

Apollo 15

AUG/7/AM/1971 

Number produced: 
See above

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $22.00
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014          

2015
2016
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $

 

Morris W Beck cover B874, for Apollo 15, Prime Recovery Ship, USS Okinawa. 
This is the first one we have seen.  We heard that this cover existed,
but have never seen it.  Scan courtesy of Dr. Ross J. Smith.

Scan added Aug 2008.
 

874 USS Okinawa LPH-3

Apollo 15

AUG/7/1971/AM 

Number produced: 
See above

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012  $8.00
2013 
2014          

2015
2016
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $

 


Scan of cover from the collection of Eddie Bizub via the estate of Richard
Learn. Added 5/09

 

875

CREW

 

USS Austin Apollo 15
CREW Cover

      
2015
2016
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $

 


Unserviced

Scan courtesy of Martin S Rasmussen Added 2014

 

875 USS Austin LPD-4

Apollo 15

AUG/7/PM/1971 

Number produced: 1953

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $3.00
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012  $6.00
2013  $5.99, $3.50
2014         

2015  $3.75
2016  $4.44
2017  $3.48   
2018 $7.25, $4.00, $2.00
2019 $2.98
2020 $


 


Correct cover for this number. Cancel Variety. No periods.

875 USS Austin LPD-4

Apollo 15

AUG/7/P.M./1971 

Number produced: 
See above

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $7.95
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012  $1.99
2013  $ .99, $6.50
2014          

2015
2016  $3.98, $1.92 (poor cancel)
2017  $ .99,   
2018 $
2019 $3.00
2020 $


 


Correct cover for this number. Cancel Variety. Periods

 

875 USS Austin LPD-4

Apollo 15

AUG/7/PM/1971 
HAND TOP

Number produced: 
See above

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014          

2015
2016  $2.25
2017 
$1.75   
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $


 


Correct cover for this number. Cancel Variety. Ship's name at top of cancel.

 

875

CREW

USS Austin LPD-4

Apollo 15

AUG/7/PM/1971
HAND BOTTOM

Number produced: 
See above

eBay Prices Realized
2015  $11.50
      
2016
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $


 
 

 


Ships name at BOTTOM of Cancel. No Beck number = CREW cover

 
875

CREW

USS Austin LPD-4

Apollo 15

AUG/7/PM/1971
HAND TOP

Number produced: 
See above

eBay Prices Realized
2015
2016
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $

 

 

 


Ships name at TOP of Cancel No Beck number =
CREW cover
Scan courtesy of Steve Durst

 

876 Norfolk VA N/A

Apollo 15

AUG 7/PM/1971 

Number produced: 1868

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $3.00
2010  $3.50 
2011  $1.50
2012 
2013  $4.75, $2.00, $5.99, $1.50
2014  $1.86, $3.00         

2015  $3.75
2016  $1.98, $1.98, $4.15
2017  $1.93, $ .99, $4.15, $4.25,
 $28.01 autog   
2018 $10.00 autog, 3.00, $ 4.00,
2019 $2.27
2020 $


 


Naval Air Station
 
877 USS Kinkaid DD-965

Launching

JUN 1/1974/AM 

Number produced: 435

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $4.39
2009  $3.25
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014          

2015  $2.49
2016
2017  $1.00   
2018 $
2019 $
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878 USS Caron DD-970

Keel Laid

JUL 1/1974/PM 

Number produced: 535 

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $3.00
2010  $ .99 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014  $2.99      

2015
2016
2017  $3.59   
2018 $4.00, $1.59
2019 $3.00
2020 $


 


 
878 USS Caron DD-970

Keel Laid

JUL 1/1974/PM 

Number produced: 
See above

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ERROR-cachet incorrectly numbered 928
 
879 USS Mississippi DLGN-40

Keel Laid

FEB 22/AM/1975 

Number produced: 440

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $2.75
2009  $2.75
2010  $3.00, $2.25 
2011  $
2012  $2.50, $ .99, $ .99,
$1.49
2013 
2014          

2015
2016
2017     
2018 $1.59, $2.74
2019 $
2020 $


 



 
880 USS Ticonderoga CVS-14

Apollo 16

APR/27/AM/1972 

 

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $4.95
2009  $4.95
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013  $14.00
2014  $3.00, $7.50        

2015
2016  $4.00
2017  $3.34 label damage,
$2.99   
2018 $5.55, $6.97
2019 $
2020 $


 


Correct cover for this number. Hand cancels were applied in Hawaii.
MC was left on board for crew.  No Beck's known with MC.
Number produced: Beck's log  states "missed count on these" 

 

880

CREW

USS Ticonderoga CVS-14

Apollo 16

APR/27/AM/1972 

 

eBay Prices Realized
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2015  $14.99, $31.00
2016
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CREW cover.  Beck 880 cachet with out printed number is a crew cover.
Added June 2008

Number produced: Beck's log states "missed count on these" 
For years, we have watched for an example or scan of this cover. 
It is one of the few covers that we couldn't find but believed it had to exist. 
Don Hensley a non-collector found our Web site while researching his covers. 
He wrote us saying that his uncle was a postal clerk on the Ticonderoga during the
 Apollo 16 flight and was on board during the recovery. 

His uncle, now deceased, apparently got a hold of some or most of the CREW
covers that Beck sent for this event.  Don sent us scans of over a dozen
different 880 CREW covers from the Ticonderoga with the HAND CANCEL. 
 

880 Agana GU N/A

Apollo 16

APR/28/A.M./1972

Number produced:
 

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Scan of cover from the collection of Eddie Bizub via the estate of Richard Learn.
Added 5/09  Beck's log states "missed count on these"  
Previously unlisted.
 
880 Bolivar NY N/A

Apollo 16

APR/27/PM/1972

Number produced:
 

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Scan of cover from the collection of Eddie Bizub via the estate of Richard Learn.
Added 5/09Beck's log states "missed count on these" 
Previously unlisted
Bolivar, NY was not an official Apollo tracking station.  Probably a one of a king cover.


 
880 FDC N/A

Apollo 16

MAY 21/ / 1981

Number produced:
 

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FDC for 18c Exploring the Moon stampBeck's log states "missed count on these"  
 
880 Houston TX N/A

Apollo 16

APR 27/PM/1972

Number produced:

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Scan of cover from the collection of Eddie Bizub via the estate of Richard Learn.
Added 5/09 Beck's log states "missed count on these"
 
 
880 Kennedy Space Center FL N/A

Apollo 16

APR 16/PM/1972

Number produced:

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April 16 was the launch date for Apollo 16.

Added to this list 6/2013

Beck's log states "missed count on these" 
 

880 Kennedy Space Center FL N/A

Apollo 16

APR 27/PM/1972

Number produced:

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Scan of cover from the collection of Eddie Bizub via the estate of Richard Learn.
Added 5/09Beck's log states  "missed count on these"
 
 
880 Norfolk VA N/A

Apollo 16

APR 27 PM 1972

Number produced:

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $4.95
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014         

2015
2016
2017     
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2019 $
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Beck RS cachet applied to back by Navy. Beck's log states
"missed count on these" 
 
880

CREW

Norfolk VA N/A

Apollo 16

PM/ /APR 27/1972

Number produced:

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Added 2014 Previously unlisted Scan courtesy of Martin S Rasmussen,
Beck's log states "missed count on these" 

 

880 Moon KY N/A

Apollo 16

APR/27/PM/1972

Number produced:

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Beck's log states "missed count on these" 
880 Moon, VA N/A

Apollo 16

APR/27/PM/1972

Number produced:

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Scan of cover from the collection of Eddie Bizub via the estate of Richard Learn.
Added 5/09Beck's log states "missed count on these" 

 
880 Patrick AFB, FL N/A

Apollo 16

APR/27/1972/PM

Number produced:

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Scan courtesy of Ken Hanson as offered on eBay Beck's log states

"missed count on these" 
880 Any City N/A

Apollo 16

  Other cancels are reported.
880 USS Alacrity MSO-520

Apollo 16

PM/  /25 APR/1972 

Number produced:

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2015 $1.00
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Purchased on Space Unit Auction.  CC commander.  Emboss seal. 
Only one observed. Beck's log states "missed count on these" 
 
880 Unserviced N/A

Apollo 16

 

2018 $6.50


Unserviced Envelope

Another example of the 880 below:

Scan courtesy of Dr. Ross Smith. Also see similar cover for Beck 881.

The Navy imposed a two  cover per collector limit on space flights.  If a collector
sent more than two envelopes the Navy returned the covers to the collector in a separate
envelope.  This explains why we see some space covers with stamps and not serviced.
 

Beck's printing log does not indicate a quantity for Apollo 16. He wrote a note in the log
saying "Missed Counts on these" He must have printed an excess number of covers for
a special request or dealer because of the numerous covers postmarked in various cities.
 

Any difference in the color of the cachets is due to the scans.

881 USS Ticonderoga CVS-14

Apollo 16

APR/27/AM/1972 

Number produced:

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012  $77.00 w/Helo Crew Auto
2013  $2.99, $18.50
2014  $7.99        

2015  $7.00, $4.25
2016  $ .97, $8.00, $2.93
2017     
2018 $14.50
2019 $10.00, $62.00 Duke Auto
2020 $


 


Correct cover for this number. All Hand cancels were applied in Hawaii.
Only MC was left on board.  No Beck's known with MC.


Another example  This one has autograph of Charles Duke. Beck's log states
"missed count on these" 
 

881 USS Alacrity MSO 520

Apollo 16

PM/  /25? APR/1972 

Number produced:

eBay Prices Realized
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2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014  $2.59      

2015
2016
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $

 

 

 


Scan courtesy of Luc Jallot

Added 12/2009

Beck's log states "missed count on these" A B881 from Apollo 16 with
the corner card of the previously unlisted Beck cover for USS Alacrity. 
We've seen this corner card on Navy RS cachets, but this is the first on a B881.
Take a look at the other Beck covers from Apollo 16 mission and it is
clear that Beck supplied the cached envelopes to one or more dealers or collectors.

 

881 USS Constellation CVA-64

Apollo 16

APR/26/1972

Added October 2011


Scan courtesy of Dr RJ Smith

Dr. Ross J Smith reports purchasing a previously unlisted Beck 881 Apollo 16
cover postmarked on USS Constellation CVA-64 on April 26, 1972. 
The cover sold on eBay for $36.  The cover is addressed to the well-known cover
dealer-collector Harry Gordon.

Previously unlisted. Note the date is one day before the actual splashdown.

Number produced: Beck's log states "missed count on these" 

 

881 Apollo, PA N/A

Apollo 16

APR/27/P.M./1972

Number produced:

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Beck's log states "missed count on these" 

 

881 Honolulu, HI N/A

Apollo 16

APR/27/1972/AM

Number produced:

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Beck's log states "missed count on these" 

 

881 Kennedy Space Center N/A

Apollo 16

APR 16/PM/1972

Number produced:

eBay Prices Realized
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2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014          

2015  $26.00 w KSC RS
2016
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $


 


Beck's log states "missed count on these" 

 

881 Pago Pago Samoa Apollo 16 APR/27/1972/AM

Number produced:  

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Another example appears below.  The date is hard to read, but it appears to be April 28.


 

Beck's log states "missed count on these" 

 

881 Cape Canaveral, FL N/A

Apollo 16

APR/27/PM/1972

Number produced:

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Beck's log states "missed count on these" 

 

881 Titusville, FL Apollo 16 APR/27/P.M./1972

Number produced:

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This Apollo 16 Beck cover postmarked at Titusville, FL on the recovery date is one
of several different cities serviced by collectors and dealers. 


These covers were printed by Mr. Beck and sent to various collectors and dealers upon
request.  The collectors and dealers sent the printed covers to various cities for postmarking.
This specific cover is addressed to George Goldey, a very well-known space cover dealer.

Beck's log states "missed count on these" 
Thanks goes to Steve Durst for sending us this
cover to put on the site.

 

881   N/A

Apollo 16

  Other cancels are reported.
 
881 Unserviced N/A

Apollo 16

 
Unserviced Envelope Scan courtesy of Dr. Ross Smith

The Navy imposed a two cover per collector limit on space flights.  If a collector
sent more than two envelopes the Navy returned the covers to the collector in a
separate envelope.  This explains why we see some space covers with stamps
and not serviced.

Beck's printing log does not indicate a quantity for Apollo 16. He wrote a note in
his printing log saying "Missed Counts on these"

He must have printed an excess number of covers for a special request or dealer
because of the numerous covers postmarked in various cities.

 

882 Norfolk, VA N/A

Apollo 16

PM/ / 27 APR/1972

Number produced:

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $2.50
2010  $5.50, $3.25
2011  $3.25
2012 
2013  $2.99
2014  $4.00, $3.00      

2015
2016  $3.30, $3.00
2017  $3.75, $3.00, $2.99   
2018 $4.49, $6.97
2019 $
2020 $


 


Beck's log states "missed count on these" 

 

882
 

CREW

Norfolk, VA N/A

Apollo 16

PM/ / 27 APR/1972 

Number produced:

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014          

2015 $13.50
2016
2017     
2018 $4.48
2019 $
2020 $

 

 


From the collection of Steve Durst.  Same as the cover above except this has
no Beck number.  This is considered a CREW cover. 
Beck's log states "missed count on these" 
 
883 Norfolk, VA N/A

Apollo 16

PM/ / 27 APR/1972

Number produced:

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $5.50, $3.50, $5.65 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014  $1.49        

2015  $3.25, $5.00
2016  $7.00
2017  $4.93
label damage, $1.00   
2018 $4.00. $2.99, $3.98
2019 $3.98
2020 $


 


Beck's log states "missed count on these" 
 
884 USS Ticonderoga CVS-14

Apollo 17

DEC/19/AM/1972

Number produced:  

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $7.50
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014 $4.00         

2015  $11.50
2016
2017  $27.00 AM env   
2018 $3.49
2019 $7.50,$99.97Cernan Autog
2020 $


 


Prime Recovery Ship.  Correct cover for this number. All Hand cancels were
applied in Hawaii. Only MC was left on board but not used until day after. 
Beck's log states "missed count on these" 


 

884

CREW

USS Ticonderoga CVS-14

Apollo 17

DEC/19/AM/1972

Number produced:

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014          

2015
2016
2017     
2018 $11.50
2019 $
2020 $


 


Beck's log states "missed count on these" 

 

885 USS Ticonderoga CVS-14

Apollo 17

DEC/19/AM/1972

Number produced:  

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $9.99
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014          

2015  $3.95, $15.50,
$7.00, $3.56
2016  $5.25
2017     
2018 $3.98, $2.98
2019 $
2020 $


 


Prime Recovery Ship.  Correct cover for this number. All Hand cancels were applied
in Hawaii. Only MC was left on board but not used until day after. 
Beck's log states "missed count on these" 

 

886 Norfolk, VA N/A

Apollo 17

PM/ / 19/DEC/1972

Number produced:

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $5.50, $3.50, $2.25 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014  $2.59      

2015  $3.00, $3.00, $7.00,
2016
2017 $.50     
2018 $7.00, $4.49
2019 $
2020 $


 


Beck's log states "missed count on these" 

 

886

CREW

Norfolk, VA N/A

Apollo 17

PM/ / 19/DEC/1972

Number produced:

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $3.50 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014          

2015  $8.00
2016
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $

 

 

 


Scan courtesy of Steve Drust.   This CREW cover is Beck cachet 886. 

We designate it as 886 because  this is the first usage of the printed cachet.
 
Only 886 and 887 have this cachet design for the Atlantic Recovery Force. 
We have not seen any postmarks on 886 or 887 other than Norfolk, VA. 
Beck's log states "missed count on these" 

 

887 Norfolk, VA N/A

Apollo 17

PM/ / 19/DEC/1972 

Number produced:

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $3.20, $3.00, $3.00
2010  $3.50 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014  $2.00, $1.50        

2015  $15.00
2016
2017     
2018 $
2019 $4.00, $6.00, $2.00
2020 $


 


Beck's log states "missed count on these" 

 

888 USS Ticonderoga CVS-14

Skylab II

JUN/22/AM/1973 

Number produced: 1200

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $9.99
2010  $3.95, $5.65, $5.65 
2011  $5.74
2012 
2013  $7.50, $3.00
2014  $4.25, $3.74, $4.00        

2015  $1.98
2016  $8.49, $3.58
2017  $7.49, $1.25   
2018 $3.95, $5.20
2019 $3.50, $17.50
2020 $

 

 


Prime recovery ship. Correct cover for this number. All Hand cancels were
applied in Hawaii. Only MC was left on board but not used until day after. 

No Beck's known with Machine Cancel.

Any color variations in the scans for B888 and 889 covers are from scans. 
The cachets are same and colors are the same.

B888 and B889 are Green, Black and Red.
B890 and B891 are Blue, Orange and Brown

 

888

CREW

USS Ticonderoga CVS-14

Skylab II

 

JUN/22/AM/1973 

Number produced:
See above

eBay Prices Realized
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2012 
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2015
2016
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Scan courtesy of Don Hensley

We have designated this cover as B888 because it is the first number in the series
where this Pacific cachet was used.



Scan courtesy of Martin Schwebs Rasmussen

889 USS Ticonderoga CVS-14

Skylab II

JUN/22/AM/1973 

Number produced: 992

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ .99 
2011  $
2012 
2013  $33.00 CO autog
2014  $6.00      

2015  $3.50
2016  $4.14, $6.50
2017  $2.75   
2018 $3.48, $1.10 poor
2019 $
2020 $

 


Prime recovery ship. Correct cover for this number. All Hand cancels were applied in Hawaii.

Only MC was left on board but not used until day after.  No Beck's known with Machine Cancel.
 

890 Norfolk, VA N/A

Skylab II

AM/ /22 JUN/1973 

Number produced: 1076

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012  $2.25
2013 
2014  $1.90        

2015  $2.00
2016  $1.02, $3.00, $3.95
2017  $10.00 autog Admiral   
2018 $
2019 $16.28
2020 $

 


Machine Cancel.  Most are cancelled with the machine cancel.


Scan courtesy of Norm Ferguson

Any color variations in the scans for B888 and 889 covers are from scans. 
The cachets are same and colors are the same.

B888 and B889 are Green, Black and Red.

B890 and B891 are Blue, Black and Red
 

890 Norfolk, VA N/A

Skylab II

JUN/22/A.M./1973 

Number produced: 
See above 

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014          

2015  $2.00,
$15.50 Airmail Env
2016
2017     
2018 $
2019 $2.50
2020 $


 


Seldom seen Hand Cancel.
Scan courtesy of Ken Hanson. 11/07
890

CREW

Norfolk, VA N/A

Skylab II

AM/ /22 JUN/1973

Number produced: 

See above 

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $16.50
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014         

2015  $12.50
2016
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $

 

 


Added 2014  Scan courtesy of Martin S Rasmussen

 

891 Norfolk, VA N/A

Skylab II

AM/ /22 JUN/1973 

Number produced: 927

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $2.50
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013  $2.99
2014  $3.00      

2015  $1.99, $1.53
2016  $10.00
2017  $4.23, $3.23   
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $


 


 
892 USS New Orleans  LPH-11

Skylab III

SEP/25/P.M./1973 

Number produced: 1010

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $8.00, $ .99 
2011  $
2012  $ .99
2013  $5.00, $33.00 CO autog
2014  $6.52, $6.50        

2015
2016  $5.99
2017     
2018 $
2019 $15.06
2020 $


 


Prime recovery ship.  Correct cover for this number.  Cancels applied in Hawaii.

 

892

CREW

USS New Orleans  LPH-11

Skylab III

SEP/25/P.M./1973 

Number produced: 
See above

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012  $135.50 w/insert
2012 
2013 
2014          

2015
2016
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $

 

 


Prime recovery ship.  Correct cover for this number.  Cancels applied in Hawaii.
Beck cover without number=CREW


Added 2012

This Beck CREW cover sold on eBay for an amazing price of $135.50 after 13 bids.

At Right:The envelope stuffer card was what made this cover so desirable. 
We have never seen this stuffer card produced by Mr. Beck.

We have no idea how many he made of this item or any similar covers.

 

892 Kennedy Space Center FL Skylab III NOV 16/AM/1973 

Number produced: 
See above

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014         

2015
2016
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $

 


Scan of cover from the collection of Eddie Bizub via the estate of Richard Learn.
Added 5/09
Cover is postmarked at Kennedy Space Center on the launch date of the mission.
 
893 USS New Orleans  LPH-11

Skylab III

SEP/25/P.M./1973 

Number produced: 801

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $5.95
2009  $3.75
2010  $3.95, $3.24 
2011  $6.50, $10.03
2012  $5.77
2013  $5.00,
2014          

2015  $15.50 Airmail Env,
$1.76, $3.95, $6.50, $2.25,
 $8.50, $8.50
2016  $3.50, $8.50
2017  $3.23   
2018 $7.46, $4.48, $5.00, $
2019 $15.50
2020 $


 


Prime recovery ship.  Correct cover for this number.  Cancels applied in Hawaii.

 

894 Norfolk, VA N/A

Skylab III

PM/  /25 SEP/1973 

Number produced: 812

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $1.50
2010  $3.50, $ .99 
2011  $
2012 
2013  $3.80
2014          

2015  $1.28
2016
2017  $4.98   
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $


 


 

894 Norfolk, VA N/A

Skylab III

PM/  /25 SEP/1973 

Number produced: 
See above

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014  
$1.50, $1.50        
2015  $ .98
2016
2017  $3.50   
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $


 


Two cancels on same cover. HC is SEP/25/PM/1973

 

894 Norfolk, VA N/A

Skylab III

SEP/25/PM1973 

Number produced: 
See above

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014          

2015
2016  $8.49
2017  $2.32 label damage   
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $


 


Hand cancel only

 

894

CREW

Norfolk, VA N/A

Skylab III

PM/  /25 SEP/1973 

Number produced: 
See Above

eBay Prices Realized

2014   $19.99      

2015  $12.50
2016
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $


 


Added 2014

Scan courtesy of Martin S Rasmussen
 

895 Norfolk, VA N/A

Skylab III

PM/  /25 SEP/1973 

Number produced: 708

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014   $6.00, $2.50       

2015
2016  $6.50
2017  $3.23   
2018 $4.03
2019 $17.50
2020 $

 


Two cancels on same cover. HC is SEP/25/PM/1973

Scan courtesy of Larry Johnson
 

895 Norfolk, VA N/A

Skylab III

PM/  /25 SEP/1973 

Number produced: 
See above

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014          

2015  $8.49
2016
2017  $4.98   
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $


 


 
896 USS New Orleans  LPH-11

Skylab IV

FEB/8/A.M./1974
WAVY LINES 

Number produced:1615 

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $4.95
2009  $
2010  $4.00 
2011  $
2012 
2013  $4.00
2014  $4.00, $5.00, $3.50, $13.95 Postcard        

2015  $30.00, $2.40, $7.00
2016  $5.50, $4.25
2017  $6.53, $8.00, $2.25   
2018 $4.48
2019 $
2020 $


 

 

 



Prime Recovery ship. Wavy Cancel.  Cancels applied in Hawaii. 
Watch for solid line cancel like on most hand cancels.


B896 with missing green color.  Scan courtesy of Tom Steiner


Cachet is printed on a postcard.
2014 sold for $13.95
Any color variations in the scans for B896 and B897
covers are from scans.  The cachets are same and colors are the same.

 

896

 

USS New Orleans  LPH-11

Skylab IV

FEB/8/AM/1974
SOLID LINES

Number produced: 
See above

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $6.50 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014          

2015
2016  $9.95
2017  $3.48, $114.90 autog ,
$6.00   
2018 $65.00 Red  missing
2019 $
2020 $

 

 


Scan courtesy of Dr. Ross Smith

We do know that most cancels for this flight were applied in Hawaii.  Most
cancels applied were the wavy line cancel. 

VERY few covers have the USS New Orleans cancelwith the solid lines. 

It is not known if the solid line cancels were applied in Hawaii or actually
on board the ship. 

It is likely that the solid line cancel WAS on board the ship. 
In any case, the SOLID line cancel is the cancel seldom seen.

Only a few covers with the solid line cancellation on a numbered
Beck cachet 896 observed by this collector.

This is NOT a CREW cover because it has the Beck printed cachet number.


This is an error cover missing the RED color.  Note that the Beck number
B896 was printed in RED.  Colors are not correct due to photo/scan.
 


Another example of the cover with the missing red color. 
This one sold for $65 on eBay, Nov 2018

 

896

CREW

USS New Orleans  LPH-11

Skylab IV

FEB/8/A.M./1974
WAVY LINES

Number produced: 
See above

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012  $62.00
2013 
2014          

2015
2016  $66.00
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $

 

 


Beck cover without number=CREW
Addressed to Beck


The colors shown on this cover are closer to the actual colors of both covers.
 

 

896

CREW

USS New Orleans  LPH-11

Skylab IV

FEB/8/AM/1974
SOLID LINES 

Number produced: 
See above

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014          

2015 
2016
2017  $12.50   
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $

 

 


Beck cover without number=CREW
Scan courtesy of RJI Philatelics

This CREW cover is listed under B896 because 896 is the first usage for this
cachet and the USS New Orleans.


Scan courtesy of Martin S Rasmussen

We do know that most cancels for this flight were applied in Hawaii.  Most
cancels applied were the wavy line cancel. 

VERY few covers have the USS New Orleans cancel with the solid lines. 
It is not known if the solid line cancels were applied in Hawaii or actually
on board the ship. 

It is likely that the solid line cancel WAS on board the ship. 
In any case, the SOLID line cancel is the cancel seldom seen.

 

896

CREW

Norfolk, VA N/A

Skylab IV

AM/  /8 FEB/1974 

Number produced: 
See above

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014        

2015
2016
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $

 
 


Beck cover without number=
CREW
 
896 USPS HI Skylab IV FEB/8/AM/1974

Number produced: 
See above

 


Scan courtesy of Tom Steiner
Added 2/10 Previously unlisted

 

897 USS New Orleans  LPH-11

Skylab IV

FEB/8/A.M./1974
WAVY LINES

Number produced: 1565

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $4.95
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013  $2.50
2014  $ .99, $6.75,
$112.04 w/crew autog, $1.99,
$6.75      

2015  $3.95, $6.00, $3.50
2016  $4.14
2017  $15.00, $1.75    
2018 $2.25
2019 $3.75, $5.00
2020 $


 


Prime Recovery ship. WAVY Cancel.  Watch for solid line cancel like on most hand cancels.
This cover with the WAVY LINES sold for $10 EBay Feb 05.

 

897

 

USS New Orleans  LPH-11

Skylab IV

FEB/8/AM/1974
SOLID LINES 

Number produced: 
See above

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014       

2015
2016  $27.00
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $

  

 


Scan courtesy of Dr. Ross Smith

These are the only examples of this cancellation on a numbered Beck cachet
897 we have observed.
This is NOT a CREW cover because it has the Beck printed cachet number.

The difference in the color of the cachet in these two examples is due to the scans.
 The actual colors are the same.

898 Norfolk, VA N/A

Skylab IV

AM/  /8 FEB/1974 

Number produced: 1158 

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012  $6.27
2013 
2014          

2015
2016  $3.75, $3.00
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $


 


 


This Skylab cover has an interesting bar slug to strike the 3c Liberty stamp.
Since these covers were not cancelled aboard a US Navy ship, this slug
must have been applied by the USPS. Added 3/2018


 

898 Norfolk, VA N/A

Skylab IV

AM/  /8 FEB/1974 

Number produced: 
See above

 

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012  $6.06
2013 
2014  $16.20 w/autog CO,
 $4.00, $ .99       

2015 $68.88 autog
2016  $4.00
2017  $1.75   
2018 $3.75
2019 $3.75, $1.51
2020 $

  
 


Two cancels on same cover. HC is FEB/8/AM/1974
 
898

CREW

Norfolk, VA N/A

Skylab IV

AM/  /8 FEB/1974 

Number produced: 
See above

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013 
2014         

2015  $1.00
2016
2017     
2018 $2.98
2019 $
2020 $

 
 


Beck cover without number=
CREW
 
898

CREW

Norfolk, VA N/A

Skylab IV

FEB/8/AM/1974

Number produced: 
See above

eBay Prices Realized

2015 $26.00      

2015
2016
2017     
2018 $
2019 $
2020 $

 


 


Hand Cancel
Beck cover without number=
CREW
 
899 Norfolk, VA N/A

Skylab IV

AM/  /8 FEB/1974 

Number produced: 845

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
2013  $2.00
2014  $2.50        

2015  $68.88 autog,
$1.00, $1.00, $6.00
2016  $8.74
2017  $5.00, $3.46, $1.25   
2018 $
2019 $3.13
2020 $

 
 


Two cancels on same cover. HC is FEB/8/AM/1974 MC is AM/  /8 FEB/1974
Hand Cancel + Machine Cancel

 

 

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