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900-951   952-1000
ASTP

 

Morris W. Beck Naval Covers
 

Copyright 2000-2017 Owen R Murray.  All Rights Reserved.      Revised: Monday July 24, 2017.

This page lists covers 952-1000     GO TO:   Previous Listing #900-951      Home Page

Number Ship/Location Hull Number Cachet/ Event Cancel Date Comments

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952 USS Elliot DD-967 Launching Not serviced 

Number produced: 

 

Scan not available.
No examples observed.
953 USS Spruance DD-963 Commission SEP/20/1975/AM 

Number produced: 257

eBay Prices Realized
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US Navy added at top of cancel.


This is the cover that sold for $23 on eBay in March 2011

954 USS Dubuque LPD-8 Columbus Day OCT/14/1974/A.M. 

Number produced: 217

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Most cancels observed are poor quality.


 

955 USS Kalamazoo AOR-6 Columbus Day OCT/14/1974/A.M. 

Number produced: 217

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956 USS Prairie AD-15 Columbus Day SEP 16/PM/1974 

Number produced: 210

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Scheduled for USS Prairie, no mention of ship on cover
957 USS Donald B Beary DE-1085 Columbus Day OCT/14/1974/AM 

Number produced: 206 

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958 USS Horne DLG-30 Columbus Day OCT/14/AM/1974 

Number produced: 201 

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Scan courtesy of Steve Durst. Cachet is missing a color.
 
959 USS John F Kennedy CVA-67 US Navy 199th Anniv OCT/13/AM/1974 

Number produced:215

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960 USS Joseph Strauss DDG-16 US Navy 199th Anniv OCT/13/1974/AM 

Number produced: 211 

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961 USS Dyess DD-880 US Navy 199th Anniv PM / /11 OCT/1974 

Number produced:207 

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Ship added 3 line Red RS cachet
962 USS Stein DE-1065 US Navy 199th Anniv OCT/13/1974/AM 

Number produced:207  

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962

CREW

USS Stein DE-1065 US Navy 199th Anniv OCT/13/1974/AM 

Number produced: See above

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CREW-Beck cover without number
963 USS Fort Fisher LSD-40 US Navy 199th Anniv OCT/13/1974/AM 

Number produced: 207

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964 USS Dwight D Eisenhower CVN-69 Christening OCT 11/AM/1975 

Number produced: 337

eBay Prices Realized
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Slogan Christening of the USS Dwight D Eisenhower
965 USS Long Beach CGN-9 UN Day OCT/24/1974/AM 

Number produced: 210

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966 USS Lynde McCormick DDG-8 UN Day OCT/24/1974/A.M. 

Number produced: 206

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967 USS Agerholm DD-826 UN Day NOV/12/1974/AM 

Number produced: 202

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968 USS Bronstein DE-1037 UN Day Not serviced 

Number produced: 202

 

Scan not available.
No examples observed.
969 USS Okinawa LPH-3 UN Day OCT/24/1974/A.M. 

Number produced: 202

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970 USS Franklin D Roosevelt CVA-42 Navy Day OCT/27/AM/1974 

Number produced:206 

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971 USS Damato DD-871 Navy Day OCT/27/1974 

Number produced: 198

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972 USS Navasota AO-106 Navy Day OCT/27/AM/1974 

Number produced: 191 

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973 USS Myles C Fox DDR-829 Navy Day OCT/27/1974/AM 

Number produced: 184

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Above: Normal Beck cover.

Above: Cachet printing error.  Blue missing.  Only green and Red printed.  See HERE
974 USS Reasoner DE-1063 Navy Day NOV/11/1974/AM 

Number produced: 179

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975 USS Oriskany CVA-34 Veterans Day NOV/11/AM/1974 

Number produced: 184

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Ship added black RS cachet on front
976 USS Badger DE-1071 Veterans Day NOV/11/1974/AM 

Number produced: 182

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977 USS Nitro AE-23 Veterans Day NOV/11/1974/A.M. 

Number produced: 180

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978 USS Bristol County LST-1198 Veterans Day NOV/11/AM/1974 

Number produced: 175

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979 USS Connole DE-1056 Veterans Day NOV/11/1974/AM 

Number produced: 166

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980 USS Samuel Gompers AD-37 Merry Christmas DEC/25/AM/1974 

Number produced: 181

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981 USS Concord AFS-5 Merry Christmas DEC/25/A.M./1974 

Number produced: 179

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982 USS Juneau LPD-10 Merry Christmas DEC/25/1974/AM 

Number produced: 177

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Cover is addressed to Morris W. Beck. Scan courtesy of Norm97 on eBay.
 

983 USS Waddell DDG-24 Merry Christmas DEC/25/A.M./1974 

Number produced:176 

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984 USS Patterson DE-1061 Merry Christmas DEC/25/1974/  / 

Number produced: 176

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985 USS Paul F Foster DD-964 Merry Christmas Not serviced 

Number produced: 176
 

Scan not available.
No examples observed.
986 USS Holder DD-819 Thanksgiving Day NOV/28/A.M./1974 

Number produced: 154

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This set-fewest covers of all 300-1000 series
987 USS Fiske DD-842 Thanksgiving Day NOV/28/1974 

Number produced: 152

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This set-fewest covers of all 300-1000 series
988 USS Steinaker DD-863 Thanksgiving Day Not serviced 

Number produced: 149
 

Scan not available.
No examples observed.
989 USS Newman K Perry DD-883 Thanksgiving Day Not serviced 

Number produced: 149
 

Scan not available.
No examples observed.
990 USS Meredith DD-890 Thanksgiving Day AM/NOV/28/1974 

Number produced: 146

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This set-fewest covers of all 300-1000 series.  See Variety.
990 USS Meredith DD-890 Thanksgiving Day AM/NOV/28/1974 

Number produced: See above

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This set-fewest covers of all 300-1000 series.  Some covers observed also have USPS,SC cancel DEC 7 1974.
991 USS Roanoke AOR-7 Launching PM/  /7 DEC 

Number produced: 175

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992 USS John Young DD973 Keel Laid Not serviced 

Number produced: No record
 

Scan not available.
No examples observed.
993 USS Arthur W Radford DD-968 Christening Not serviced 

Number produced: No record
 

Scan not available.
No examples observed.
994 USS Oldendorf DD-972 Christening NOV 8/1975/PM 

Number produced: 255

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Actual launching date was October 21, 1975.  
995 USS Peleliu LHA-5 Keel Laying Not serviced.  

Number produced: No record

Covers never returned.

Scan not available.
No examples observed.

Winick's Beck Handbook lists #995 as USS Da Nang.  The ship was eventually commissioned as USS Peleliu LHA-5, May 3, 1980.

The cover was for the Keel Laying that took place nearly a year after the other covers in this series.  Nov. 12, 1976.  After a year waiting, the covers probably just got lost.  It is anyone's guess.

996 USS Nimitz CVAN-68 First Day in Commission MAY/3/AM/1975 

Number produced: No record

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Lower part of cancel has FPO NY 09501
997 USS Concord AFS-5 Battle of Lexington Concord APR/19/A.M./1975 

Number produced: 217

eBay Prices Realized
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Cancel also has U.S. Navy BR.

 

998 USS New Orleans LHP-11 Apollo-Soyuz JUL/15/1975/A.M. 

Number produced: 5280 total for all 998  

eBay Prices Realized
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Scan courtesy of Ross Smith

Added 12/09
 

998 USS New Orleans LHP-11 Apollo-Soyuz JUL/17/1975/A.M. 

Number produced: 5280 total for all 998  

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Added 07/10
 

998 USS New Orleans LHP-11 Apollo-Soyuz JUL/23/1975/A.M. 

Number produced: 5280 total for all 998   

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Dr. Ross Smith, a frequent
contributor to this Beck
Cover web site has written
an article for the Space Unit Astrophile

See article and scans of
covers HERE

 


Scan of cover from the
collection of Eddie Bizub via the
estate of Richard Learn. Added 5/09
998 USS New Orleans  LPH-11

Apollo-Soyuz

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 during the
recovery to receive this
specific postmark. 

 

JUL/25/1975/A.M.
Day after splashdown.
 

Number produced: 5280 total for all 998  

eBay Prices Realized
2003  $76.00
2008  $24.10, $83.00, $50.00
2009  $82.00
2010  $150.00, $144.95
2011  $
2012  $199.95 w/Wentworth auto
2013 
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$94.95       
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Remember that the post
office aboard the prime
recovery ship was closed to
the public on the day of
recovery starting with Apollo
16
.

The post office aboard the
PRS may have been
available to the crew only for
some flights starting with
Apollo 16, but not this flight.

No covers with July 24, 1975
covers are known with USS
New Orleans cancellations. 

Even the Captains covers
were postmarked on July 25.

 

 

 

The cover shown at right is
addressed to Dr. R.
Ramkissoon.  He spent time
on the USS New Orleans
during the 1973 Skylab II
flight and made friends with
many crew members.  In
1975, Dr. Ramkissoon sent
Beck printed ASTP covers
that he obtained from Mr.
Beck to his contacts on the
ship for postmarking.  His
special connection with crew
members made for a very
collectible cover. Today, Dr.
Ramkissoon is an active
space collector and is
President Emeritus of the
Space Unit.

We believe that Beck printed
cachets postmarked July
24th on the New Orleans do
not exist so the 25th date is
very important.

 

We believe that only 6-8 total examples exist but this cover is VERY Scarce.

Above: This cover is hand
addressed to Morris W. Beck. When
compared to his letters, it appears
to be his own handwriting.  This
means he sent the cover directly to
someone on the ship he had contact
with because covers just sent to the
usual Navy address were all
postmarked July 24 with the SFO
machine cancel.



Above: This second cover was
auctioned on eBay in January 2003. 
The final selling price was $76.00.


Above: This third cover was auctioned on eBay in August 2008.  The final selling price was a very low $24.10 in a lot with two other Beck B998 and B998 common ASTP covers. What a bargain this collector got. We suspect that not many collectors noticed this cover because it was in a lot of ASTP covers and offered in the prime summer vacation time.


Above: A fourth cover sold on eBay Sep. 14, 2008 for $83.00 in a lot with B998 and B999 common covers.


Above: A fifth cover was reported by Dr Ross Smith. He purchased the cover for $82.00


Above: This one, Perhaps a resell of the above, sold for about $150. April 2010.


ABOVE: This one sold for $144.95 on eBay in December 2010


The value of this BECK cover, postmarked on the day after splashdown is estimated to be $150.

998
Beck Rubber
Stamp
Cachet
USS New Orleans or SFO LPH-11 Apollo-Soyuz-Link Up JUL/13/1975/A.M.

July 13-25

 

Several have been sold on ebay.

This cover has the Pacific
rubber stamp cachet
the
Morris Beck provided the
Navy for this space recovery.

These covers were serviced
by Sean Marsar, a very well-
known and highly respected
space cover dealer.

Estimated value is $40 each. 
The July 25th cover (first
date available for
postmarking after splash
down) $75+

 

These are Rubber Stamp Cachets applied by the US Navy using the design proved by Mr. Beck as a free service to collectors.



July 13, 1975 USS New Orleans


July 14, 1975 USS New Orleans


July 17, 1975 USS New Orleans


July 18, 1975 USS New Orleans


July 19, 1975 USS New Orleans


July 20, 1975 USS New Orleans


July 21, 1975 USS New Orleans


July 22, 1975 USS New Orleans


Scan courtesy of RJIPhilatelics
July 25, 1975 USS New Orleans

These all have the rubber stamp cachet.

Sean reported that several covers were postmarked on board for each day of the mission, except the actual splashdown on July 24.  (That is why the July 25th postmark is so important).


Above: Cover carried aboard the Apollo Soyuz (ASTP) Prime Recovery Ship, USS New Orleans and cancelled on its return to San Francisco on July 24, 1975. Cover has rubber stamp BECK cachet. The cover is signed by Stuart A Bergman, Dr G Wycliffe Hoffler, Arnauld E Nicogossian, Joesph Baker and John Donaldson. These individuals were aboard the ship to conduct the Inflight Lower Limb Volume Measurement (ASTP007) experiment on the astronauts. Possibly a unique item.  Text and scan courtesy of Pete Thorsell of Petestamps on eBay.  Sold for $76 on eBay March 2009.


4/2010 Sold for $100 on ebay.  Seller PETESTAMPS


Postcard.  The front of this postcard shows USS New Orleans with text regarding ASAP.   Note July 25 postmark date.  This was sold on eBay and the dealer stated that perhaps only 4 of such cards exist with this date.  Added March 2010.
 

The next two covers are similar but not the exact same cover.

These covers shown below are from the 1975 Apollo/Soyuz space mission.  The cachet is the M W Beck designed rubber stamp and postmarked in SFO on July 24th.  All that is not remarkable.

What is unique with the covers are that they were actually carried by the Underwater Demolition Team (UDT)during the recovery mission.


Cover was offered on eBay. 

6/2011 sold on eBay by PETESTAMPS.  Price $22.50

On the lower cover, Dr Ramkissoon's name in pencil is at the bottom of the envelope but is almost completely erased.
 


998
ASTP-Pacific N/A FDOI Apollo-Soyuz Stamps JUL 15/  /1975 

Number produced: 5280 total for all 998  

eBay Prices Realized
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First Day Cover with B998
998 ASTP-Pacific

 

  FDOI Apollo-Soyuz Stamps JUL 15/  /1975

Artcraft First Day Cover of
new stamp Scott 1570 with
B998 cachet on back.  This
collector has only seen a few
examples of this cover.

 

Shown here are both the
B998 and B999 covers


 

998 ASTP-Pacific Houston Apollo-Soyuz-Link Up JULY 17, 1975 

Number produced:5280 total for all 998   

eBay Prices Realized
       
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Cover was sent ahead of the
flight to Houston for
postmarking by Lester
Winick.

 


Houston, Round HT. 

This cover is VERY hard to find.
Est. Value $?


Another example
Scan courtesy of Dr. Ross Smith

 

998 ASTP-Pacific

This line is the
main listing for
B998

N/A Apollo-Soyuz JUL 24/PM/1975 

Number produced:5280 total for all 998   

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $3.00
2009  $
2010  $5.00 
2011  $4.95
2012  $3.95, $6.50, $6.50
2013  $6.00, $5.00, $4.50,
2014  $ .99, $5.00, $5.25, $4.00, $6.00, $4.00, $4.50, $1.88, $3.58, $5.00, $5.00, $5.25      

2015 $1.00, $5.00, $2.00, $3.00, $3.00, $1.25
2016  $67.00 w autog recovery crew, $15.50, $6.00, $4.47, $1.03, $4.00, $4.50, $3.25
2017  $6.50, $3.00, $4.00

2018
  
 

 


Pacific covers for this flight were
postmarked in San Francisco. In
Ray Cartier's book, it states that
some B998 were on board but still
had the San Francisco cancellation. 
See his book.
 


Scan courtesy of Dr Ross Smith
and Joe Volutza
This cover is missing the yellow background cover. Only about
a dozen exist of this printing variety.
When an eBay value is established
for this cover, it will be moved to
its own line listing.


Scan courtesy of Dr Ross Smith
The cover has B999 number with
the wrong printed cachet.  Cachet is
B998 as are all other Pacific covers.

 

998 ASTP-Pacific N/A Apollo-Soyuz JUL 24/PM/1975 

Number produced: 5280 total for all 998  

eBay Prices Realized
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2015  $73.00 autog Leonov, $73.00 autog Kubasov, $6.56, $6.25, $5.25, $3.25, $3.25
2016  $33.89 w/autog USSR crew
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Same as 998 except this envelope
is Par Avion

 

 

998 ASTP-Pacific N/A Apollo-Soyuz JUL 24/PM/1975 

  
 


Scan courtesy of Joe Volutza

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 cover with the blue rubber stamp cachet has the same cancel that appears on the printed Beck cover B998.

 

 

998 ASTP-Pacific N/A Apollo-Soyuz Machine Cancel
San Francisco
JUL 28 1975

Sold on eBay 3/07


Scan courtesy of RJI Philatelics
Same as 998 above but
has July 28 date.
998 ASTP-Pacific N/A Apollo-Soyuz JUL 24/PM/1975 

Number produced: 
5280 total for all 998  

eBay Prices Realized
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Cover cancelled at San Francisco on
July 24, 1975 with special Apollo
Soyuz pictorial cancel. Cover has
Beck Cachet #B998. The cover is
signed by M. A. Artuso, CDR, USN
CTF130 Recovery Officer. This
cover may have on board the USS
New Orleans for the recovery and
cancelled on the ships return to San
Francisco on July 24. Scan and text
courtesy of Pete Thorsell of
Petestamps on eBay.
 
998 ASTP-Pacific N/A Apollo-Soyuz SEP/2/1975/AM

Number produced: 
5280 total for all 998  

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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

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
ending WWII.

 

 

 

998 ASTP-Pacific N/A Apollo-Soyuz AM/SEP12/1975

Number produced: 
5280 total for all 998  

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
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Scan is courtesy of Dr. Ross Smith.

This Beck B998 is postmarked in
Greenbelt MD on September 12,
1975.  The slogan in the cancel
reads Apollo-Soyuz Peaceful Uses
of Outer Space.

The only one we have seen.
 
999 ASTP-Atlantic N/A First Day of
Issue

Apollo-Soyuz
Stamps
JUL 15/  /1975 

Number produced: 
No record kept

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $
2009  $
2010  $ 
2011  $
2012 
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Also see B998 above


First Day Cover of new stamps
Scott 1569-70 with B999 cachet. 
Very hard to find. Est Value $25
999
Artcraft Cachet
ASTP-Atlantic N/A First Day of
Issue

Apollo-Soyuz
Stamps
JUL 15/  /1975

Artcraft First Day Cover of
new stamp Scott 1570 with
B999 cachet on back.  This
collector has only seen a few
examples of this cover.


Front. Artcraft Cachet

Back.  B999
This cover is VERY hard to find.
Est. Value $25

 

999 ASTP-Atlantic KSC Apollo-Soyuz-Link Up JULY 17, 1975 

Number produced: No record kept

eBay Prices Realized
  
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Postmarked at Kennedy Space Center

 


KSC, Round HT
This cover is VERY hard to find.
Est. Value $?


Another example
Scan courtesy of Dr. Ross Smith

 

999 ASTP-Atlantic

This line is the
main listing for
B999

N/A Apollo-Soyuz JUL 24/PM/1975 

Number produced: No record kept 

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $4.50
2009  $3.00, $3.75
2010  $4.50 
2011  $6.50
2012  $2.00, $1.49, $2.00
2013  $5.00, $6.00
2014  $6.50, $4.00, $6.00, $4.02, $1.75, $6.50      

2015  $2.37, $1.00, $4.50, $2.00, $4.50, $5.25,$6.25, $27.00 autog
2016  $5.61, $4.00, $4.25, $4.97, $8.00, $3.95, $3.25, $12.00 $3.98
2017  $1.50
, $3.98, $4.98. $6.00, $3.50, $9.50, $3.74, $3.00
2018
  


 



Another example
Scan courtesy of Dr Ross Smith


Interesting cover.  The address
label used by the collector was
overprinted by the cachet. 
When address label was removed,
some of cachet is now missing.

 


Scan courtesy of Dr Ross Smith
and Joe Volutza
This cover is missing the yellow background cover. Only about
a dozen exist of this printing variety.
When an eBay value is established
for this cover, it will be moved to
its own line listing.

 

999 ASTP-Atlantic

Printing Variety

N/A Apollo-Soyuz JUL 24/PM/1975 

Number produced: No record kept

eBay Prices Realized

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This cover is listed here because of the printing
error, the missing ASTP.  To avoid confusion, it is
listed on a separate line
because it has
its own eBay price.

If you compare the Beck printed cachets above, 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.

 

999 ASTP-Atlantic N/A Apollo-Soyuz JUL 24/PM/1975 

Number produced: No record kept

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Same as 999 except this envelope
is Par Avion
999 ASTP-Atlantic N/A Apollo-Soyuz JUL 24/PM/1975 

   
  
 


Scan courtesy of Joe Volutza

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 cover with the red rubber stamp cachet has the same cancel that appears on the printed Beck cover B999.

 

 

1000 USS Carl Vinson CVN-70 Keel Laying OCT 11/AM/1975

Number produced: 271

eBay Prices Realized
2008  $3.99
2009  $
2010  $3.50
2011  $$8.00, $6.00
2012  $5.00, $5.00
2013 
2014  $5.00, $ .99, $4.50, $ .55        

2015  $5.00, $45.00 autog C Vincon
2016  $3.59
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Trivia:
On June 1, 1981,
Congressman Carl Vinson
died at the age of 97. He
served 26 consecutive terms
in the U.S. House. He served
for 50 years and one month,
a record for the U.S. House
that stood until
1994.


Note: same Day as Christening of USS Dwight D Eisenhower. Very few were actually autographed by Carl Vinson.  He was 91 years old when this carrier's Keel was laid.
 
 

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