Beck Applied the Round
Space Rubber Stamp After Space Flights to Any Cover Sent to Him by
Collectors...Beck also sold sets of the Rubber Stamps to a few
Note the small maroon,
red or blue or black rubber stamp that was applied to collector's envelopes
after the space 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.
Mr. Beck offered this service to all space
collectors who wanted it applied to their covers. Beck would
apply the rubber stamp to other cachet maker's envelopes if the
collector sent him the cover after the flight.
Because the small rubber stamps contain
specific flight details we know that these small rubber stamps
were applied after the space flight and not before.
We think that Mr. Beck offered the rubber stamp starting with
We have seen different rubber stamps
specifically for these missions: Gemini 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
10, 11, 12. AS-201, AS-202 and AS-501.
We don't think Mr. Beck kept any records of
how many covers he applied this small rubber stamp to, but it must
be a small number for each flight.
We also now know that Mr. Beck
sold sets of 10 rubber stamps to some dealers that wanted to
apply the design to their own covers. We are aware of at least
one dealer still owning the rubber stamps. That means that
there are many covers with this added design and that not all were
applied by Mr. Beck. (updated 2016)
Scan shows small rubber stamp applied by
Mr. Beck after the space flight. The cover illustrated here
has the US Navy RS cachet Note the size of the small rubber stamp
in relationship to the cancellation.
Above: Scans courtesy of Charlie
The Cover Above is NOT a BECK printed cover. However, the small round cachet
was either applied by Beck or a dealer that had the rubber stamps created by
Here is a small selection of covers with
the rubber stamp. There is not a checklist available.
Scans are courtesy of Larry Johnson