Apollo 11 Insurance Cover, Crew Signed, A-11 Emblem
Lot 179
APOLLO 11 POSTAL COVER–A MEANS OF LIFE INSURANCE.
Sold for US$ 7,930 inc. premium

Auction 17402: The Space Sale
16 Jul 2009 13:00 EDT

New York
Lot Details
APOLLO 11 POSTAL COVER–A MEANS OF LIFE INSURANCE.
Apollo 11 Insurance Cover, approximately 6 by 4 inches. The envelope features the Apollo 11 crew emblem. Postmarked at the Kennedy Space Center on the date of the Apollo 11 launch, July 16, 1969. Signed prior to launch by Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins. Numbered on the verso by Aldrin with his identifier number "BA03."

Accompanied by a Typed Letter Signed by Aldrin, in which he explains, "This postal cover with the Apollo 11 emblem cachet is one of the 'insurance covers' signed by the Apollo 11 crew prior to our launch in July 1969. Since we were unable to obtain adequate life insurance due to the high risk nature of being an astronaut, we signed this group of covers and evenly distributed them to our families for safe keeping while we performed our mission. If an unfortunate event prevented our safe return, the covers would have provided a limited financial means of support to our families.
The cover displayed above has been in my private collection since 1969 ... It was signed by the Apollo 11 crew - Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and myself prior to our launch back in 1969. The cover was postmarked on the launch day of Apollo 11 at the Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969. Four days later, on July 20, Neil Armstrong and I became the first humans to land and walk on another celestial body - the Moon."
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