June 20, 2013 08:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


First Day Covers Celebrating John Glenn's Flight Signed by "Mercury 7"

Lot of 7 FDCs with postmark of Cape Canaveral, Feb. 20, 1962, the date of John Glenn's orbital flight. Fleetwood cachet with Glenn in helmet, rocket and capsule to side, and stamp with Mercury capsule orbiting earth. One signed by each of the Mercury 7 astronauts. Glenn, Shepard and Carpenter appear to be signed, the latter two very light, but pen impressions visible on Shepard's signature. Carpenter is not known to have used an autopen. The others appear to be: Cooper - autopen #2; Grissom, Schirra, and Slayton, each autopen #1. A nice collection nonetheless.

In the early years, astronauts could not get life insurance because no one was sure they would return from their missions. Many of them sat and signed stacks of covers and other items that could theoretically be sold to support their families if they did not return. Sometimes these are referred to as "insurance covers." While it is not clear that these fall into that category, they are early covers and some that appear to be autopen may be signed.

Assembled by a Montello, WI Postmaster who was also active in the Boy Scouts.

Condition:Excellent. The collector knew to keep them out of light, etc.

Estimate: $300 - $400
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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