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Al Worden

 

Farthest Reaches is pleased to offer artifacts for sale from the personal collection of Apollo 15 CMP Al Worden.   Al who had the distinction of performing the first deep space walk during that mission (200,000 miles from Earth) was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1997.  He is the former Chairman of the Board for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.   During his NASA years Al was fortunate to have acquired a number of space related mementos.  To that end, he has entrusted Farthest Reaches to make available to collectors worldwide, selected items from his collection which will be posted below as they become available.  We invite you to stop back from time to time as you just never know what unique treasures may suddenly appear.

 

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Apollo 15 Insurance Cover



Apollo 15 Insurance Cover - Reverse


Letter of Authenticity

Insurance Covers
[the description that follows was written by Col. Alfred Worden, CMP, Apollo 15]

 

Insurance covers are postal envelopes that were printed with a cachet, stamped, postmarked on the day of launch and signed by the flight crew prior to launch. The astronaut’s families then retained these special covers as insurance against the possibility of an accident in space that would not allow the crew to return to earth.  This procedure was accomplished for every space flight because commercial insurance was not available. Now, some 40 years after the fact, and with all crews returning safely, the concept of insurance covers has become very complicated due to assumptions about what constitutes an insurance cover. A cover that is postmarked on launch day, has a flight cachet and is properly signed by the crew does not make it an insurance cover because it could have been signed after the flight. Therefore, the only confirmation available that any one cover is an insurance cover has to come from the person involved, namely, the crewmember that was there at the time and personally certifies the cover as a true insurance cover.  All others are either crew signed covers or fakes.

 

The only insurance covers that the crew of Apollo 15 authorized were those provided by the Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club. They were properly stamped, postmarked on launch day and signed by the crew prior to flight. Only those envelopes certified by one of the astronauts who flew in space on Apollo 15 could be considered true insurance covers. The insurance covers I am offering are authentic, and I am providing a written inscription, “From my personal collection, Al Worden, Apollo 15 CMP” under the flap, and a written certificate of authenticity for each numbered cover to verify that fact.

#AWA Insurance Cover
$300

 

 

 

 

Flown from the Earth to the Moon on Apollo 15
from the personal collection of Al Worden

[French Flag] [Israel]

The images shown above represent but a sampling of "Flown to the Moon flags" being offered for sale by Astronaut Al Worden.  These flags are from Al's personal Apollo 15 artifact collection.  Each flag comes certified by Al as having been carried onboard the Command Module Endeavour during it's historic lunar voyage (July 26 - August 7, 1971).  Al will hand sign your flag (in ballpoint), "Flown to the Moon on Apollo 15, Al Worden, Apollo 15, CMP" .  In addition, each flag is accompanied by an Al Worden hand signed letter of authenticity attesting to it's  provenance as a genuine lunar orbital flown artifact. 

There are a number of countries available to select from but at only $2600 each, they they are selling at a brisk pace, so don't delay.  These flags have been safely stored since their return from the Moon and are for the most part are in untouched "as new" condition.  These are stand alone flags (not mounted or framed) which means no need to worry about sun fading, glue residue, or tape staining from years of display which is often an issue with Apollo era flown flags.  Each measures approximately 6" x 4".  Please inquire to check availability for the country of your choice.  This is a seldom seen opportunity to add a genuine Astronaut certified, flown to the moon artifact to your space memorabilia collection!  Layaway plans will be considered for qualified buyers.

 

#AWA-100
 $2600
 




Signed: Group 5 Astronauts from the personal collection of Al Worden

This 14" x 11" color photo from Al Worden's personal collection is authentically hand signed by all but one (missing Ed Givens) of the NASA Group 5 Astronauts selected in April, 1966.   Included are:

Vance Brand, John Bull, Jerry Carr, Charles Duke, Joe Engle, Ron Evans, Fred Haise, James Irwin, Don Lind, Jack Lousma, Tom Mattingly, Bruce McCandless, Ed Mitchell, Bill Pogue, Stu Roosa, John Swigert, Paul Weitz and Al Worden.

These signatures represent 9 Apollo Moon Voyagers, 3 Moonwalkers and a host of others.   This photo contains some moderate faults including a vertical closed tear at top due and some frayed edges from storage over the years, though the signatures look as though they were signed just yesterday and the image is bright and clear.  Group photos such as  this are extremely rare and seldom become available.  This piece of NASA history will be also be accompanied by a letter of provenance from it's owner, Astronaut Al Worden. 

 

#AWA-1
 $3000
 


 

 

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'Reaching for the Stars' by Alan Bean
from the personal collection of Al Worden

 

In his book, Apollo: An Eyewitness Account, Alan Bean says of 'Reaching for the Stars', "In one sense this is a painting of a universal astronaut, symbolizing everyone who flew in Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and Apollo-Soyuz.  It also represents those who fly on space shuttles and will fly on a space station and on future missions only dreamed about at this time.  The astronaut is an emissary of us all, soaring away from our planet Earth....But in a broader view, 'Reaching for the Stars' symbolizes all of us who possess a dedicated and adventurous spirit no matter what our interests or age.

Twenty four astronauts have signed this print under their respective mission logo though as you can imagine there are still a few who could be added despite this being an outstanding collection of autographs unto itself.  The Astronauts who have signed include: Alan Shepard, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, Walt Cunningham, Rusty Schweickart, James McDivitt, James Lovell, Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Pete Conrad, Dick Gordon, Edgar Mitchell, Fred Haise, Charles Duke, Alfred Worden, Paul Weitz, Owen Garriott, Jack Lousma, Bill Pogue, Jerry Carr, Ed Gibson and Tom Stafford.

This fine art print is from the personal collection of Astronaut Al Worden.  It is one of the highly sought after Artist's Proofs (#83/150).  Artist Proofs are prints hand selected by the artist for their own use and generally presented to friends, family or other VIPs at their discretion.  The particular print was presented to Al Worden by his friend, Artist/Moonwalker Alan Bean.  It has never been displayed though is framed as received and includes all original packaging.  In addition to coming with the publishers original paperwork and COA, this artist's proof will be accompanied by a hand signed letter of provenance from Astronaut Al Worden. 

 

Published April 1997
Image size: 27.375" x 34.375".

A Framed Limited Edition on Textured Canvas - Edition Size: 1500
Artist's Proof #83/150
Published from the artist's original work

 

#AWA-69
 $2795 plus shipping


 

 

Project Apollo - Man's Greatest Adventure Silver Medallion Set

This set of Franklin Mint Medallions come from the personal collection of Astronaut Al Worden.  Included in the frame (constructed so that the medallions may be view on both sides) are 20 sterling silver medallions.  Each depicts a specific scene from an Apollo Lunar Mission.  Issued in 1970, these medallions are NOT of the flown variety.  Comes with an LOA from Astronaut Al Worden stating that these medallions come directly from his personal collection.

 

#AWA-97
 $500
 

 

 

This medallion from Al's personal collection honors his Apollo 15 Mission.  It is gold in color measures 1.5" in diameter.  As you can see it's offered in a protective case that will allow for safe display or handling.  In mint condition.  LOA from Farthest Reaches is included.

#AWA-54
 $45
 

 

 

Al Worden flown to the moon mission patch Al Worden flown to the moon mission emblem

Apollo 15 Flown To The Moon  Mission Patch

 

This very limited production A/B (4") Apollo 15 mission patch carries an embroidered "XV" in black just behind the mission symbol.  It was one of a three prototype patch set provided to Al Worden by A/B Patches for his consideration and was the ONLY prototype set provided to the Flight Crew. 

 

Making this patch even more special is that it was FLOWN to the moon on Apollo 15 by Worden.  It was stored in his PPK throughout that mission.  The fact that this patch was flown AND is only one of three prototype examples of Apollo 15's mission emblem makes this item exceptionally rare and desirable. 

 

As this is the last of the 3 patches, this one will come with the plastic that these three patches were sealed in which of course was also carried in Al's PPK on his trip to the moon and back. 

 

As you can see in the scan, Al has inscribed the reverse side with "Flown to the moon on Apollo 15, Al Worden"

 

This piece of space history is accompanied by an Al Worden hand signed letter of authenticity attesting to it's history and that it was flown to the Moon aboard Apollo 15. 

 

#AWA-7
$SOLD

 

 

 

 

Star Chart used by Astronaut Al Worden to train for his voyage to the Moon

 

The Star Chart offered here is of "Stars in the vicinity of Orion" and was actually used by Al Worden to train for his flight to the Moon aboard Apollo 15 in August of 1971.  Al has hand inscribed on this star chart accordingly, " I used this chart in training, Al Worden, Apollo 15.  This Star Chart measures 9.5" x 7.25"

For those of you who might be interested in learning more about collecting Star Charts, you are invited to follow the link below to what I consider to be the definitive article on the subject and best of all, it's written by a collector, for collectors.. 

 

In the last few years much attention has been focused on both flown and unflown Star Charts, particularly from the Mercury - Apollo Programs. Consequently, as their popularity has risen, their availability has decreased, making this an excellent opportunity to own one that comes with provenance from the Astronaut who actually used it, Al Worden.  As provenance goes, it just doesn't get any better than that. 

This chart affixed to it's stiff backing board has become slightly separated in the upper right corner.  This in no way detracts as the chart itself is in excellent condition, though it could be easily reaffixed if desired, or not.  Either way however, this Apollo Star Chart will undoubtedly make an important addition your space memorabilia collection. 

 

#AWA-22
$1500

 

 

 

 

Certificate of Appreciation presented to Al just after his Apollo 15 Mission in recognition of his "Meritorious Service" to the media. 

 

Date Issued:  8/23/71
Issued by: The National Press Club and hand signed by it's President 
Measures 10" x 8"

 

#AWA188
$
65
 

Certificate presented to 1st. LT. Alfred M. Worden for his qualifying as a Supersonic Delta Darter - Delta Pilot.  Al has also hand signed.  A very early presentation. 
 

Date Issued:  11/18/1959
Issued by: Delta Pilot E.D. Shannon who hand signs this certificate
Measures 10" x 8"

 

#AWA190
$
150
 

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"Hello Earth, Greetings From Endeavour" by Al Worden (Nash Publishing, 1974, 80pgs).  This book of original poetry is well illustrated with associated imagery (mostly photographs).  This is a first edition with each copy hand signed by Al Worden, Apollo 15, CMP.   

#AWA-28
 $75
 

 

 

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Autographed Postal Covers

Note:  Covers are accompanied by a hand signed letter of authenticity from Al Worden

The event cover commemorates Al Worden's Jackson, Michigan homecoming day, following the flight of Apollo 15.  It contains a colorful cachet portrait of Al and is cancelled in Jackson, MI on Oct. 25th, 1971 (homecoming day).  This cover is authentically hand signed by the Apollo 15 crew.

 

#AWA-12
 $195
 

This postal card was issued to commemorate the Jackson, Michigan homecoming of Al Worden following his Apollo 15 flight.  It was cancelled in Jackson, MI on Oct. 25th, 1971 (homecoming day).   This postal card is authentically hand signed by the Apollo 15 crew.

 

#AWA-13
 $175
 

The Apollo 15 crew has authentically hand signed this postal card honoring their mission.  This card is cancelled in Zagreb, Yugoslavia on 1/25/72.  An amazing price for an an item hand signed by the entire crew of the fourth lunar landing.

 

#AWA-14
 $125
 

 The Apollo 15 crew has authentically hand signed this cover honoring their mission.  This cover was cancelled twice Zagreb, Yugoslavia, on two consecutive days (1/25/72 & 1/26/72).  I'm not certain how those dates are significant but is priced to sell for anyone on a budget, seeking to add a crew signed cover to their collection that comes directly from Astronaut Al Worden.

 

#AWA-15
 $125
 

 The Apollo 15 crew has authentically hand signed this first day cover cancelled in Poland on 7/26/71.  The stamp was issued to  commemorate the first deployment of the lunar rover.  In addition, the colorful cache highlights this mission's lunar landing site.  Very nice and reasonably priced!

 

#AWA-16
 $140
 

 The Apollo 15 crew has authentically hand signed this launch day event cover cancelled in Poland on 11/17/71.  The stamp honors the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus and the cachet shows a rocket lifting off for the moon.  Very interesting!

 

#AWA-17
 $150
 

 The Apollo 15 crew has authentically hand signed this event cover though I've not been able to ascertain what event it's commemorating.  It's cancelled in Poland on 9/26/71. 

 

#AWA-18
 $110
 

 

 

Other Commemorative Event & First Day Covers from Al Worden's Personal Collection

JS(CC) 64 RAF First Day Cover honoring 30th anniversary of Apollo 11 Moonlanding.  Left side Includes miniature sheet containing circular stamp showing Earthrise over lunar surface.  Right side includes Tuvalu stamps showing phases of Apollo 11 mission. Cancelled at Tuvalu on date of 30th anniversary (7/20/99).

 

This cover was flown in a VC10C Mk1K of No.10 Squadron over Cape Kennedy en route from RAF Brize Norton to Washington Dulles International Airport.  It is certified on reverse as number 15 of a limited edition of 115. 

This cover, JS(CC)64 was produced by the Joint Services Charities Consortium to raise funds for the Royal Air Force Association and Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund Flowerdown Home, Weston-Super-Mare.  It measures 8.5" x 4.5".  Very impressive.
 

#AWA-65
 $30
 


 

JS(CC)64 RAF First Day Cover honoring 30th anniversary of Apollo 11 Moonlanding.  Left side Includes miniature sheet containing circular stamp showing Earthrise over lunar surface.  Right side includes Solomon Islands stamps showing phases of Apollo 11 mission. Cancelled at Solomon Islands on date of 30th anniversary (7/20/99).

This cover was flown in a VC10C Mk1K of No.10 Squadron over Cape Kennedy en route from RAF Brize Norton to Washington Dulles International Airport.  It is certified on reverse as number 15 of a limited edition of 115. 

This cover, JS(CC)64 was produced by the Joint Services Charities Consortium to raise funds for the Royal Air Force Association and Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund Flowerdown Home, Weston-Super-Mare.  It measures 8.5" x 4.5".  Very impressive.


#AWA-66
 $30
 

JS(CC)59 RAF British Achievements In Speed Cover.  Includes flight details in blue with USA 32c First Supersonic Flight stamp and hand signed by Flight Lieutenant P Baker MA, who flew this cover in his Hawker Hunter T7 XL612 (250)

Cancelled at Washington, DC on 9/29/98 which was the 100th Anniversary of the first Land Speed Record set by a Frenchman driving an electric car called the "Jeantaud" on a public road on the outskirts of Paris. 

This cover, JS(CC)59 was produced by the Joint Services Charities Consortium to raise funds for the Royal Air Force Association and Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund Flowerdown Home, Weston-Super-Mare.  It measures 8 3/4" x 4 3/8". 

 

#AWA-67
 $30
 

JS(CC)31 Thrust SSC Official Cover commemorates the Supersonic World Land Speed Record of 763.035 mph (MACH 1.02 set on 10/15/97.  It is hand signed at Farnborough, Hants on the 10/15/98 (1st anniversary of that record). 

As explained in information printed on reverse side, this cover was flown in a Tornado F3 of No. 111(F) Squadron by Squadron Leader Andy Green OBE RAF on an Air Defense sortie from RAF Launchers and return.  During the flight, the Tornado was flown low level at Mach 1.02, matching the precise speed of Thrust SSC in its unique record breaking achievement.

This cover bears a 26p ThrustSSC postage paid stamp and is hand signed by both Richard Noble and Andy Green both World Land Speed Record Holders This cover is certified on reverse as number 1043 of 5000.  Please note that although 5000 were flown, only about 2000 were actually signed as shown here, as the rest were contaminated by oil (believed to from a Tornado aircraft) and consequently destroyed.  

 This cover, JS(CC)31 (measuring 8 3/4" x 4 3/8")  was produced by the SSC Program to raise funds for the Royal Air Force Association and Motor Neuron Disease Association.

#AWA-68
 $30
 

 

 

 

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