US First Man on the Moon stamp

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Do you remember the Swiss stamp cancelled in UK I showcased last month? Here is equally bizarre “accident” – a US airmail stamp cancelled in Germany.

1968 US First man on the moon stamp cancelled in Porz, Germany

1969 US First man on the moon stamp. Michel #990, catalogue value 0.40€ / Scott C76, catalogue value 0.40US$. Notice that this stamp was cancelled in Porz, Germany on Christmas Eve 1969

The stamp displays astronaut Neil Amstrong stepping out of the Apollo 11 lunar module “Eagle” on July 21 1969. Armstrong himself is not honored “by portrayal” in accordance with U.S. Postal Service criteria pertaining to postage stamps not honoring living people.

This issue was the first jumbo-sized US commemorative stamp, and at the time it one of the first US stamps mass-marketed as collectors item to non-collectors. However, as with most items promoted as ‘collectors items’, this stamp (and related philatelic products and souveniers such as FDC/First Day Covers) exist in such large quantities that only specimens that have something ‘wrong’ (such as above) are worth more than the paper they were printed on.

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