Charles Lindbergh cover swoops into next month's stamps sale at Raritan

As we've mentioned, Raritan's upcoming auction of stamps includes the Oddbjoern Iglebaek Collection of Ukraine but there is also an outstanding range of semi-postal and air post issues.

Some of these will hold a fascination for collectors outside of philately. One lot in particular will be desirable to those who chase aviation collectibles:

A Charles A Lindbergh (1902-74) Inaugurating First Flight Cover with his autograph dating April 15, 1926 is on offer.

Lindbergh cover
Signed Lindbergh cover
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It is an illustrated First Flight Contract Air Mail (CAM-2) Cover on line Chicago - St. Louis, which was posted into the mail in Springfield, IL on Lindbergh's return flight, franked by five stamps, two nice impressions of violet flight cachet, Chicago ''Apr.15.9:30pm.1926''.

A machine arrival date stamp appears on the reverse, signed by Postmaster and Pilot at the bottom left corner, mostly in very fine condition. It is expected to achieve between $1,000 and $5,000 in March 3-4 sale, which is typical.

Away from the sale, Lindbergh's autograph is available for £1,500 ($2,400).


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