Outer Space Achievements 1964 Overprint

1964, 30 November

Printer: Helio Electronic Press
Designer: Paul Koroleff
Sheet Size: 10 x 13

By overprinting three high values of the nine stamp set that was released on 25 January 1965, and the souvenir sheet, it was possible to dispose of excess stock before the expiration of the Baroody contract.

Although only three values of the nine stamps of the original set were officially overprinted and released, all values of the stamps were overprinted and sold thrugh the Dubai Philatelic Agency. The three stamps were released both perforated and imperforated. Those that were not officially issued were described as errors, or rare. Thousands of the perforated and imperforated stamps were overprinted and nearly as many errors were created. Both the perforated and imperforated sheets were overprinted and many errors were created. Virtually every value received an inverted overprint, double overprints, triple overprints, overprints on an angle, and combinations of these on the same sheets.

These errors are very common and have very little value due to the quantities created. Sadly, full sheets are often offered on the Internet for $100 or more.


The above cover has a normal 1 1/2Rs stamp plus the stamp taken from the souvenir sheet, with an inverted overprint. Note that the envelope is the one used for the original issue - Honoring Astronauts. The original price of this cover was $60.

5 December - Space Achievements Surcharge

25 November - Educational Progress

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