Morris W. Beck US Navy Covers
 US Navy USS Jefferson SSBN 618
#1 First cover in the 1000 Navy Series. 1962 USS T Jefferson
 
US Navy USS Enterprise CVAN-65 Aircraft Carrier
Special "S" cover USS Enterprise Est $85
 

Mercury Flight of Cooper
 
US Navy USS Hornet Apollo 11 Man on the Moon Moonlanding
USS Hornet-Neil Armstrong-Lunar Landing 1969
 
 
Apollo 15 Prime Recovery Ship

 

USS New Orleans VERY rare July 25 cancel Est $140
 
US Navy Apollo Soyuz Space Recovery Astronauts
Apollo Soyuz on Air Mail Envelope
 
USS Carl Vinson CVN-70 Aircraft Carrier Keel Laying cover
#1000 Last cover in Navy Series USS Vinson. 1975
 

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688-769 AS-202, GTA-12, AS-204, AS-501, AS-502, AP-7     770-841 AP-8, AP-9, AP-10, AP-11, AP-12, AP-13, AP-14  
 
842-899
AP-14, AP-15, AP-16, AP-17, SL-II, SL-III, SL-IV     900-951   952-1000 ASTP


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Apollo PRS Postmarked in Hawaii  
 WHAT IS A CREW COVER?
ASTP USS New Orleans July 25, 1975 onboard Cover
How postage rates affected collecting  Beck Printing Log for Numbered Series

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Latest BLOG Update: December 7, 2014
 

See previously entry below about these ships cancels on B631.
These covers are likely unique and we probably won't see any more of these (B630 postmarked on these two ships).
Unlisted Beck Covers Surface From 1960's is Likely One of a Kind

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks goes to Larry Johnson for sending us scans of three Morris W Beck state commemorative covers from 1951-2.

These were previously unlisted is our checklist.

See more HERE

 

 

 

These covers were printed for Martin Longseth a collector. 
In 1976, Longseth sent this cover to every ship with a post office.

In 2014 a number of these covers with different ship cancelations sold for about $10 each.

See HERE for more examples  We have added 16 new covers.

Scan courtesy of Larry Johnson

B407 USS DALE AUTOGRAPHED ON THE FRONT AND A MESSAGE TO MR. BECK ON THE BACK
 

B418 USS AMERICA ADDRESSED TO THE CO OF THE SHIP WITH A RS ON THE BACK
 

B442 USS TINOSA USED A STICKER ON THE FRONT INSTEAD OF THE NORMAL PRINTED CACHET.  The design on the sticker is the same design as Beck used on the cover.  Beck did not print this sticker.
 

B450 USS JOHN ADAMS AUTOGRAPHED
 

B451 USS TECUMSEH WITH TEST CACHET
 

B472 USS JOHN C CALHOUN HAND CANCELED.  THE ONLY ONE WE HAVE OBSERVED
 

B473 USS SIMON BOLIVAR HAND CANCELED AND A RS CACHET ON COVER
 
 

B476 USS JOHN WILLIS WITH RS ON FRONT AND BACK
 

B493 USS LEWIS AND CLARK WITH RS
 

B495 USS SAM RAYBURN WITH AUTOGRAPH
 

B495 USS SAM RAYBURN HAND CANCELED AND A RS CACHET ON COVER
 


B514 USS GEORGE C MARSHALL HAND CANCELED AND A RS CACHET ON COVER

 

B518 WITH RS
 

B519 WITH RS
 

B520 WITH RS
 

B536 WITH RS

 

B544 WITH RS

 

B552 USS GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER HAND CANCELED AND A RS CACHET ON COVER
 

B577 USS SIMON BOLIVAR HAND CANCELED AND A RS CACHET ON COVER
 

B593 USS QUEENFISH HAND CANCELED AND A RS CACHET ON COVER
 

B594 USS LEWIS AND CLARK HAND CANCELED AND A RS CACHET ON COVER TYPE 1
 
 

B594 USS LEWIS AND CLARK HAND CANCELED AND A RS CACHET ON COVER TYPE 2
 

B646 USS GEORGE C MARSHALL HAND CANCELED AND A RS CACHET ON COVER

 

B778 USS COCHRANE CANCEL.  We knew this cover existed but did not have the scan.  Thanks for Larry Johnson for sending us the scan.  Note that the cancel has A.M. and NOT AM that we listed when we put this cover on the site years ago (without a scan available).
 

B860 USS BLUE RIDGE WITH ONLY THE FANCY CANCEL.  This is the only one we have observed without the machine cancel from Philadelphia.  Nov 14 is the correct date for commissioning

 

Unlisted Beck Crew Covers Found On eBay

 


Beck 556 CREW Sold for $104.50 on eBay


Beck 558 CREW Sold for $65.00 on eBay


Beck 557 CREW Sold for $55.00 on eBay


Beck 560 CREW Sold for $45.00 on eBay


Beck 555 CREW Sold for $45.00 on eBay


Beck 538 CREW Sold for $104.50 on eBay


Beck 535 CREW Sold for $45.00 on eBay


Beck 536 CREW Sold for $45.00 on eBay


Beck 537 CREW Sold for $45.00 on eBay


Beck 534 CREW Sold for $43.00 on eBay


Beck 539 CREW Sold for $77.00 on eBay


Beck 579 CREW Sold for $67.00 on eBay


Beck 583 CREW Sold for $45.00 on eBay

Three Unlisted B631 Sold on eBay

For many years, we thought that the Beck B631 postmarked on USS George K Mackenzie was the only B631 that existed.  This week the three covers shown below have been added to our listing.  This is an important find for Beck collectors.


Beck B631 Sold for $148.50 on eBay


Beck B631 Sold for $57.00 on eBay


Beck Beck B631 Sold for $65.00 on eBay

 


B399


B400

 

Previously Unlisted Beck Crew Covers

Charlie Hamilton sent us scans of these two previously unlisted Crew Covers.  Usually, Crew covers are typically seen on space issues but these Navy Day covers are a good example of how the US Navy coordinator made distribution of the covers (cachets) Mr. Beck sent for postmarking.  Note that these two covers are addressed to the same person.  (Postmarked on two different ships)

 

 

 


See B791 CREW

 

Beck's Covers With VIP Labels

David Ball sent us scans of a great lot of Beck special covers.

All the covers have the VIP label that bring a premium on eBay because the covers are usually CREW covers or have special cancellations from the recovery force.  This lot of 6 covers sold for a big premium.



 

 


Scan courtesy of Dr. Ross Smith

Another previously unlisted Beck CREW cover.

See backstory HERE under B807

 

Only about 25 Beck cachets were printed without the
cachet number
Beck gave these covers to the ships crew for VIP usage. 
That is why it is called a CREW cover.  Also see HERE

Beck's Crew Covers


Scan courtesy of Bart Van Oppens
Beck CREW cover.  Note the ship's name printed or typed
in the cachet.  We haven't seen that addition before.
This cover is postmarked Jun 6.  All the other USS Blandy covers we have seen are dated June 3.  The GT-4 mission launched on Jun 3 and splashed down on Jun 7.

The Beck cachet for this event is B545.

 

 


Scans courtesy of Charlie Hamilton

Beck's Early Covers

Mr. Beck returned from US Navy Service in 1946 and
started servicing covers right away.  Here are two covers that we have added to the list of covers.  Thanks Charlie for sending the scans.

 


USS Wasp PRS for GTA-6.  This covers has the previously seen VIP label.  See more information at B584


We were very surprised to see the USS L F Mason cancel
on the B633 envelope.  The first one we have seen.  Check out B629 and B630.

Scans courtesy of David Ball

More Beck CREW Covers


See B540 HERE

 


May 26, 1964 Commission

See B430 HERE This is the No Beck Number version

Also see other 1964 covers without the B number.

 


Click HERE Under foreign covers listing

 

 

 

Beck Covers for Listing




A very nice example of Beck's launching cover for
USS Sea Poacher.
Note that the reverse does not have the small number that is usually stamped on covers of this era.  See HERE


No Beck Number version of B343


USS John Paul Jones Visits Foreign Ports.
This is one cover of many JPJ covers from France.  HERE
Port call and cachet date is rubber stamped.
Similar to printed cachet B305 of the numbered series.

Scans courtesy of Charlie Hamilton

 

 


Scan courtesy of Don Hensley.  The articles shown
at right were enclosed in the covers with the
RS cachets.

 


Previously unlisted B627 for USS Boxer. 
Scan courtesy of Woddy Witt.

 

 

More Information About W R Skelley, Jr

We have wondered for some time how it was possible for W R Skelley to obtain so many important space flight covers.  Now it has become clear that he was the coordinator for the US Navy and had access to and distributed covers to the recovery ships. Scans courtesy of Don Hensley.

 


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Even more older articles HERE

 

 

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Morris W. Beck Naval Covers for Collectors

Naval covers have been popular since about the time of Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet.  A naval cover is an envelope or postcard postmarked on board a naval ship.  The cover might commemorate a naval event such as a keel laying, launching or commissioning of a navy ship.  Other covers are simply sailorís mail that now has historical value for the postmark on the US Navy cover.

Collecting memorabilia from US Navy ships is a very interesting hobby and shares a piece of US Navy history.  Some people collect pictures, ash trays, lighters, photos, launching or commissioning programs, US Navy patches, and envelopes or postcards postmarked aboard US Navy ships.  Similar in appearance to a first day cover, a naval cover commemorates a US Navy event or simply be sailorís mail sent home with a letter enclosed.  In any case, these covers are very collectable.

Today, the Universal Ship Cancellation Society, USCS, in an international society where collectors of US Navy ship covers and postcards exchange information about their favorite collecting interests.  See the link to the USCS.  If you are not a member of the USCS, please consider joining.

Many collectors specialize in a special type of naval covers or envelopes.  Some US Navy veterans have a special interest in the ships they served on.  Ships like destroyers, aircraft carriers, submarines, battleship, etc.  Some collectors of first day covers or FDCs also collect navy covers as a specialty.

The US NASA manned space program and the US Navy recovery ships are also very popular subjects for naval covers.  The US Navy postmarks from the US Navy ships in the Atlantic or Pacific fleet that picked up the US space astronauts like John Glenn, Neil Armstrong or others are very popular.  One of the most desirable modern naval covers is from the USS Hornet that picked up the astronauts, Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins after the Moon landing Apollo 11 NASA mission.  Dozens of US Navy ships participated in the US Space recovery program including, USS Hornet, USS Wasp, USS Intrepid, USS Lake Champlain, USS Guam, USS Mason, USS Randolph, USS Ticonderoga, USS Iwo Jima, USS Kearsarge, USS Okinawa, USS Essex, USS New Orleans, USS Guadalcanal, USS Bennington, and many others.  All astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab programs were recovered by US Navy ships.  There are covers for most of these events.  The covers for the earliest manned space flights are among the hardest to find.  Some of the most popular covers are for aircraft carriers, submarines, destroyers, battleships, and other types of US Navy ships.

Over the years there have been many individuals and groups produce some very attractive naval covers for US Navy events and space events including Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab manned space flights.  Morris W. Beck was a collector of US Navy covers and started a service to provide other collectors with quality printed US Navy, space covers, and first day covers. 

Beck served in the US Navy during World War II aboard a US Navy Destroyer.  Morris W. Beck covers are well known among collectors.  Beck produced a very popular series of 1000 US Navy event covers 1962-1975.  Beckís effort was a labor of love and his charge to service covers for collectors was only pennies per cover.   This web site is dedicated to the US Navy event covers, president series, state series, nuclear ships and first day covers (FDC) produced by Morris W. Beck. 


 

 

 

 

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Beck Space Cachet Designs     #6 USS Dace Overprint  #220 USS Lowry
   Cover Varieties Oddities  Beck's Messages  Beck's Personal Covers  Astronaut Autographs
1943-1970's Events
     Nuclear Ships     Foreign    President Series     States Series    First Day Covers   

The Numbered Series    About the Series  1-50    51-99 MA-8   S,100-150   151-200   201-250   251-299   300-350 MA-9 
 
351-402   403-455    456-514 GT-2    515-569 GT-3, GT-4, GT-5    570-621 GTA-6 GT-7    622-687 AS-201, GTA-8, GTA-9, GTA-10, AP-3, GTA-11  
688-769 AS-202, GTA-12, AS-204, AS-501, AS-502, AP-7     770-841 AP-8, AP-9, AP-10, AP-11, AP-12, AP-13, AP-14  
 
842-899
AP-14, AP-15, AP-16, AP-17, SL-II, SL-III, SL-IV     900-951   952-1000 ASTP


Articles and Resources: NEW Small Rubber Stamps on Space Covers
Apollo PRS Postmarked in Hawaii  
Beck 929 Hawkins

ASTP USS New Orleans July 25, 1975 onboard Cover
How postage rates affected collecting  Beck Printing Log for Numbered Series

   Checklist    GTA-8 USS Boxer  Quantities
        Download Checklists    Join the USCS   Other Collector Links
 

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