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
 
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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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Seldom Seen Postcard with Printed Beck Cachet

 

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.

Beck CREW Covers-Some Unlisted


Crew Cover B861 This is only the second one we have seen.
Scans courtesy of Martin Schwebs Rasmussen


B894 CREW unlisted


B892 CREW


B890 Scan added for first time


B888 CREW


B896 Solid Lines.  Only 2nd one observed

 

Beck CREW Covers-Some Unlisted


B886 CREW


B875 CREW Unserviced


B873 CREW Unlisted 
 


B880 CREW Unlisted


B880 Ticonderoga CREW


B875 CREW

 

  

This is an insert found in a Beck state cover. 
See more information about this series HERE.
Scans courtesy of Don Hensley


Sold for $35.99 on eBay



Sold for $29 on eBay.  A very interesting Beck cover addressed to Harry Gordon, a well-known dealer.  The text rubber stamp was applied by Harry Gordon.  This cover has a Hand Cancel.

Sold for $28.50 on eBay

This cover shows a great example of the small round cachet that Mr. Beck designed.  He applied the cachet to envelopes at collectors request, after a space flight.  He also sold sets of the rubber stamp cachets to a few dealers. We have no idea how many were applied, especially given the fact that sets of the rubber stamps still exist.
Thanks goes to Tim Preston for sending in this scan.

 

Interesting Covers and Additions

This interesting cover does not have Mr. Beck's name printed on it but we are pretty certain he did produce this cover.  It uses a very similar cachet artwork as the 1951-2 and 1956-7 statehood series.
Thanks goes to Charlie Hamilton for sending us the above scan.

 

Many times when collectors used more than one stamp on the covers, the post office cancels the stamps again.  In this case, the Boston post office added the 7 April cancel on both B747 and B748 covers.  The extra cancel may distract from the cover's appearance but it also helps to add some postal history to the routing of the cover.  These two covers are shown here courtesy of Dr R J Smith.

 


At first glance this cover looks like a printing error or missing B number, etc.  Collectors applied a stamp and return address to envelopes before Mr. Beck printed the tri-color cachet.  In the example above, the collectors address label was overprinted by the cachet. When the address label was removed, part of the cachet went with it.
Thanks goes to Woody Witt for sending in this scan.


The only one we have observed.  This scan is from the collectspace.com web.
 
Apollo 8 USS Yorktown with Return to Port Cancel  

This cover is probably unique.  It has the return to port date on a Beck cachet that was designated for USS Guadalcanal.


See more detail at the link below.

http://www.collectspace.com/ubb/Forum20/HTML/000934.html

 

Apollo 8 PRS USS Yorktown with Hand Cancel   

This #10 (business size) envelope was sold on eBay for over $60. 

It has the Yorktown hand cancel which has not been seen on a Beck printed cover.

 


Scan courtesy of Dr. Ross J Smith
Unusual Space Cover for AS 501-Norfolk, VA   

Dr. Ross Smith sent us the scan at left of a previously unlisted space cover.

It is postmarked for AS 501 in Norfolk, VA.

November 14 1967

 




Scans from eBay

 

eBay Prices High for GT-2 CREW Covers 

The two CREW covers shown at left were sold as a set on eBay for a price of $186.50.

We have seen other similar CREW covers, but these are VERY desirable and valuable covers for your collection.

See all the Beck GT-2 covers, HERE

 


Scan courtesy of Dr. Ross J Smith
Apollo 12 USS Hawkins CREW Cover

Thanks goes to Dr. Ross J Smith for sending us this scan of a very nice autographed Apollo 12 CREW cover.  It has the autographs of the flight crew plus Al Worden.  The crew consisted of Alan Bean, Pete Conrad and Richard Gordon.

A great addition to any Beck/Space collection.


Scan courtesy of Dr. Ross J Smith
Gemini 9 Cover Beck 652 Previously Unlisted

Thanks goes to Dr. Ross J Smith for sending us this scan of a cover we have not seen before.

It is addressed to W R Skelley, Jr.  Search on this site for other references to Skelley.  He really obtained some great and unique covers.

 

Gemini 9 Cover Postmarked Honolulu Hawaii

Thanks goes to W. Magnus and Tom Steiner for sending us this scan for the Beck site.
This is the first (and only) B648 cover we have seen that wasn't postmarked on the secondary recovery ship USS Epperson.

This cover is probably unique and was postmarked two days after the recovery.  Evidently, the Honolulu PO noticed that the cover was not postmarked on the USS Epperson, and applied the local Honolulu machine cancel.  This is only our speculation.  No one knows for sure.
 

Amazing Price Paid for Apollo 7 Launch Cover

This Beck cachet B761 cover was postmarked on the launch date of Apollo 7 at KSC.

Perhaps a "one-of-a-kind".

Successful bidder paid $260 for this great cover.

 


Scan courtesy of Dr. Ross J Smith
Apollo 10 USS Ozark CREW With VIP Label

Dr. Smith was the successful bidder for this elusive Apollo 10 USS Ozark CREW cover. 

This cover has the "desirable" VIP label. 

Final bid price was $70.  The value and demand for these CREW covers continues to increase.

 


A new variety has been added to B801 and B802 listings
 
Another Apollo 11 Postmark Variety Identified

Enough evidence and examples are available to support the listing of another postmark for Apollo 11.

See the example shown at the left.  You will see that the AM or PM time slug is missing.

Thanks goes to Dr. Ross Smith, Steve Durst and Lee Kok How for supplying supporting information for this important Beck cover.

See HERE

 

 

 
Mercury 9-Cooper B332 Jacksonville FL

Dr. Ross Smith recently purchased a lot of covers that contained a very interesting MA-9 cover postmarked at Jacksonville, FL instead of USS Myles C. Fox.  Mr. Beck sent the printed/cacheted envelopes to the US Navy to the attention of USS Myles C Fox.

The cover shown should have been postmarked on the ship but somehow it got into the mail without a postmark and the post office in Jacksonville applied their postmark.

There are a variety of dates shown on the many MA-9 covers.  The date on this cover is a bit unclear.  Only one digit is clear, the 1.

In any case, this is likely a unique cover and was previously unlisted.

 

Apollo 16 Cachets Show Many Options

Mr. Beck made the Apollo 16 B880 and B881 cachets available to various collectors and dealers well ahead of the space flight.

As a result, the dealers or collectors added postage and then sent the cacheted envelopes to various locations for postmarking.

The cover shown at left shows the launch date.

See the many varieties HERE

 

USS Iwo Jima LPH-2, Apollo 13 Postmarks

There are three varieties listed for B838 USS Iwo Jima the Prime Recovery Ship for Apollo 13.

 

1. B838 Ships name is at top of cancel, Date is NOT skewed. Shown at left (top)

2. B838 Ships name is at Bottom of cancel, Date IS skewed.  Shown at left (bottom)  Probably the most common cancel used on Beck Apollo 13 covers.

3. B838 Ships name is at Bottom of cancel, Date is NOT skewed.  Not shown here.  Go to listing HERE

 

Set of 3 Boxer GTA-8 Covers Fetch $126.50

The group of 3 covers shown at left sold for $126.50 on eBay.

The B639 cover is the important one in this group.  It was previously unlisted.

 


Scan courtesy of Dr. Ross J Smith
Beck B873 PRS Apollo 15 "Matched Set"

Scans for a real nice set of Beck covers for Apollo 15 was sent to us from Dr. Smith.

Both covers are signed by the Commanding Officer, Capt. Andrew F. Huff.  Note that the covers have different hand postmarks.  One has the ship's name at the top of the cancel and the other cover has the ship's name at the bottom of the cancel.

 

 

 

 


Scans courtesy W Magnus
Beck Previously Unlisted B529 Gemini 3

Beck B529 cover postmarked on Harold J Ellison has been identified.  The Ellison cancel is on several other Beck numbers but has been "unlisted" on B529 until now.

 

Beck Previously Unlisted CREW B535 Gemini 4

This Beck B535 CREW cover postmarked on USS Ponchatoula AO-148 is the first one we have observed and was previously unlisted.  See other GT-4 covers HERE

 

Beck Previously Unlisted St Louis B536 Gemini 4

An unusual cover for GT-4 B536 postmarked at St Louis.  Probably a one-of-a-kind.

 

Beck B563 Gemini 5

A nice cover for GT-5 B536 postmarked on USS Dupont.  The airmail border adds much interest.

 

 

 

Beck B592 Gemini 6

A nice cover for GT-6 B592 postmarked In Jamaica, NY. This is similar to a cover we show in the listings but it has a different cancellation.  AM vs PM.


 
Beck Previously Unlisted B759 USS Essex

Beck B759 cachet for USS Essex is a new find to the site.  Note that the cover shown at the left has a VIP label that we see on some very hard to find covers and especially on CREW covers that were sent to Space Industry VIPs.

Sold for $105.18 on eBay.

Autograph is Donn Eisele, Apollo 7

 


 
Beck Previously Unlisted USS Missouri Launching

This is the first hand cancel we have seen for this cover/event.

 



Beck Cachet's Continue to Bring Top Dollar

Reader and collector Greg Ciesielski sent us  a scan of B724 covers with a cachet variety that we haven't noticed before.  We have updated our listing.  Thanks Greg.

Note the position of the Beck number on each cachet.

This likely occurred if Mr. Beck did an additional printing of the covers after the original batch was printed.

We reviewed Mr. Beck's printing log for 724 to see if there was a note about multiple printings.  There wasn't any note.

The scans at left show a lighter color for the background but we believe that the backgrounds are the same and the scan just looks different.

 

  Check out Dr. Smith's of Recent Prices Paid

Click HERE

 

Beck Cachet's Continue to Bring Top Dollar

Below: This previously unlisted prime recovery ship cover is a real prize! It sold for $93.  Beck B611.

 

Below: A good example of Beck's 1946 Navy Day series.

See others HERE

 

Below: USS Wasp GT-4 Beck CREW cover.  Sold for an amazing $228.50.

 

Beck Cachet's Continue to Bring Top Dollar

Below: An excellent example of the scarce Mason GTA-8 cover on B630.  It sold for about $80 on eBay.


Scan courtesy of Dr. Ross Smith

 

Below: Autographed Apollo 9


Below: A new addition to our site. USS New Jersey. Previously unlisted.

Beck Cachet's Continue to Bring Top Dollar

The covers shown here were sold as a lot on eBay.  The lot sold for $188.50 after 8 bids.

Two of these covers are of special note.

First the USS Fletcher cover is a previously unlisted CREW cover.  The second cover of special note is the B317 USS Duncan.  A very rare cover and only the second one we have seen.

 

Note that this lot was sold by a major space cover dealer in Europe.

There was a lot of interest in this lot and other recent lots which indicates that Beck and space covers continue to be a strong market.


Apollo 11 cover with Aldrin's autograph sold for $188.50


Apollo-Soyuz FDC with autographs sold for $61.00


Apollo 13 cover with Gene Krantz, Flt Dir. Autog $90.54

 

Beck Cachet's Bring Top Dollar on eBay

Here are several examples of Beck cachets bringing top dollar on eBay.  The autographs on these covers created a lot of interest in the covers.   

 

Beck Cachet "342" USS Corry CREW MA-9

Another important Beck CREW cover sold today on eBay.  This is the first CREW cover we have observed from MA-9 from USS Corry.

Selling price was $78 for a lot of 3 covers.  The other two covers were "average" value MA-9 covers which emphasizes the importance and value of this Corry cover.

 

 

Beck Cachet "323" USS Kearsarge CREW MA-9

This Beck CREW cover is the second one we have seen.  It also has the CO's autograph.

This very desirable cover sold on eBay for $124.50.

We designate this CREW cover as being under B323 because Mr. Beck allocated "323" for the Kearsarge while printing the cachets.  The Kearsarge cancel is seen on another Beck cachet, the B317.

If you watch eBay, you will notice that some very desirable US space covers come out of Europe or are addressed to collectors in Europe.  This cover is another example.

 

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Scan courtesy of Dr. Ross J Smith

 

Beck 652 GTA-9 Dual Cancel

This Beck 652 GTA-9 has an extra cancel.  We normally only see the hand cancel from the ship.

The machine cancel is Norfolk, VA on June 7.

 

 

 

Beck Printing Test

This Beck printing test envelope recently sold for $77 on eBay.  This "oddity" is very unusual and desirable for the serious Beck collector.

 

See more Beck varieties HERE


Beck GTA-6 PRS CREW cover sold for $81 on eBay


 
GTA-6 USS Wasp, PRS CREW Cover $81 on eBay

This great CREW cover sold on eBay for $81.  See Beck B584 in the listings.

There seems to be a lot of interest in Beck space covers these days as shown by the prices realized at auction.

Click HERE to read more about this Gemini mission and the abort that took place.
 

Thanks goes to Randy Constantin for providing the mission timeline.

October 25,1965 - Launch scrubbed due to failure of the Agena docking target to reach orbit.

December 12,1965 - Launch aborted due to premature shutdown of Titan launch vehicle's main engines just after ignition on the pad.

December 15,1965 AM - Launch

December 15,1965 PM- Rendezvous with Gemini 7
December 16,1965 - Splashdown

Beck covers for GT-6 and GT-7 HERE
 


Sold by "seanspace" on eBay $62.76

 

 

USS Boxer GTA-8 Covers

The cover shown at the left is a recent lot from eBay as reported by Dr. Ross J Smith.

The GTA-8 cover was sold by Sean Marsar on eBay.  Sean is a well-respected space cover dealer.  This lot is of the GREEN cachet of the Beck design.  Click here for more details about these covers.

The following text is from the eBay description:
RARE GEMINI 8 SCHEDULED PRIME RECOVERY SHIP, USS BOXER RARE HAND CANCEL GREEN CACHET-I THINK THAT THIS IS A BECK CREW CACHETED COVER-- -Gemini 8 (officially Gemini VIII) was the sixth manned spaceflight in NASA's Gemini program. The mission conducted the first docking of two spacecraft in orbit, but suffered the first critical in-space system failure of a U.S. spacecraft which threatened the lives of the astronauts and required immediate abort of the mission. The crew was returned to Earth safely. The only other time this happened was on the flight of Apollo 13. Because the early abort of the mission the Leonard Mason had to pick up the astronauts instead of the designated USS Boxer. Covers from the Mason are obviously much rarer. It was the twelfth manned American flight and the twenty-second manned spaceflight of all time (including X-15 flights over 100 kilometres (62 mi)). Command pilot Neil Armstrong's flight marked the second time a U.S. civilian flew into space (Joseph Albert Walker became the first US civilian on X-15 Flight 90[1][2]). Armstrong had retired from the United States Navy in 1960. The Soviet Union had launched the first civilian, Valentina Tereshkova (also the first woman) aboard Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963

 
 


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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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