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(Selected) covers with
"First Rank"
cachets


This page contains (selected) covers with "First Rank" (Robert G. Rank) cachets, mostly on un-manned satellite launch or event covers. These covers include a First Rank logo.

On this page, "selected" indicates covers for un-manned satellite (or scientific rocket) launches only, excluding manned missions for which additional covers exist but are not included.

Besides First Rank cachets, Rank also manufactured Rank velvet and Rank II, Space Voyage, InterSpace Cover, and Lunar Voyage Cachets.

Launch covers with multiple cancels are listed only one time on this page, by the earliest cancel, or by the cancel of interest even if later than another cancel not of interest; this is unlike the multiple listings on other pages where those covers are also found. Links to those other pages are included in each of the entries.

Readers who know of additional information or images are invited to contact the authors using the e-mail addresses found at the link at the bottom of this page.

Launch covers
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below)
First Rank cachets First Rank cachets


Below is a list of First Rank cachets on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
First Rank cachets
Russia6081 fdc (Mi242 fdc)(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on FDC1992"Sputnik"-1
Russia6083 fdc (Mi244 fdc)(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet (different) on FDC
United StatesC96a fdc (Mi1376-1377 fdc)(First Rank) cachet on FDC1979"Wiley Post"
United States
United States
1774 fdc
None
(Mi? fdc)
(First Rank) cachet on FDC
Cancel (Einstein birthdate) on cover
1979"Einstein relativity Gravity Probe" (GP-A)
"Born-March 14, 1879"
United States1912+1916 fdc1 (Mi1481+1485 fdc1)(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on FDC (KSC, FL cancel)1981"Pioneer-10/11 type, and Earthrise
United States1912+1916 fdc2 (Mi1481+1485 fdc2)(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet (different color) on FDC (MSFC, AL cancel)
United States1914+1918 fdc (Mi1583+1487 fdc)(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on FDCSpace Shuttle, manipulator arm and fantasy satellite
United States1915+1919 fdc1 (Mi1484+1488 fdc1)(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on FDC (KSC, FL cancel)(Probable) early-design Chandra/CXO
United States1915+1919 fdc2 (Mi1484+1488 fdc2)(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet (differenr color) on FDC (Houston TX cancel)
United States2699 fdc1 (Mi2313 fdc1)(Space Voyage/First Rank, and signature) cachet on FDC (with extra stamp)1992"Theodore von Kármán"
United States2699 fdc2 (Mi2313 fdc2)(Space Voyage/First Rank) cachet (same, and signature) on FDC (different extra stamp)
United States2699 fdc3 (Mi2313 fdc3)(Space Voyage/First Rank) cachet (same, and signature) on FDC (Houston TX cancel)
United States2699 fdc4 (Mi2313 fdc4)(Space Voyage/First Rank) cachet (different color, and signature) on FDC (with extra stamp)
United States2699 fdc5 (Mi2313 fdc5)(Space Voyage/First Rank) cachet (different color, and signature) on FDC (different extra stamp)
United States2699 fdc6 (Mi2313 fdc6)(Space Voyage/First Rank) cachet (same, and signature) on FDC (Houston TX cancel)
United States2699 sdoi (Mi2313 sdoi)(Space Voyage/First Rank) cachet (different color, and signature) on SDOI cover
United States3388 fdc1 (Mi3284 fdc1)(Space Voyage/First Rank) cachet on FDC (Stony Brook NY cancel)2000"STS-31"R, "STS-61, 82, and 103", "Hubble Space Telescope"
United States3388 fdc2 (Mi3284 fdc2)(Space Voyage/First Rank) cachet (same) on FDC (KSC, FL cancel)
United States3409a fdc (Mi3361 fdc)(Space Voyage/First Rank) cachet on FDC2000HST, Viking
United States3410a fdc (Mi3367 fdc)(Space Voyage/First Rank) cachet on FDC"STS-41C"/Challenger, "Solar Max" (SMM), "Ulysses", "Mariner-10", "Voyager"


Below is a list of First Rank cachets on launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
First Rank cachets (on un-manned satellite launch or event covers)
United States1973-04-05
1981-05-21
Kennedy Space Center FL
Cape Canaveral FL
(Space Voyage/First Rank) cachet on coverPioneer-11 launch
USA 1916 FDC
United States1983-06-22
1981-05-21
Houston TX
Kennedy Space Center FL
(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on coverSPAS-1 deployed (STS-7/Challenger launch)
USA 1914 FDC
United States1984-08-30
1981-05-21
Kennedy Space Center FL
Kennedy Space Center FL
(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on coverSBS-4 deployed (STS-41D launch)
USA 1917 FDC
United States1984-10-11
1981-05-21
Houston TX
Kennedy Space Center FL
(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on coverERBS in orbit? (STS-41G/Challenger launch)
USA 1913 FDC
United States1983-03-28
1988-03-22
Vandenberg AFB, CA
Washington DC
(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on coverNOAA-8 launch
USA 2277 FDC
United States1990-04-24
2000-04-10
Kennedy Space Center FL
Houston TX
(Space Voyage/First Rank) cachet on cover
(STS-103 Station) cancel on cover
HST deployed (STS-31R launch)
10th anniv. HST launch
United States1990-04-25
2000-04-10
Houston TX
Houston TX
(Space Voyage/First Rank) cachet on cover
(10th Anniversary Station) cancel on cover
HST deployed (STS-31R launch)
10th anniv. HST launch
United States1990-04-25
2000-04-24
Houston TX
Houston TX
(Space Voyage/First Rank) cachet on cover
(10th Anniversary Station) cancel on cover
HST deployed (STS-31R launch)
10th anniv. HST launch
United States2000-04-25Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage/First Rank) cachet on cover10th anniv. HST launch


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