Relay-1

Relay-series
satellites


This page contains philatelic information on the Relay-series satellites. Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the satellites featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

Launch information
(found elsewhere)
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)
Relay Relay Relay
Relay (on other than Relay launch covers)


Below is a list of Relay-series satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Relay
Amsterdam City PostNoneLocal post1971
AustriaNoneCancel and cachet on postal card1965"Relay" (in cachet text)
Bahamas486 fdc (Mi? fdc)(Fleetwood/Ramsay) cachet on FDC1981"Relay-1"
Bhutan55 (Mi71)1966
Bhutan55a (BL4)
i55a
On one stamp and in (lower-middle) margin of MS2 (54-55)
On one stamp and in (lower-middle) margin of imperforate MS2 (i54-i55)
Burundi126 (Mi167A)
i126 (Mi167B)

Imperforate
1965
Burundi126+128-129+133 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Burundii126-i127+i131+i133 fdcOne of four imperforate stamps on FDC
Cape Kennedy FL (USA)LocalLocal post stamp1965"TV by Relay"
Cape Kennedy FL (USA)Local fdc(Cyan rubber-stamp) cachet on FDC
Cape Kennedy and Satellite Beach FL (USA)Local fdcOne of two local post stamps and (black printed and blue rubber-stamp) cachets on cover
Central African RepublicC29 (Mi82)1965
Congo (People's Republic, Brazzaville)C238 (Mi588)1977
Ecuador748B (Mi1192)1966
Ecuador748+748B+749 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Ecuador748Df (BL14)
i748Df
On one of MS3 (748+748B+748D) (Mi1990+1992+1994)
Imperforate MS3 (748+748B+748D), with changed background color
Franklin Mint (USA)None(Bronze) medallion, also reverse1970s"Relay-1"
Franklin Mint (USA)None(Silver) medallion, also reverse"Relay-1"
FujeiraMi74A
Mi74B

Imperforate
1966
FujeiraMi70A-77A fdcOne of eight stamps on FDC
FujeiraMi153A
Mi153B
Mi74A overprinted new currency
Mi74B overprinted new currency
1967
FujeiraMi341A
Mi341B
Mi74A overprinted "Apollo-8"
Mi74B overprinted "Apollo-8"
1969
FujeiraMi341A-348A fdcOne of eight stamps on FDC
Gabon257 (Mi359)1970
Guinea Republic403 (Mi326)1965
Guinea Republic605 (Mi623)
i605

Imperforate
1972"Relay"
Guinea RepublicC120 (Mi626)
iC120

Imperforate
Guinea BissauMi6596-6600_ms5MS5 (Mi6596-6600)2013"50th anniv. first direct TV signal transmission across the Pacific, via the communications satellite Relay-1" (in Portuguese text)
Guinea BissauMi6596-6600_ms5 fdcMS5 and cachet on FDC
Guinea BissauBL1155SS1
Guinea BissauBL1155 fdcSS1 and cachet on FDC
Kenya408 (Mi398)1987
Khor FakkanMi261965
Khor FakkanMi32
Khor FakkanMi25-32 fdcTwo of eight stamps on FDC
Khor FakkanMi81Mi32 overprinted new currency1966
Liberia416 (Mi620)1964"Relay-1"
MauritaniaC24 (Mi218)
iC24

Imperforate
1963
MauritaniaC24 dsDeluxe sheet (C24)
MauritaniaC23-C24 fdcOne of two stamps and ('FDC') cachet on FDC
MauritaniaC41 (Mi251)1965
MauritaniaC41 fdcStamp on FDC ('FDC' cachet)
Mauritania295 (Mi436)1972
Mauritania294-296 fdcOne of three stamps and cachet on FDC
Monaco607 (Mi800)1965
Monaco605-607 fdcOne of three stamps and (B. Minne) cachet on FDC
Monaco605-610 fdcOne of six stamps on FDC (B. Minne cachet)
Monaco607 fdc1Stamp and ('FDC') cachet on FDC
Monaco607 fdc2Stamp and (PJ) cachet on FDC
NigerC37 (Mi60)1964
NigerC37 fdcStamp and (printed) cachet on FDC
NigerC36-C37 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC ('FDC' cachet)
Nigeria143a (Mi134)In (left) margin of MS12 (12x 143)1963
Nigeriai143aIn (left) margin of "imperforate"1 MS12 (12x 143)
Nigeria144a (Mi135)In (left) margin of MS12 (12x 144)
Nigeriai144aIn (left) margin of "imperforate"1 MS12 (12x 144)
PanamaC351 (Mi902)
iC351 (Mi903)

Imperforate with changed colors
1966
PanamaC352 (BL54)
iC352
SS1
Imperforate SS1, changed colors
Panama473B (Mi940)1966
Panama473Bc (BL61)
i473Bc (BL62)
MS2 (473A-473B)
Imperforate MS2 (i473A-i473B), changed colors
Paraguay831 (Mi1336)1964
Paraguay831-832 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
Paraguay898 (Mi1474)1965
Paraguay895-899 fdc1One of five stamps on FDC
Paraguay895-899 fdc2One of five stamps on FDC (different)
Paraguay900 (Mi1476)
Paraguay900-902 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Paraguay900a (BL73)
i900a (BL74)
On one of MS2 (899-900)
On one of imperforate MS2 (i899-i900), changed colors
Paraguay900a muestra
i900a muestra
On one of MS2 (899-900) overprinted "muestra"
On one of imperforate MS2 (i899-i900), changed colors, overprinted "muestra"
Paraguay996 (Mi1652)
i996 (Mi1660)

Imperforate with changed colors
1966"Relay-1", "Relay-2"
Paraguay996 muestra
i996 muestra

Imperforate with changed colors, overprinted "muestra"
Paraguay994-998 fdcOne of five stamps on FDC
Paraguay999 (Mi1655)
i999 (Mi1663)

Imperforate with changed colors
Paraguay999 muestra
i999 muestra

Imperforate with changed colors, overprinted "muestra"
Paraguay1134 (Mi1873)1968
Paraguay1134a (BL115)Imperforate MS3 (1126-1127+1134)
Qatar63 (Mi66A)
i63 (Mi66B)

Imperforate
1965
Qatar64 (Mi67A)
i64 (Mi67B)

Imperforate
Qatar66 (Mi69A)
i66 (Mi69B)

Imperforate
Qatar67 (Mi70A)
i67 (Mi70B)

Imperforate
Qatar68a (BL2A)
i68a (BL2B)
On one of MS2 (67-68)
On one of imperforate MS2 (i67-i68)
Qatar93 (Mi96)63 overprinted in black1966
Qatar94 (Mi97)64 overprinted in black
Qatar96 (Mi99)66 overprinted in black
Qatar97 (Mi100)67 overprinted in black
Qatar91-98 fdcFour of eight stamps on FDC
Qatar98a (BL3Aa)
i98a (BL3Ba)
On one of MS2 (97-98), 68a overprinted in black
On one of imperforate MS2 (i97-i98), i68a overprinted in black
Qatar93 var1 (Mi96b)63 overprinted in red1966
Qatar94 var1 (Mi97b)64 overprinted in red
Qatar96 var1 (Mi99b)66 overprinted in red
Qatar97 var1 (Mi100b)67 overprinted in red
Qatar98a var1 (BL3Ab)
i98a var1 (BL3Bb)
On one of MS2 (97-98), 68a overprinted in red
On one of imperforate MS2 (i97-i98), i68a overprinted in red
Qatar93 var2 (Mi96c)63 overprinted in blue1966
Qatar94 var2 (Mi97c)64 overprinted in blue
Qatar96 var2 (Mi99c)66 overprinted in blue
Qatar97 var2 (Mi100c)67 overprinted in blue
Qatar98a var2 (BL3Ac)
i98 var2 (BL3Bc)
On one of MS2 (97-98), 68a overprinted in blue
On one of imperforate MS2 (i97-i98), i68a overprinted in blue
Qatar114B (Mi197A)63 surcharged new currency in red1966
Qatar114C (Mi198A)64 surcharged new currency in black
Qatar114E (Mi200A)66 surcharged new currency in red
Qatar114F (Mi201A)67 surcharged new currency in black
Qatar117B (Mi227)93 surcharged new currency1966
Qatar117C (Mi228)94 surcharged new currency
Qatar117E (Mi230)96 surcharged new currency
Qatar117F (Mi231)97 surcharged new currency
Qatar117Gh (BL10A)
i117Gh (BL10B)
On one of MS2 (97-98), 98a surcharged new currency
On one of imperforate MS2 (i97-i98), i98a surcharged new currency
Ras Al KhaimaMi30A
Mi30B

Imperforate
1966
Ras Al KhaimaMi33A
Mi33B

Imperforate
Ras Al KhaimaMi30-35 fdcTwo of six stamps on FDC
Ras Al KhaimaMi36
Ras Al KhaimaMi106A
Mi106B
Mi30A overprinted new currency
Mi30B overprinted new currency
Ras Al KhaimaMi109A
Mi109B
Mi33A overprinted new currency
Mi33B overprinted new currency
Ras Al KhaimaBL7On stamp of imperforate SS1
Ras Al KhaimaBL7 fdcImperforate SS1 on FDC
Ras Al KhaimaBL19On stamp of imperforate SS1, BL7 overprinted new currency
Rwanda109-112 fdc (Mi114-117 fdc)(Bonnevalle?) cachet on FDC1965(small) Relay
Rwanda113 fdc (BL4 fdc)(Bonnevalle?) cachet on FDC
Rwanda809-812_fdc (Mi873-876 fdc)Cachet on FDC1977
Satellite Beach FL (USA)LocalSet-C5 (blue)1964"Relay"
Satellite Beach FL (USA)Local o/pSet-C5 (blue) overprinted in gold1965"Relay"
Satellite Beach FL (USA)LocalLocal post stamp1965"TV by Relay"
Satellite Beach FL (USA)Local fdcLocal post stamp and (cyan rubber-stamp cachet and printed cachet with design similar to Cape Kennedy local post stamp except red replaced by green) on FDC
Satellite Beach and Cape Kennedy FL (USA)Local fdcOne of two local post stamps and (black printed and blue rubber-stamp) cachets on cover
Sharjah47 (Mi51A)
i47 (Mi51B)

Imperforate
1964
Sharjah48b (BL4)Imperforate SS1
Sharjah47A (Mi unlisted)47 overprinted new currency1967
Sharjah90 (Mi132)1965
Sharjah96 (BL12)MS2 (89-90)
SharjahMi1861965
SharjahMi192
SharjahMi185-188 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
SharjahMi189-192 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
SharjahMi247M192 overprinted new currency1966
Sharjah90A (Mi282)90 overprinted new currency1966
Sharjah96A (BL18)MS2 (89A-90A), 96 overprinted new currency
Togo502 (Mi448A)
i502 (Mi448B)

Imperforate
1964
Togo505 (Mi451A)
i505 (Mi451B)

Imperforate
Togo500-505 fdcTwo of six stamps on FDC
Togo501-502+505 fdcTwo of three stamps on FDC
Togo502+504-505 fdcTwo of three stamps on FDC
Togo505a (BL17)Imperforate MS4 (502-505)
Togo505a fdcImperforate MS4 on FDC
United States1274 fdc (Mi890 fdc)(Sarzin metallic) cachet on FDC1965
United StatesC76 fdc (Mi990 fdc)(Centennial yellow earth) cachet on FDC1969
UruguayC422 (BL29)In (lower-right) margin of MS3 (C422 (a-c))1976"Relay"
UruguayC423 (BL30)In (lower-middle) margin of MS3 (C423 (a-c))
Yemen Arab RepublicC90ac (Mi1704)On one of MS4 (C90a (b-e)) (BL218)1982
Yemen Arab RepublicC90ac proofChromalin proof

1The "imperforate" sheets from Nigeria, i143a and i144a, are imperforate only in the surrounding margins, otherwise the stamps in both sheets are perforated on all sides.


Below is a list of Relay-series satellite launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Relay
1962-12-13: Relay-1
United States1962-12-13Satellite Beach FL(Rank velvet, green) cachet on coverRelay-1 launch
United States1962-12-13Satellite Beach FL(Rank velvet, pink) cachet on coverRelay-1 launch
United States1962-12-13Satellite Beach FL(Rank typed) cachet on coverRelay-1 launch
United States1962-12-13
1964-01-21
Satellite Beach FL
Satellite Beach FL
(Rank velvet) cachet on coverRelay-1 launch
Relay-2 launch
United States1962-12-13
1964-01-21
Satellite Beach FL
Satellite Beach FL
(Rank velvet, different) cachet on coverRelay-1 launch
Relay-2 launch
United States1962-12-14Cape Canaveral FL(Zaso?) cachet on coverRelay-1 launch
United States1962-12-14Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Sarzin) cachet on coverRelay-1 launch; also "Telstar" (in text)
United States1962-12-14Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Sarzin) cachet on coverRelay-1 launch; also "Telstar" (in text)
United States1962-12-14Cape Canaveral FL(Printed) cachet on coverRelay-1 launch
United States1962-12-14Cape Canaveral FL(Goldcraft red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverRelay-1 launch
United States1962-12-14Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft) cachet on cover, also insertRelay-1 launch; also "Telstar" (in text)
United States1962-12-14Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft) cachet on cover, also insertRelay-1 launch; also "Telstar" (in text)
United States1962-12-14Cape Canaveral FL(Swanson blue and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverRelay-1 launch
United States1962-12-14Cape Canaveral FL(Rank velvet) cachet on coverRelay-1 launch
United States1962-12-14Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverRelay-1 launch
United States1962-12-14
1964-01-21
Cape Canaveral FL
Cape Canaveral FL
(Rank velvet, brown and pink) cachet on coverRelay-1 launch
Relay-2 launch
United States1962-12-14
1964-01-21
Cape Canaveral FL
Cape Canaveral FL
(Rank velvet, green and pink) cachet on coverRelay-1 launch
Relay-2 launch
Relay-1 (events)
United States1963-06-25Nutley NJ(Rank velvet) cachet on cover"TV by Relay[-1] - President Kennedy visits West Germany"
United States1963-06-26Nutley NJ(Rank velvet) cachet on cover"TV by Relay[-1] - President Kennedy visits West Berlin"
United States1963-06-26Nutley NJ(Rank velvet, dense flocking) cachet on cover"TV by Relay[-1] - President Kennedy visits West Berlin"
United States1963-06-26Nutley NJ(Rank velvet) cachet (and signature) on cover"TV by Relay[-1] - Kennedy visits Ireland"
United States1963-06-27Nutley NJ(Rank velvet) cachet on cover"TV by Relay[-1] - Kennedy visits Ireland"
United States1963-07-01Nutley NJ(Rank velvet) cachet on cover"TV by Relay[-1] - Kennedy visits England"
United States1963-07-01Nutley NJ(Rank velvet, trial with overlay) cachet on cover"TV by Relay[-1] - Kennedy visits England"
United States1963-07-01Nutley NJ(Rank velvet) cachet on cover"TV by Relay[-1] - Kennedy visits Italy"
United States1963-11-26Nutley NJ(Rank silkscreened) cachet on cover"The tragic 4 days sent to Europe from Nutley NJ by Relay[-1] satellite - Relay[-1] transmits first TV by satellite to East European countries"
1964-01-21: Relay-2
United States1964-01-21Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert or insert variation1 (minor differences) or insert variation2 (minor differences)Relay-2 launch
United States1964-01-21Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert or insert variation1 (minor differences) or insert variation2 (minor differences)Relay-2 launch
United States1964-01-21Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverRelay-2 launch (Ariel-3/4 type depicted)
United States1964-01-21Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Sokolsky purple) cachet on coverRelay-2 launch
United States1964-01-21Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Sokolsky black) cachet on coverRelay-2 launch
United States1964-01-21Cape Canaveral FL(Rank velvet) cachet on coverRelay-2 launch
United States1964-01-21Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial yellow earth) cachet on coverRelay-2 launch
United States1964-01-21
1962-12-13
Satellite Beach FL
Satellite Beach FL
(Rank velvet) cachet on coverRelay-2 launch
Relay-1 launch
United States1964-01-21
1962-12-13
Satellite Beach FL
Satellite Beach FL
(Rank velvet, different) cachet on coverRelay-2 launch
Relay-1 launch
United States1964-01-21
1962-12-14
Cape Canaveral FL
Cape Canaveral FL
(Rank velvet, brown and pink) cachet on coverRelay-2 launch
Relay-1 launch
United States1964-01-21
1962-12-14
Cape Canaveral FL
Cape Canaveral FL
(Rank velvet, green and pink) cachet on coverRelay-2 launch
Relay-1 launch
Relay (on other than Relay launch covers)
United States1963-02-14Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial blue earth) cachet on Syncom-1 launch cover
United States1964-12-21Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Centennial orange earth) cachet on Explorer-26 launch cover
United States1964-12-21Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Centennial orange earth) cachet (same) on Explorer-26 launch cover
United States1967-11-05Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial orange earth) cachet on ATS-3 launch cover
United States1967-11-06Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Centennial orange earth) cachet on ATS-3 launch cover
United States1967-11-06Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Centennial orange earth) cachet on ATS-3 launch cover
United States1969-02-05Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) insert2 from Intelsat-3-3 launch cover, also front and insert1"Relay-1" and "Relay-2" (in text only)
United States1969-08-28Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial yellow earth) cachet on Pioneer-E and TETR-3 [failed] launch cover
United States1971-02-03Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial gray earth) cachet on NATO-2B launch cover
United States1976-03-16Auburn MA(GSFC Stamp Club printed) cachet on 50th anniv. first liquid fuel rocket flight/launch cover"Relay"
United States1978-05-20GSFC, MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet (same design as immediately above) on Pioneer-12 launch cover"Relay"
United States1978-10-24GSFC, MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet (same) on Nimbus-7 and CAMEO launch cover"Relay"
United States1983-01-25Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet (same) on IRAS and PIX-2 launch cover"Relay"


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