Sputnik-1

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Sputnik-1
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This page contains (selected) philatelic information on the Sputnik-1 satellite. 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.

Sputnik-1 was launched by the USSR on 4 October 1957. It was the first artificial Earth-orbiting satellite; its launch marks the beginning of the modern space era. The importance of Sputnik-1 was therefore primarily geopolitical: the USA replied with the launch of Explorer-1 on 31 January 1958. The "Space Race" which began with these two satellites would in the following years result in many scientific and technological advances. Although Sputnik-1 was not a scientific satellite per se (it carried no measurement instruments or scientific experiments or remote sensing observing equipment), it was of course built on scientific foundations that included rocketry, communications, materials science and engineering. The behavior of the radio signals emitted by Sputnik-1 provided some information about the ionosphere. As it revolved in its elliptical orbit around the Earth, initially at levels from 228 km to 945 km, its orbit degraded gradually due to the drag induced by the very thin atmosphere. Sputnik-1 remained in orbit for only about three months and burned up in the lower atmosphere on 4 January 1958. The observed rate of orbital degradation was used to make estimates of the density of the upper atmosphere.

Items showing a combination of Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 depictions are highlighted in pale yellow on all three pages.

Unlike most of our web pages, no attempt is made to be complete in 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)
Sputnik
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-1 (Russia/USSR) Sputnik-1
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-1 (on other than Sputnik-1 launch covers)
Sputnik-2
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-2
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-3
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-3
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-4 and beyond
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-4 and beyond
(Russia/USSR)


Below is a list of Sputnik-1 satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
(Selected) philatelic items depicting or referring to Sputnik-1. No attempt is made to be complete.
Sputnik-1 (Russia/USSR)
Afghanistan1262 (Mi1555)1987
Albania621 (Mi661)
i621

Imperforate with changed color
1962"Sputnik-1"
Albania621-624 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Albania624a (BL9)
624b (BL10)
In (right) margin of SS1
In (right) margin of imperforate SS1 with changed colors
Amsterdam City PostNoneLocal post1971"Spoetnik-1"
Angola938 (Mi1000)One of MS2 (939a (938-939)) (Mi1000-1001)1995
Antigua and Barbuda1313l (Mi1379)One of MS20 (1313 (a-t)) (Mi1368-1387)1990
Antigua and Barbuda2360a (Mi3181)From MS6 (2360 (a-f)) (Mi3181-3182)2000"Sputnik-1"
Antigua and BarbudaUnknown c (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2016"Sputnik-1"
Australia2736 (Mi2885)From booklet pane of 2 (2736a (2x 2736)), or from booklet pane of 5 (2740c (2736-2740)), or from booklet of 17 (3x (2736-2740) + 2x 2741) (MH296), or one of MS6 (2742 (2736-2740+2742a)) (BL72); also two of gutter-strip of 10 (2x (2736-2740))2007"50 years in space" (50th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch)
Australia2736+2738 fdcOne of two stamps and (medallion) cachet on FDC
Australia2736bSS1 from stamp and coin folder
Australia2740a strip fdcGutter strip and cachet on FDC
Australia2740c fdcBooklet pane of 5 and cachet on FDC
Australia2742 fdc1MS6 and cachet on FDC
Australia2742 fdc2MS6 on FDC (overprinted)
Australia2740a+2741 fdcStrip of 5 (2736-2740) + 2741 on FDC
Australia2743 (Mi2892)Self-adhesive, one of coil strip of 5 (2747a (2743-2747)), or two of booklet pane of 10 (2747b (2x (2743-2747))), with booklet cover; also from collector pack
Australia2743 maxiSelf-adhesive, maxicard
Barbuda1140l (Mi?1248One of MS20 (1140 (a-t)) (Mi1237-1256), Antigua and Barbuda 1313l overprinted in silver1990
BatumiLocal_f
Local_if
One of local post MS6 (a-f)
One of imperforate local post MS6 (a-f)
1997"Sputnik"-1
BatumiLocal_f o/p1One of local post MS6 (a-f) overprinted in gold1998"Sputnik"-1
BatumiLocal_f o/p2One of local post MS6 (a-f) overprinted in silver
BeninUnknown b (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2012"50 ans Spoutnik" (was true in 2007)
BeninUnknown a (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d) (different)2012"Spoutnik" (Sputnik-1)
BeninUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
2016
BeninUnknown fdcSS1 on FDC
BeninUnknown ms (Mi?)One stamp and in (surrounding) margins of MS2 (a-b)2017"60th anniv. launch of Sputnik[-1], 1957 - 2017" (in French text)
Bolivia651 (BL130)In (lower) margin of imperforate SS1198225th anniv. "Sputnik-1"
BulgariaB38 (BL32)Imperforate SS11971
Bulgaria3295 (BL174)In (upper) margin of MS2 (3295 (a-b))1987"Sputnik"-1
Bulgaria3295 purpleIn (upper) margin of MS2 (3295 (a-b)) with purple margins
Bulgaria3295 purple fdcMS2 with purple margins on FDC
Bulgaria3569 (Mi3870)1990"Sputnik"-1
Bulgaria4426 (BL291)SS1200750th anniv. "Sputnik-1" launch
BulgariaNoneCachet on stamped envelope2007"50th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch"
BulgariaUnknown ss (BL?)In (lower-left) margin of SS12016"Sputnik-1" (in Cyrillic text and depicted, also launch date in text)
BulgariaUnknown ss (BL?)On stamp of SS1201760th anniv. Sputnik-1
Buriatia RepublicLocal1Overprints on strip of 10 of Russia 45201 (Mi4497), also overprint template (for 1000 value)1995
Buriatia RepublicLocal2Overprints on strip of 10 of Russia 57331 (Mi5904), also overprint template (for 1000 value)
Buriatia RepublicLocal3Overprints on strip of 10 of Russia 5984 (Mi6177), also overprint template (for 1000 value)
Buriatia RepublicLocal fdc1Overprinted strip of 10 of Russia 5984 (Mi6177) and cancel and cachet on FDC(As above for stamps)
Buriatia RepublicLocal fdc2Two overprinted strips of 10 of Russia 45201 (Mi4497) and Russia 5733 (Mi5904) and cancel on FDC
Buriatia RepublicUnknown f (Mi?)One of strip of 6 (a-f)1996
Burkina Faso1168b (Mi1730)One of MS6 (1168 (a-f)) (Mi1729-1734)2000"Sputnik-1"
Cambodia871 (Mi949)1988
Central African Republic1176c (Mi1889A)
i1176c (Mi1889B)
One of MS4 (1176 (a-d)) (Mi1887A-1890A)
One of imperforate MS4 (i1176 (a-d)) (Mi1887B-1890B)
1997
Central African Republic1367c (Mi2593)
i1367c
One of MS3 (1367 (a-c)) (Mi2591-2593)
One of imperforate MS3 (i1367 (a-c))
2000
Central African RepublicMi3854One of MS4 (Mi3852-3855)2012"Sputnik-1"
Central African RepublicMi3852-3155_ms4 fdcMS4 on FDC
Central African RepublicBL985In (lower) margin of SS1 (Mi3856)"Sputnik-1"
Central African RepublicBL985 fdcSS1 on FDC
ChadUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
On label1 of MS3 (a-c + 3 labels)
On label1 of imperforate MS3 (a-c + 3 labels)
2010Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
ChadUnknown a (Mi?)
Unknown ia
From MS4 (a-d)
From imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2011"Sputnik-1"
ChadUnknown b (Mi?)
Unknown ib
ChadUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS4 and cachet on FDC
Imperforate MS4 on FDC
China (People's Republic)379 (Mi407)1958
China (People's Republic)381 (Mi409)(Symbolic) Sputnik-1 (round), Sputnik-2 (smaller pointed cylinder), and Sputnik-3 (larger pointed cylinder) in orbit
China (People's Republic)379-381 fdcTwo of three stamps and cachet on FDC(As above for stamps)
Comoro Islands945 (Mi1749-1751)
i945
In (upper-right) margin of MS3 (945 (a-c))
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate MS3 (i945 (a-c))
1999"Spoutnik-1" (Sputnik-1)
Congo (Republic)C53 (Mi134)
iC53

Imperforate
1967"Sputnik-1"
Congo (Republic)Unknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (right) margin of SS1
In (right) margin of imperforate SS1
2014
Congo (Republic)Unknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
SS1 on FDC
Imperforate SS1 on FDC
Congo RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)SS1201760th anniv. "Sputnik-1"
Cuba865 (Mi924)One of block of 5 (867a (863-867 + label)) (Mi923-927); or four of MS20 (867b (4x (863-867))) (Mi923-927)1964
Cuba963 (Mi1025)1965Sputnik-2, Sputnik-1, and Luna-3
Cuba961-963 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Cuba963a (BL26)Imperforate SS1 (963)
Cuba963a fdcSS1 on FDC
Cuba963b (BL27)Imperforate SS1, 963a with changed colors and text
Cuba1282 (Mi1351)1967"Sputnik-1"
Cuba1282-1283+1287-1288 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Cuba1289a (BL30)One of simulated-perforation MS8 (1282-1289)
Cuba1289a fdcMS8 on FDC
Cuba1686 (Mi1760)1972"Sputnik"-1
Cuba2132 (Mi2208)Also stamp-on-stamp: East Germany 370 (Mi1603)1977"20th anniv. satellite artificial, 1957-1977"; also Sputnik-like satellite (in first stamp-on-stamp)
Cuba2133 (Mi2209)Also stamp-on-stamp: Hungary 1216 (Mi1575)
Cuba2134 (Mi2210)Also stamp-on-stamp: North Korea 134 (Mi141)
Cuba2135 (Mi2211)Also stamp-on-stamp: Poland 822 (Mi1062)
Cuba2136 (Mi2212)Also stamp-on-stamp: Yugoslavia 870 (Mi1216)
Cuba2137 (Mi2213)Also stamp-on-stamp: Cuba 866 (Mi925)
Cuba2138 (BL50)SS1; also stamp-on-stamp: Russia 2021 (Mi2026)
Cyprus489 (Mi478)1977
DjiboutiUnlisted label (Mi unlisted label)
Unlisted ilabel
MS8 (a-h + label)
Imperforate MS8 (a-h + label)
2007"50th anniv." Sputnik-1
DjiboutiUnlisted ms fdc
Unlisted ims fdc
MS8 and cachet on FDC
Imperforate MS8 on FDC
DjiboutiUnlisted label (Mi unlisted label)MS8 (a-h + label) (different stamps)
DjiboutiUnknown a (Mi?)One of MS2 (a-b)2009"Sputnik"-1
DjiboutiUnknown d (Mi?)
Unknown id
One of MS9 (a-i)
One stamp and in (left and lower) margins of imperforate MS9 (a-i)
2010"Sputnik-1", "50th anniv. Sputnik-1"
DjiboutiUnknown d proof
Unknown id proof
One stamp and in (left and lower) margins of MS9 proof (a-i)
One of imperforate MS9 proof (a-i)
DjiboutiUnknown ms proof fdc
Unknown ims proof fdc
MS9 proof on FDC
Imperforate MS9 proof on FDC
DjiboutiUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
In (left and lower) margins of MS9 (a-i)
In (left and lower) margins of imperforate MS9 (a-i)
2010"50th anniv. Sputnik-1"
DjiboutiUnknown ms proofMS9 signed proof
DjiboutiUnknown ms fdc
Unknown ims fdc
MS9 on FDC
Imperforate MS9 on FDC
DjiboutiUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
In (upper-right) margin of MS3 (a-c)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate MS3 (a-c)
2014
DjiboutiUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS3 on FDC
Imperforate MS3 on FDC
DjiboutiUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (upper-left and lower) margins of SS1
In (upper-left and lower) margins of imperforate SS1
DjiboutiUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
SS1 on FDC
Imperforate SS1 on FDC
Djibouti1093 (BL?)On stamp of SS12016"Sputnik-1"
Ecuador650 (Mi992)1958
Ecuador650 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Ecuador718 (Mi1134)650 overprinted in red1964
EcuadorC422 (Mi1135)650 overprinted in gold
EcuadorC422a (Mi unlisted)650 overprinted in gold/red
Ecuador1682 (BL176)Imperforate SS1, stamp-on-stamp: 650 (cutout)2003
Equatorial GuineaMi1269A
Mi1269B

Imperforate
1978"Sputnik-1"
France1048 cover (Mi1414 cover)Cancel (with reproduction of unknown or invented Russian stamp) on cover1962-12-15/16
France3358 (Mi4323)200750th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
France3358 fdcStamp on FDC
France3358 maxiMaxicard
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC73 (Mi177)One of strip of 3 (C75a (C73-C75)) (Mi177-179)1983
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC75 dsDelxue sheet (C75)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC75a fdcStrip of 3 on FDC
FujeiraMi957A
Mi957B
One of MS20 (Mi957A-976A)
Imperforate
1972
Gabon938a (Mi1446)One of MS12 (938 (a-l)) (Mi1446-1457)1999"Sputnik"-1
GabonUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
In (upper-left and upper-right) margins of MS2 (a-b)
In (upper-left and upper-right) margins of imperforate MS2 (a-b)
2007"50th anniv. Sputnik-1"
GabonUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
In (upper-left and upper-right) margins of MS2 (a-b)
In (upper-left and upper-right) margins of imperforate MS2 (a-b)
GabonUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
In (upper-left and upper-right) margins of MS2 (a-b)
In (upper-left and upper-right) margins of imperforate MS2 (a-b)
GabonUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
2009
GabonUnknown ss fdc
Unknown iss fdc
SS1 on FDC
Imperforate SS1 on FDC
GabonUnknown ss o/p (BL? o/p)
Unknown iss o/p
In (upper-left) margin of SS1 overprinted in gold
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 overprinted in gold
GabonUnknown ss o/p fdc
Unknown iss o/p fdc
SS1 overprinted in gold on FDC
Imperforate SS1 overprinted in gold on FDC
GabonUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
In (upper-left and lower) margins of MS4 (a-d)
In (upper-left and lower) margins of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2017"Spoutnik-1" (Sputnik-1), and 60th anniv. Sputnik logo
GabonUnknown proofSigned-proof MS4
GabonUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS4 and cachet on FDC
Imperforate MS4 and cachet on FDC
GabonUnknown a-d fdcCachet on FDC
Germany (East)634c (Mi928)One of MS8 (634 (a-h)) (Mi926-933)1962Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Germany (East)NoneCancel on cover19625th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch (like-Vanguard-2 image)
Germany (East)694 (Mi1021)1964Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination (around the Earth)
Germany (West)NoneCinderella (poster stamp), one of MS30 cinderella~1966"Sputnik-1"
Germany (West)919 cover (Mi468 cover)Cachet on cover1968Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Germany (East)LocalLocal post stamp1975?
Germany (West)NoneIn (upper) margin of imperforate cinderella197720th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
GermanyNoneOn stamp 'a' and in (upper-left) margin of (Nordkurier) private post MS4 (a-d)2007
Ghana164 (Mi170A)
i164 (Mi170B)

Imperforate
1964
Ghana165 (Mi171A)
i165 (Mi171B)

Imperforate
Ghana166 (Mi172A)
i166 (Mi172B)

Imperforate
Ghana164-166 fdcThree stamps on FDC
Ghana166a (BL9)On all four stamps of imperforate MS4 (4x 166)
Ghana166a fdcImperforate MS4 on FDC
Ghana186 (Mi185A)
i186 (Mi185B)
From MS12 (186a (12x 186))
From imperforate MS12 (i186a (12x i186))
1964
Ghana187 (Mi186A)
i187 (Mi186B)
From MS12 (187a (12x 187))
From imperforate MS12 (i187a (12x i187))
Ghana188 (Mi187A)
i188 (Mi187B)
From MS12 (188a (12x 188))
From imperforate MS12 (i188a (12x i188))
Greece1715 (Mi1777)One of pair (1716a (1715-1716)) (Mi1777-1778)1991
Greece1716a fdcOne of pair of stamps on FDC
Grenada Carriacou2126a (Mi2968)One of MS6 (2126 (a-f)) (Mi2968-2973)1999
Grenada Grenadines745 (Mi?)1986
Guernsey (Great Britain)450 (Mi519)1991"Sputnik"-1; (also "Sputnik-1" in insert text)
Guernsey (Great Britain)449-451 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC, also insert and insert back
Guinea Republic391 (Mi311A)
i391 (Mi311B)
One of block of 6 (388-393), or one of MS15 (393a (4x (388-389) + 390-392 + 4x 393))
One of imperforate MS15 (i393a (4x (i388-i389) + i390-i392 + 4x i393))
1965
Guinea Republic1863e (Mi3564)One of MS12 (1863 (a-l)) (Mi3560-3571)2000
Guinea RepublicBL1111On stamp of SS12006
Guinea RepublicBL1111 fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea RepublicMi5039One of MS3 (Mi5037-5039)2007(50th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch): "Sputnik-1"
Guinea RepublicBL1377A
BL1377B
On stamp of SS1 (Mi5042)
On stamp of imperforate SS1
Guinea RepublicMi10444One of MS4 (Mi10442-10445)2014"Sputnik-1"
Guinea RepublicMi10442-10445_ms fdcMS4 on FDC
Guinea-Bissau544 (BL254)On stamp of SS11983"Sputnik"-1
Guinea-BissauBL556In (lower-right) margin of SS12006
Guinea-BissauBL556 fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea-BissauBL623A
BL623B
On stamp and in (lower-right) margin of SS1 (Mi3682A)
On stamp and in (lower-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (Mi3682B)
200750th anniv. "Sputnik-1" launch
Guinea-BissauBL623A fdc
BL623B fdc
SS1 and cachet on FDC
Imperforate SS1 and cachet on FDC
Guinea-BissauUnknown b (Mi?)One of MS6 (a-f)2008"Sputnik-1"
Guinea-BissauMi4139One of MS4 (Mi4139-4142)2009"Sputnik-1"
Guinea-BissauMi4139-4142 fdcMS4 on FDC
Guyana2106a (Mi2627 gold)One of MS25 (2106 (a-y)), 280 overprinted in gold1989"Sputnik-1" (in overprinted text)
Guyana2106a_specimenOne of MS25 (2106_specimen (a-y)), 280 with both gold and specimen overprints
Guyana2107a (Mi2627)One of MS25 (2107 (a-y)), 280 overprinted in silver (Mi2627-2651)
Guyana2107a specimenOne of MS25 (2107 specimen (a-y)), 280 with both silver and specimen overprints
HondurasC1262 (BL92)MS3 (1262 (a-c))200750th anniv. "Sputnik"-1 launch
HondurasC1263 (BL93)MS3 (1263 (a-c))
HungaryCB30b (BL59)
iCB30b
In (upper-left) margin of MS4 (CB27-CB30)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate MS4 (iCB27-iCB30)
1967
HungaryC361 (BL111A)
iC361 (BL111B)
In (upper) margin of SS1
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1
1975"Sputnik-1"
Ivory CoastUnknown a (Mi?)
Unknown ia
From MS4 (a-d)
From imperforate MS4 (a-d)
201150th anniv. "Sputnik-1" launch
Ivory CoastUnknown c (Mi?)
Unknown ic
Ivory CoastUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS4 on FDC
Imperforate MS4 on FDC
Ivory CoastUnknown a (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2012"Spoutnik-1" (Sputnik-1)
Ivory CoastUnknown ms (Mi?)MS4 (a-d)201760th anniv. "Spoutnik-1" (Sputnik-1) launch
Ivory CoastUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
MS4 (a-d)
Imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2017Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination (Sputnik-3 is mis-identified as "Spoutnik-2")
Ivory CoastUnknown ms (Mi?)In (upper-left) margin of MS2 (a-b)2017"Spoutnik-1 (Sputnik-1) Conquête de l'Espace 60ème anniversaire"
Ivory CoastUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper-left) margin of SS1
Kazakhstan188a (Mi163)One of strip of 3 (188 (a-c) (Mi163-165), or two of MS10 (188d (2x 188a + 4x (188b-c))1997
Kazakhstan563 (Mi595)From MS6 (563a (6x 563))200750th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
Kazakhstan563 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Korea (North)134 (Mi141)1958
Korea (North)135 (Mi142)
Korea (North)136 (Mi143)
Korea (North)137 (Mi144)
Korea (North)134-137 proofsSigned proofs
Korea (North)1923 (Mi1973)Stamp-on-stamp: North Korea 134 (Mi141)1980
Korea (North)1924a (Mi1973-1974)MS2 (1923-1824), stamp-on-stamp: North Korea 134 (Mi141)
Korea (North)2657 (Mi2843)One of pair (2858a (2857-3858)) or five of MS10 (2858b (5x (2857-3858))) (Mi2843-2844)1987
Korea (North)3221a (Mi3429-3430)In (right) margin of MS2 (3221-3222), also annotated1993Sputnik-1 (lowest of three)
Korea (North)4172 (BL505)In (upper-right) margin of MS4 (4172 (a-d))2001
Korea (North)4793a (BL697)In (lower-left) margin of MS2 (2x 4793) (Mi5372)2008"Sputnik-1"
Korea (South)1456 (Mi1447)One of pair (1457a (1456-1457))1986
Korea (South)1457a fdcOne of pair on FDC
LaosC104 (Mi361)1973
Laos781 (Mi988)
i781

Imperforate
1987"Sputnik-1"
Liberia-LURDLocalLiberia 733 overprinted in red, one of strip of 2 (2x 733)200?Sputnik-1
Liberia-LURDLocalLiberia 791 overprinted in red, one of strip of 2 (2x 791)
Liberia-LURDLocalLiberia 792 overprinted in red, one of strip of 2 (2x 792)
Liberia-LURDLocalLiberia 793 overprinted in red, one of strip of 2 (2x 793)
Libya297 (Mi210)1966
Libya298 (Mi211)
Libya299 (Mi212)
Malagasy Republic636 (Mi895)
i636

Imperforate
198225th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
Malagasy Republic1463 (Mi2391-2393)In (upper) margin of MS3 (1463 (a-c))1999
Malagasy RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (left) margin of SS1
In (left) margin of imperforate SS1
2013
Malagasy RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper) margin of SS12016"Sputnik-1"
Malagasy RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)In (right) margin of SS12016Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Maldive Islands2020b (Mi2260)
i2020b
One of MS12 (2020 (a-l)) (Mi2259-2270)
One of imperforate MS12 (i2020 (a-l))
1994"Sputnik"-1
Maldive Islands2175a (Mi2646)
i2175a
One of MS6 (2175 (a-f)) (Mi2646-2651)
One of imperforate MS6 (i2175 (a-f))
1996"Sputnik-1"
Maldive Islands2958 (Mi4683-4686)MS4 (2958 (a-d))2008"Sputnik-1"
Maldive Islands2894 (Mi4534-4539)
i2894
MS6 (2894 (a-f))
Imperforate MS6 (i2894 (a-f))
2006Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Mali1038a (Mi2271)In (upper-left) margin of MS6 (1038 (a-d)) (Mi2271-2274)1999
MaliUnknown a (Mi?)
Unknown ia
One of MS4 (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2011"Sputnik-1"
MaliUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS4 and cachet on FDC
Imperforate MS4 on FDC
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (right) margin of MS3 (a-c)2013"Sputnik-1"
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)On two of three stamps and in (upper) margin of MS3 (a-c)2017"Sputnik-1"
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)On two of three stamps of MS3 (a-c) (different)
Marshall Islands345b (Mi251)One of MS25 (345 (a-y)) (Mi250-274)1989
Marshall IslandsKM24$50. (silver coin)1989"first man-made satellite - 1957"
Micronesia334a (Mi701)One of MS20 (334 (a-t)) (Mi701-720)1999"Sputnik-1"
MoldovaUnknown ms (Mi?)MS12 (12x unknown)2015
MongoliaC91 (BL49)In (left) margin of SS11977"Sputnik-1"
MongoliaC155 (Mi1513)1982"Sputnik-1"
Mozambique1845a (Mi3258)
i1845a
One of MS6 (1845 (a-f)) (Mi3258-3263)
One of imperforate MS6 (i1845 (a-f))
2009"Sputnik-1"
Mozambique1845 fdc
i1845 fdc
MS6 and cachet on FDC
Imperforate MS6 and cachet on FDC
Nicaragua1654 (Mi2816)1987"Sputnik"-1
Niger962 (BL100)
i962
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
1997
NigerUnknown ms (Mi?)In (upper-left) margin of MS2 (a-b)2011
Palau943 (BL?)In (lower-left) margin of MS4 (943 (a-d))2008"Sputnik-1"
Palau943 fdcMS4 on FDC
PanamaC334a (BL36)
iC334a (BL37)
In (lower) margin of MS2 (C333-C334)
In (lower) margin of imperforate MS2 (iC333-iC334), changed colors
1965
PanamaC336a (BL38)
iC336a (BL39)
In (lower-left) margin of MS2 (C335-C336)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS2 (iC335-iC336), changed colors
Poland875-877 fdc (Mi1127A-1129A fdc)
i875-i877 fdc (Mi1127B-1129B fdc)
Cancel and cachet on FDC (perforated stamps)
Cancel and cachet on FDC (imperforate stamps)
1959
Poland1179 (Mi1438)1963"Sputnik-1"
Poland1179+1187 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
Poland2248a label (Mi2539)On one label of MS6 (2248a (6x 2248 + 2 labels))1977"Sputnik-1"
Poland2248 cancelCancel on FDC, also front1977
Poland2829 (BL105)In (upper-right) margin of SS11987
Portugal1266 (Mi1294)1975
RomaniaC51a (Mi1678+1680)Pair (C49+C51 + label)1957Sputnik-1 and Sputnik-2 with launch dates for those satellites on the label (like-Vanguard-2 image)
RomaniaC51a fdcPair (C49+C51 + label) on FDC
RomaniaC52a (Mi1677+1679)Pair (C50+C52 + label)
RomaniaC52a fdcPair (C50+C52 + label) on FDC
RomaniaNonePrinted stamp (like C49) on stamped envelope1957Sputnik-1 and Sputnik-2 with launch dates for those satellites on the label (like-Vanguard-2 image)
RomaniaC51a o/p1Pair (C49+C51 + label), overprinted1958Sputnik-1 and Sputnik-2 with launch dates for those satellites on the label (like-Vanguard-2 image)
RomaniaC51a inverted o/p1Pair (C49+C51 + label), inverted overprint
RomaniaC52a o/p1Pair (C50+C52 + label), overprinted
RomaniaC52a inverted o/p1Pair (C50+C52 + label), inverted overprint
RomaniaC51a o/p2Pair (C49+C51 + label), overprinted (different)1958Sputnik-1 and Sputnik-2 with launch dates for those satellites on the label (like-Vanguard-2 image)
RomaniaC51a inverted o/p2Pair (C49+C51 + label), inverted overprint (different)
RomaniaC52a o/p2Pair (C50+C52 + label), overprinted (different)
RomaniaC52a inverted o/p2Pair (C50+C52 + label), inverted overprint (different)
RomaniaC51a o/p3Pair (C49+C51 + label), overprinted (different)1958Sputnik-1 and Sputnik-2 with launch dates for those satellites on the label (like-Vanguard-2 image)
RomaniaC51a inverted o/p3Pair (C49+C51 + label), inverted overprint (different)
RomaniaC52a o/p3Pair (C50+C52 + label), overprinted (different)
RomaniaC52a inverted o/p3Pair (C50+C52 + label), inverted overprint (different)
RomaniaC119 (Mi2086)Stamp-on-stamp: C49, C51, C561962Sputnik-1 and Sputnik-2 (like-Vanguard-2 (on Romania C49))
RomaniaC119-C122 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
RomaniaC122a (BL53)Imperforate MS4 (C119-C121)), stamp-on-stamp: C49, C51, C56, C73, C74, C75, 1200 or 1201, C58, C88, C104, C109, C110
RomaniaC122a fdcMS4 on FDC
Romania1698a (BL59)Imperforate SS1, also detail1964
RomaniaC257 (Mi3935)1983"Sputnik-1"
RomaniaC261 (BL192)In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (Mi3939)
Romania4999 (Mi6244)From MS8 (4999a (8x 4999 + label)), or from MS8 (4999b (8x 4999 + label (different)))200750th anniv. "Sputnik-1" launch
Romania4999 maxiMaxicard
Romania4999 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Romania5000 (BL411)SS1
RomaniaNoneIllustrated address label and blue rubber-stamp cachet on stamped envelope200850th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch (in 2007)
RomaniaNoneIllustrated address label and red rubber-stamp cachet on stamped envelope200850th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch (in 2007)
Russia (USSR)1992 (Mi2017)1957Sputnik-1 (and launch date)
Russia (USSR)1993 (Mi2036)
Russia (USSR)NoneMatchbox cover1957
Russia (USSR)NoneMatchbox cover (different)1957(likely) Sputnik-1 (but poor depiction)
Russia (USSR)NoneMedallion1957
Russia (USSR)2021 (Mi2026)1991 overprinted in black1957
Russia (USSR)2063 (Mi2082)1958
Russia (USSR)2077 (Mi2096)1958Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)NonePostcard back1958Sputnik-1, Sputnik-2
Russia (USSR)2160 (Mi2192)1959Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)NonePostal card back1959Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)None(New Year) greeting card back1959Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)NoneCancel on stamped envelope1959Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)2160 cover1 (Mi2192 cover1)Stamp and cancel and cachet on cover1959Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)2160 cover2 (Mi2192 cover2)Stamp and cancel (different) and cachet (same) on cover, also back1959Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)NoneCancel (black) on cover1959Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)NoneCancel (same, but red) on cover (different)1959Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)NoneMatchbox cover1959Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)None(New Year) greeting card backearly-1960sSputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)None(New Year) greeting card back1960Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)2519 (Mi2520)Stamp-on-stamp: 21601961Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)2586 maxi (Mi2595 maxi)Cachet on maxicard1962Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)2653 (Mi2661)19625th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
Russia (USSR)2653 maxiMaxicard
Russia (USSR)2653 fdc1Stamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Russia (USSR)2653 fdc2Stamp and cancel (different) and cachet (same) on FDC
Russia (USSR)2653 fdc3Stamp and 2 cancels and cachet (different) on stamped-envelope FDC
Russia (USSR)None(New Year) greeting card back1962Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)2732a (Mi2747)From block of 6 (2732 (a-f)), or from MS30 (2732g (5x 2732))1963Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)2732d (Mi2750)2732a changed color ("10k" value in blue rather than white)
Russia (USSR)2830 (Mi2852)One of strip of 6 (2835a (2830-2835)) (Mi2852-2857)1963
Russia (USSR)2830-2831 fdc (Mi2852-2853 fdc)One of two stamps and (blue and red printed) cachet on FDCSputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination (in cachet)
Russia (USSR)2883 (Mi2895A)
i2883 (Mi2895B)

Imperforate
1964Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)2930Ab (Mi2942)One of MS6 (2930A (b-g)) (BL35, Mi2942-2947)1964
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1964Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)3020 (Mi?)1965
RussiaNoneCancel on stamped envelope~1965
Russia (USSR)3333 (BL46)SS1 (Mi3354)196710th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
Russia (USSR)3333 fdcSS1 and cancel and cachet on FDC
Russia (USSR)3397 (BL49)On stamp of SS1 (Mi3423)1967Sputnik-1 (propaganda design with star and nearly-parallel antennas)
Russia (USSR)NoneCancel and cachet on (airmail) stamped envelope196710th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
Russia (USSR)NoneExtra stamp (Russia 2653) and cancel (same) and cachet (different) on stamped envelope196710th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
Russia (USSR)3578 (Mi3606)1969
Russia (USSR)3577-3579 fdcOne of three stamps and cancel and cachet on FDC
Russia (USSR)3844 (BL69)In (upper-left) margin of MS4 (3844 (a-d))1971
Russia (USSR)3844 fdcMS4 and cachet on FDC
Russia (USSR)4007 (Mi4042)1972
Russia (USSR)None(New Year) greeting card, also cachet from (greeting card) envelope1974
Russia (USSR)4539 (Mi4569)1977
Russia (USSR)4562 (Mi4589)1977
Russia (USSR)4562 fdcStamp and cachet (design like stamp) on FDC
Russia (USSR)4589 (Mi4648)1977Sputnik-1 (propaganda design with red star and parallel antennas)
Russia (USSR)4589 fdcStamp and cancel on FDC (Fleetwood cachet), also back
Russia (USSR)4590 (Mi4649)1977Sputnik-1 (propaganda design with red star and parallel antennas)
Russia (USSR)4590 fdcStamp and cancel on FDC (Fleetwood cachet), also back
Russia (USSR)4591 (Mi4649)1977Sputnik-1 (propaganda design with red star and parallel antennas)
Russia (USSR)4591 fdc1Stamp on FDC (printed cachet)
Russia (USSR)4591 fdc2Stamp and cancel on FDC (Fleetwood cachet), also back
Russia (USSR)4592 (Mi4652)1977Sputnik-1 (propaganda design with red star and parallel antennas)
Russia (USSR)4592 fdc1Stamp and cancel on FDC (Fleetwood cachet), also back
Russia (USSR)4592 fdc2Stamp and cancel (different) on FDC
Russia (USSR)4592 maxi1Maxicard
Russia (USSR)4592 maxi2Maxicard (different cancel)
Russia (USSR)4593 (Mi4653)1977Sputnik-1 (propaganda design with red star and parallel antennas)
Russia (USSR)4593 fdc1Stamp on FDC
Russia (USSR)4593 fdc2Stamp and cancel on FDC (Fleetwood cachet), also back
Russia (USSR)4593 fdc3Stamp and cancel (different) on FDC
Russia (USSR)4593 maxiMaxicard
Russia (USSR)4594 (Mi4651)1977Sputnik-1 (propaganda design with red star and parallel antennas)
Russia (USSR)4594 fdc1Stamp and cancel on FDC (Fleetwood cachet), also back
Russia (USSR)4594 fdc2Stamp and cancel (different) on FDC
Russia (USSR)4594 fdc3Stamp on FDC
Russia (USSR)4594 maxi1Maxicard
Russia (USSR)4594 maxi2Maxicard (different cancel)
Russia (USSR)4595 (BL122)On stamp of SS11977Sputnik-1 (propaganda design with red star and parallel antennas); "Sputnik-I" was a "tiny sphere, just 22 inches diameter and weighing 184 pounds" (in text on fdc back)
Russia (USSR)4595 fdc1SS1 and cachet on FDC
Russia (USSR)4595_stamp fdcStamp from SS1 on FDC (Fleetwood cachet), also back
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope197720th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
Russia (USSR)Y1651 rouble (copper-nickel-zinc coin)1979
Russia (USSR)NoneStamp and cancel and cachet on stamped envelope198225th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1982
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on postal card1982
Russia (USSR)5245 (Mi5375)In (lower-right) corner1984
Russia (USSR)5444 (Mi5593)From MS7 (5444a (7x 5444 + label))1986
Russia (USSR)5545 (Mi5698)1987
Russia (USSR)5545 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet (design like stamp) on FDC
Russia (USSR)5545 maxiMaxicard
Russia (USSR)5547 fdc (Mi5700 fdc)Cancel (same) on FDC
Russia (USSR)5547 maxi (Mi5700 maxi)Cancel (same) on maxicard
Russia6081 fdc (Mi242 fdc)(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on cover1992"Sputnik"-1
Russia6083 fdc (Mi244 fdc)(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet (different) on cover1992"Sputnik"-1
Russia6482 (Mi?)1998
Russia6608 selvedge (Mi863-874 selvedge)On selvedge of MS12 (6608 (a-l))2000
Russia7023a (Mi?)One of MS3 (7023 (a-c))2007
RussiaY7083 rouble (silver coin)2000
RussiaY10873 rouble (silver coin)200750th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
2004Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown fdc1
Unknown ifdc
SS1 and cachet on FDC
Imperforate SS1 and cachet on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ifdc2Imperforate SS1 on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince Islands1684a (Mi2996)From MS4 (1684 (a-d)) (Mi2996-2999)2007(50th anniv. Sputnik-1 and 2 launch): "Sputnik-1"
St. Thomas and Prince Islands1684b (Mi2997)
St. Thomas and Prince Islands1684 fdcMS4 and cachet on FDCSputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
St. Vincent2700d (Mi4641)One of MS9 (2700 (a-i)) (Mi4638-4646)1999"Sputnik-1"
St. Vincent3526b (Mi?)One of MS4 (3526 (a-d)) (Mi?-?)2006"Sputnik-1"
Serbia404 (Mi220)200750th anniv. "Sputnik-1" launch
Serbia404 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Serbia404 maxiMaxicard
Sierra Leone1069a (Mi1212)One of MS9 (1069 (a-i)) (Mi1212-1220)1989"Sputnik"
Sierra Leone1069a specimenOne of MS9 (1069 specimen (a-i))
Solomon IslandsUnknown ms (Mi1651-1654)MS4 (a-d)201355th anniv. "Sputnik-1" launch
SomaliaUnlisted ss (BL?)
Unlisted iss
In (upper) margin of SS1
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1
1999
SomaliaUnlisted iss fdcImperforate SS1 on FDC
SomaliaUnlisted iss proofImperforate proof SS1
SomaliaUnlisted iss proof fdcImperforate proof SS1 on FDC
TogoMi3797One of MS4 (Mi3794-3797)2010"Sputnik-1"
TogoBL569In (upper-left) margin of SS1
TogoBL569 fdcSS1 and cachet on FDC
TogoBL1110On stamp of SS12014"Sputnik-1"
TogoBL1110 fdcSS1 on FDC
Tuvalu1074 (Mi1464-1467)MS4 (1074 (a-d))2008"Sputnik-1"
Uganda1485a (Mi1863)One of MS8 (1485 (a-h)) (Mi1863-1870)1997
Ukraine697 (BL62)SS1200750th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
Ukraine697 fdcSS1 and cancel and cachet on FDC
United StatesNoneMedallion~1960"Sputnik-1"
United StatesNoneIn (lower-left) margin of Interpex MS2 cinderella (brown)1968"Sputnik-1"
United StatesNoneIn (lower-left) margin of Interpex MS2 cinderella (multi-color)
United StatesNoneInterpex MS2 cinderella (multi-color) on FDC
United StatesNone(ASDA/Stamp Festival 1983/Colorano silk) cachet (reproduction of Russia 2160) on cover1983Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
United States2633 (Mi?)One of block of 3 (2634a (2631-2634))1992
United States2633 fdc1Stamp on FDC (Ranto cachet), also back
United States2633 fdc2Stamp on FDC (Ranto cachet, different), also back
United States2633 folderStamp and coin folder
United States2634a card(World Columbian Stamp Expo 1992/ASDA) card
United StatesSP1010(USPS) souvenir page (2634a)
United StatesCP388(USPS) commemorative panel (2634a)
United States3187d fdc1 (Mi3126 fdc1)(PCS golden-replica) back of FDC, also front1999"Sputnik" (referring to Sputnik-1)
United States3187d fdc2 (Mi326 fdc2)(Mystic Stamp Company) back of FDC, also front"Sputnik-1"
United StatesNone(Ropex) cancel and cachet on cover200750th anniv. "Sputnik-1" launch
Upper VoltaC249 (Mi723)1978
Vietnam955 (Mi990)
i955

Imperforate
1978
Yemen Arab RepublicC29G (Mi318A)
iC29G (Mi318B)

Imperforate
1963
Yemen Arab RepublicC29I (Mi320A)
iC29I (Mi320B)

Imperforate
Yemen Arab RepublicC29Ij (BL19)Imperforate SS1 (C29I)
Yemen Arab RepublicC29N (Mi334A)
iC29N (Mi334B)
C29G overprinted in black
iC29G overprinted in black
1964
Yemen Arab RepublicC29N double (Mi334A double)C29G double overprinted in black
Yemen Arab RepublicC29J+C29L+C29N fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Yemen Arab RepublicBL21Imperforate SS1 (Mi335), BL19 overprinted in black
Yemen Arab RepublicMi408C29I (Mi320) overprinted in red1965
Yemen Arab RepublicC29OC29G overprinted in brown1966
Yemen Mutawakelite KingdomMi801-804_ms4
Mi805-808_ms4
In (upper-left) margin of MS4 (Mi801-804)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate MS4 (Mi805-808) inscribed in red
1969
Yemen Mutawakelite KingdomBL167A
BL167B
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
Yugoslavia870 (Mi1216)1967"Sputnik-1" (in Cyrillic text)

1See here for a list of engraved/lithographed Russian definitive pairs known to exist with satellite overprints.


Below is a list of Sputnik-1 satellite launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
1957-10-04: Sputnik-1 (Russia/USSR)
Russia (USSR)1957-10-04Baikonur Karaganda Oblast(Cyan and magenta printed and green rubber-stamp) cachet on (known fake1) coverSputnik-1 launch
United States1957-10-04Summers AR(Rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSputnik-1 launch; see http://www.collectspace.com/ubb/Forum20/HTML/000603.html
Sputnik-1 (events)
Russia (USSR)1957-11-04Moscow(Kniga) cachet on coverSputnik-1 launch, plus one month (hand-printed part of cachet includes the launch date)
Russia (USSR)1957-12-28Moscow(Kniga) cachet on coverSputnik-1 launch, plus 86 days (hand-printed part of cachet includes the launch date)
Sputnik-1 (anniversaries)
Russia (USSR)1962-10-04Tartu(Tartu) cachet on cover5th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
Russia (USSR)1962-10-04Leningrad(Black) cancel and (printed) cachet on cover5th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
Russia (USSR)1962-10-04Tbilisi(Red) cancel and (black printed) cachet on cover5th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
Russia (USSR)1962-10-04Poltava(Rubber-stamp) cachet on cover5th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
Russia (USSR)1962-10-04Vilnius(Black) cancel on stamped envelope5th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
Russia (USSR)1962-10-04Vilnius(Black) cancel (same) on stamped envelope (different)5th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
Russia (USSR)1962-10-04Penza(Red rubber-stamp) cachet on cover5th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
Russia (USSR)1962-10-04Minsk(Rubber-stamp) cachet on cover5th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
Russia (USSR)1962-10-04Perm(Red printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover5th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
Russia (USSR)1967-10-04
1968-01-07
Kaluga
Kaunas
One of two cancels and (red and blue printed) cachet on (airmail) stamped envelope10th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
Russia (USSR)1967-10-04
1968-01-07
Moscow
Kaunas
One of two cancels and (green and orange and black printed) cachet on stamped envelope10th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
Germany (East)1972-10-04Plauen(Red printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover15th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
Russia (USSR)1977-10-04Moscow POCancel and (MoF no.56) cachet on cover20th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
Russia (USSR)2012-10-04MoscowCancel and (printed) cachet on stamped envelope55th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch; "On board ISS" (in Cyrillic text in cancel) is probably untrue
Russia (USSR)2012-10-04Baikonur Public RelationsExtra (7023a) stamp and cancel and (printed) cachet on stamped envelope55th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
United States2012-10-04Sagamore Beach MA(Coverscape) cachet on cover55th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch
Russia (USSR)2012-10-04
2012-11-19
Moscow
Moscow
Cancel (same) and cachet on cover55th anniv. Sputnik-1 launch; "On board ISS" red cancel, "19.11.2012", is probably fake; "On board ISS" (in Cyrillic text in black cancel) is probably untrue
United States2013-01-04Buzzards Bay MA(Coverscape) cachet on cover55th anniv. Sputnik-1 re-entry
Sputnik-1 (on other than Sputnik-1 launch covers)
Russia (USSR)1960-04-04Leningrad(Printed) cachet on Sputnik-3 event coverSputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)1965-11-16Baikonur Karaganda Oblast(Red and purple printed and purple rubber-stamp) cachets on Venera-3 launch (known fake1) coverSputnik-1
Germany (Berlin)1972-12-11Bochum(Blue printed) cachet on Apollo-17 event cover
Germany (Berlin)1972-12-19Bochum(Blue printed) cachet on Apollo-17 event cover
United States1983-01-31Pasadena CA(JPL Stamp Club) insert from Explorer-1 anniversary cover, also front"Sputnik-I and II"
United States2002-07-10Cape Canaveral FL(Multi-color) cachet (with reproduction of Russia 2160) on Telstar-1 anniversary coverSputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination

1Known fake cover, with a made-up Baikonur postmark, suspected to have been created by Boris Khoroshev from Moscow, and sold by a stamp dealer in Western Europe. There were no Baikonur Cosmodrome official postmarks until 1975 for the Apollo-Soyuz events. Reference the article written by Russian collector Oleg Vaisberg published as an Appendix called "Russian (Soviet) Space Covers" to Bruce Cranford's book Space Covers: Dictionary and Identifier. See also, an analysis of the situation in a book published in 2008 called Commemorative Space Covers from Collector Clubs of the Soviet Union, 1957 to 1980. Another indicator on these fakes is the use of a "first day" cachet that appears on most, but not all, of these fakes.


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