Sputnik-3

Sputnik-3
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Sputnik-3
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This page contains philatelic information on the Sputnik-3 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.

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

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-2
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-2
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-3 (Russia/USSR) Sputnik-3
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-3 (on other than Sputnik-3 launch covers)
Sputnik-4 and beyond
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-4 and beyond
(Russia/USSR)


Below is a list of Sputnik-3 satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Sputnik-3 (Russia/USSR)
AjmanBL35B fdcCachet on FDC1968
Albania622 (Mi664)
i622

Imperforate with changed color
1962Drawing similar to Sputnik-3, but Sputnik-2 launch date1
Albania621-624 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Albania624a (BL9)
624b (BL10)
In (far-right) margin of SS1
In (far-right) margin of imperforate SS1 with changed colors
Altai RepublicLocalOverprint4 on 4x Russia 57235 (Mi5894), from strip of 51996?
Altai RepublicLocalOverprint4 on 4x Russia 6069 (Mi253), from strip of 5
AustraliaNoneMatchbox cover1960s"Sputnik-3"
AustriaNoneCancel1962
Bosnia and Herzegovina (Serb Admin.)100 (Mi151-156)On (lower) selvedge of booklet pane of 61999(possible) Sputnik-3
BulgariaC76 (Mi1094A)
iC76 (Mi1094B)

Imperforate
1958
BulgariaC76 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
BulgariaC76 cover (Mi1094A cover)Stamp and cachet on cover1959
BulgariaUnknown ss (BL?)In (lower-left) margin of SS12016Sputnik-3 depicted (but "Sputnik-2" in Cyrillic text)
Burundi1078a (Mi2426)One of MS4 (1078 (a-d)) (Mi2426-2429)2012Sputnik-3 (not Sputnik-5 which carried "Belka" and "Strelka")6
Cambodia1101 (Mi1179)1990
Cambodia1147 (Mi1225)1101 overprinted1991
ChadUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
On label3 of MS3 (a-c + 3 labels)
On label3 of imperforate MS3 (a-c + 3 labels)
2010Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
China (People's Republic)380 (Mi408)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 cancel and cachet on FDC(As above for stamps)
Congo (Republic)Unknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (left) margin of SS1
In (left) margin of imperforate SS1
2014
Congo (Republic)Unknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
SS1 on FDC
Imperforate SS1 on FDC
Congo (Republic)Unknown ss (BL?)In (upper-right) margin of SS12016"Sputnik-3"
CubaNoneCancel on cover1960
Cuba864 (Mi923)One of block of 5 (867a (863-867 + label)) (Mi923-927); or four of MS20 (867b (4x (863-867))) (Mi923-927)1964
Cuba971 (Mi1033)1965
CubaNoneCancel on cover1965
Cuba1177 (Mi1247)1966
Cuba1178a (BL29)On one of imperforate MS3 (1176-1178), also detail1966
Czechoslovakia1032 (Mi1253)1961
DjiboutiUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
In (upper-left) margin of MS3 (a-c)
In (upper-left) 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-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
DjiboutiUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
SS1 on FDC
Imperforate SS1 on FDC
FujeiraMi624A
Mi624B

Imperforate
1971(possible) Sputnik-3 (not "Soyuz-8", as in text)
FujeiraMi744A
Mi744B
Mi624A overprinted in red
Mi624B overprinted in red
1971(possible) Sputnik-3 (not "Soyuz-8", as in text)
FujeiraMi742A-744A fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Gabon937h (Mi1441)
i937h
One of MS12 (937 (a-l)) (Mi1434-1445)
One of imperforate MS12 (i937 (a-l))
1999"Sputnik-3"
Gabon937 fdcMS12 on FDC
GagouziaLocalCambodia 1101 overprinted on 4x Russia 45175 (Mi4494), from strip of 5, also overprint template1996?
GagouziaLocalCambodia 1101 overprinted on 4x Russia 45205 (Mi4497), from strip of 5, also overprint template
GagouziaLocalCambodia 1101 overprinted on 4x Russia 57265 (Mi5897), from strip of 5, also overprint template
GagouziaLocalCambodia 1101 overprinted on 4x Russia 57275 (Mi5898), from strip of 5, also overprint template
GagouziaLocalCambodia 1101 overprinted on 4x Russia 57325 (Mi5903), from strip of 5, also overprint template
GagouziaLocalCambodia 1101 overprinted on 4x Russia 57335 (Mi5904), from strip of 5, also overprint template
GagouziaLocalCambodia 1101 overprinted on 4x Russia 5984 (Mi6177), from strip of 5, also overprint template
GagouziaLocalCambodia 1101 overprinted on 4x Russia 6061 (Mi225), from strip of 5, also overprint template
GagouziaLocalCambodia 1101 overprinted on 4x Russia 6068A (Mi268), from strip of 5, also overprint template
Germany (East)634c (Mi928)One of MS8 (634 (a-h)) (Mi926-933)1962Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Germany (East)694 (Mi1021)1964Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination (around the Earth)
Germany (West)NoneCachet on cover1964Sputnik-3
Germany (West)NoneCachet on cover1965Sputnik-3
Germany (West)NoneCinderella (poster stamp), one of MS30 cinderella~1966"Sputnik-3"
Germany (West)919 cover (Mi468 cover)Cachet on cover1968Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Hungary1218 (Mi1577)1959(1st anniv. Sputnik-3 launch)
HungaryC239 (Mi1910A)
iC239 (Mi1910B)
Stamp-on-stamp: China/PRC 380
Imperforate
1963
HungaryC241 (Mi1912A)
iC241 (Mi1912B)
Stamp-on-stamp: Poland 875
Imperforate
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")
Korea (North)3221a (Mi3429-3430)In (upper) margin of MS2 (3221-3222), also annotated1993
Laos782 (Mi989)
i782

Imperforate
1987Sputnik-3 (not "Sputnik-2" as in text)
Liberia-LURDLocalLiberia 733 overprinted in red, one of strip of 2 (2x 733)200?Sputnik-3
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)
LithuaniaNone(New Year) cachet1963(possible) Sputnik-3
Malagasy RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)In (right) margin of SS12016Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Maldive Islands2894 (Mi4534-4539)
i2894
MS6 (2894 (a-f))
Imperforate MS6 (i2894 (a-f))
2006Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
In (right) margin of MS3 (a-c)
In (right) margin of imperforate MS3 (a-c)
2013"Sputnik-3"
MaliUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS3 on FDC
Imperforate MS3 on FDC
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
In (left) margin of MS3 (a-c)
In (left) margin of imperforate MS3 (a-c)
2013"Sputnik-3"
MaliUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS3 on FDC
Imperforate MS3 on FDC
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)On one of three stamps and in (upper) margin of MS3 (a-c)2017"Sputnik-3"
Mari ElLocal (700 value)Overprint on Russia 45175 (Mi4494)1994(possible) Sputnik-3
Mongolia554 (Mi570)1969
Poland875 (Mi1127A)
i875 (Mi1127B)

Imperforate
1959"Sputnik-3"
Poland875-877 fdc
i875-i877 fdc
One of three stamps and cachet on FDC
One of three imperforate stamps and cachet on FDC
Poland1295 (Mi1557)1964
Qatar104f (Mi145)One of strip of 5 (104A (f-j) + 5 labels), or from MS15 (104k (3x (104Af-j) + 5 labels))1966Sputnik-3 (not Mercury capsule)2
Qatar121Af (Mi269)One of strip of 5 (121A (f-j)), 104A surcharged new currency1966Sputnik-3 (not Mercury capsule)2
RomaniaC56 (Mi1733)1958
RomaniaC56 fdcStamp and cancel on FDC
RomaniaC119 (Mi2086)Stamp-on-stamp: C49, C51, C561962
RomaniaC119-C122 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
RomaniaC122a (BL53)Imperforate MS4 (C119-C122)), 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
RomaniaC119 cover (Mi2086 cover)Stamp-on-stamp and cancel and cachet on cover198830th anniv. Sputnik-3 launch
Romania5023a label (Mi6273 label)Label from MS8 (5023a (8x 5023 + label))200850th anniv. Sputnik-3 launch
Romania5024 (Mi6274)Stamp and label from MS8 (5024a (8x 5024 + label))
Romania5024 maxiMaxicard
Romania5023-5025 fdcOne of three stamps and cachet on FDC
Romania5025a label (Mi6275 label)Label from MS8 (5025a (8x 5025 + label))
RomaniaNoneStamped envelope200850th anniv. "Sputnik-3" launch
RomaniaNoneStamped envelope and illustrated address label200850th anniv. "Sputnik-3" launch
RomaniaNoneIllustrated address label on stamped envelope200850th anniv. "Sputnik-3" launch
Russia (USSR)2077 (Mi2096)1958Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)2083+label (Mi2101+label)Stamp and label1958
Russia (USSR)2140 (Mi2165)1958
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1958
Russia (USSR)None(New Year) greeting card back1958
Russia (USSR)NonePostcard back1958
Russia (USSR)2160 (Mi2192)1959Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)None(New Year) greeting card back1959
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) and cachet on cover1959Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination; Sputnik-3 (only, in cachet)
Russia (USSR)NoneCancel (same, but red) on cover1959Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)NoneMatchbox cover1959Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)NoneMatchbox cover1959
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)2350 fdc (Mi2357 fdc)(Kniga rubber-stamp) cachet3 on FDC1960
Russia (USSR)2519 (Mi2520)Stamp-on-stamp: 21601961Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)None(New Year) greeting card back1961
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet from (New Year) stamped envelope1961
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on (1958) stamped envelope1961
Russia (USSR)2586 maxi (Mi2595 maxi)Cachet on maxicard1962Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)None(New Year) greeting card back1962Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)None(New Year) telegraph card1962
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1962
Russia (USSR)2722 cover (Mi2737 cover)Cachet on cover, also detail1963
Russia (USSR)2732a (Mi2747)One of block of 6 (2732 (a-f)), or 5 of 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)2830-2831 fdc (Mi2852-2853 fdc)(Blue and red printed) cachet and (Kniga) cachet3 on FDC1963Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)2883 (Mi2895A)
i2883 (Mi2895B)

Imperforate
1964Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1964Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)2666 card (Mi2676 card)Cachet (image) on card1964
Russia (USSR)None(New Year) greeting card back1966
Russia (USSR)3317 (Mi3337)1967(poorly-depicted) Sputnik-3
Russia (USSR)3655-3657 fdc (Mi3682-3684 fdc)(Kniga engraved) cachet3 on FDC1969
Russia (USSR)None(New Year) greeting card back, also front1975
Russia (USSR)None(New Year) greeting card back (slightly different), also front1975
Russia (USSR)4594 (Mi4651)1977Sputnik-3 (the smaller of two satellites depicted); (also "Sputnik III" in text on fdc1 back)
Russia (USSR)4594 fdc1Stamp and (Fleetwood) cachet on FDC, also back
Russia (USSR)4594 fdc2Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Russia (USSR)4594 fdc3Stamp on FDC
Russia (USSR)4594 maxi1Maxicard (? cancel)
Russia (USSR)4594 maxi2Maxicard (Moscow cancel)
Russia (USSR)None(New Year) greeting card back1977
Russia (USSR)NonePostal card back, also front1982Sputnik-3 (lower-left)
Russia (USSR)5547a (Mi5700)In (lower) margin of MS8 (8x 5547)1987
RussiaNoneMedallion2007Sputnik-3 (but issued for 50th anniv. Sputnik-2)
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 fdc
Unknown ifdc
SS1 on FDC
Imperforate SS1 on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince Islands1684d (Mi2999)One of MS4 (1684 (a-d)) (Mi2996-2999)2007Sputnik-3 depicted (but "Sputnik-2" in text)
St. Thomas and Prince Islands1684 fdcMS4 and cachet on FDCSputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Tanzania2536c (Mi4628-4629)
i2536c
On all stamps and in (right) margin of MS4 (2536c (2x (2536 (a-b)))
On all stamps and in (right) margin of imperforate MS4 (i2536c (2x (i2536 (a-b)))
2009
Tanzania2536c fdc
i2536c fdc
MS4 on FDC
Imperforate MS4 on FDC
Tanzania2542 (BL622)
i2542
SS1
Imperforate SS1
Tanzania2542 fdc
i2542 fdc
SS1 on FDC
Imperforate SS1 on FDC
UdmurtiaLocalCambodia 1101 overprinted on 4x Russia 45205 (Mi4497), from strip of 5, also overprint template1997
UdmurtiaLocalCambodia 1101 overprinted on 4x Russia 57335 (Mi5904), from strip of 5, also overprint template
UdmurtiaLocalCambodia 1101 overprinted on 4x Russia 5984 (Mi6177), from strip of 5, also overprint template
UdmurtiaLocal fdc1On strip of 5 on FDC
UdmurtiaLocal fdc2On two strips of 5 and cachet on FDC
Umm Al QiwainMi1072A
Mi1072B
One of MS16 (Mi1066A-1081A)
One of imperforate MS16 (Mi1066B-1081B)
1972
Umm Al QiwainMi1072A ds1Deluxe sheet (Mi1072A), white border
Umm Al QiwainMi1072A ds1 misperfDeluxe sheet (Mi1072A), white border, mis-perforated
Umm Al QiwainMi1072A ds2Deluxe sheet (Mi1072A), blue border
Umm Al QiwainMi1072B ds1Imperforate deluxe sheet (Mi1072B), white border
Umm Al QiwainMi1072B ds2Imperforate deluxe sheet (Mi1072B), pink border
Umm Al QiwainMi1088A
Mi1088B
One of MS16 (Mi1082A-1097A)
One of imperforate MS16 (Mi1082B-1097B)
Union Island (St. Vincent)Mi454A-459A_ms
Mi454B-459B_ms
MS6 (Mi454A-459A)
Imperforate MS6 (Mi454B-459B)
2008"50 years of [Soviet] space exploration and space satellites"; also 50th anniv. Sputnik-3 launch
Union Island (St. Vincent)Mi454A-459A_ms fdcMS6 on FDC
United Nations112-113 fdc (Mi122-123 fdc)(Orbit Covers) cachet on FDC1962"Sputnik-3"
United StatesNone(ASDA) cachet (reproduction of Russia 2160) on cover1983Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
United StatesNone(Mission 57) cachet on IGY cover back, also front2007"The Soviets then launched Sputnik-3 on May 15, 1958" (in text)
United StatesNone(Ropex) cancel on cover2007"50th anniv. Sputnik": Sputnik-3
Yemen Arab RepublicC29F (Mi317A)
iC29F (Mi317B)

Imperforate
1963
Yemen Arab RepublicC29L (Mi333A)
iC29L (Mi333B)
C29F overprinted in black
iC29F overprinted in black
1964
Yemen Arab RepublicC29J+C29L+C29N fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Yemen Arab RepublicC29M (Mi406)
iC29M
C29F overprinted in red
iC29F overprinted in red
1965
Yemen Arab Republic260_ms12 (Mi903A_ms)
i260_ms12 (Mi903B_ms)
260g_ms12 (Mi910_ms)
In (lower-left) margin of MS12 (12x 260)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS12 (12x i260)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS12 (12x 260g) with changed colors
1969"Sputnik-3" (given in text only on stamp)
Yemen Arab Republic260A (Mi904A)
i260A (Mi904B)
260h (Mi911)
Stamp and in (lower-left) margin of MS12 (12x 206A)
Stamp and in (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS12 (12x i206A)
Stamp and in (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS12 (12x 260h) with changed colors
Yemen Arab Republic260B_ms12 (Mi905A_ms)
i260B_ms12 (Mi905B_ms)
260i_ms12 (Mi912_ms)
In (lower-left) margin of MS12 (12x 260B)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS12 (12x i260B)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS12 (12x 260i) with changed colors
Yemen Arab Republic260C_ms12 (Mi906A_ms)
i260C_ms12 (Mi906B_ms)
260j_ms12 (Mi913_ms)
In (lower-left) margin of MS12 (12x 260C)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS12 (12x i260C)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS12 (12x 260j) with changed colors
Yemen Arab Republic260D_ms12 (Mi907A_ms)
i260D_ms12 (Mi907B_ms)
260k_ms12 (Mi914_ms)
In (lower-left) margin of MS12 (12x 260D)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS12 (12x i260D)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS12 (12x 260k) with changed colors
Yemen Arab Republic260E_ms12 (Mi908A_ms)
i260E_ms12 (Mi908B_ms)
260l_ms12 (Mi915_ms)
In (lower-left) margin of MS12 (12x 260E)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS12 (12x i260E)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS12 (12x 260l) with changed colors
Yemen Arab Republic260F_ms12 (Mi909A_ms)
i260F_ms12 (Mi909B_ms)
260m_ms12 (Mi916_ms)
In (lower-left) margin of MS12 (12x 260F)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS12 (12x i260F)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS12 (12x 260m) with changed colors
Yemen Mutawakelite KingdomMi801-804_ms4
Mi805-808_ms4
In (upper-right) margin of MS4 (Mi801-804)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate MS4 (Mi805-808) inscribed in red
1969
Yemen Mutawakelite KingdomBL167A
BL167B
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1

1Sputnik-3 is depicted, whereas this item likely intended to show Sputnik-2 along with the space dog Laika.
2A poorly-depicted] image of Sputnik-3 is depicted, whereas this item likely intended to show the Mercury capsule along with Astronaut John Glenn.
3The Sputnik-3-like logo is common to Kniga-created items, so no attempt is made to include all items with this logo.
4The overprinted image, although like Cambodia 1101, but different in several minor details, is of unknown origin. Often these overprinted images are derived from previously-issued postage stamps, but no postal source for this image has been found.
5See here for a list of engraved/lithographed Russian definitive pairs known to exist with satellite overprints.
6Sputnik-3 is depicted, whereas this item likely intended to show Sputnik-5 along with the space dogs Belka and Strelka.


Below is a list of Sputnik-3 satellite launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
1958-05-15: Sputnik-3 (Russia/USSR)
Russia (USSR)1958-05-15Baikonur Karaganda Oblast(Red and black rubber-stamp) cachet on (known fake1) coverlaunch
Russia (USSR)1958-05-15Baikonur NT Karaganda(Printed and multi-color rubber-stamp) cachets on (known fake1) coverlaunch
Sputnik-3 (events)
Russia (USSR)1958-07-27Vilnius(Printed and blue rubber-stamp) cachets on cover1000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1958-07-27VilniusCancel and (purple rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1958-10-08Chelyabinsk(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet on cover2000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1958-12-19Kaunas(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on cover3000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1958-12-19MoscowCancel and (printed) cachet on cover3000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1958-12-19MoscowCancel and (black rubber-stamp) cachet on envelope3000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1958-12-19MoscowCancel on cover3000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1959-02-27ChelyabinskCancel on cover4000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1959-02-27Chelyabinsk(Violet) cancel on cover4000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1959-02-27Chelyabinsk (different)(Violet) cancel on cover4000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1959-02-27Chelyabinsk(Black) cancel on cover4000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1959-02-27Chelyabinsk (different)(Black) cancel on cover4000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1959-05-08Minsk(Red rubber-stamp) cachet on cover5000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1959-05-08Minsk Oblast(Red rubber-stamp) cachet on cover5000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1959-05-08MoscowCancel and (black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover5000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1959-07-15ChelyabinskCancel on postcard6000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1959-07-15ChelyabinskCancel on cover6000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1959-07-15Chelyabinsk(Purple rubber-stamp) cancel/cachet on cover6000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1959-09-21SverdlovskCancel on cover7000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1959-11-27PetroplavoskCancel on cover8000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1959-11-27Chelyabinsk(Purple) cachet on cover8000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1959-11-27Chelyabinsk (different)(Purple) cachet on cover8000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1960-04-04Moscow(Black) cancel and (printed) cachet on cover10,000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1960-04-04Moscow(Black) cancel (slightly different) on stamped envelope10,000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1960-04-04MoscowCancel and (red rubber-stamp) cachet on cover10,000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1960-04-04Leningrad(Printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover10,000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1960-04-04Leningrad(Printed and two rubber-stamp) cachets on cover10,000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1960-04-04Leningrad(Rubber-stamp) cachet on stamped envelope10,000 orbits; Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination (in printed cachet)
Russia (USSR)1960-04-04Minsk(Red) cancel on cover10,000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1960-04-04Minsk(Blue) cancel on cover10,000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1960-04-04Minsk(Black) cancel on cover10,000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1960-04-04KievCancel and cachet on cover10,000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1960-04-04SverdlovskCancel on cover10,000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1960-04-04MagnetogorskCancel and (printed) cachet on cover10,000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1960-04-04Magnetogorsk(Black rubber-stamp) cancel and (printed) cachet on cover10,000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1960-04-04Chelyabinsk(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet on cover10,000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1960-04-04Chelyabinsk (different)(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet on cover10,000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1960-04-04Chelyabinsk (different)(Purple and red rubber-stamp) cachet on cover10,000 orbits
Russia (USSR)1960-04-06LeningradCancel and (red rubber-stamp) cachet on cover10,037 orbits and re-entry
Russia (USSR)1960-04-06LeningradCancel (same) and (color rubber-stamp) cachet on cover10,037 orbits and re-entry
Russia (USSR)1960-04-06LeningradCancel (same) and (printed) cachet on cover10,037 orbits and re-entry
Russia (USSR)1960-04-06Leningrad(Black) cancel and (blue and pink printed) cachet on coverre-entry
Russia (USSR)1960-04-06Moscow(Black) cancel on envelopere-entry
Russia (USSR)1960-04-06Moscow(Black) cancel and (red) cachet on coverre-entry
Russia (USSR)1960-04-06Chelyabinsk(Purple) cachet on coverre-entry
Russia (USSR)1960-04-06Chelyabinsk(Purple) cachet on cover (different cancel time)re-entry
Russia (USSR)1960-04-06Chelyabinsk (different)(Black) cachet on coverre-entry
Russia (USSR)1960-04-06Chelyabinsk (different)(Purple) cachet on coverre-entry
Sputnik-3 (anniversaries)
Russia (USSR)1959-05-15Kiev(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on envelope1st anniv. launch
Russia (USSR)1959-05-15Kiev(Black rubber-stamp) cancel and cachet on cover1st anniv. launch
Russia (USSR)1959-05-15Kiev(Red and black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover1st anniv. launch
Russia (USSR)1959-05-15Chelyabinsk Region(Purple) cachet on cover1st anniv. launch
Russia (USSR)1959-05-15Chelyabinsk Region(Black) cachet (different) on cover1st anniv. launch
Russia (USSR)1959-05-15Chelyabinsk Region(Purple) cachet (same) on cover1st anniv. launch
Russia (USSR)1959-05-15Chelyabinsk 10(Reddish-purple) cachet (same) on cover1st anniv. launch
Russia (USSR)1960-05-15Simferopol(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on stamped envelope2nd anniv. launch
Russia (USSR)1962-05-15BakuTwo (black rubber-stamp) cachets on (light green) cover4th anniv. launch
Russia (USSR)1962-05-15BakuTwo (black rubber-stamp) cachets on (tan) cover4th anniv. launch
Russia (USSR)1962-05-15Siauliai(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on cover4th anniv. launch
Russia (USSR)1962-05-15KievTwo (blue and red rubber-stamp) cachets on cover4th anniv. launch
Russia (USSR)1962-05-15Taganrog(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on envelope4th anniv. launch
Russia (USSR)1962-05-15Krasnoyarsk(Black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover4th anniv. launch
Russia (USSR)1962-05-15Krasnoyarsk(Brown and red) cachets on cover4th anniv. launch
Russia (USSR)1963-05-15Magadan(Printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on cover5th anniv. launch
Russia (USSR)1963-05-15Minsk(Printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets (different) on cover5th anniv. launch
Russia (USSR)1963-05-15Liepaja(Printed) cachet on cover5th anniv. launch
Russia (USSR)1963-05-15Riga(Printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover5th anniv. launch
Russia (USSR)1963-05-15Riga(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover5th anniv. launch
Russia (USSR)1963-05-15Baku(Purple and red rubber-stamp) cachet on cover5th anniv. launch
Russia (USSR)1963-05-15Archangelsk(Blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on cover5th anniv. launch
Romania1998-05-15PloestiCancel and (black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover40th anniv. launch
Sputnik-3 (on other than Sputnik-3 launch covers)
Russia (USSR)1957-11-04Moscow(Kniga) cachet2 on Sputnik-1 event cover
Norway1963-09-12Andenes(Pre Bon) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch cover(possible) Sputnik-3
Russia (USSR)1965-11-16Baikonur Karaganda Oblast(Red and purple printed and purple rubber-stamp) cachets on Venera-3 launch (known fake1) coverSputnik-3
Russia (USSR)1978-10-30Kosmodrome Baikonur(Printed) cachet on Prognoz-7 launch cover
United States2002-07-10Cape Canaveral FL(Multi-color) cachet (with reproductions of Hungary 1218 and 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.
2The Sputnik-3-like logo is common to Kniga-created items, so no attempt is made to include all items with this logo.


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