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(un-manned satellite and other selected)
covers with

"First Rank"
cachets


This page contains (un-manned satellite and other 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.

The covers found in this page are primarily for un-manned satellite (or scientific rocket or balloon) launches or events. Covers for manned and other missions are included if they contain an element of interest to the authors.

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 (on (non-launch cover) postal items)
Canada
United States
681 fdc (Mi630 fdc)(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on FDC1976
1985
Intelsat-4A
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
(Einstein birthdate) cancel on cover
1979"Einstein relativity Gravity Probe" (GP-A)
"Born-March 14, 1879"
United States1912+1916 fdc1 (Mi1481+1485 fdc1)(First Rank/Space Voyage blue and red) cachet on FDC (KSC, FL cancel)1981"Pioneer-10/11 type, and Earthrise
United States1912+1916 fdc2 (Mi1481+1485 fdc2)(First Rank/Space Voyage purple and red) cachet 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 blue and red) cachet on FDC (KSC, FL cancel)(probable) early-design Chandra/CXO
United States1915+1919 fdc2 (Mi1484+1488 fdc2)(First Rank/Space Voyage brown and orange) cachet on FDC (Houston TX cancel)
United States1915+1919 fdc3 (Mi1484+1488 fdc3)(First Rank/Space Voyage green and orange) cachet on FDC (MSFC, AL cancel)
United States2699 fdc1 (Mi2313 fdc1)(Space Voyage/First Rank orange and cyan) cachet (and signature) on FDC (with extra stamp)1992"Theodore von Kármán"
United States2699 fdc2 (Mi2313 fdc2)(Space Voyage/First Rank orange and cyan) cachet (and signature) on FDC (different extra stamp)
United States2699 fdc3 (Mi2313 fdc3)(Space Voyage/First Rank orange and cyan) cachet (and signature) on FDC (Houston TX cancel)
United States2699 fdc4 (Mi2313 fdc4)(Space Voyage/First Rank orange and magenta) cachet (and signature) on FDC (with extra stamp)
United States2699 fdc5 (Mi2313 fdc5)(Space Voyage/First Rank orange and green) cachet (and signature) on FDC (different extra stamp)
United States2699 fdc6 (Mi2313 fdc6)(Space Voyage/First Rank orange and green) cachet (and signature) on FDC (Houston TX cancel)
United States2699 sdoi (Mi2313 sdoi)(Space Voyage/First Rank orange and magenta) cachet (and signature) on SDOI (Second Day of Issue) cover
United States3384+3388 fdc (Mi3280+3284 fdc)(Space Voyage/First Rank brown and red) cachet on FDC2000"STS-31"R, "STS-61, 82, and 103", "Hubble Space Telescope"
United States3388 fdc1 (Mi3284 fdc1)(Space Voyage/First Rank green and red) cachet on FDC (Stony Brook NY cancel)
United States3388 fdc2 (Mi3284 fdc2)(Space Voyage/First Rank green and red) cachet 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 States
Canada
1985-04-12
1976-06-18
Houston TX
Montréal CA
(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on coverAnik-C1 deployed (from STS-51D)
Canada 681 FDC
United States1980-04-26
1988-03-22
Vandenberg AFB, CA
Washington DC
(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on coverNAVSTAR-6 launch
USA 2277 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 States1983-06-22
1981-05-21
Houston TX
Kennedy Space Center FL
(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on coverSPAS-1 deployed (from STS-7)
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 (from STS-41D)
USA 1917 FDC
United States1984-10-05
1985-04-12
Kennedy Space Center FL
Houston TX
(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-41G launch and ERBS deployed
STS-51D launch and Anik-C1 deployed
United States1984-10-11
1981-05-21
Houston TX
Kennedy Space Center FL
(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on coverERBS in orbit? (from STS-41G)
USA 1913 FDC
United States1985-10-03
1986-07-04
Houston TX
Liberty Island NY/NJ
(Space Voyage/First Rank) cachet on coverSTS-51J launch
USA 2224 FDC
United States1985-10-07
1986-07-04
Houston TX
Liberty Island NY/NJ
(Space Voyage/First Rank) cachet on coverSTS-51J landing
USA 2224 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 (from STS-31R)
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 (from STS-31R)
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 (from STS-31R)
10th anniv. HST launch
United States2000-04-25Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage/First Rank purple and red and pink) cachet on cover10th anniv. HST launch
United States2000-04-25Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage/First Rank cyan and red and pink) cachet on cover10th anniv. HST launch


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