Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Kellogg's Cereal Space Stickers (1969)

If there is a "Rosebud-like" object in my life it seems to be these stickers.

Somehow all my life I have remembered these stickers and regretted their loss when they got thrown out.

As far as I can reconstruct these came out in 1969 when I was 9 years old. As I ate my way through boxes of Kellogg's cereals I would put them on my school notebook.

When the notebook finally died I took the blue canvas (remember those?) off and saved it.

What is interesting is how they remained in my memory as an adult, so when I finally found a set of them recently I can't quite get over it. They are as I remembered and you can go home again.

Since I only have some of them I have to make some assumptions. It looks like they made one for every manned mission up to Apollo 10 for 20 stickers total. I think the series was done around April 1969 since every sticker has the date of the mission on the back except the Apollo 10 which gives an expected lift-off date of May 18, 1969. (I base this on the Apollo 9 sticker dated March 3-13, 1969)

Each sticker has a short description of the mission on the back along with the astronauts who went on the mission.

The best thing to me at the time (and maybe why I remember them) is that they made up their own logo/symbol for each mission.


  1. I have managed to save a complete set of 20 cards with many duplicates.You are the first contact that knew about these stickers.I really was starting to think I was the only one to ever know they existed.

  2. I am trying to put together a set of these unopened in the cello wrapping. I have about 10 or 12 as of now.
    I think these are very interesting, and not to sound corny, but even a bit educational with the information on the back of the sticker. It's fun to try and find them, especially unopened. I have a few duplicates and could trade with others that are trying to put together a set...

  3. I appreciate the difficulty of putting together a set. I am up to 19 out of 20 now. In order to get there I also have a lot of duplicates. Send me an email and maybe we can fix each other up.

    1. Hi John,
      I don't know if you are still collecting these stickers, but I have:

      4 gemini 3
      6 gemini 4
      1 Gemini 7
      1 Gemini 11
      1 aurora 7
      1 apollo 8
      1 apollo 9
      still in the celliphane
      Let me know if interested.

  4. Hi,I just stumbled across this thread searching for info about these stickers I found in an old August 8, 1969 "Life on the Moon" edition of Life Magazine. I have two of these stickers if anyone is interested. I don't know what they are worth so make an offer.

  5. I have a 1969 apollo 10 in the wrapper just wondering what it is worth? Contact Bruce at

  6. Hi, I used to collect some of these when they were first issued. I would stick them on my McDonald's moon map. It bum'd me out when I lost it, a long time ago. If anyone is interested in selling some of them, I'm interested. Thank You. Walt at

  7. Hey John, I didn't see Gemini 9. I have one and it says 1966 on the back

  8. This was quick! I saw the word "friendship" which reminded me of the Kellog's NASA mission patches I remembered from boxes of Corn Flakes as a child. The Friendship 7 patch was the one I remembered strongly. And here it was! I was telling my much younger co-worker about the optimism that these cereal premiums engendered. How the manned space program of the 60s was the first and last time I can remember America achieving great goals. The moon landing was the time of Peak America, I think.