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Q:Can you tell me if a pack of cigarettes made in the U.S.S.R that commemorates the Apollo-Soyuz flight is a collector's item?

A:The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project was the first joint space mission between two countries. Apollo docked with the Russian spacecraft Soyuz in July 1975. Many souvenir items were issued to commemorate the historic event, including cigarettes in a special Apollo-Soyuz pack with the mission emblem on it. The cigarettes were a joint venture between Philip Morris, which provided the tobacco, and Tava, a Russian company that manufactured them. The cigarettes went on sale in Russia on July 15, 1975, the day the Soyuz launched, and later in the United States. They were popular in Russia, where commemorative cigarettes were common, but didn't sell well in the United States. Value of your pack of cigarettes: $5 to $10.


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