04 February 2020
World of Sport
Issue date: 4-February-2020
Issue withdrawal date: 31-August-2020
Denomination: $1.10 x 3, $2.20 x 1
Stamp design: Sean Pethick
Product design: Jo Mure, Australia Post Design Studio
Paper: gummed Tullis Russell
Printing process: Offset lithography
Stamp size (mm): 26 x 37.5
Stamp size $2.20 (mm): 30 x 50
Perforations: 13.86 x 14.6
Sheet layout: Modules of 50 $1.10 stamps. Modules of 25 $2.20 stamps.
FDI Postmark: Balwyn Vic. 3103
FDI withdrawal date: 3 March 2020
The many thousands of Australians who avidly follow various sport codes rely on the insights of experienced sporting commentators to inform and entertain through television, radio, print and digital media. The six acclaimed and much-loved communicators featured in this stamp issue were household names in their respective sports.
Stamps in this issue
$1.10 – Richie Benaud OBE
Cricket great Richie Benaud OBE (1930–2015) was a Test cricket all-rounder and Australia’s Test captain, before retiring in 1964 to become a celebrated cricket journalist and commentator in Britain and Australia.
$1.10 – Reg Gasnier AM
Reg Gasnier AM (1939–2014) was one of the country’s most applauded rugby league footballers, playing for St George Dragons and captaining the National Team. After injury forced his retirement in 1967, he embarked on a media career as writer and broadcaster.
$1.10 – Les Murray AM
Hungarian-born Les Murray AM (1945–2017) was our best-known football (soccer) communicator and largely responsible for elevating the status of the game in this country. “Mr Football” was long associated with SBS (Special Broadcasting Service), hosting “The World Game” among other programs.
$2.20 – Lou Richards MBE, Jack Dyer OAM and Bob Davis
Lou Richards MBE (1923–2017), Jack Dyer OAM (1913–2003) and Bob Davis (1928–2011) were all noted VFL (Victorian Football League) players with Collingwood, Richmond and Geelong respectively. They became popular, entertaining commentators of the sport, perhaps most memorably on television as the “Three Wise Monkeys” on Channel 7’s “League Teams” in the 1960s to 1980s.
The first day cover is a pictorial envelope with the four gummed stamps from the Word of Sport stamp issue affixed and postmarked – First day of issue | 4 February 2020 | Balwyn Vic 3103
The first day cover is valid for postage only on the day of issue, from the post office named on the postmark.
This maxicard set contains the four maxicards from the Word of Sport stamp issue. A maxicard is a *prepaid postcard with a stamp affixed and postmarked on the view side. The subject matter of a maxicard is common to the card, stamp and postmark.
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