OTTAWA, June 26, 2012 /CNW/ - As part of a comprehensive philatelic program planned to commemorate the 100th Grey Cup® Game, Canada Post will issue on Friday eight (8) team PERMANENT™ domestic rate stamps, one for each Canadian Football League team. Each stamp is available in a roll of 50. The souvenir sheet - a collector item - offers all eight logo stamps in one sheet.
"There are few sports in this country that garner enthusiasm and spirit as the CFL does," says the Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport). "These stamps are a great way to start a new and memorable season."
In 2012, the Grey Cup - one of the oldest trophies in North American professional sport - will be celebrating the 100th Game. To mark the occasion and commemorate its legacy in Canadian sports history, Canada Post will be issuing 17 individual stamps in all, one of the largest single-year issues produced by the corporation in several years.
"We're excited to offer CFL fans great new products that will allow them to show their colours," adds Mary Traversy, Senior Vice President, Mail at Canada Post. "This is only a glimpse of things to come and we hope that football fans, philatelists and Canadians will enjoy and cherish this memorable collection for years to come."
"The 100th Grey Cup will be a celebration of our game, our country, and the bond they share together," said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. "And this partnership is an important example of how we will be paying tribute to our proud past. We are excited to unveil these commemorative CFL products in the near future and I'm sure fans will love them."
The 2012 CFL season kicks off on June 29 and culminates with the 100th Grey Cup game on Sunday, November 25, 2012 in Toronto.
The Grey Cup 100th Game commemorative program will be unveiled in August.
About the stamps
The eight (8) Permanent™ stamps were designed by Bensimon Byrne, the official advertising agency for the CFL. The self-adhesive stamps measure 24 mm x 20 mm with simulated perforation and are printed by Lowe-Martin on Tullis Russell paper using lithography in two to four colours. They are general tagged on four sides. The souvenir sheet of 8 stamps is printed on gummed paper using lithography in 9 colours. The Official First Day Cover, bearing the souvenir sheet of eight (8) stamps, will be cancelled in Toronto, Ontario.
Additional information about Canadian stamps and photos of these new stamps are available on Canada Post's website under About Us/News. You can purchase stamps and other products at participating post offices, or order them online by following the links at canadapost.ca/collecting and by mail from the National Philatelic Centre. From Canada and the USA, call toll-free 1-800-565-4362; from other countries, call 902-863-6550.