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Julia Lee14/08/2012 14:44:00
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So the buzzword for the Olympics has been 'legacy'.

We'd like to continue the interest in stamp collecting with this thread on your favourite sport stamps.

I had to choose fencing, which for a minority sport is well represented on GB stamps.

Here's 1991's World Student Games, Sheffield stamp:

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The 2011 stamp in Royal Mail's series leading up to the London 2012 Olympics:

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And this year's Welcome miniature sheet, with GBR fencer Corinna Lawrence on it (signed!):

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Looks great on stamps, doesn't it? 

Edited By Julia Lee on 14/08/2012 14:44:31

Julia Lee14/08/2012 14:49:10
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Some places to get started: Football on stamps, Rugby on stamps, Hockey on stamps,

Adrian14/08/2012 15:07:08
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I like that top one, gives you a feel of what's happening (not that I have a clue, to be honest, but it looks good).

Hows about this classic design then?

Nice!

Julia Lee14/08/2012 15:21:19
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I've always assumed the chap on the left is hitting and avoiding the chap on the right, with the swirls as the movement of fencing.

From your stamp (you don't find it a little dull...?) we realise the World Fencing Championships (l'escrime is the French word for fencing) were held in Luxembourg in 1954. Believe it or not, there's a Wikipedia page, from which we see that, like today, the Italians dominate. I was surprised the Hungarians didn't take more medals this time round, as they're also traditionally very strong.

Oh all right, I'm just segueing into the Hungarian fencing stamps I like!

hungary fencing 1995.jpg

100 years of Hungarian Olympic Committee, unless I'm very much mistaken.

They've done loads over the years, but I think this one shows the sport best.

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Adrian14/08/2012 15:36:51
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Dull? DULL???

(why is there no smiley with smoke coming out of its ears?)

No, I like my stamps classic and beautiful.

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Anyway, yes, Hungary, always good for loads of sport stamps. Turns out I even have a Hungarian fencing stamp!

Issued in 1965 and almost as impressive as our Gold Medal Stamps. The set honours the Hungarian medal winners (not just gold, mind you, all of them) at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The Hungarians won four times gold in fencing (men's sabre, men's team epee, women's foil and women's team foil), hence the four gold medals on the stamp.

Julia Lee14/08/2012 15:45:57
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Cool. I like that one too.

I know the only sport you really like is tennis. Got any tennis stamps? Anyone else got something they'd like to show?

Adrian14/08/2012 16:57:45
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And snooker! I'll have a look but don't think I've got (m)any on either.

Nathan Sinclair14/08/2012 18:14:14
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Hi,

I like these ones.....

The first one, is from the same Series as Julia's Fencing stamp from the world student games in 1991. I did not even know there was such a thing as the world student games until I saw these stamps. This one is not in the best condition as it is from my kiloware that I bought.....

These next ones are my favourites from the Isle Of Man Olympic 2012 issues that I recieved recently. I think the designs make the point are quite modern. I particularly like the £3 sheet with bicycle....

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Adrian15/08/2012 09:03:18
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Yes, that bicycle sheet is cleverly done.

And there's a tennis stamp as well !

My favourite tennis stamp by far is that issued in 1999 by the Netherlands.

It was issued to mark the centenary of the KNLTB (the Royal Dutch Lawn Tennis Association) and portrays Wimbledon winner Richard Krajicek. He won Wimbledon in 1996, beating Pete Sampras of all people.

I like it so much because when you can get hold of a vertical pair, it turns out that Richard is photographed doing his ball toss, and that ball in the bottom of the stamp actually belongs to the photograph (and stamp) below it. Clever!

PS: does it show that I do not actually even have these stamps?! Hence the slightly silly image which I had to pluck from the net. Shame on me. I 'll see if I can get them so I can replace these.

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Julia Lee15/08/2012 09:36:32
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Yes, I really like that Paul Smith set, clean and vibrant.

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