Issued on August 8, 2013.
Royal Mail is celebrating Andy Murray’s victory in the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final with a miniature sheet issued on August 8.
By beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets, Murray became the first Briton to win the men’s singles in 77 years, since Fred Perry did so in 1936.
The four-stamp miniature sheet uses the colours of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, green and purple, to salute Murray as a ‘1st class sporting success’.
This is the second time Murray has appeared on British stamps within 12 months, because he also merited a Gold Medal Winner miniature sheet at the London 2012 Olympic Games, where he won the men’s singles.
This issue joins that series, the 1966 Football World Cup Winners stamp, the 2003 Rugby World Cup miniature sheet and the 2005 Ashes miniature sheet in being issued in quick response to specific British sporting achievements.
Designed by the agency Hat Trick, it was printed in lithography by International Security Printers, the new name for the group which owns both Walsall and Cartor.
77 years is a long time to wait, so arguably this issue is more justified than any other sports one
QUALITY OF DESIGN
Use of the Wimbledon colours is neat, although the ‘1’ shape on the right-hand side is confusing on £1.28 values
It’s a good-looking sheet, but the individual stamp designs are far
Murray kisses the trophy in front of the Centre Court crowd after his epic win.
The Scotsman prepares to serve from the left side of the court.
Murray hurries across court to make a backhand return during the second set.
The new champion holds the famous silver-gilt cup aloft for the world’s photographers.
A presentation pack written by sports journalist Richard Rae includes archive images of Andy Murray’s life and career.
First day covers are also available, but no stamp cards have been announced.
Miniature sheet £3.76
Presentation pack £4.30
First day cover £4.99
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