By Anand Mishra
Two `20 stamps released by the department of posts on the occasion of cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th test match have been a huge hit among his fans and followers. Ever since their release, a total of 56,63,455 stamps has been sold at 13 head post offices in the Mumbai and Pune region. Of the two stamps, stamp A with Sachin when he started playing international cricket has proved more popular than stamp B with him playing his last test in Mumbai. According to the department of posts, from the time of release till March 25 this year, 75,259 followers have bought stamp A while 68,087 have bought stamp B. Along with the two stamps, the department of posts had also issued a miniature sheet, sheetlet, first-day cover and information brochure to honour Sachin on the day of his retirement i.e. November 14, 2013.According to figures released by the department of posts, 23,112 people bought the miniature sheet — a combination of the two stamps with a photo of Sachin playing the test. While 9,971 fans bought the first-day cover released just before the inauguration of his last test match.
A senior official from the department of posts said that the good sale of stamps proved Sachin had a huge fan following across the country. “These stamps have been printed in limited number and will be sold at the highest premium after a few years,” he added. Meanwhile, an RTI query has revealed that norms were relaxed for the printing of stamps featuring Sachin, who is a living person.(Source-Asian Age)