Sachin Stamps Sell like Hot Cakes

By Anand Mishra

Two `20 stamps released by the department of posts on the occasion of cricketing legend \"sachinSachin 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)

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8 Responses to Sachin Stamps Sell like Hot Cakes

  1. Decorated with Arjuna Award in 1994, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1997, Padma Shri in 1999 and Bharat Ratna -India’s highest civilian award in 2013 -Sachin n0w at 40+ years of age it’s rare to see an indvidual being honored on a stamp anywhere in the World while still alive and popular as ever. No wonder then Sachin is ‘selling like a hot cake’ in the world of Philately. Congratulations are in order. For a comparison comes to mind Roger Federer who is still an active sportsman and his native country of Switzerland has honored him with a stamp -exception being it’s not easy to get due to a limited print and I’ve a set of c0rner-four of the same, thanks to my wordwide contacts. By the way, I’ve played cricket with Sachin’s ‘Guru’ Mr Ramakant Achrekar and have in my collection an autographed letter personlly addressed to me in 1070 by the legend late Sir Donald Bradman of Australia.

  2. anil kr pujara says:

    The stamps are indeed beautiful in look n getup. Though scope was there to make it more beautiful. The sale of Sachins stamps n ms n sheetlets would have increased many fold had it been reasonably priced. The cost that is Rs. 20/ each with total cost of Rs. 40/= per set was n is too high.However India Post also has a right to make hay while sun shines.

  3. Zoya Mendoca says:

    Joke of the year.Article seems to have been written by non-philatelist.It also appears that most of the stamps were sold for postage purpose. A philatelist normally buys both the stamps of the issue.But more sale of A stamp than B stamp clearly indicates that these stamps are sold for postage purpose.
    In recent years, the hottest Indian issues are- MS OF KRISHNA DEV RAI & SHEETS OF INDO-ISRAEL JOINT ISSUE.

  4. SUNIL KUMAR GARG says:

    To me, the design of the Sachin stamp is just about O.K. only.
    It could be better!

    But the quality of the printing is worse than usual.

    Personally, I have not kept even the sheetlet in my collection
    used even the FDC.

    • I tend to agree with your thoughts and the candid opinion.To me, in general and barring very few exceptions, IPS issues too many stamps per year that I would not spend a single paisa on most of them (except for a use on due postage on the mailing envelope) and it’s extremely odd to see several Indian stamp collectors WASTING their money (understandably not in their eyes) and ‘BOASTING’ various FDCs on their blogs that are UGLIEST one can ever find in any country. I bet, Sachin may have been happy with how he has been honored (so also his fans) and it’s what ultimately counts. I truly wonder if IPS has any credible designers and artists on its staff and its chief should take a course from our USPS. It not only comes out with outstanding commemorative stamps, in the process it explains to US consumers (buyers like me) a complete story beind each one in a monthly booklet fr FREE that details how’s and why’s of such beuties from the angle of their various meticulously picked designers. Folks, this is what I call WORHWHILE PHILATELY as I rarely fall a VICTIM to buying Indian ‘stuff’ sold at your bureau that I often hear nothing but complaints about than the praise. Still wondering why?

  5. Sandeep says:

    Sachin is great! They should print currency notes also!

  6. anil kr pujara says:

    Even commamorative coins should have been minted of Rs.200/= n the same denomination matching his age when he started playing test cicket.

  7. Dinu says:

    I have no disagreement for currency notes. Only thing someone should not push the rules and break everything to get those done in less than 20 days.

    What an irony sirjee.

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