Blackpool vs. Bolton Wanderers 1952-1953 FA Cup Football Stamp Sheet
On offer here is a nice little piece of Blackpool FC and Bolton Wanderers FC memorabilia - a mint, unused, pristine sheet (27 cms x 21.5 cms) of 20 x £1 postage stamps of Bolton goalkeeper Stan Hanson punching clear an attack from the Blackpool forwards. The stamps were issued as part of the Great Sporting Events series of FA Cup Final stamps. The 1953 FA Cup Final, also known as the "Matthews Final", was a football match that became famous for the performance of Blackpool winger Stanley Matthews, after whom it was nicknamed. He inspired his team to come from 3–1 down against Bolton Wanderers, to win 4–3, and on a personal note, he claimed the trophy that had eluded him in two previous finals. Despite the final being more famous for the heroics of Matthews, Stan Mortensen scored three goals for Blackpool on the day, becoming the only player ever to have scored an FA Cup Final hat-trick at the original Wembley Stadium. Bill Perry scored the winning goal. (Please note: any marks on the image below are from my scanner).
ORIGINAL COST FACE VALUE OF THE STAMPS IS £20.00
These Great Sporting Events "Local Issue" stamps were issued in 1996 by six postal authorities of the United Kingdom (UK). They were released to chart the history of the FA Cup Final, and depict great moments from finals over the years. The F.A. Cup Collection was officially authorised by the Football Association and the clubs who are featured. Each of the six postal authorities issued six stamp designs and 2 souvenir minisheets, totalling 36 different stamps and 12 minisheets. All of these are available as full sheets of 20 stamps, or individually in my other listings.
PLEASE NOTE: The stamps are not valid for postage in mainland Britain unless the Royal Mail postage stamps are also applied. They were issued offshore and were only valid for delivery to the mainland Post Office, at which point the Royal Mail took responsibility for delivery. The postal rates for delivery to the mainland was double those of the UK, hence some of the higher value issues. The stamps are genuine, and listed in various stamp catalogues. They were issued primarily to support the boat services to the mainland and the community councils of the islands. They have also found popularity with visitors to the islands (who then use the postal service, e.g. for postcards) and stamp collectors worldwide.
And for those needing a Geography lesson, the six postal authorities are: BERNERA (Great Bernera and Little Bernera - northwest of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides); DAVAAR - an island at the mouth of Campbeltown Loch in Kintyre Peninsular, Argyll; EASDALE - A small island in Argyll on the west coast of Scotland, 16 miles south of Oban; GAIRSAY lies at the eastern end of Eynhallow Sound and at the northern exit of Wide Firth, Orkney; and Gugh Island and St. Martin in the Scillies off Cornwall.
UK 1st Class P&P is £1.25.
Airmail (Europe) is £1.95.
Airmail (Outside Europe) is £2.65.
Additional Football Stamp Sheets are POST FREE!
Sheets are Mailed (Unfolded) in a Large Board-Backed Envelope for Protection.
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