2013 Superman Coil Stamp

2013 Superman coil pair - reverse

2013 Superman coil pair – reverse

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Superman coil pair, from the start of the roll (wavy cut)

Canada Post released stamps in various formats, on September 10, 2013, to commemorate the 75th anniversary ofthe comic book character Superman.

The most interesting stamp format is the coil of 75 self-adhesive stamps, featuring the stylized “S” logo on superman’s costume. The image for the stamp is taken from the 1986 cover of the Special Collector’s Edition of Man of Steel #1, drawn by John Byrne. This image is also featured on the cover of one of the five booklet stamps also issued by Canada Post. The stamps have the Permanent “P” logo, with the face value on the day of issue being 63c

The backing of the coil features an inscription using the Kryptonian alphabet, translating to “The S sheild is more than Supermans family crest its Kryptonian symbol that means hope” in English and “Le cusson S est bien plus que blason de la famille de Superman ce symbole signifie espoir en Kryptonien” in French.

2013 Superman coil - partial strip showing the Kryptonian inscription

2013 Superman coil – partial strip showing the Kryptonian inscription

The Kryptonian alphabet can be seen here: http://www.omniglot.com/writing/kryptonian.php

The English portion covers 14 stamps while the French portion covers 17 stamps. There is a blank stamp in between, which will no doubt be the most desirable one for collectors. The stamps themselves have the recently introduced “Canada” underprinting on the reverse, which can be easily seen through the backing.

The left side of the stamp has a copyright inscription in micro-printing: (c)DC, (s13) (c)2013
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Canadian NHL Stamps Released Early

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Vancouver Canucks stamp booklet

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Ottawa Senators stamp booklet

It seems that some booklets of stamps, planned to be released on September 3, 2013 by Canada Post, were accidentally sold early by some post offices. There are seven different booklets of of ten 63c stamps, one for each Canadian NHL team. The teams are the Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple leafs, Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks.

A seller on eBay has had them for sale since mid-August.

The Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators booklets are shown here.

Another seller even has six of the seven cancelled well before the intended date of issue:

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NHL stamps cancelled before the official date of issue

I inquired about the release on the Canada Post Facebook page and the following was posted on August 29, 2013:

“Canadian Stamp Collecting/Collectionneurs de timbres canadiens Thanks for bringing this [NHL pre-release] to our attention. We’re aware of this situation, we’re investigating and taking action to make sure this doesn’t happen again. We’re also reminding post offices about the importance of respecting on sale dates, which in this case, for the NHL stamps, is September 3, 2013.”

You heard it here first, at brcStamps.com!

The release of these stamps has been covered on the following online philatelic forums:

The Stamp Forum

Stamp Community Forum

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