Murray Stamp Shop, Edinburgh
Retail shop, auctioneers, mail order
"England Winners" stamp of 1966 is unique
only in its place in philatelic legend. It is valuable
only for the lessons to be learned from its story.
England hosted the football
world cup in 1966, and, as the English like to remind us
Scots, happened to win it. A set of three stamps had
been issued in advance of the championships. After
England emerged as victors on 30 July, the Post Office
decided to celebrate the win with the issue of a special
stamp, and simply re-issued the existing fourpenny stamp
with the inscription "ENGLAND WINNERS" added to the
plain white area at the top. A common misconception is
that this was an overprint on existing stamps; in fact
this was an entirely new printing, the new black
printing plate having the new text as well as the other
bits of black print.
The stamp went on sale on 18
August. The Post Office had made it known that this new
stamp would be issued in smaller numbers than normal
commemorative stamps, and this caused excitement and
speculation. Misplaced, as it turned out. When London's
24-hour PO at Trafalgar Square put them on sale, they
sold out quickly, and word spread that these were
"good". Queues at virtually every post office in England
(as well as Guernsey, Jersey, and the Isle of Man - but
not in Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland) snapped up
supplies very soon after they went on sale. Many
collectors were disappointed to have missed the chance
to get one for their collections. Dealers with orders to
fill were unable to get their normal supplies. Enhanced
prices started to be asked - and paid. Within days,
people were paying 15/- per stamp - almost fifty times
the original cost. For a short time, sheets were even
quoted on the London Stock Exchange ! Many people,
seeing that their investment had been wise, held on
longer. Of course, many who would normally have kept a
solitary example for their collection had taken the
opportunity to buy blocks or sheets.
Better items to look for.
Basic stamps are common, even sheets often appear. The
listed varieties have a slight premium (by the way,
slight colour shifts, giving a white "halo" to the boot
or other parts of the design, are fairly commonly found)
but not high. First day covers are moderately common,
but FDCs with some particular postmarks are more
valuable - look for the Harrow & Wembley ones, or
double-dated FDCs (set with 1 June and Winners with 18
August, on the same envelope), or the unconnected
special handstamps in use that day for the Methodist
Conference, the Opening of the Tay Road Bridge, or the
Robert Murray Stamp Shop currently sells the England Winners 4d stamp, either unmounted mint or very fine used, at 15p per stamp. (Much of this is taken up in the cost of handling, so there is little resale value.)
5 & 6 Inverleith Gardens
Scotland EH3 5PU
Tel. 0131 552 1220 or 0131 478 7021
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