2003 NZ Maximum Postcard Set

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Six beautiful picture postcards that commemorate J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth with significant dramatis personas and moments from Peter Jackson’s award winning ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ motion picture. Inspired by ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, they pay tribute to and explore Professor Tolkien’s immortal saga in a manner that film enthusiasts, stamp collectors, and fans will enjoy.

Thumbnail of max postcardsTHIS SET INCLUDES all six Maximum Postcards featuring key characters and scenes from the award winning ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ motion picture, with related gummed stamps and first day (05 Nov 2003) cancellation postmark. Now out of print (OOP), these superb limited edition Official Postcards were only issued and marketed in New Zealand to commemorate this almost completely 'Kiwi' year-long cinematic production. Designed by Frans Lenzen, the Maximum Postcard set comes in a clear, archival-quality protective sleeve, and includes a full-colour NZ Post brochure containing extensive background information on both this exciting stamp release and the epic production it honours. See below for more information about maximum post cards.

WE WILL ALSO be offering occasional ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingFirst Day Cover Miniature Sheets, Stamp Booklet and Presentation Packs - either purchase direct or check our regular auctions. Two earlier, now OOP sets of Maximum Cards were released to commemorate ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movie trilogy: ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ set was issued in December 2001, and a second ‘The Two Towers’ set was issued in December 2002.

2003 Maximum Post Cards

actual size: 105 H x 145 W mm; 4 1/8 x 5 3/4"

40 cent postcard design: Legolas Greenleaf

Postcard: Legolas Greenleaf (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli, Aragorn, and Gandalf are all that remain of the original Fellowship, Stamp design: Legolas fights defiantly from his trusty horse Arod.

80 cent postcard design: Frodo Baggins in Mordor

Postcard: Frodo (Elijah Woods) and loyal companion Sam are guided deep into Mordor by an untrustworthy Gollum. Can Frodo throw the One Ring into the fiery depths of Mount Doom and live to tell the tale? Stamp design: Misled by Gollum, Frodo Baggins uses the Phial of Galadriel in Shelob’s Lair.

90 cent postcard design: Merry and Pippin

Postcard: Meriadoc 'Merry' Brandybuck (Dominic Monaghan) distinguished himself in the Battle of Pelennor Fields fighting under King Théoden, Stamp design: Young halflings Merry and Pippin Took (Billy Boyd) stand shoulder to shoulder in a flooded Isengard, having defeat Saruman.

1.30 dollar postcard design: Aragorn soon to be King Elessar

Postcard: Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) accepts Anduril, the reforged sword of the King from Elrond. Crowned Elessar he seeks neither glory nor power, simply the love of Elrond’s daughter Arwen Undómiel, Stamp design: King Elessar leading the Army of the Dead at Pelennor Fields.

1.50 dollar postcard design: Gandalf the White

Postcard: Gandalf the White (Ian McKellen) must divert attention away from Frodo and the Ring, Stamp design: Gandalf battles the forces of Sauron.

2.00 dollar postcard design: Gollum wants my precious

Postcard: Gollum (Andy Serkis) wants desperately to be reunited with "my precious," now in the hands of a 'nasty' Hobbit, Stamp design: Once a fisherman, Sméagol still has a fondness for fish, despite being addicted to the powerful One Ring.

Rear of Maximum PostcardsMaximum Cards: Picture postcards which have an illustration relating to the stamp affixed, and a postmark on the pictorial side of the card. The three elements - postcard illustration, stamp and postmark must relate but not be identical. These post cards and stamps have been postmarked with a specifically-designed cancellation that was only used for that day and issue. The cancellation stamp is a stylized Crown encircled by the words ‘The Return of the King, First Day of Issue, 5 November 2003, Stamps Centre Wanganui New Zealand’. First Day issues are very collectable since they are limited in nature and hard to obtain after issuance. This issue was only released in New Zealand to commemorate Peter Jackson’s ‘The Return of the King’ and sold out quicker than anticipated.

Additional Info: Maximum Cards are unaddressed. Technical details are available. Two earlier, now OOP sets of Maximum Cards were released to commemorate the ‘Middle earth’ movie trilogy: ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ set was issued in December 2001, and a second ‘The Two Towers’ set was issued in December 2002.

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