2003 Return King Ultimate Collection 202 stamps

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Our popular Lord of the Rings Stamps: Return of the King Ultimate Collection features an outstanding selection of 202 Return of the King stamps showing leading characters in pivotal scenes from Peter Jackson’s award-nominated ‘Lord of the Rings: Return of the King’ movie. Return of the King Full Set of 52 stamps is also available - identical to Return of the King Ultimate Collection, but does not include the six stamp sheets.

Ultimate Collection includes 8 first day covers, 6 maximum cards, 156 gummed stamps...
Complete contents of Return of the King Ultimate Collection

The 2003 Return of the King Ultimate Collection includes 202 RotK stamps - one each of the following items:

• Presentation Pack - 18 stamps in deluxe folio containing self-adhesive set, Gondor gummed first day cover and six miniature sheets,

• First Day Cover: Self-adhesive - 6 denominations on an Mordor envelope,

• First Day Covers: Miniature Sheets - 6 large stamps each on a Fellowship envelope,

• Maximum Cards - 6 postcards with first day postmarked gummed stamps,

• Stamp Booklet - 10 self-adhesive stamps in various denominations,

• Stamp Sheets - 6 sheets each containing 25 mint stamps in standard denominations, and

• Mint Stamps - 6 gummed stamps, one of each denomination: 40c, 80c, 90c, $1.30, $1.50 and $2.00

Cover of presentation pack has info on first day cover, self-adhesive stamps, miniature stamp sheets and the film production
2003 Presentation Pack cover has additional details and facts about
The Return of the King stamps and the Middle-earth races it portrays
actual size: 8 1/4 H x 28 3/8 W inches; 21 x 72 cm
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THIS POPULAR COLLECTION includes the Return of the King Presentation Pack contains 18 different stamps: the First Day Cover (FDC) affixed with six definitive gummed stamps and first day (Nov. 5, 2003) cancellations, definitive self-adhesive stamps set of six with ‘Return of the King’ film logo, and complete set of six Miniature Sheets featuring crucial scenes and key actors from ‘The Return of the King’ motion picture. Six Maximum Cards of different designs with first day cancelled gummed stamps affixed, six Miniature Sheet affixed to FDCs featuring Legolas, Gandalf and Aragorn on the steps design, distinctive FDC featuring Mt Doom glowing design with six self-adhesive stamps in different denomination affixed, a compact Stamp Booklet of ten self-adhesive stamps, six sheets (one in each value) of 25 mint stamps - 150 stamps in total, and six Mint gummed stamps complete the Return of the King Ultimate Collection. Bundled with your set is an Official ‘Return of the King’ Stamps leaflet celebrating this epic seven-year production - making this an ideal gift and a wonderful introduction to stamp collecting. Two previous, now OOP sets 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 Gummed Stamps

Self-Adhesive Stamps

actual size each: 4 3/4 H x 8 1/16 W inches; 120 x 205 mm
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First day cover with six gummed stamps and November 5, 2003 cancellation postmarks
Gummed envelope with Knights of Gondor preparing to charge at Battle of Pelennor Fields; included in Presentation Pack.
First day cover with six gummed stamps and November 5, 2003 cancellation postmarks
Self-adhesive envelope features six stamps on Mordor’s mountains of Doom design.

THE NEW ZEALAND Post 2003 philatelic release of ‘The Return of the King’ is the only stamp issue endorsed by the film’s director, Peter Jackson and officially licensed by New Line Productions. Brought to life by Frans Lenzen - it represents a superb and unique opportunity to commemorate their impressive cinematic achievement. They are only available in NZ and as earlier ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ and ‘The Two Towers’ stamp issues sold out much earlier than anticipated, we recommend you don’t delay purchasing too long or you may be disappointed. If you missed out on the ‘Fellowship’ or ‘Two Towers’ stamps - check our eBay page or contact us to purchase them.

Complete set of Return of the King gummed stamps sheet - 150 stamps
These highly-collectible 2003 Return of the King philatelic stamp sheets are ideal for framing 'as is'.
Each sheet of 25 stamps measures 11 x 6.1 inches; 28 x 15.5 cm
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ALL ITEMS ARE new and your Return of the King Ultimate Collection ships in several professionally packaged mailers. Both the Maximum Cards and First Day Cover Miniature Sheet sets come in clear archival-quality protective sleeves, and the Presentation Pack is sealed in a heavy-duty clear protective slipcase with enclosed items individually mounted inside archival-quality clear pouches permitting easy removal. Front cover of Presentation Pack features Aragon, King Elessar of Gondor and mighty sword against a map of the Fellowship’s journey, with the Official Movie logo and large One Ring set below in gold and brown. Presentation Pack measures 8 1/4 H x 28 3/8 W inches; 21 x 72 cm when fully open, and folds closed to 8 1/4 H x 9 1/2 W inches; 21 x 24 cm.

2003 Self-Adhesive Stamps Strip

actual size: 1 5/8 H x 8 1/8 W inches; 41 x 208 mm
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Set of six self adhesive stamps with official LotR: Return of the King logos
Return of the King Strip with complete 2003 set of self-adhesive stamps and official ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ logo; included in Presentation Pack.

SAVE ON SHIPPING with discounted or FREE* shipping when you are the winning bidder on several of our auctions. As a special bonus, in addition to a complimentary ‘Return of the King’ colour leaflet, your Return of the King Ultimate Collection will be mailed using additional ‘Lord of the Rings’ stamps on the outer packages.

2003 Maximum Cards

actual size each card: 4 1/8 H x 5 3/4 W inches; 105 x 145 mm
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Complete set of six Return of the King maximum postcards all with stamps and first day postmarksPostcard designs - 40 cent: Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Gimli, Aragorn, and Gandalf are seemingly all that survive of the original Fellowship, 80 cent: The Ringbearer (Elijah Woods) casts an eye toward Mount Doom, 90 cent: Merry (Dominic Monaghan) must remain strong though parted from Pippin, $1.30: Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) accepts Anduril, the reforged sword of the King from Elrond, $1.50: Gandalf the White (Ian McKellen) fights in Minas Tirith, $2.00: Gollum (Andy Serkis) must be reunited with “my precious”.

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First Day Cover Miniature Sheets: Return King

actual size each envelope: 4 3/4 H x 8 1/16 W inches; 120 x 205 mm
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First day cover with miniature sheet stamps and November 5, 2003 cancellation postmark

These six FDCs envelopes feature Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Gandalf the White (Ian McKellen) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) on the steps, each affixed with one of six distinct ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ miniature sheet stamps with first day cancellation postmark. Set of six unmounted miniature sheets is included in the Presentation Pack.

Miniature Sheets: Fellowship of the Ring

actual size each: 2.56 H x 4.53 W inches; 65 x 115 mm

set of six miniature stamps40c: Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) fighting on horseback, 80c: Frodo Baggins (Elijah Woods) holds the Phial of Galadriel in Shelob’s Lair, 90c: Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) amidst a flooded Isengard, $1.30: King Elessar (Viggo Mortensen) leads the charge at Pelennor Fields, $1.50: Gandalf the White (Sir Ian McKellen) distracts Sauron’s attention, $2.00: Gollum/Sméagol (Andy Serkis) seeks to be reunited with “my precious” stolen from him many years earlier.

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2003 Stamp Booklet: Return of the King

actual size: 10 1/16 H x 2 3/8 W inches; 255 H x 60 W mm
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Inside booklet showing 4 x 40c, 2 x 90c, 80c, $1.30, $1.50 and $2.00 self-adhesive stamps

Stamp Booklet contains a varied selection of all six official self-adhesive stamps in a special ‘The Lord of the Rings’ fold-out collectable design - ten examples in 4 x 40c, 2 x 90c, 80c, $1.30, $1.50 and $2.00 denominations.

Rear of Maximum PostcardsMaximum Cards: Picture postcards which have an illustration relating to the stamp affixed, and a postmark on the picture side of the postcard. The three elements - postcard illustration, stamp and post mark relate but are not identical. Reverse (shown at right) has standard message and address sections, and postage paid imprint over a map of The Fellowship’s progress.

First Day Covers: Pictorial envelopes which are issued and stamped with a specifically-designed cancellation that is only used for that day and issue. The cancellation postmark for this First Day Cover 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’.

Miniature Sheets: Regular perforated stamps set in an attached illustrated panel showing the origin of the stamp, each of which are derived from key scenes in ‘The Return of the King’ motion picture.

Additional Info: Loose gummed and self-adhesive stamps are unhinged mint (UHM), First Day Covers (FDC) and Maximum Postcards are unaddressed. Technical details are available. Two earlier, now OOP sets 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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