These limited edition Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey First Day Covers commemorate J.R.R. Tolkien’s timeless Middle-Earth with crucial moments and principal characters from Peter Jackson’s award-winning ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ movie. Much in demand by collectors, they pay tribute to ‘The Lord of The Rings’ trilogy and explore Tolkien’s classic saga in a manner that movie enthusiasts, stamp lovers, and fans will enjoy and appreciate.
CONTAINING SIX PICTURESQUE Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey First Day Covers affixed with Miniature Sheet stamps showing pivotal scenes from the award winning The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie. These First Day Cover (FDC) envelopes which all feature the elven army motif measure 4.72 H x 8.07 W inches; 120 x 205 mm and the set of six comes in a clear, archival quality protective sleeve, and includes Fellowship brochure containing background information on this Nov. 1, 2012 stamp release and epic movie it honours. See below for additional information about Miniature Sheets and First Day Covers. Issue date: 1 November 2012 (11/01/12).
Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey First Day Covers affixed with sets of six gummed or self-adhesive stamps also available.
NEW ZEALAND POST'S 4th December 2001 ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ philatelic issue is the only stamp release officially licensed by New Line Cinema and approved by the film’s director, Peter Jackson, and was released with their total cooperation and blessing. Designed by Sacha Lees at Weta Workshop - the same team nominated for three Academy Awards and winner of two prestigious BAFTA Awards - now out of print (OOP), these limited edition Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Miniature Sheet First Day Covers represent a wonderful opportunity to commemorate this huge cinematic undertaking.
WE WILL ALSO be offering occasional ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Maximum Postcards, Stamp Booklet and Presentation Packs - either purchase direct or check our regular auctions. As these Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey stamps were only on sale in New Zealand and sold out much faster than anticipated, supply is strictly limited to that in stock. A second OOP ‘The Two Towers’ set was issued in December 2002 and a third ‘The Return of the King’ set was released in November 2003 to commemorate ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movie trilogy.
actual size: 4 3/4 H x 8 1/16 W inches; 120 x 205 mm
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Each of these Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey FDCs envelopes features Elven warriors at the Great Battle of the Last Alliance affixed with one of six ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ miniature sheet stamps with first day cancellation postmark.
actual size each: 2 1/2 H x 4 1/2 W inches; 65 x 115 mm
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70c: Gandalf the Grey (Sir Ian McKellen) and Saruman the White (Christopher Lee) at Isengard, $1.40: Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), Queen of Lorien, $1.90: Frodo Baggins (Elijah Woods), and friends Samwise ‘Sam’ Gamgee (Sean Astin) and Pippin ‘Peregrin’ Took (Billy Boyd) in the Prancing Pony, $2.10: Frodo returns from brink of death in Rivendell, $2.40: The mysterious stranger, Strider (Viggo Mortensen) watches Frodo, $2.90: Boromir (Sean Bean) of Gondor warns of Uruk-Hai raiding party.
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Miniature Sheets: These are stamps displayed in an attached illustrated panel. The Miniature Sheets portray the origin of each stamp image, which are derived from key scenes and moments in ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ motion picture.
First Day Covers: These are pictorial envelopes which are issued and stamped with a specifically-designed cancellation postmark that is only used for that day and issue. The cancellation for these Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey First Day Covers is a stylized Eye of Sauron encircled by the words ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, First Day of Issue, 1 November 2012, Stamps Centre Wanganui New Zealand’. First Day Covers are very collectable since they are rare and hard to obtain after issuance. This issue was only released in New Zealand and sold out quickly. Approximately 16,000 Fellowship First Day Covers were issued by NZ Post.
Additional Info: First Day Covers (FDC) are unaddressed. Technical details are available. A second ‘The Two Towers’ set was issued in December 2002 and a third ‘The Return of the King’ set was released in November 2003 to commemorate the Middle-earth movie trilogy.
Unexpected Journey: Postcards | First Day Covers | Stamp Booklet | Presentation Pack
Return of King: Postcards | First Day Covers | Stamp Booklet | Presentation Pack
Two Towers: Postcards | First Day Covers | Stamp Booklet | Presentation Pack
Fellowship: Postcards | First Day Covers | Stamp Booklet | Presentation Pack