Australia 2003 Legends - Tennis Players

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  • Issue date: 24 January 2003
  • Designed by: Belinda Marshall
  • Printed by: SNP Sprint
  • Print process: lithography
  • Stamp size: 37.5mm x 26mm


Description[edit]

The recipients of the 2003 Australia Day, Australian Legends Award and the subjects of this year’s Australian Legends stamp issue – Margaret Court MBE and Rod Laver MBE – are undeniably giants of, not simply Australian tennis, but world tennis.

Stamps[edit]

Sheet Stamps[edit]

  • Perforations: 13.75 x 14.5
  • Format: sheets of 50 (two panes of 25 separated by printed gutter)

Margaret Court[edit]

The first stamp shows Margaret Court MBE with her Wimbledon trophy after winning the title in 1965. The second stamp shows her in action hitting one of her powerful forehands.

50c Margaret Court with trophy
50c Margaret Court in action

Rod Laver[edit]

The third stamp shows Rod Laver MBE holding his 1969 Wimbledon trophy after winning the title for the fourth time. The fourth stamp shows him in action about to hit a backhand, his favourite and most lethal shot.

50c Rod Laver with trophy
50c Rod Laver in action

Se-tenant Block[edit]

Se-tenant block of 4 x 50c

Gutter Strip[edit]

The gutter is printed with images of the Grand Slam trophies.

Gutter strip of 10 x 50c plus 5 labels

Self-adhesive Stamps[edit]

  • Perforations: serpentine die cut 11 x 11½
  • Format: booklet of 10

Single Stamps[edit]

50c Margaret Court with trophy
50c Margaret Court in action
50c Rod Laver with trophy
50c Rod Laver in action

Booklet[edit]

$5ooklet cover
Booklet pane of 10 x 50c

First Day Cover[edit]

The first day of issue postmark was Kooyong VIC 3144. An official FDC for the self-adhesive stamps was not produced.

FDC 50c x 4


Maximum Cards[edit]

50c Margaret Court with trophy maximum card
50c Margaret Court in action maximum card
50c Rod Laver with trophy maximum card
50c Rod Laver in action maximum card


Presentation Pack[edit]

Presentation pack front cover
Presentation pack of 4 x 50c