Yachting stamps to be popular

By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE commemorative covers (stamped envelopes) brought to Gladstone on board Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race competitors are expected to sell like hot cakes.

'They are only a minor investment in terms of returns, but they will be well sought after as souvenirs of this year's race,' according to the Gladstone and District Philatelic Society's secretary Ian Rippingale.

He said some of the yachts throughout the history of the race appeared to be more popular than others with a couple of the covers associated with certain yachts selling for $10 for a $2 investment.

This year 400 commemorative covers will be stamped in Brisbane and 200 of them will be delivered to Gladstone on board the multihull Raw Nerve and 200 on the monohull Pagan.

The stamps are on sale for $3.50 and $1 for postage, to raise funds for the local stamp club.

This year, to celebrate its 25th year, 250 mini sheets (a series of five stamps) overprinted with our badge in Brisbane, will also be on sale for $10 including postage.

The stamps and covers will be available at the club's annual Stamp Fair this weekend between 9am and 4pm at the Martin Hanson Building of Central Queensland University's Gladstone campus.



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