Melbourne 2017 International Stamp Exhibition - one day to go!

Melbourne 2017 International Stamp Exhibition - one day to go

A sense of excitement is building in the community, as we count down to the Melbourne 2017 International Stamp Exhibition, which kicks off on Thursday 30 March 2017 and runs until Sunday 2 April at the Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne.

Here are some highlights to look forward to:

Gemstone-themed daily products* and more

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to purchase limited edition* products from the Rare Beauties: Extraordinary Gemstones stamp issue, which will be released on 30 March 2017 to coincide with this major philatelic event. The stamp designs feature stunning examples of pink diamond, rhodonite, fluorite and golden sapphire.

A limited edition medallion cover will be released for each of the four days of the exhibition, each limited to 250 and each including an exclusive minisheet. There are also four daily minisheets, each limited to 2,000, as well as four daily postmarked minisheets, each limited to 250 and each with an attractive foil postmark. Don’t miss out on the Rare Beauties Show Edition postal numismatic cover (PNC), limited to 500. These are truly stunning keepsakes, and you can preview them in the March–April 2017 edition of the Stamp Bulletin.

*Disclaimer: Where products are available in limited numbers Australia Post has the right to limit numbers available for sale to individual customers based on demand.

Selection of Melbourne 2017 products

Holden Heritage Collection PNCs*

Classic car lovers will enjoy the six Holden Heritage Collection PNCs that feature iconic car models and are being released to coincide with the Exhibition. The LJ Torana and HX Sandman PNCs will be released on 30 March 2017, as a general release. The VC Commodore, HQ Kingswood, FB and EH PNCs are limited to 1,000 each, and one will be released for each day of the show, so get in early!*

*Disclaimer: Where products are available in limited numbers Australia Post has the right to limit numbers available for sale to individual customers based on demand.

Four Holden PNCs available at Melbourne 2017

See further product previews in the March–April 2017 edition of the Stamp Bulletin.

Build your own AFL team medallion

Footy lovers can show their team pride by creating a personalised AFL team medallion. Choose your AFL team, number and inscribe your name or short phrase on the back of your team medallion#.

The medallion is presented in an attractive cover and comes with a gold foil postmark (see the postmarking section below). Why not also create one for a footy-loving friend or relative? This is the first time onsite medallion printing has been offered by Australia Post, so be sure to visit the Philatelic Print and Production Stand!

#Character limit applies

Build your own AFL Medallion cover

Classic cars on display

The six classic Holdens featured in the Holden Heritage Collection PNCs will be on display at the front of the grandstand: the LJ Torana and HX Sandman, VC Commodore, HQ Kingswood, FB and EH. These impressive examples are on loan from the Trafalgar Holden Museum. Museum personnel will be present to discuss the vehicles with members of the public.

An HSV GTSR Maloo, as featured on the HSV stamp pack, being released on 30 March 2017, will also be on display. This car was one of the new HSV models released earlier this year, so this is a great opportunity to see one up-close!

Meet the creative team

Designer Gallery

Bring your philatelic products along to the Designer Gallery, where designers of Australian stamps will be available for signings. Members of the Australia Post Design Studio will be available at various times daily, including Arthur Streeton and Sidney Nolan stamp issue designer Lynette Traynor. Rare Beauties designer Gary Domoney, from Visua graphic design studio, will be appearing at the Designer Gallery on Thursday 30 March and Saturday 1 April.

Ideas hub

Meet Australia Post’s philatelic researchers and other members of philatelic team. Discuss your favourite stamp themes and discover how stamp ideas are developed. Plus, the authors of the Rare Beauties prestige booklet will be available for signings at the hub between 2pm and 3pm on Thursday 30 March.

Your exhibition passport awaits …

Melbourne 2017 International Stamp Exhibition passports

Your official Melbourne 2017 Postmark Passport sheet allows you to travel through the world of stamps! It also makes the perfect souvenir.

How to use your passport

Visit each of the postal administration booths, purchase the country’s stamp, affix it to your passport and have the administration postmark the stamp. The front page of the passport allows for the four Australia Post daily postmarks to be included too.

Postmarks galore!

There will be a variety of postmarks available each day of the exhibition from our dedicated postmarking stand. Note: The AFL Footy postmark is available in the Philatelic Print and Production stand as part of the “build your own AFL team medallion” customisable product.

Day One - Collecting Day - Thursday 30 March 2017

Day 1 Collecting Day postmark

Daily Show postmark
 

  • Available in green only as a hand postmark
  • Used on the Limited Edition Fluorite PNC (foiled green)
  • Used on Pink Diamond Limited Edition Medallion cover - Day One (green foil)
  • Used on the Limited Edition FB Holden Day One PNC (black)
  • Used on Day One Rare Beauties Pink Diamond minisheet (green foil)
Rare Beauties FDI postmark

Rare Beauties FDI postmark

  • Used on all standard Rare Beauties postmarked stamp issue products
  • Available in black only, for the duration of the show, as a hand postmark for Rare Beauties stamps only
Streeton and Nolan FDI postmark

Streeton and Nolan FDI postmark

  • Used on all standard Arthur Streeton and Sidney Nolan postmarked stamp issue products
  • Available in black only, for the duration of the show, as a hand postmark for Streeton and Nolan stamps only
Day one Exclusive AFL Footy postmark

Day one Exclusive AFL Footy postmark

  • Available ONLY with the “build your own collectable” product. Postmarked in gold foil
  • NOT available as a hand stamp
  • Available in the Philatelic Print and Production stand

Day Two - FIAP Day - Friday 31 March 2017

Day Two - FIAP Day - Friday 31 March 2017

Daily Show postmark
 

  • Available in black only as a hand postmark
  • Used on Ruby Limited Edition Medallion cover - Day Two (black)
  • Used on the Limited Edition EH Holden Day Two PNC (black)
  • Used on Day Two Rare Beauties Ruby minisheet (black foil)
Day two Exclusive AFL Footy postmark

Day two Exclusive AFL Footy postmark

  • Available ONLY with the “build your own collectable” product. Postmarked in gold foil
  • NOT available as a hand stamp
  • Available in the Philatelic Print and Production stand
Rare Beauties FDI postmark

Rare Beauties FDI postmark

  • Used on all standard Rare Beauties postmarked stamp issue products
  • Available in black only, for the duration of the show, as a hand postmark for Rare Beauties stamps only
Streeton and Nolan FDI postmark

Streeton and Nolan FDI postmark

  • Used on all standard Arthur Streeton and Sidney Nolan postmarked stamp issue products
  • Available in black only, for the duration of the show, as a hand postmark for Streeton and Nolan stamps only

Day Three - April Fool's Day - Saturday 1 April 2017

Day Three - April's Fool Day - Saturday 1 April 2017

Daily Show postmark
 

  • Available in black only as a hand postmark
  • Used on Fluorite Limited Edition Medallion cover - Day Three (black)
  • Used on the Limited Edition Kingswood Holden Day Three PNC (black)
  • Used on Day Three Rare Beauties Fluorite minisheet (black foil)
Day three Exclusive AFL Footy postmark

Day three Exclusive AFL Footy postmark

  • Available ONLY with the “build your own collectable” product. Postmarked in gold foil
  • NOT available as a hand stamp
  • Available in the Philatelic Print and Production stand
Rare Beauties FDI postmark

Rare Beauties FDI postmark

  • Used on all standard Rare Beauties postmarked stamp issue products
  • Available in black only, for the duration of the show, as a hand postmark for Rare Beauties stamps only
Streeton and Nolan FDI postmark

Streeton and Nolan FDI postmark

  • Used on all standard Arthur Streeton and Sidney Nolan postmarked stamp issue products
  • Available in black only, for the duration of the show, as a hand postmark for Streeton and Nolan stamps only

Day Four - Sports Day - Sunday 2 April 2017

Day Four - Sports Day - Sunday 2 April 2017

Daily Show postmark
 

  • Available in red only as a hand postmark
  • Used on Golden Sapphire Limited Edition Medallion cover - Day Four (red)
  • Used on the Limited Edition Commodore Holden Day Four PNC (black)
  • Used on Day Four Rare Beauties Golden Sapphire minisheet (red foil)
Day four Exclusive AFL Footy postmark

Day three Exclusive AFL Footy postmark

  • Available ONLY with the “build your own collectable” product. Postmarked in gold foil
  • NOT available as a hand stamp
  • Available in the Philatelic Print and Production stand
Rare Beauties FDI postmark

Rare Beauties FDI postmark

  • Used on all standard Rare Beauties postmarked stamp issue products
  • Available in black only, for the duration of the show, as a hand postmark for Rare Beauties stamps only
Streeton and Nolan FDI postmark

Streeton and Nolan FDI postmark

  • Used on all standard Arthur Streeton and Sidney Nolan postmarked stamp issue products
  • Available in black only, for the duration of the show, as a hand postmark for Streeton and Nolan stamps only

Melbourne – World’s Most Liveable City^!

For visitors to Melbourne, there is so much to explore during your visit. Melbourne is the sporting and cultural capital of Australia. It’s the perfect destination for lovers of food and wine, sports, the arts and, of course, philately!

Go to the official Melbourne website to learn about things to do, transport options and more:

^Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Ranking, 2016

Event snapshot

The Melbourne 2017 International Stamp Exhibition

Date: Thursday 30 March 2017 to Sunday 2 April 2017

Venue: Rupert Clark Grandstand, Caulfield Racecourse

Tickets: Daily Pass: $10
Season Pass: $25
(Under 17s admitted free of charge, when attending with an accompanying adult)

Opening hours:

30 March: 10am–6pm

31 March: 10am–6pm

1 April: 10am–5pm

2 April: 10am–4pm

Further information on the venue, parking and public transport is available in our February update.

Tickets available at the door

Tickets for the 2017 Melbourne International Stamp Exhibition are on sale at the door and via participating Post Offices, while stocks last.

View our February update and visit the Melbourne 2017 website to learn more.

Further product information is also available in the March–April 2017 edition of the Stamp Bulletin.

*This content was produced at the time of the stamp issue release dates mentioned within this article and will not be updated.