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America's Cup


The America's Cup Trophy
The America's Cup Trophy

The America's Cup, informally known as the Auld Mug, is a trophy awarded in the sport of sailing. It is the oldest international competition still operating in any sport. America's Cup match races are held between two sailing yachts: one from the yacht club that currently holds the trophy (known as the defender) and the other from the yacht club that is challenging for the cup (the challenger). There is no fixed schedule, with matches held several years apart on dates agreed between the defender and the challenger. The most recent America's Cup match took place in March 2021.

The cup was originally known as the 'R.Y.S. £100 Cup', awarded in 1851 by the British Royal Yacht Squadron for a race around the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom. The winning yacht was a schooner called America, owned by a syndicate of members from the New York Yacht Club (NYYC). In 1857, the syndicate permanently donated the trophy to the NYYC, under a Deed of Gift that renamed the trophy as the 'America's Cup' after the first winner and required it be made available for perpetual international competition.

Any yacht club that meets the requirements specified in the deed of gift has the right to challenge the yacht club that currently holds the cup. If the challenging club wins the match, it gains stewardship of the cup. From the first defence of the cup in 1870 until the twentieth defence in 1967, there was always only one challenger. In 1970 multiple challengers applied, so a selection series was held to decide which applicant would become the official challenger and compete in the America's Cup match. This approach has been used for each subsequent competition. The Prada Cup (known as the Louis Vuitton Cup from 1983-2017) is awarded to the winner of the challenger selection series.

The history and prestige associated with the America's Cup attracts the world's top sailors, yacht designers, wealthy entrepreneurs and sponsors. It is a test of sailing skill, boat and sail design, and fundraising and management skills. Competing for the cup is expensive, with modern teams spending more than $US100 million each; the 2013 winner was estimated to have spent $US300 million on the competition.

The trophy was held by the NYYC from 1857 until 1983. The NYYC successfully defended the trophy twenty-four times in a row before being defeated by the Royal Perth Yacht Club, represented by the yacht Australia II. Including the original 1851 victory, the NYYC's 132-year reign was the longest (in terms of time) winning streak in any sport.

Early matches for the cup were raced between yachts 65–90 ft (20–27 m) on the waterline owned by wealthy sportsmen. This culminated with the J-Class regattas of the 1930s. After World War II and almost twenty years without a challenge, the NYYC made changes to the deed of gift to allow smaller, less expensive 12-metre class yachts to compete; this class was used from 1958 until 1987. It was replaced in 1990 by the International America's Cup Class, which was used until 2007.

After a long legal battle, the 2010 America's Cup was raced in 90 ft (27 m) waterline multihull yachts in Valencia, Spain. The victorious Golden Gate Yacht Club then elected to race the 2013 America's Cup in AC72 foiling, wing-sail catamarans and successfully defended the cup. The 2017 America's Cup match was sailed in 50 ft foiling catamarans, after legal battles and disputes over the rule changes.

The America's Cup is currently held by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, who successfully defended the 36th America's Cup in March 2021 using an AC75 foiling monohull called Te Rehutai, owned and sailed by the Team New Zealand syndicate. The next America's Cup will be held between the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and the Royal Yacht Squadron, at a date to be determined. Both the 37th and 38th America's Cup matches will be sailed in AC75 class yachts.


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My interest in the America's Cup began with following the fortunes of Dame Pattie & Gretel II against Intrepid.

However it increased immensely when Australia II beat Liberty. All the controversy over Australia II's winged keel added to the suspense of the event while the biggest factor was that Australia II was a much lighter boat was more important in the calm waters of Newport Sound.

My collecting interest commenced with the Australian win in 1983 & ended with Kookaburra III's loss to Star's And Stripes in 1987. There was lots to collect in that time period but I also picked up goodies from earlier America's Cup Challenges.

To start this thread off, I thought I would show my one frame exhibit which I prepared for the Brighton Philatelic Society one frame competition about 10 year ago. It came second in that first year of showing. I have entered it a few more times but never managing to score more than second place.

So here we go with my competition exhibit. Later on I will give you close ups on all the items. :)
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The entry was called:


The America's Cup, The Win & The Defence.



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The First Race
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The First Australian Challenge
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The Winged Keel signed by Australia II skipper John Bertrand.
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The Victory
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Congratulations Australia II
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America's Cup Triumph 1983 per-stamped envelope.
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Stamps issued in 1986 to celebrate Australia II's win.
Stamps issued in 1986 to celebrate Australia II's win.
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Stamps issued in 1987 for Kookaburra III's defence
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Kookaburra III v Stars & Stripes
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Kookaburra III crew autographs.
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Stars & Stripes crew autographs
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Kookaburra II cover
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Stars & Stripes cover
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Stars & Stripes Victory
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Up next items I have collected since I prepared this competition entry. :)
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Great items thus far Brad. Most of which I’ve never seen before :)

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Thank you for your kind words Briggia. :)
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Dennis Walter Conner (born September 16, 1942) is an American yachtsman. He is noted for winning a bronze medal at the 1976 Olympics, two Star World Championships, and three wins in the America's Cup.

Conner has won the America's Cup three times, successfully defending the Cup in 1980, and 1988 and winning as the challenger in 1987. His 4-3 loss in 1983 to Australian Alan Bond's controversial wing-keeled challenger Australia II was the first Cup defender to be defeated in the 132-year history of the race, simultaneously ending a run by the New York Yacht Club that began with the first contest. Following the loss Conner formed his own syndicate, the Sail America Foundation, through which he raised funds to mount a challenge on behalf of the San Diego Yacht Club, culminating with winning the Cup back from Australia in 1987. Conner's 1983 loss and the subsequent 1987 victory are the basis of the 1992 American Zoetrope film Wind.


Dennis Conner - original photo
Dennis Conner - original photo

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Now we know what Dennis l@@ks like what about his autograph?

Real or autopen?

An autopen or signing machine is a device used for the automatic signing of a signature or autograph. Many celebrities, politicians and public figures receive hundreds of letters a day, many of which request a personal reply; this leads to a situation in which either the individual must artificially reproduce their signature or heavily limit the number of recipients who receive a personal response. Given the exact verisimilitude to the real hand signature, the use of the autopen allows for a small degree of wishful thinking and plausible deniability as to whether a famous autograph is real or reproduced, thus increasing the perception of the personal value of the signature by the lay recipient. However, known or suspected autopen signatures are also vastly less valuable as philographic collectibles; legitimate hand-signed documents from individuals known to also use an autopen usually require verification and provenance to be considered valid.


The Autopen Model 50 from the International Autopen Company was used extensively by John F. Kennedy's White House to duplicate his signature
The Autopen Model 50 from the International Autopen Company was used extensively by John F. Kennedy's White House to duplicate his signature

Dennis Connor's machine may have been more elaborate but he could make it look less like autopen by placing item to be signed in the machine at an angle. I have it on good authority that was an autopen machine on the Stars & Stripes support boat at Fremantle, where items were taken below deck to be signed. :)


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Some recently acquired signed covers:


Dennis Conner - autopen signature on 1986 America's Cup Souvenir Cover.
Dennis Conner - autopen signature on 1986 America's Cup Souvenir Cover.

The above signature has been made by an autopen machine. Note how it exactly matches the autograph on the Solomon Island cover a few posts above. Note also the tail of the "r" in Conner progresses down at the end of the signature.


Real hand signed signature on 1987 America's Cup Souvenir Cover
Real hand signed signature on 1987 America's Cup Souvenir Cover

Real hand signed signature on 1986 America's Cup First Day Cover
Real hand signed signature on 1986 America's Cup First Day Cover

The above signature are real hand signed signatures. You can spot the differences between the pair in "Best Wishes" & "Dennis Conner" in particular the tail of the "r" which progresses up at the end of signature.

So if anyone out there in Stampboards land it looking at buying a Dennis Conner autograph, don't pay too much if the "r" at the tail is going down.

Also be careful of glossy photos were the tail of the "R" is going up & the seller has a picture of himself with Dennis signing. One photo will have the genuine signature but the one you are buying will be one of 50 or 100 or more that have been copied by a Kodak or Xerox machine.
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Talking about "glossy photos" here are a couple of Dennis Conner signed by him in a felt pen, so no indentation on the paper as would be there if done by a ball point pen but:


Marley Station promotion photo of Dennis Conner on Stars & Stripes with personalised hand signed signature to Ralph
Marley Station promotion photo of Dennis Conner on Stars & Stripes with personalised hand signed signature to Ralph

Reverse showing leeching of ink from the signature through the photographic paper
Reverse showing leeching of ink from the signature through the photographic paper

Marley Station promotion photo of Dennis Conner on Stars & Stripes with personalised hand signed signature to Tony dated November 19, 1988
Marley Station promotion photo of Dennis Conner on Stars & Stripes with personalised hand signed signature to Tony dated November 19, 1988

Reverse showing leeching of ink from the signature through the photographic paper
Reverse showing leeching of ink from the signature through the photographic paper

So these are genuine original hand signed autographs & not Xerox copies. :D
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Marley Station Mall is an enclosed shopping mall in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Opened in 1987, it was expanded in 1994 and 1996. The mall has 130 stores on 2 floors, a movie theater, and 5 anchor spaces. JCPenney, Macy's, and Golds Gym serve as the mall's current anchor tenants. The other two anchor spaces were occupied by Boscov's until 2008, and Sears until 2021.

Taubman Centers completed Marley Station in 1987. At the time, it included two anchor stores: Hecht's and Macy's. Taubman expanded the mall in 1994 with a third anchor, JCPenney, which was the most-requested store among mall patrons at the time. Sears was added in 1996 as a fourth anchor. This store replaced an existing Sears in Glen Burnie which was built in the 1960s.

Glen Burnie is a census-designated place (CDP) in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States. It is a suburb of Baltimore. The population of Glen Burnie was 67,639 at the 2010 census.


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Dennis Conner at Marley Station with the America's Cup - 19th November 1988.<br />Original photo by George Wanken
Dennis Conner at Marley Station with the America's Cup - 19th November 1988.
Original photo by George Wanken

Dennis Conner with Roni Septoff (Marley Station marketing director) &amp; Jack Keith (Secretary of San Diego Yacht Club)
Dennis Conner with Roni Septoff (Marley Station marketing director) & Jack Keith (Secretary of San Diego Yacht Club)

This is a Xeroxed copy. :-)
This is a Xeroxed copy. :-)

Confirmation of the signatures in the black felt pen shown above.
Confirmation of the signatures in the black felt pen shown above.


Photographer George "Butch" Wanken, Jr. (July 5, 1948 - February 19, 2013) was born in Baltimore, Maryland on July 5, 1948, and was a Maryland resident until 1989 when he moved to Florida with his family. Presumably he worked for the Anne Arundel County Sun.


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Makers of the sails of Stars & Stripes:


Sobstad Sail Makers specialist in high performance racing sails - Photo Kim Hairston
Sobstad Sail Makers specialist in high performance racing sails - Photo Kim Hairston
Larry Leonard thought about law school but turned to sail making instead - photo Kim Hairston
Larry Leonard thought about law school but turned to sail making instead - photo Kim Hairston
Cliippings from the Anne Arundel County Sun, August 21, 1989.
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Continuing with sails:


Bookmark made from the sail of Australia II by Australia Post
Bookmark made from the sail of Australia II by Australia Post
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America's Cup Triumph 3 x 36c stamps fdc postmarked Perth WA fdi - 26th September 1986, 3rd anniversary of Australia II's triumph.
America's Cup Triumph 3 x 36c stamps fdc postmarked Perth WA fdi - 26th September 1986, 3rd anniversary of Australia II's triumph.

America's Cup 1987 souvenir cover with Cuppex '87 frama label postmarked with America's Cup winners pictorial postmark Fremantle WA - 4th February 1987 (APM #18030)
America's Cup 1987 souvenir cover with Cuppex '87 frama label postmarked with America's Cup winners pictorial postmark Fremantle WA - 4th February 1987 (APM #18030)

America's Cup 1987 souvenir cover with 12 metre yachting 55c stamp postmarked with Cuppex '87 Opening Day pictorial postmark Claremont WA - 31st January 1987 (APM #18020)
America's Cup 1987 souvenir cover with 12 metre yachting 55c stamp postmarked with Cuppex '87 Opening Day pictorial postmark Claremont WA - 31st January 1987 (APM #18020)
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My most recent America's Cup item came from Stampboarder towradji:


S&amp;N Austral Series Postcard signed by Australia II crew member Will Baillieu.
S&N Austral Series Postcard signed by Australia II crew member Will Baillieu.

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Will Baillieu (born 15 August 1951) is an Australian rower. He competed in the men's coxed four event at the 1972 Summer Olympics. He is a brother of former Premier of Victoria, Ted Baillieu.


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I find it a bit strange that Will Baillieu's wikipedia does not mention Australia II & the America's Cup victory. It makes one think that it is a different Will Baillieu, but he is linked to the Australia II website.


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Some nice covers that didn't quite make my on frame competition exhibit:


Australia America's Cup Triumph 1983 pse postmarked on Philatelic Sales Centre GPO Perth pictorial postmark (APM #9170) on fdi - 11th October 1983.<br /><br />The US Stars &amp; Stripes 20c Flag stamp has been added later &amp; the Newport Rhode Island postmark on day of victory in Rhode Island has been back dated.
Australia America's Cup Triumph 1983 pse postmarked on Philatelic Sales Centre GPO Perth pictorial postmark (APM #9170) on fdi - 11th October 1983.

The US Stars & Stripes 20c Flag stamp has been added later & the Newport Rhode Island postmark on day of victory in Rhode Island has been back dated.

Unfortunately the cover is stained from the loss of an adhesive address label. It needs to covered by another address label, sticker or yachting stamp.
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Sterling Silk Cachet by Australian Stamp Dealer &amp; Cachetmaker Jack Koch of Adelaide for Australia II's victory and postmarked Newport Rhode Island cds on the day of the victory - 26th September 1983.<br /><br />Pictured in the cachet is Southern Cross challenger in the 1974 America's Cup.
Sterling Silk Cachet by Australian Stamp Dealer & Cachetmaker Jack Koch of Adelaide for Australia II's victory and postmarked Newport Rhode Island cds on the day of the victory - 26th September 1983.

Pictured in the cachet is Southern Cross challenger in the 1974 America's Cup.

A very nicely produced cover but let down by the choice of stamps. What relevance does the 20c Love stamp have to the cover & why was a Grenada/Grenadines game fishing stamp added.

The US has some weirdo rules for allowing foreign stamps to be postmarked but the stamp selection for this cover ruined it!
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Following the previous post where I identified the yacht in the cachet by the sail number I thought I should list the sail numbers of the Australian 12 metre yachts:

In Alphabetical Order:

Advance Australia (KA–7)
Australia (KA–5)
Australia II (KA–6)
Australia III (KA–9)
Australia IV (KA–16)
Challenge 12 (KA–10)
Dame Pattie (KA–2)
Gretel (KA–1)
Gretel II (KA–3)
Kookaburra I (KA–11)
Kookaburra II (KA–12)
Kookaburra III (KA–15)
South Australia (KA–8)
Southern Cross (KA–4)
Steak 'n' Kidney (KA–14)

In Numerical Order:

Gretel (KA–1)
Dame Pattie (KA–2)
Gretel II (KA–3)
Southern Cross (KA–4)
Australia (KA–5)
Australia II (KA–6)
Advance Australia (KA–7)
South Australia (KA–8)
Australia III (KA–9)
Challenge 12 (KA–10)
Kookaburra I (KA–11)
Kookaburra II (KA–12)
Steak 'n' Kidney (KA–14)
Kookaburra III (KA–15)

Note there appears to be no yacht number KA-13


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And while I am at it, here are the American 12 metre yachts in alphabetical order:

America II (US–42)
America II (US–44)
America II (US–46)
American Eagle (US–21)
Anitra (US–5)
Clipper (US–32)
Columbia (US–16)
Constellation (US–20)
Courageous (US–26)
Defender (US–33)
Eagle (US–60)
Easterner (US–18)
Enterprise (US–27)
Freedom (US–30)
Gleam (US-11)
Heart of America (US–51)
Heritage (US–23)
Independence (US–28)
Intrepid (US–22)
Liberty (US–40)
Magic (US–38)
Mariner (US–25)
Mitena (yacht) Mitena (US-10)
Nefertiti (US–19)
Northern Light (US-14)
Nyala (US-12)
Onawa (US–6)
Seven Seas of Porto (US-9)
Stars & Stripes 83 (US–53)
Stars & Stripes 85 (US–54)
Stars & Stripes 86 (US–56)
Stars & Stripes 87 (US–55)
USA E-1 (US–49)
USA R-1 (US–61)
Valiant (US–24)
Vim (US–15)
Waiandance (US–1)
Weatherly (US–17)

I am not sure why there is not a complete set of consecutive numbers.


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Sterling Silk Cachet by Australian Stamp Dealer &amp; Cachetmaker Jack Koch of Adelaide for Australia II's victory and postmarked with Philatelic Sales Centre GPO Perth pictorial postmark (APM #9170) on the day of the victory - 27th September 1983.
Sterling Silk Cachet by Australian Stamp Dealer & Cachetmaker Jack Koch of Adelaide for Australia II's victory and postmarked with Philatelic Sales Centre GPO Perth pictorial postmark (APM #9170) on the day of the victory - 27th September 1983.

Sterling Silk Cachet by Australian Stamp Dealer &amp; Cachetmaker Jack Koch of Adelaide for Australia II's victory and postmarked with Philatelic Sales Centre GPO Perth pictorial postmark (APM #9170) on the day of victory in Australia - 27th September 1983.
Sterling Silk Cachet by Australian Stamp Dealer & Cachetmaker Jack Koch of Adelaide for Australia II's victory and postmarked with Philatelic Sales Centre GPO Perth pictorial postmark (APM #9170) on the day of victory in Australia - 27th September 1983.

A better stamp choice by Jack Koch this time with the 1981 Ocean Racing yacht 24c stamp although a better selection would have been the 12 Metre yacht 55c stamp

I think this postmark would also have been a better choice on the cover:


27th September 1983 - America's Cup Victory Perth WA 6000 (APM #13990)
27th September 1983 - America's Cup Victory Perth WA 6000 (APM #13990)

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Australia America's Cup pse postmarked on Australia Day 1984 with Terminal Annex Seattle Washington 4 bar cds hand cancel &amp; Seattle Paquebot Washington in blue - 26th January 1984
Australia America's Cup pse postmarked on Australia Day 1984 with Terminal Annex Seattle Washington 4 bar cds hand cancel & Seattle Paquebot Washington in blue - 26th January 1984

With add-on cachet in red by &quot;USS Puget Sound Chapter #74&quot;.
With add-on cachet in red by "USS Puget Sound Chapter #74".

I don't know who the "USS Puget Sound Chapter #74" is but in many cases, these are chapters of organizations within a society or group. Same thing for many FDC's or topical stamp covers.

Groups would then "sponsor" a cacheted envelope and produce it for sale, fundraiser, awareness, gift for members, etc.

In this cover's case, I would assume the "USS Puget Sound Chapter #74" sponsored and created this cachet on the cover perhaps for a Naval or Military Society.

HMAS Sydney (FFG 03) was an Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The frigate was one of six modified Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates ordered from 1977 onwards, and the third of four to be constructed in the United States of America. Laid down and launched in 1980, Sydney was named for the capital city of New South Wales, and commissioned into the RAN on 29th January 1983.


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Wesley Cover Service fdc number 87/3 for the America's Cup defence 90c stamp with the Sydney Opera House Philatelic Sales Centre fdi pictorial postmark - 28th January 1987
Wesley Cover Service fdc number 87/3 for the America's Cup defence 90c stamp with the Sydney Opera House Philatelic Sales Centre fdi pictorial postmark - 28th January 1987

Wesley Cover Service fdc number 87/3 for the America's Cup defence 36c, 55c, 90c &amp; $1 stamps with the Sydney Opera House Philatelic Sales Centre fdi pictorial postmark - 28th January 1987
Wesley Cover Service fdc number 87/3 for the America's Cup defence 36c, 55c, 90c & $1 stamps with the Sydney Opera House Philatelic Sales Centre fdi pictorial postmark - 28th January 1987

These fdcs were excluded when I found the same one cancelled with the National fdi postmark which featured the America's Cup trophy even though it was postmarked Melbourne. One would have thought the place of postmark would have Perth or Fremantle.
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The last of my almost made covers for my one frame competition exhibit:


1987 Solomon Islands fdc for Stars &amp; Stripes Amercia's Cup Win $5 souvenir sheet postmarked with Honiara Solomon Islands America's Cup pictorial postmark - 4th February 1987.
1987 Solomon Islands fdc for Stars & Stripes Amercia's Cup Win $5 souvenir sheet postmarked with Honiara Solomon Islands America's Cup pictorial postmark - 4th February 1987.

If this cover had been signed by Dennis Conner (real or autopen) I would have included it even though to fit on the page I would have needed to display it on an angle.

Judges have recommended wider pages which I will look into sometime.
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Solomon Islands 1987 America's Cup winners souvenir sheets for Stars &amp; Stripes (top) &amp; Kookaburra III (bottom)
Solomon Islands 1987 America's Cup winners souvenir sheets for Stars & Stripes (top) & Kookaburra III (bottom)

In anticipation of the victory, the Solomon Islands produced souvenir sheets for both Stars & Stripes & Kookaburra III. These souvenir sheets would then be ready for sale on the day of victory at Cup-pex 87. The souvenir sheets for the losing yacht, Kookaburra III, were to be destroyed.

However not all were destroyed & Gibbons record that one is known to exist.


Solomon Islands unissued 1987 America's Cup winners souvenir sheets for Kookaburra III
Solomon Islands unissued 1987 America's Cup winners souvenir sheets for Kookaburra III

Excerpt from Gibbons Catalogue
Excerpt from Gibbons Catalogue

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In 1981 Australia produced a set of Yachting stamps which included the 24c Ocean Racer, 35c Light Weight Sharpie, 55c 12 metre yacht & 60c Sabot (SG 833 to 836):


SG 835 - 12 metre yacht issued 14th October 1981.
SG 835 - 12 metre yacht issued 14th October 1981.

The yacht pictured in the stamp "Australia - KA5" which was the challenger to the 1977 & 1980 America's Cup races.

Australia (KA–5) is an Australian 12-metre-class America's Cup racing yacht that twice challenged unsuccessfully for the America's Cup in 1977 and 1980. Designed by Ben Lexcen in association with the Dutch designer Johan Valentijn for Alan Bond, Australia failed to win a single race against the 1977 defender, Courageous (US-26), but won one race against the 1980 defender, Freedom (US-30). Australia resides in Sydney, Australia.


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1981 12 metre yacht maxi-card of Australia postmarked Sydney Philatelic Sales Centre fdi - 14th October 1981.
1981 12 metre yacht maxi-card of Australia postmarked Sydney Philatelic Sales Centre fdi - 14th October 1981.

I will replace with better image when it arrives from eBay. :)
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Fremantle Sailing Club (Inc.) presentation pack for the 12 metre yacht "Australia"


Photograph, provided by Qantas, of the 12 metre yacht Australia, challenger for the<br />1977 &amp; 1980 America's Cups, signed by the photographer Warren Clarke, <br />with the stamp postmarked Fremantle WA national fdi pictorial of ship's compass - <br />14th October 1981'(APM #10320).
Photograph, provided by Qantas, of the 12 metre yacht Australia, challenger for the
1977 & 1980 America's Cups, signed by the photographer Warren Clarke,
with the stamp postmarked Fremantle WA national fdi pictorial of ship's compass -
14th October 1981'(APM #10320).

&quot;Australia&quot; 55c stamp postmarked Fremantle WA national fdi pictorial of ships compass - <br />14th October 1981 (APM #10320).
"Australia" 55c stamp postmarked Fremantle WA national fdi pictorial of ships compass -
14th October 1981 (APM #10320).

Autograph of Warren Clarke photographer of the image of the yacht &quot;Australia&quot; 55c stamp
Autograph of Warren Clarke photographer of the image of the yacht "Australia" 55c stamp

Fremantle Sailing Club (Inc).<br />Success Harbour<br />Base Port of Australia - July to December  1979
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Fremantle Sailing Club fdc with &quot;Australia&quot; 55c stamp (&amp; matching cachet) postmarked Fremantle WA national fdi pictorial of ships compass - 14th October 1981 (APM #10320).
Fremantle Sailing Club fdc with "Australia" 55c stamp (& matching cachet) postmarked Fremantle WA national fdi pictorial of ships compass - 14th October 1981 (APM #10320).

&quot;Australia&quot; 55c stamp postmarked Fremantle WA national fdi pictorial of ships compass -<br />14th October 1981 (APM #10320).
"Australia" 55c stamp postmarked Fremantle WA national fdi pictorial of ships compass -
14th October 1981 (APM #10320).

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Fremantle Sailing Club (Inc) Success Harbour<br />Base Port of Australia - July to December 1979
Fremantle Sailing Club (Inc) Success Harbour
Base Port of Australia - July to December 1979

Insert signed by Alan Bond
Insert signed by Alan Bond
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Fremantle Sailing Club fdc with complete set of 1981 Yachting stamps including &quot;Australia&quot; 55c stamp (&amp; matching cachet) postmarked Fremantle WA national fdi pictorial of ships compass -<br />14th October 1981 (APM #10320).
Fremantle Sailing Club fdc with complete set of 1981 Yachting stamps including "Australia" 55c stamp (& matching cachet) postmarked Fremantle WA national fdi pictorial of ships compass -
14th October 1981 (APM #10320).

Insert signed by Ron Warren, Commodore of Fremantle Sailing Club
Insert signed by Ron Warren, Commodore of Fremantle Sailing Club
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In anticipation of the victory, the Solomon Islands produced souvenir sheets for both Stars & Stripes & Kookaburra III. These souvenir sheets would then be ready for sale on the day of victory at Cup-pex 87. The souvenir sheets for the losing yacht, Kookaburra III, were to be destroyed.

However not all were destroyed & Gibbons record that one is known to exist.


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I've been privileged to sell this same item TWICE. Most recently a year or so back to a member here. :lol:

I discovered the error, and reported it at the time.

https://www.glenstephens.com/rarity_found_in_junk_box.html


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I buy a vast amount of material from the general public. Not only from my ads in stamp magazines, but also via the ads in Yellow Pages, and suburban and country sources, as well as the buying section on my internet website.

Much of it is posted in, Registered mail. My method is simple. Sell the key pieces fast, and the medium pieces soon afterwards. What is left then usually “owes” me ZIP. Whatever I get for the left over carton or two is then profit. Often material is bought or posted over by relatives clearing an Estate.

This is always a real magical mystery tour, as you know NOTHING about any unusual items. The owner often leaves no notation as to WHY he had the stamp saved.

Often one finds inverted and sideways watermark Kangaroos and similar items, known as errors to their owner, but are not noted in any way to any other observer. The owner dies, and the actual reason the stamp is mounted there is lost as well, unless annotated.

I was in a frantic panic to clean up my messy offices before flying out this December. Material purchased during this year, indeed often in previous years was tossed into vaguely sensible lots, and typed into ads. One item caught my eye, that was mixed in among a fairly basic collection of Pacific islands stamps.

The item in question is the Solomon Islands 1987 “Americas Cup” $5 souvenir sheet. There was nothing really unusual in that. It is Stanley Gibbons #575 and catalogues only Ł3.75 in mint. The thing that caught my eye was that here were TWO $5 mini sheets on the page, and both of them depicted different yachts!

The answer did not take too long to find. Again looking at the Stanley Gibbons catalogue, the footnote after #575 says “similar miniature sheets showing the yacht ‘Kookaburra III’ were prepared, but destroyed once the results of the cup races were known. It is believed that at least one example of the unissued miniature sheet has survived.“


“Stars and Stripes”


Cover of the February 2000 issue of “Australasian STAMPS” magazine, announced the discovery.

This seems to be the case. I have TWO Different $5 sheets on my desk, one showing Kevin Parry’s yacht “Kookaburra III” and the other more familiar version depicting the yacht “Stars And Stripes”, which was skippered by Dennis Conner.

So, here we are 13 years after the issue date and Gibbons notes only a single example existing. There are precious few Commonwealth items post war that are unique.

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Glen

Thank you. It is certainly harder to find good material in this collecting field now. :D
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Fleetwood fdc with 12 metre yacht &quot;Australia&quot; 55c stamp postmarked Melbourne Philatelic Bureau fdi - 14th October 1981
Fleetwood fdc with 12 metre yacht "Australia" 55c stamp postmarked Melbourne Philatelic Bureau fdi - 14th October 1981

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Description of 12 metre yachts
Description of 12 metre yachts

Fleetwood (which was the business name of the Unicover Corporation of Wyoming at this time) commenced making covers in the USA in 1929, with their first fdc in 1941. Their covers are always branded with the Fleetwood Insignia & have a linen-finish paper & usually have a narrative on the reverse. Mystic Stamp Company acquired Fleetwood in 2007.

Fleetwood started making covers for Australia in 1979, mainly for the US market, & continued to do for about 6 years. The quantities produced are unknown but their production was largely unknown in Australia, till eBay reached Australia, in the late 1990s.

Their usual system was to make a fdc for each of the stamps in a set (as shown above) & another with all of the stamps from the set (see next post).
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Fleetwood fdc with complete set of 1981 Yachting stamps including &quot;Australia&quot; 55c  stamp postmarked Melbourne Philatelic Bureau fdi - 14th October 1981
Fleetwood fdc with complete set of 1981 Yachting stamps including "Australia" 55c stamp postmarked Melbourne Philatelic Bureau fdi - 14th October 1981

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Description of Yachting in Australia &amp; the stamp artist Ron Fletcher.
Description of Yachting in Australia & the stamp artist Ron Fletcher.
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Brad I assume you have that large PO box of stuff with a large Boxing Kangaroo sail or carry bag or whatever inside?

I see them now and again in Estates.
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Brad -- did you ever find a set of these?

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Australia 1986 America’s Cup FDCs, with VOLTARIN Medico inserts

Australia 1986 America’s Cup FDCs, with VOLTARIN Medico inserts

Seems like someone at CIBA-CEIGY Pharmaceuticals had the bright idea a couple of decades later from the SIGMA era, to try the same kind of targeted marketing based around a popular event, covered on FDC?

In the spirit of the SIGMA Medico covers of decades before, Voltarin mailed out sets of these covers to Doctors etc it appears.

In 4 x matched Vinyl wallets, PO official FDC, and a Voltarin ad inside with details of the race and long details on the drugs inside.

Cannot recall ever seeing these before. 4 different frankings, and 4 different cancels as you can see.
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A tour de force of not just the philatelic aspects of the America's Cup, but much more. I did like the large number and variety of Perth cancellations. Appropriate since it was the Royal Perth Yacht Club which hosted the defence.

Glen

The Voltaren covers are not the last of the drug company covers, but pretty close.

My set does not have the clear plastic sleeves that your set has. These were designed to fit into the binder which is advertised on the folder that my set comes in. I have never seen one of those binders. My set also has a rather amateurish insert asking the secretary to not throw the covers away.

The "long details" about the drug are typical of modern drug information. It is called the PI (for Product Information). The modern PI for voltaren would have lots more to say about renal effects than this one does.

Voltaren is still a popular brand of diclofenac.


Voltaren covers' folder
Voltaren covers' folder

Voltaren Covers' folder back
Voltaren Covers' folder back

Not promotional mail insert
Not promotional mail insert

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