1992 Collingwood Magpies Centenary

Collingwood celebrated it’s Centenary in 1992 by the issue of a special cover and commemorative postmark (APM24310) and the introduction of a permanent pictorial postmark (APM24320) on the 11th March 1992.

The stamp shown on the commemorative cover is the 45c Young Endeavour stamp.

Collingwood’s first match on 7th May 1892 was played against Carlton in front of 16,000 fans. Carlton won 3 goals to 2 goals. The re-enactment game in front of over 83,000 fans was again won by Carlton.

Of all the long term AFL/VFL teams Carlton is the only team to have a positive win-loss ratio against the Magpies. Of the 213 games played until the end of the Centenary season, Collingwood have won 100, Carlton 109 and there have been 4 draws.

A special cachet was drawn by cartoonist Jeff Hook to represent the game. It is shown on the Centenary Collingwood cover with the permanent pictorial postmark.

Covers with or without a cachet of the match details is also available. It is shown on the Centenary Collingwood cover with the permanent pictorial postmark and the permanent pictorial postmark of the MCG (APM23600).

The Permanent Pictorial Postmark was available until the 22nd April 1996 when it was replaced by APM29075/6. Interestingly the AFL Centenary Cover was not issued until 23rd April 1996 but the above cover was issued by Australia Post as the change in location of the postmark from Collingwood to Abbotsford was not announced prior to the change.