Collingwood Premierships

The Collingwood Football Club, nicknamed the Magpies or colloquially the Pies, is a professional Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League (AFL). Formed in 1892 in the then-working class Melbourne suburb of Collingwood, the club played in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) before joining seven other teams in 1896 to found the breakaway Victorian Football League (now the national AFL). Originally based at Victoria Park, Collingwood now plays its home games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground with its training and administrative headquarters located at Olympic Park Oval and the Holden Centre.

Collingwood has played in a record 42 VFL/AFL Grand Finals (including rematches), winning 14, drawing one and losing 22 (also a record). Regarded as one of Australia’s most popular sports clubs, Collingwood attracts the highest attendance figures and television ratings of any professional team in the nation.

First Class Collectables (?) released a set of PSEs overprinted with WEG posters celebrating their premierships.

The initial set was of DL envelopes (220x110mm) was the 1995 Australian Birds issued on the 6 November 1995. The PSE indica was the Spotted Harrier postmarked with the Collingwood Pictorial Postmark dated on the FDI of the PSEs.

The issue was also released on C6 enevelopes. The PSE indica included the Yellow-Billed Spoonbill and the Palm Cocatoo postmarked with the Collingwood Pictorial Postmark issued on the Celebration of the AFL Centenary and dated 23 April 1996.

Some of the PSEs was from the initial Australian PSE issue of the 11 September 1978. It was also an Australian Bird issue and also released with both DL and C6 size envelopes. The PSE indica included the Rose Robin, Rainbow Lorikeet, Kookaburra and the Crisom Rosella postmarked with the Collingwood Pictorial Postmark issued on the Celebration of the AFL Centenary and dated 23 April 1996.

THE banner cover shows a variation of the 1936 cover printed on the Spotted Harrier PSE DL size

Covers for premiership years 1917, and 1929 are not shown.

From Australian Pictormarks “It took a while before collectors saw the potential of theses philatelic items, but since then, canny collectors have acquired stocks of early mint PSEs and cleverly adapted them for later events related to the original PSE.” The above items are an example with the Bird related PSE being tied to the Magpie Postmarks and cachet.