2001 Australian Legends: “Vale” The Don

Sir Donald Bradman died on the 25 February 2001 at the age of 92. He died of pneumonia at Kensington Park South Australia. The two stamps that were issued in 1997 for the initial Legends issue were reprinted with the dates 1908-2001.

The two stamps showed a portrait of Bradman as a young man and a se-tenant stamp based on his record Innings of 452* in 1930 at the SCG for NSW against Queensland.

The stamps were issued in sheetlets of 10 in se-tenant formation. The front of the stamp pack showed Bradman walking out to play for the last time at the SCG in February 1949. The back shows him walking off after his last innings. The front of the pack was overprinted with “Vale The Don 1908-2001”.

The postmark was based on his record Innings of 452* in 1930 at the SCG for NSW against Queensland. (as is one of the stamps). Sir Donald Bradman (who lived in Kensington) played at the oval often after joining the Kensington club upon his move to Adelaide from Sydney in 1935.

The two maxicards were the same as the 1997 except for the colour of the border.