The 2006–07 cricket series between Australia and England for The Ashes was played in Australia from 23 November 2006 to 5 January 2007. Australia won the series and regained the Ashes that had been lost to England in the 2005 series. The five Tests of the series were played at Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. In winning, Australia completed a 5–0 “whitewash”, the first time this had happened in an Ashes series since 1920–21. The series was also notable for the retirement of four significant Australian players, namely Justin Langer, Damien Martyn, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne. By winning the third test at the WACA in Perth Australia had won back the Ashes by taking an unassailable 3-0 lead.
Lobo8, an Ebay cover producer, trumped Australia Post by bringing out a limited edition series of covers on the last day of the Sydney test, 5 January 2007. His limited edition cover of 10 used the MCG stamp series from the 1977 Test Match Centenary issue, the cachet was the final wicket in the 3rd test at the WACA (the same photograph as the Australia Post Maximum card issued on 16 January 2007) and the team after receiving the Crystal Ashes replica Urn at the SCG on the 5 January 2006. The postmark was the Philatelic Sales at Sydney postmark dated the 5 January 2006.
The Ashes urn made only its second visit to Australia for the 2006-07 series. Its other visit was in 1988 for the Bicentenary celebrations.
Another five covers were produced all with the Sporting Treasures stamp of Sir Don’s “Baggy green”
On the 16 January 2007 Australia Post issued a series of philatelic products to celebrate Australia winning back the Ashes from the Old Enemy.
The issue consisted of
- 50 cent gummed stamp of the winning wicket at the WACA
- $1.85 International Post gummed stamp of celebrations at the WACA with the “Replica” Urn
- Miniature sheet of the two stamps on a picture of the WACA with a fiery cricket ball and the Urn
- 50c Peel & Stick Booklet stamp with the same design
- $1.85 International post Peel & Stick Booklet stamp with the same design
The stamps were issued in sheets of 50, with no special design in the selvedge, or in the Miniature Sheet (shown in the Banner Image above).
First Day Covers of gummed stamps
Miniature Sheet Overprints
First Day Covers of Miniature Sheets
Peel and Stick Booklet Stamps
The Booklet stamps were issued in the same designs as the gummed stamps. They were available in booklets of five stamps or cheque books of twenty booklets (100 stamps).
First Day Covers of Booklets
First Day Covers of Booklet Stamps
The Urn Returns
On Australia Day 26 January 2007 Australia Post released a stamp pack with the 50c gummed Ashes stamp in a set of ten with the urn in the selvedge.
Postal numismatic cover (PNC)
On the 2 February 2007 a limited edition numinastic cover of 8000 was released. The cover sold out in a few days.
The Ashes Special Souvenir Sheet
In November 2006 Australia Post released a SSS for the Ashes. It consisted of a sheet of ten 50c Flag and Kangaroo stamps with the players photographs in the selvedge. The back of the pack showed the signatures of the team.
A set of covers cancelled with the GABBA CDS is not shown.