Australia Post initiated Stamp Collecting Month, in 1993, as a way to educate children and encourage stamp collecting. Themes had included pets, zoos, oceans, space and dinosaurs. 2009 was different in that it aimed at behaviour to try encourage children to take part in sports and do regular exercise.
The sports, shown in cartoon like drawings, included Australian Football, Cricket, netball, basketball, soccer and tennis.
The 55 cent stamps were released on the 6 October 2009.
Australian Rules Football
Auskick was devised in 1988 and began in the state of Victoria, the traditional home of the sport, under the name Vickick. It was supported by the Australian Football League (AFL), the sport’s preeminent professional competition, which rolled it out nationally in the 1990s. It is presently sponsored by National Australia Bank.
The AFL has used the Auskick program to introduce Australian rules football into schools and communities around the country to increase the AFL’s profile in areas that traditionally support other football codes such as New South Wales and Queensland
Each sport had a set of philatelic items produced.
- Booklet of 10 Peel and stick stamps (only one barcode (?))
- A cheque book of 20 booklets, 200 stamps (the banner image)
- the gummed stamps were issued as a minisheet or a 50 sheet of 10 stamps from each sport
- A maximum card