On the 17 October 2017 Australia Post issued Part three of the Fair Dinkum Aussie Alphabet series. The illustrations are based on five letters of the alphabet: B, G, J, K and U.
Part One, released on 1 March 2016 featured the letters N, Q, S, V and W (to represent five of the six Australian states). Part two was released on the 16 August 2016 and the letters were: A, C, L, R, T. (That means it’s Tassie’s turn!)
U is for Umpire …
“The poor Ulysses butterfly is feeling utterly unsure about the untidy ute full of uggs that are under the guard of a ukulele-playing umpire! It’s all rather unsettling. ”
There are only two sports in Australia that use the term, umpire, namely Australian Football and Cricket. The uniform could be consistent with both codes. The way the umpire is holding his hands, signaling a goal, is typical of football. This can be seen on the back of the featured Stamp pack and the maximum card below.
FDC was sold on Ebay by “blueunicorns” Sturt, SA.
The booklet was issued with 10 Peel and Stick stamps and also available in a cheque book of 200 stamps. The 5 different booklets were available in a Booklet Collection.
The Gummed stamps were available in sheets of 50 stamps for each individual stamp. There was no special design.
The 2017 Impressions online sale by Australia Post included a minature sheet with the Ulysses Butterfly and four of the gummed U stamps.
The Complete Issue
First day cover (blank, gummed, self-adhesive) and Stamp Pack Front and Centre.
Self-adhesive roll of 100 with strip of 5 and Postal numismatic cover (letter “K”)
The 2017 Impressions online sale by Australia Post as well as including the Ulysses minisheet with the Ulysses Butterfly and four of the gummed U stamps, also included a minisheet with the 5 stamps of Part three of the Fair Dinkum Aussie Alphabet series, as part of a limited edition of 200 numbered sheets showing two garden gnomes.
The 2017 Impressions online sale also contained the 5 stamps of Part three of the Fair Dinkum Aussie Alphabet series, which were part of a limited edition of 200 numbered “Australian Stamps 2017”, Commemorative Portrait.
The 2018 Impressions online sale contained the 5 stamps of Part three of the Fair Dinkum Aussie Alphabet series as part of a numbered minisheet. The sheeet showed a set of Ugg boots.