The 2018 Grand Final, the 122nd, on Saturday the 29th September was one of the greatest of all time. The Collingwood Magpies, after a poor season in 2017, rose to 3rd on the ladder, one game behind the West Coast Eagles who were their eventual Grand Final opponents. The Magpies bolted out of the blocks kicking the first five goals. The Eagles continued to play solid football and by three quarter time the scores were level. The Magpies again cleared away and despite a majority of possession the Eagles were unable to close the gap. In the final 2 minutes the Eagles kicked the winning goal to win by 5 points. The grand final attendance of 100,022 people was the largest crowd since the 1986 Grand Final.
A PNC or Postal Numismatic Cover is a joint release by the Mint (Royal Australian Mint) and Australia Post. It is an envelope usually with a design and a stamp, postmark and a coin insert. The first Premiership Cover was issued in 2007 for the Geelong Cats’ GF win. Strictly speaking coins have only been in the four covers from 2012-2015, the rest have been medallions.
The Postmark is dated the 2nd November 2018. The date of issue tends to be fluid with ordering and prepayment for the limited edition, only 2018 being produced. These so called “Seasonal Postmarks” have also been issued since 2007. The same design was used to 2011 for the PNC and also in 2011 for the Captains’ Series. Since 2012 the same design as the 2018 PNC has been used. The jumpers are adjusted for hoops, stripes or the relevant design. The date and place also change.
The stamp on the cover is the same as the Premiership souvenir stamp sheet.