Sachin Tendulkar may have retired from Cricket, but his craze among his admirers is going to last for some time. His fans want to collect things related to him as souvenirs. Postal Department has issued two commemorative postage stamps on Sachin Tendulkar to commemorate his 200th Test Match on 14 November, 2013 and people are crazy to collect these stamps.
Mr. Krishna Kumar Yadav, Director Postal Services of Allahabad Region told that to honor Sachin Tendulkar, who is the only player to have played 200 test matches, Postal Department has issued a set of two commemorative stamps, a miniature sheet, and a mixed sheetlet, which depicts the journey of his test career from his debut test to recent one. These stamps were issued on 14 November but since the print order was large due to huge demand, they were made available in Philatelic Bureaus across the country in phased manner.
Mr. Krishna Kumar Yadav, told that these stamps are available in Allahabad Region at Philatelic Bureaus of Allahabad and Varanasi. More than 1,000 customers have purchased these stamps with Sachin Tendulkar’s image. This number includes not only youngsters and school children who are fans of Cricket and Sachin but government officers working in various fields, Judges, Doctors, Engineers, Advocates, Sport Persons and people from Corporate World. Not only Allahabad, but people are coming from nearby districts to purchase these stamps, many of these people are procuring these postage stamps for gifting to other persons. Other than above, these stamps and other items are being also dispatched by registered post to 788 Philatelic Deposit Account holders of Allahabad Philatelic Bureau added Mr. Yadav.
Director Mr. Yadav also told that these stamps are available in the denominations of rupees 20/- each. Department of Posts has got these stamps printed in huge quantity. It includes 30.1 lakh each postage stamps, 24.1 lakh miniature sheets and 16.1 lakh sheetlets (sheet of 16 stamps). Apart from these, First Day Cover and Information Brochure have also been issued, which are available for Rs. 20/- and Rs. 5/- respectively.
(Pl. also read this news in Times of India, 5 Dec. 2013 @