COMMEMORATIVE SET OF STAMPS “AEK – 50 YEARS SINCE THE BASKETBALL EUROPEAN CUP WINNERS' CUP”
Τετάρτη, 28 Μαρτίου 2018

It is now 50 years since that unforgettable evening at the Panathenaic Stadium when AEK Athens won the Basketball European Cup Winners’ Cup.

On that night it must have seemed to the crowd as if ten gods in human form had come down from nearby Ardettus Hill, rather than Mount Olympus, to show mere mortals how the game ought to be played.  What is certain is that the feats of 4th April entered the collective consciousness, ensuring that even to this day they are savoured like heavenly ambrosia by the Greek people. 

The Panathenaic Stadium, standing at the foot of the pine-forested paradise of Ardettos hill, had not witnessed such scenes since 1896, when local hero Spyros Louis won the first Marathon of the modern Olympics there. Giorgos Amerikanos, Christos Zoupas, Giorgos Trontzos, Stelios Vassiliadis, Aias Larentzakis, Antonis Christeas, Lakis Tsavas, Petros Petrakis, Nikos Nesiadis and Andreas Dimitriadis had achieved the first international victory by a Greek team in any sport. They were “The Ten”, who carried an entire country with them, led by their coach Nikos Mila. And this year, Hellenic Post honours the fiftieth anniversary of the Basketball European Cup Winners' Cup with a commemorative set of stamps, keeping the memory of this historic sporting event alive forever.

CATEGORY

DESIGNS

QUANTITIES

0,72 €

LOGO – AEK B.C.

1.500.000

0,90 €

FREE COMPOSITION

500.000

DIMENSIONS                         : 35 X 45 mm in sheets of 25

DESIGN                                 : Anthoula Lygka

PRINTING METHOD               : Multicolored (OFFSET)

PRINTERS                             : «VERIDOS MATSOUKIS S.A. SECURITY PRINTING»

CIRCULATION-SALES           : This set circulates on 30 March 2018, and will be available at the Hellenic post offices through 29 March 2019, unless previously sold out. Complete sets will be available at the local Hellenic Post Offices and at the Central Philatelic Office until their withdrawal, unless previously sold out.

Also available:

1. ILLUSTRATED FIRST DAY COVERS (2X5.000 pieces)

They have a design related to the subject of the Series. Available at a charge of 4,50€ per set.

2.  REGULAR SET ALBUMS (1.000 pieces)

Available at a charge of 7,90 €.

3. SETS OF 2 SOUVENIR SHEETS (8.000 sets, numbered)

Available at a charge of 1,62 € per set.

4. SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE COVER WITH MEDAL (3.000 pieces)

Available at a charge of 8.00 €.

5. PREPAID MAXIMUM CARDS (10X1.000 pieces)

Available from 26 April at a charge of 16,00 € per set.

6. SHEETS OF PERSONALIZED STAMPS (5.000 pieces, numbered)

Available from 26 April at a charge of 6,00 €.

All philatelic products will be available at the Central Philatelic Office (5 Lykourgou str. & Apellou, 100 38 Athens), and at the Post Offices until sold out, except the F.D.C. and the souvenir sheets, which will be withdrawn on 29 March 2019.

Collectors will be able to have items franked at the Central Philatelic Office with the special First Day commemorative postmark, providing they have affixed to them stamps from the set responding to the first rate domestic mail, today 0,72 €.



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