Hobbit Unexpected Journey Gummed Self-adhesive First Day Covers

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Two limited edition The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Definitive First Day Covers (FDCs) were issued to coincide with the worldwide release of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ motion picture. These magnificent The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey FDC envelopes which are much in demand by collectors, pay tribute to ‘The Lord of The Rings’ trilogy and explore J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic Middle-Earth saga in a manner that movie enthusiasts, stamp lovers, and fans will enjoy and appreciate.

First day covers thumbnailTWO PICTURESQUE OFFICIAL The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey First Day Covers postmarked Nov. 1, 2012: one envelope features The Fellowship on march design affixed with a set of Self Adhesives, the other design Ringwraith with Gummed stamps showing pivotal characters from the award winning The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie. Each envelope features a different motif and was initially available individually or in a set - both items sold out quickly. See below for additional information about FDCs. Envelope sizes - gummed: 4.72 H x 8.07 W inches; 120 x 205 mm, self-adhesive: 4.53 H x 8.07 W inches; 115 x 205 mm. Issue date: 1 November 2012 (11/01/12).

Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey First Day Covers affixed with sets of six miniature sheet stamps are also available.

NEW ZEALAND POST'S 2012 ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ philatelic issue is the only stamp release officially licensed by New Line Cinema and approved by the film’s director, Peter Jackson, and was released with their total cooperation and blessing. Designed by Sacha Lees at Weta Workshop - the same team nominated for three Academy Awards and winner of two prestigious BAFTA Awards - now out of print (OOP), these limited edition Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey First Day Covers represent a wonderful opportunity to commemorate this huge cinematic undertaking. A second OOPThe Two Towers’ set was issued in December 2002 and a third ‘The Return of the King’ set was released in November 2003 to commemorate ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movie trilogy.

2012 First Day Cover - Self-Adhesive Set

actual size: 4 1/2 H x 8 1/16 W inches; 115 x 205 mm
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First day cover with six self adhesive stamps and December 4, 2001 cancellation postmarks

Envelope depicts The Fellowship on the march in silhouette affixed with complete 2001 set of self-adhesive Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey stamps postmarked on the first day of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ stamp issue. Designed for postal vending machines, self-adhesives are smaller (26 x 37 mm; 1 x 1 1/2") than the corresponding gummed stamps (25 x 50 mm; 1 x 2"), and in a more natural portrait frame versus the landscape framing of the gummed stamps.

2012 First Day Cover - Gummed Set

actual size: 4 3/4 H x 8 1/16 W inches; 120 x 205 mm
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First day cover with six gummed stamps and December 4, 2001 cancellation postmarks

Envelope featuring a Ringwraith, one of the servants of Sauron, affixed with set of six gummed Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey stamps postmarked on the first day of issue. This gummed FDC is also included in the deluxe Presentation Pack set.

First Day Covers: Pictorial envelopes which are issued and stamped with a specifically-designed cancellation Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey postmark that is only used for that day and issue. The cancellation stamp for these Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey First Day Covers is a stylized Eye of Sauron encircled by the words ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, First Day of Issue, 1 November 2012, Stamps Centre Wanganui New Zealand’. First Day Covers are very collectable since they are rare and hard to obtain after issuance. This issue was only released in New Zealand and sold out quickly. Approximately 16,000 Fellowship First Day Covers were issued by NZ Post.

Additional Info: First Day Covers (FDC) are unaddressed. Technical details are available. A second ‘The Two Towers’ set was issued in December 2002 and a third ‘The Return of the King’ set was released in November 2003 to commemorate the Middle-earth movie trilogy.

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