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MCC to issue a special stamp for India’s 75th Test anniversary

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On 19 July the MCC and Bletchley Park Post Office will release a special stamp issue for the 75th anniversary of Indian Test cricket and the new Pataudi Trophy. The trophy is in honour of the Nawab of Pataudi who in 1932 played for both England and India. 1932 was also the first time an Indian Test team stepped out to face England at Lord’s. The stamps feature the trophy and the BCCI logo alongside an England Lion. They will be available in commemorative sheets of 10 stamps and on two first day match covers. The first cover uses artwork by MCC young artist Karen Neale to show the match day view from the Edrich Stand at Lord’s. The second has a montage by Clare Pollitt taken from the collection of Boria Majumdar.  This important collection will be on display in the Long Room at Lords from 19 July for a period of 3 months. It will be the forerunner of a major exhibition based on the Majumdar Collection to celebrate the history of Indian cricket and the relationship between cricket and empire.

Each of these special envelopes will carry a single hand fixed stamp cancelled for the 19 July match day at Lord’s using a unique MCC  postmark. A numbered limited edition of 500 for each cover will be issued. A little piece of cricket art and history that is sure to become worth a great deal more than the £10 issue price. The stamps and covers can only be obtained from the MCC museum or direct from Bletchley Park Post Office.

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