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First Day Covers Stamp Details

The First Day Covers of Great Britain, generally referred to by collectors as “GB FDCs” is one of the most popular areas of GB philately. A First Day Cover is an envelope (or other type of enclosure device) bearing a stamp postmarked on its first official day of use. It is possible to collect first day stamp usages from the Penny Black onwards and Victorian and Edwardian stamps are pretty much all valuable, when they can be found at all. However it is interesting to note that postmarks specifically designed for the purposes of cancelling a stamp only on its first day by including the words “First Day of Issue” did not appear until 1963. If this does not seem quite right to you it will be because the issuance of new stamps often coincided with special events which had their own special postmarks used to cancel stamps, for example the 1924 & 1925 Wembley Exhibition sets, the 1929 UPU Congress set, 1935 Silver Jubilee & 1937 Coronation issues.

The 1890 Uniform Penny Post Jubilee envelope was probably the first souvenir first day cover produced in Great Britain and is known with special Jubilee cancellations, a 1911 illustrated post card bearing the 1d green postmarked on Coronation Day (and the first day of the stamp) can occasionally be found but the first stamp issue to be seen somewhat regularly on illustrated covers made to present stamps for cancelling on their first date of issue was for the 1935 Silver Jubilee set.

KEVIII and the reign of KGVI saw an explosion of illustrated FDCs made widely available to the public apart from some of the more obscure definitive values which were issued without fanfare. Today collectors of First Day Covers can add to their collections regularly and advanced collectors can seek out the scarcer versions of the different special postmarks available for most issues.

We would recommend the excellent “Collect GB First Day Covers” reference catalogue by Jeffrey Booth (“The Booth Catalogue”)

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  • Lot 785 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £250 - £350

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    GB.FIRST DAY COVERS - 1960's-2000 a large collection incl. many better Official covers cat. £10-15 (at least 250+), some definitives, slogan and cds cancels, miniature sheets etc. (+/- 1000 covers)
  • Lot 786 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £80 - £120

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    GB.FIRST DAY COVERS - 1963.-2007 in ten albums, incl. some special cancels (fair bit of the earlier are hand addressed), also three suede albums of Benham small silks, three albums of R.N.L.I. cove...
  • Lot 787 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £30 - £50

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    GB.FIRST DAY COVERS - 1969 MACHIN BOOKLET PANE FDC's illustrated Philart covers with 8 Jan 2 panes and 3 panes, 28 Feb 4d pane, 3 March two panes. Cat. £320 by Bradbury. (4 covers)
  • Lot 788 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £20 - £30

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    GB.FIRST DAY COVERS - 1971-72 MACHIN BOOKLET PANE FDC's 1971 24 Dec Christmas four advert panes with Southampton cds, and 1972  £1 Wedgwood 'Wessex' FDC's x4, each with Barlaston special cancels. B...
  • Lot 789 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £40 - £50

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    GB.FIRST DAY COVERS - 1975 Turner Benham cover with PETWORTH cds (cat. £200), and 1975 Architecture Chester E.A.H.Y. special cancel on Official cover (cat. £100), fine. (2 covers)
  • Lot 790 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £25 - £30

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    GB.FIRST DAY COVERS - 2000-2007 run of approx 120 Royal Mail covers, with Commemoratives, miniature sheets, some Machins to £5 etc. Also a stockbook and folder of pre decimal issues. (Qty)
  • Lot 791 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £40 - £70

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    GB.FIRST DAY COVERS - 2010 - 2019. A near complete run of commemorative and definitive covers, through to March 2019, with very few missing. Approximately 215 covers.
  • Lot 792 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £45 - £55

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    GB.FIRST DAY COVERS - BENHAM 1978-81 GUTTER PAIR COVERS in an album, not many produced of these. (55 covers)
  • Lot 793 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £500 - £600

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    GB.FIRST DAY COVERS - BENHAM COVERS COLLECTION 1980's-2000's mostly BLCS issues with many alternative issues, with the odd duplicate. S.T.C. £5000+. (+/- 500 covers)
  • Lot 794 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £250 - £300

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    GB.FIRST DAY COVERS - BENHAM COVERS 1980's-90's with many Officials, cds covers, 'L' series and alternatives etc. S.T.C. £2500+. (+/- 250 covers)

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