Test Cricket Centenary 1877-1977 First Day cover & medal in folder

Object Type
Philatelics and currency/Philatelic material/Stamp/First day cover
Philatelics and currency/Currency/Coin
Date Used
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Object Detail

Brief Description
Thin cardboard, folded over and glued into one postcard-like object. On the left-hand side is a clear plastic pocket containing a silver coin with a raised image of cricketers on one side and writing on the other reading TEST CRICKET / CENTENARY / MELBOURNE CRICKET CLUB / 1877-1977 / AUSTRALIA-ENGLAND". On the front are 5 stamps, worth 18c each, still joined and all together depicting the pitch of a cricket game in progress. It is stamped with a Melbourne Cricket Club Stamp postmarked 15 MAR 1977, exactly 100 years after the first day of play. Printing on the front includes a monochrome picture of a pavilion, and the back is printed with a Certificate of Authenticity. Piece of beige-coloured paper printed with tan text. The text is a description of the first test between England and Australia at the MCG in 1877. Folder made of green plastic over a padded support with two inner clear plastic pockets. Stamped on the front in gold is "THE TEST CRICKET CENTENARY / 1877-1977 / OFFICIAL COMMEMORATIVE". Typed letter on FRANKLIN MINT letterhead personally signed by D. Hartney, Collector Services Manager. The letter is addressed "Dear Collector" and is telling the receiver of the Commemorative that they have just been sent (relating to the 1977 Centenary test).
H: 119 W: 228 D: 3mm (H: 4 11/16 W: 9 D: 1/8")
H: 119 W: 228mm (H: 4 11/16 W: 9")
H: 136 W: 241 D: 14mm (H: 5 3/8 W: 9 1/2 D: 9/16")
H: 15 W: 246 D: 134mm (H: 9/16 W: 9 11/16 D: 5 1/4")
H: 260 W: 210mm (H: 10 1/4 W: 8 1/4")
H: 30 W: 251 D: 146mm (H: 1 3/16 W: 9 7/8 D: 5 3/4")
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Date Used
In storage
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Credit Line
Kindly donated to the Melbourne Cricket Club Museum by Joyce Doble


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