Friday, December 1, 2017

Jahangir Khan's Postage Stamp being issued by Japan Post

Time Magazine wrote in 2006,
“If winning is everything, then Khan is the greatest!”

In order to pay a tribute to the Pakistani squash legend Jahangir Khan, Japan Post has planned to issue a commemorative postage stamp. It is expected that the stamp will be issued on 10 December 2017, on the birthday of the great player. Reportedly Jahangir Khan will soon be invited to Japan to unearth the stamp during a ceremony.


Pakistan Post also issued a commemorative stamp in 1984 with Jahangir Khan's photo while playing squash. It was issued almost at the beginning of his prestigious career, which lasted from 1981 to 1993. He was not a legend at that time and no one expected the amount of victories he will bring home.

Jahangir Khan also served as President of World Squash Federation from 2002 to 2008, when he became Emeritus President.

The squash legend ruled the World of Squash for almost 13 years. From 1981 to 1986, he remained unbeatable in consecutive 555 matches, the longest winning streak by any athlete in top-level professional sports as recorded by Guinness World Records. It is a record yet to be broken ... and I am sure it will never be broken.


During his career as a professional squash player, Jahangir won the World Open 6 times and the British Open a record ten times.

In 1981, Jahangir Khan — aged 17 — became the youngest winner of the World Open, beating Australia's Geoff Hunt in the final. That tournament also marked the start of an unbeaten run, which lasted for five years and eight months and 555 matches which finally came to end in the final of the World Open in 1986 in France when he lost to Ross Norman.

In his book "Winning Squash", Jahangir Khan mentions how his future was brushed aside in the beginning.

“I was told I would never become world champion. I was the youngest, smallest, feeblest and sickest of the family,” he writes in the book. “Neither the doctor nor my father believed there was any chance for me to become a good squash player.”

I wish Pakistan Post would issue a set of stamps with the title "Sporting Legends of Pakistan" in future. It is heart-breaking to see different countries honouring Pakistani players while Pakistan Post not doing much.

  • St. Vincent issued a stamp on Imran Khan.
  • Maldives also issued a set of 2 x Mini-sheets on Wasim Akram in 2016 
  • Misbah-ul-Haq was featured on a stamp from Burundi in 2014. 
  • Shoaib Akhtar was featured on a stamp from Nevis in 2011.
  • Many more include Afridi, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Ahmed Shehzad, etc.

Below are a few of interesting reads:-

And an interesting video - A must watch for younger generation and a nostalgia for those who have seen Jahangir play.
And another one ;-)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Bahrain Posted Cover without a postmark :-(

Some time ago, I received this beautiful cover from Bahrain. Unfortunately there's no postmark from Bahrain Post on the cover. I wonder if it is a special case or it is a common practice by Bahrain Post.

A similar experience was met when recently I posted a few covers and postcards during my trip to Saudi Arabia. All of them reached their destinations with out a postmark from Saudi Arabian Post (I will share the postcards and covers soon). Is there something wrong with Postal workers in Middle East or is it something else?
2 stamps have been used on the cover as follows:-

  • Left stamp is a charity stamp of 10 Fils.
  • Right stamp shows the Ameer of Bahrain and is of 500 Fils denomination.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Turkey - EUROPA 2016 Think Green Matching Stamp

EUROPA CEPT Stamps are one of the most popular themes in philately. 2016 marked the 60th Anniversary of issuing EUROPA stamps.
In 2016, EUROPA CEPT stamps were issued on the topic of "THINK GREEN" and 61 Postal Administrations issued the stamp on the eve.
Although Turkey issued a set of 2 stamps to match the event but none of them were considered as EUROPA CEPT stamps because Turkey didn't use the official EUROPA logo nor the word EUROPA, thus making them a non-Europa stamp issue.
Issued with a denomination of 1.40+10 Turkish Lira, this stamp is really beautiful and the EUROPA matching design on the cover makes it even beautiful.
The stamp set was issued on 9th May 2016.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Japan Vertical Cover - The 1st in my collection

I have chosen a different style of cover from Japan to share today on the blog. It's a vertically prepared cover from Japan.
2 stamps used on the cover are a part of a set of 12 stamps, issued for "2015 UNESCO World Heritage - Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites".
While checking out these stamps at StampWorld.com, I came to know how many stamps Japan issues per year and how beautiful they are. Almost 504 stamps were issued in 2015 by Japan.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

FIFA 2018 Football World Cup is fast approaching ...

FIFA 2018 Football World Cup is approaching fast and here's a cover to share.
Sent by a Postcrossing Member, adding a postcard inside - Although I personally like written and stamped postcards, but still a nice cover is not bad to get ;-)

  • The left stamp was issued for IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, held in Russia in 2016. Canada won the gold medal in the championship in the final match held on 22 May 2016, beating Finland. Russia won the bronze medal. The stamp shows LAIKA - the official mascot of the championship.
  • The right stamp was issued in 2015 showing one of the stadiums in which FIFA 2018 Football World Cup matches are to take place. It was part of a set of 4 stamps issued in 2015. This particular stamp shows Kazan Arena in Kazan.
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