Super 12 rugby kicked off in 1996, and marked a significant move to professionalism for the game hailed by many New Zealanders as our true national sport.
Each season, five New Zealand teams – the Auckland Blues, the Waikato Chiefs, the Wellington Hurricanes, the Canterbury Crusaders and the Otago Highlanders thrill huge live crowds and television audiences alike as they jostle for points and placings against each other and teams from Australia and South Africa in the world’s first totally professional, inter-provincial rugby championship.
Stamps were issued in five team stamp self-adhesive booklets each containing 10 stamps of two different designs and sheetlets of ten gummed stamps.
New Zealand Post presented a unique opportunity to its customers to collect a very limited edition collector's product. Only 100 of these beautifully framed presentations were available for each team. Each presentation contained a team photograph and a numbered prestige first day cover bearing live signatures of 3 star players. A maximum card was also included and had a special gold date stamp. The outer matt of the presentation bears the live signatures of all members of the team. Each came with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Elmar Toime, Chief Executive of New Zealand Post stating that each is one of 100 framed presentations per team.
Product Listing for 1999 New Zealand U-Bix Rugby Super 12
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|Date of issue:||7 April 1999|
|Number of stamp designs:||10 (two designs per team)|
|Denominations and designs:||Auckland Blues kick - 40c, Auckland Blues tackle - 40c; Chiefs lineout jump - 40c, Chiefs tackle - 40c; Wellington Hurricanes pass/run with ball - 40c, Wellington Hurricanes tackle - 40c; Canterbury Crusaders lineout jump - 40c, Canterbury Crusaders kick - 40c; Otago Highlanders running with ball - 40c, Otago Highlanders diving try - 40c|
|Number of booklets:||Five (one booklet of 10 x 40c stamps for each New Zealand U-Bix Super 12 team)|
|Stamps illustratrated by:||Paul Martinson, Masterton, New Zealand|
|Stamps designed by:||Dianne Prosser, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Booklet cover designed by:||BNA Design, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Live image player panel designed by:||Dianne Prosser, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Sheetlet designed by:||BNA Design, Wellington, New Zealand|
|First day covers designd by:||BNA Design, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Sheetlet: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand by lithography; Self-adhesive stamps: Australia Post Sprintpak by lithography|
|Number of colours:||Sheetlet and stamps: five colours; Self-ashesive stamps: four colours, plus one special colour|
|Stamp size and format:||Sheetlet stamps: 37.1mm x 26mm (vertical); Self-adhesive stamps: 37.5mm x 26mm (vertical)|
|Paper type:||Sheetlet and stamps: 103gsm red phosphor stamp paper; Self-adhesive stamps: JAC B100 stamp paper with printed phosphor tagging|
|Perforation gauge:||Sheetlet stamps: 14|
|Number of stamps per booklet:||10|
|Number of stamps per sheetlet:||10|
|Cost of unaddressed first day covers with two stamps:||$1.30 per team|
|Special blocks:||No special blocks were available for this issue.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 7 April 2000.|