To celebrate the 100th Grey Cup Game this year, Canada Post has issued a full roster of team stamps, plus one to honour the cup itself.
Logos of the Canadian Football League™ teams grace a choice of eight different PERMANENT™ domestic coils. Exceptional games or events, one per team, are captured on commemoratives available in booklets of ten. Finally, a single stamp spotlighting the cup itself is also available.
According to stamp design manager Liz Wong, when you’re producing an issue that includes 17 stamps, ten Official First Day Covers, collectible strips from coils and more (see pages 8 to 23 for all the stamps and collectibles available) you need everyone to be moving the ball in the right direction. The stamps were designed by Bensimon Byrne, the official advertising agency for the CFL®. The agency also provided the written content for the booklets and OFDCs. According to Wong, “Working with a creative team that knew the CFL—and the history of the teams—was instrumental in producing an issue of this scale. Securing the rights and permissions alone was a huge undertaking, but we were lucky to have both the right players in place and the support of the CFL along the way. That made things go smoothly.”
In addition to giving collectors who love sports stamps a real “field” day, Canadian consumers and businesses can show where their football loyalties lay and kick off the season by using their team stamp on their mailings.
Founded in 1950.
Grey Cup Wins: 1953, 1957, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1972, 1986, 1999.
Hamilton’s football roots trace back to 1869, when the Hamilton Football Club was born. The club has won the Grey Cup® 15 times as the Hamilton Alerts, the Tigers, the Flying Wildcats and in 1953, for the first time as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats*.
The late 1950s and early 60s were great years for the Tiger-Cats. Starting in 1957, Hamilton made nine Grey Cup Game appearances in 11 seasons and the team won the Cup four times.
In 1972, Hamilton faced the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the Grey Cup trophy, with veteran quarterback Ron Lancaster facing Hamilton rookie Chuck Ealey. Late in the fourth quarter, the score was deadlocked 10-10. Nineteen-year-old Hamilton kicker Ian Sunter rose to the occasion and kicked a game-winning 34-yard field goal as time expired. The hometown Hamilton crowd in Ivor Wynne Stadium exploded in celebration at this perfect football moment.
Two future Canadian Football Hall of Famers also shone in the 60th Grey Cup Game: Angelo Mosca in the final game of his career and Garney Henley, the CFL®’s Most Outstanding Player in 1972.
After heartbreaking Grey Cup losses in 1984 and 1985, the Tiger-Cats finally prevailed in 1986, defeating the Edmonton Eskimos 39-15 in the championship game. In a dominant performance at both ends of the field, Hamilton jumped out to a 29-0 halftime lead and never looked back. They also amassed ten sacks and forced eight turnovers over the course of the game.
In 1999, Hamilton claimed its 15th and most recent Grey Cup title by beating the Calgary Stampeders 32-21. Once again, the Tiger-Cats started strong from the opening kick-off, building a 21-0 halftime lead, holding firm against all of Calgary’s attempts to get back into the game.
Hamilton has had enthusiastic football fans for more than 140 years and the Tiger-Cats look to give them thrills for many years to come.
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* Trade-marks of the respective Canadian Football League teams, used under license.