First Day of Issue

What is First Day of Issue (首日封)?

The first day of issue is the day on which a postage stamp, postal card or stamped envelope is put on sale. Sale is only on the day itself. Once the day is over, the stamps can no longer be purchased.

A first day cover is an envelope whereupon postage stamps have been canceled on their first day of issue. There will be a first day of issue postmark, usually a pictorial cancellation, indicating the city and date the item was first issued.

In this example, my Tiger Zodiac stamps are canceled on 8th Jan 10 with a Taiga mark. Once its is canceled, the stamps cannot be used anymore. This pre-cancellation is highly sought after by stamp collectors.


This one here is the presentation pack. Comes with the same 3 stamps. Makes a great gift to friends and comrades. Give one to your boss and he might just give you a raise. ^^;


The inside with writing of fun facts of the year of the Taiga. The stamps inside are not canceled and can be used as normal stamps.

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About sergeant gordon

TD8316, proud member of the 501st Legion 銀河帝国五〇一軍团。 Loves anime, Sasara, photography and looking for droids, pretty ones.
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12 Responses to First Day of Issue

  1. zh3us says:

    LOL! Photoshopped pic of AFA K-ON Seiyuu Board!

  2. Outsider says:

    Wait a minute, how do you get that in the last img?

  3. AK says:

    How interesting, I never knew of this system at all.

  4. phossil says:

    stamp collectors ahead 😉

  5. Nopy says:

    Those Taiga are cute ^.^

  6. i-pup (Jun) says:

    Wow… Sgt gordon also into stamp collection?
    very interesting.. but i seldom post letters except lucky draw one ^^;

  7. Reltair says:

    Awww, I want K-ON! autographs too!

  8. Ex14 says:

    you’re lucky to have their autogrpaphs! >><

  9. Chappy says:

    I never know that there is such thing despite being a Singaporean. =P

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