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Tuvalu Issues Michael Jackson Stamp

September 19, 2009
Brian Cannon

Back on July 7, 2009, the Tuvalu issued two different souvenir sheets containing six different stamps, commemorating pop music star Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009. The details surrounding his death are still being investigated. He was known as the "King of Pop", and was one of the most commercially successful and influential entertainers of all time.

Now what does Michael Jackson and Tuvalu have in common? Has he ever visited Tuvalu? No. Did he ever hear of Tuvalu? Probably not. However, Tuvaluans were certainly fond of his music. In the 1980's the young islanders on Funafuti would dance to his music during weekend "twists" held at various venues in the capital. No doubt other generations continued to follow his music.

Tuvalu Michael Jackson Stamp 1

The first sheet of Tuvalu's Michael Jackson stamps has four different stamps showing him singing, wearing a tie and jacket. They each have a face value of $1.30, with the complete sheet selling for $5.20. The Tuvaluan dollar is at par with the Australian dollar.

Tuvalu Michael Jackson Stamp 2

The second sheet of Tuvalu's Michael Jackson stamps has a pair of two different stamps (total four stamps), also showing him singing, with faded concert scenes at the bottom. As with the first sheet, the selling price of the is $5.20.

The total cost of the two sheets is $10.40 Australian. That works out to $9.65 Canadian or $9.00 U.S.

Now how do you get your Tuvalu Michael Jackson stamps? Well many dealers in North America have been offering them at $12 to $17 U.S. for the two sheets. That is certainly above the face value of the stamps.

Can you buy them directly from Tuvalu? You bet you can! The Tuvalu Philatelic Bureau in Funafuti, the capital of the nation, sells all new issues at face value in Australian dollars. In addition, they do NOT charge shipping to send you the stamps. You will get other colourful stamps on the package, most likely values depicting various coral plants in the huge lagoon which the islets of Funafuti suround.

To get ordering information, go to:

http://www.tuvaluislands.com/stamps/phil-bur/TPB.htm.


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