England 1966 World Cup Winners First Day Covers Can Prove Valuable
A 1966 World Cup Winners first day cover (FDC) in good condition for this overprint cancelled with any clear c.d.s. or slogan postmark is worth a modest few pounds but there are a few exceptions that can make a big difference to value.
1st June and 18th August double dated First Day Covers. Several first day covers bearing the complete 1966 World Cup set were again serviced on 18th August having had the "England Winners" overprint stamp applied. These dual cancelled covers can command noteworthy values. For routine fist day of issue postmarks such covers in good condition can make £50 or more. If they bear first day postmarks from one of the World Cup venues like Middlesborough or Manchester then that can be doubled at least. The most valuable dual postmarked covers are those serviced with the Harrow and Wembley First Day of Issue Postmark which can command a price exceeding £250.
Three special pictorial postmarks were in use on 18th August 1966 and, while none of these was associated with the World Cup, covers serviced by these postmarks can often fetch £50 or more in today's market. The postmarks in use marked the opening of the Tay Road Bridge, The Ballater Highland Games and the World Methodist Conference in London (illustrated below).
World Methodist Conference London 1966 Postmark
Examples of this postmark can be found on 1966 England Winners World Cup First Day Covers
Signed Covers. Most of the winning England team players signed first day covers for this issue and, when available, these command very healthy prices. The most desirable covers are those signed by Sir Alf Ramsey (Team Manager) and Bobby Moore (Captain) who are now both deceased. Expect to pay well in to three figures.
Please note: Unless otherwise stated guideline valuations we give for fist day covers assume the condition of covers to be extremely good with no damage whatsoever.
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