2012 Summer Olympics: Stamps celebrate opening ceremony

olympics-2012-stamps.jpgPutting a British stamp on an American letter won't get it very far. But for fans of the Olympics, a series of new British postage is sure to be a first class collectible. According to the BBC, the United Kingdom's Royal Mail is issuing a new set of stamps that merge four of its most popular events with London landmarks on Friday (July 27) in tribute to the 2012 Olympic Games.

The eye-popping stamps (why doesn't the USPS make them look this good?), have a bicyclist matched up with the London Eye so that the Ferris wheel takes the place of the front wheel on his vehicle; track athletes in a half circle completed by the Olympic Stadium; a fencer dueling with half of the Tower Bridge;  and a diver's perfectly flat body soaring down alongside the Tate Modern. Each stamp boasts the bright international colors used throughout Olympic advertising.

The set of stamps is made up of two first class and two airmail, and retails at a price of 1.28 pounds -- roughly $1.99 to us Americans.

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In addition to these collectible stamps, Royal Mail will be putting out a special series of Olympic stamps to mark any gold medal win by the Brits. The plan is to make as many of the stamps as possible featuring photographs of the athlete or team during competition.

The first of these stamps will likely be targeting cyclist Mark Cavendish, the Welsh athlete expected by many to be the favorite for the July 28th road race scheduled near the beginning of the games. Twenty-four hours after a medal has been won by a U.K. athlete, the corresponding stamp is promised to be in England post offices and available for purchase.
Photo/Video credit: BBC