Osamu Tezuka’s 3 biggest works celebrated in collector’s stamp sets


Like collecting comics? Like collecting stamps? If you happen to like both, then just try keeping your hoarding urges in check for this news.

Japan Post will be releasing three sets of stamps honoring the works of manga and anime legend Osamu Tezuka. The sets celebrate the 40th, 50th, and 60th anniversaries of three of his biggest successes.

Fifty years ago saw the first episode of the "Tetsuwan Atomu" animated series broadcast in Japan. The adventures of that superhuman android came to be known as "Astro Boy" abroad. Whether it was life imitating art or art imitating life, this series predated Japan’s rise to international fame in both robotics and animation by decades.

Ten years before that, in 1953, following the success of the Astro Boy manga, Tezuka created "Ribon No Kishi." It was a fantasy adventure comic geared more toward a young female audience and found great success influencing much of the current crop of talented women artists. "Ribon No Kishi" was also released overseas by a variety of names including "Princess Knight."

Finally, in 1973 Tezuka began his "Black Jack" manga series which blended the cute atmosphere of his previous works with the often dark and grotesque nature of medicine, creating a truly legendary series.

Each individual set will cost 3,150 yen and includes a set of stamps with a display case, paper, envelopes, stickers and postcards all specially illustrated with the particular series’ characters.

If you can’t decide which one to get, why not get all three? The premium set is also available for 8,650 yen which includes a special original letter-size postcard featuring characters from all three series. For a country that seldom does bulk deals it’s a pretty good price.

Orders can be placed until April 30 at any post office or until May 6 online at the Japan Post shop. The sets will be delivered one after the other beginning June 3.

Source: PR Times via IT Media

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These stamps, like many of the recent collectible stamps by Japan Post are being sold at well over their face value.

In the past, people actually used stamps to send letters to each other, and stamps like these were sold at face value.

Sadly, the stamps here which are marketed as "collectibles" and being sold at high prices will probably seldom be used for their intended purpose.

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glad he is being honoured a great artist.

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@Ichinban what is the face value of the stamps vs. The sale price? Thanks

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Sadly, the stamps here which are marketed as "collectibles" and being sold at high prices will probably seldom be used for their intended purpose.

I understand what you're getting at, but I would say the intended purpose is collection and certainly not, licking, sticking, and popping into a roadside box!

These days the post office really needs to make a reason for people to buy stamps.

Ninjazilla, the face value is the amount of postage that the stamp is worth, so a sheet of ten 180yen stamps would have a face value of 1800yen, and if you were buying stamps for sending letters, that's the kind of thing you'd buy, but these collectibles will come in special packaging and be marketed for 2500 or some such.

(I'm making up random numbers here. I used to collect coins. As a kid. My mom still buys me "Collectible Sets" now and then that are a total rip off).

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