Great Britain’s Royal Mail issues Paul McCartney stamps

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On this day, the Royal Mail of Great Britain issued a collection of 12 stamps to celebrate Paul McCartney’s career.

From paulmccartney.com, May 6, 2021:

ROYAL MAIL AND PAUL McCARTNEY PRESENT A SET OF 12 SPECIAL STAMPS

Eight stamps feature some of Paul’s most loved album covers and a further four stamps, presented in a miniature sheet, reflect his passion for studio recording.

Royal Mail today revealed images of a set of 12 Special Stamps being issued to celebrate one of the UK’s most successful songwriters and greatest music icons, Paul McCartney. 

The main stamp set features a selection of eight LPs which have defined Paul McCartney’s career from his first solo album McCartney released in 1970 through to his most recent No.1 album, McCartney III which was recorded and released during lockdown in 2020.

The remaining four stamps, presented in a Miniature Sheet, feature photographs spanning three decades of Paul in the studio, recording for some of the albums featured in the main Special Stamp set.

Royal Mail collaborated closely with Paul and his team at MPL Communications Ltd. on the collection – with Paul having personal involvement in the images used and the wider product range created for the issue. […]

David Gold, Royal Mail said: “Paul McCartney remains a vital figure at the centre of rock and pop – an artist whose legacy is immense, but whose work continues to generate popular attention and critical acclaim. This dedicated stamp issue is a fitting tribute to one of the UK’s much loved and revered musical icons.

List of all products made available by the Royal Mail on May 6, 2021:

ProductPriceDescription
Paul McCartney Presentation Pack£16.20Own the complete set of 12 Paul McCartney Special Stamps presented in a beautifully illustrated pack. A stunning souvenir celebrating Paul McCartney’s extraordinary music career.
Paul McCartney Prestige Stamp Book£20.25A beautifully-presented, fact-packed publication charting the extraordinary life and career of Paul McCartney. 
Paul McCartney Medal Cover£19.99A highly collectible limited edition souvenir celebrating more than half a century of Paul McCartney’s spellbinding songwriting. The plectrum medal, struck by The Royal Mint, is the first of its kind and features illustrations on both sides. Limited to 10,000 pieces.
Paul McCartney In The Studio Medal Cover£19.99A highly collectible limited edition souvenir celebrating more than half a century of Paul McCartney’s spellbinding songwriting. The plectrum-shaped medal, struck by The Royal Mint, is the first of its kind. Limited to 10,000 pieces.
Paul McCartney Framed Stamp Collection£49.99All eight Paul McCartney Special Stamps mounted in a black ash-effect frame.
Paul McCartney Limited Edition Prestige Stamp Book£49.99A beautifully-presented, fact-packed publication charting the extraordinary career of a UK music icon. A special edition Prestige Stamp Book limited to just 1,970 copies.
Paul McCartney Collectors Sheet£13.00Ten Paul McCartney stamps alongside labels featuring a selection of photographs taken throughout his career.
Paul McCartney Fan Sheet – Albums£10.90Eight Special Stamps with album covers depicting 50 years of chart success as a solo artist and with Wings. Limited to 5,000 individually numbered copies.
Paul McCartney Stamps Pack£10.50A pack featuring all eight Special Stamps presented in a bespoke carrier card with photographs covering the life and times of McCartney’s solo career so far. 
Paul McCartney Miniature Sheet Pack£5.40Four Miniature Sheet stamps featuring rarely seen black-and-white images of Paul McCartney in the recording studio, presented in a bespoke carrier card.
Paul McCartney Stamp Artwork Souvenir Folder£24.99An amazing LP-sized souvenir containing all Paul McCartney Special Stamps plus eight colourful enlarged prints of the album stamps.
Paul McCartney 6 x 1st Class Stamp Book£5.10Printed in gravure, the First Class McCartney and McCartney II stamps are set against a background image inspired by his psychedelic ‘Magic Piano’. A set of four self-adhesive First Class definitives framed by two Special Stamps from the Paul McCartney issue.
Paul McCartney In the Studio Frame£39.99A stunning framed display showcasing the four stamps in the Paul McCartney ‘In the Studio’ Miniature Sheet as enlarged prints.
Paul McCartney Silver Medal Cover£99.99A limited edition of only 1,000 individually numbered souvenirs with all eight Special Stamps and a unique new plectrum-shaped Silver Proof medal struck by The Royal Mint exclusively for this stamp issue.
Paul McCartney In the Studio Silver Medal Cover£99.99A limited edition of only 1,000 individually numbered souvenirs featuring the Paul McCartney ‘In The Studio’ Miniature Sheet and a unique new plectrum-shaped Silver Proof medal struck by The Royal Mint exclusively for this stamp issue.
Paul McCartney Bundle£55.29The ultimate Paul McCartney Special Stamp issue collection. The Souvenir Folder, Presentation Pack and Prestige Stamp Book presented as one brilliant bundle of collectibles.
Paul McCartney Medals Bundle£35.98Collect both limited edition Paul McCartney Medal Covers and save 10% on the price when purchased separately. 
Paul McCartney Fan Sheet – RAM£7.50Four First Class stamps featuring Paul McCartney’s second solo album, RAM.
Limited to 5,000 individually numbered copies.
Paul McCartney Fan Sheet – McCartney III£7.50A limited edition set of four £1.70 stamps celebrating Paul McCartney’s latest album.
Paul McCartney Stamp Collection Mount£19.99The complete set of eight Paul McCartney Special Stamps individually mounted to create a stunning display ready for framing.
Paul McCartney In the Studio Mount£19.99A unique presentation featuring four enlarged prints of the stamps in the Paul McCartney ‘In the Studio’ Miniature Sheet.
Paul McCartney First Day Cover with Tallents House Postmark£12.90All eight Paul McCartney Special Stamps personalised with your choice of name, address and postmark. Four First Class and four £1.70 stamps presented as two horizontal se-tenant strips.
Paul McCartney First Day Cover with Liverpool Postmark£12.90All eight Paul McCartney Special Stamps personalised with your choice of name, address and postmark. Four First Class and four £1.70 stamps presented as two horizontal se-tenant strips.
Paul McCartney First Day Cover Miniature Sheet with Tallents House Postmark£6.80A special First Day Cover with four stamps containing rarely seen photographs of Paul McCartney in the recording studio, cancelled with your preferred postmark.
Paul McCartney First Day Cover Miniature Sheet with Liverpool Postmark£6.80A special First Day Cover with four stamps containing rarely seen photographs of Paul McCartney in the recording studio, cancelled with your preferred postmark.
Paul McCartney First Day Cover Miniature Sheet with Liverpool Postmark£6.80A special First Day Cover with four stamps containing rarely seen photographs of Paul McCartney in the recording studio, cancelled with your preferred postmark.
Paul McCartney First Day Cover – PSB Pane with Tallents House Postmark£4.15A unique pane of definitive stamps from the Paul McCartney Prestige Stamp Book, with an information card featuring highlights from the extraordinary career of a UK music icon. Postmarked on the first day of issue and personalised with details of your choice.
Paul McCartney First Day Cover – PSB Pane with Liverpool Postmark£4.15A unique pane of definitive stamps from the Paul McCartney Prestige Stamp Book, with an information card featuring highlights from the extraordinary career of a UK music icon. Postmarked on the first day of issue and personalised with details of your choice.
Paul McCartney Stamp Souvenir£12.90A non-personalised edition of the Paul McCartney First Day Cover. Eight stamps celebrating key albums from more than 50 years of music as a solo artist and with Wings.
Paul McCartney Stamp Sheet Souvenir£6.80A non-personalised version of the Paul McCartney Miniature Sheet First Day Cover. Four stamps feature rare black-and-white photographs of McCartney in the recording studio. 
Paul McCartney Postcards£5.85A superb collection of postcards featuring enlargements of each of the Paul McCartney Special Stamps.
Paul McCartney Stamp Set£10.20Eight mint stamps honouring the music legacy of Paul McCartney – recognised by Guinness World Records as the most successful songwriter of all time.
Four First Class and four £1.70 stamps presented as two horizontal se-tenant strips. 
Paul McCartney Miniature Sheet£5.10A captivating Miniature Sheet featuring rarely seen photographs of Paul McCartney in the recording studio.
Paul McCartney Framed Collector’s Sheet£29.99Ten Special Stamps and labels mounted in a black ash-effect frame.
Paul McCartney First Day Envelope£0.30A decorative envelope featuring an image of Paul McCartney on the cover alongside the issue’s title.
Paul McCartney Press Sheet £89.75Discover an exceptional, highly-collectible keepsake, direct from the printing press – a Press Sheet with 16 Miniature Sheets featuring photographs of Paul McCartney in the recording studio. A limited edition of just 200 individually numbered copies.
Paul McCartney Full Sheet – 1st Class£40.80A full sheet of 48 First Class stamps featuring albums McCartney, RAM, Venus and Mars and McCartney II.
Paul McCartney Half Sheet – 1st Class£20.40A half sheet of 24 First Class stamps featuring albums McCartney, RAM, Venus and Mars and McCartney II.
Paul McCartney Full Sheet – £1.70£81.60A full sheet of 48 £1.70 stamps featuring albums Tug of War, Flaming Pie, Egypt Station and McCartney III.
Paul McCartney Half Sheet – £1.70£40.80A full sheet of 24 £1.70 stamps featuring albums Tug of War, Flaming Pie, Egypt Station and McCartney III.
From Paul McCartney Presentation Pack | Royal Mail – Discover and cherish a souvenir celebrating Paul McCartney’s extraordinary music career. All eight Special Stamps alongside a separate Miniature Sheet and carrier card with stamps and stories focused on McCartney in the recording studio. Renowned music journalist Alexis Petridis takes a fascinating and insightful journey through half a century of success as a solo artist and with Wings. The pack includes images from the McCartney archive and features vibrant, colourful illustrations inspired by his psychedelic ‘Magic Piano’.
From Paul McCartney Presentation Pack | Royal Mail
From Paul McCartney Press Sheet | Royal Mail – Discover an exceptional, highly-collectible keepsake, direct from the printing press – a Press Sheet with 16 Miniature Sheets featuring photographs of Paul McCartney in the recording studio. A limited edition of just 200 individually numbered copies.
From Paul McCartney Limited Edition Prestige Stamp Book | Royal Mail – A special edition of the beautifully presented and fact-packed Prestige Stamp Book, containing all 12 stamps from the Paul McCartney issue within a stunning 24-page publication. Eight Special Stamps feature album covers from more than half a century of music as a solo artist and with Wings. Archive photographs of McCartney in the recording studio appear on the four Miniature Sheet stamps. The stamps are presented as perforated panes alongside an extra pane of definitive stamps unique to this issue. This special edition book features a photograph taken by Paul’s daughter Mary for the McCartney III cover photoshoot in 2020 on the front, contrasted beautifully with a classic photo of Paul on the back cover taken by Linda McCartney in 1973. The book is neatly packaged in a matte black folder which incorporates McCartney’s signature in silver foil on the cover. A limited edition of just 1,970 individually numbered copies in honour of Paul McCartney’s first solo album, released in 1970.
Includes a Certificate of Authenticity.
From Paul McCartney Fan Sheet – Albums | Royal Mail – All eight Paul McCartney Special Stamps with album covers charting half a century of success as a solo artist and Wings frontman. Features Four First Class and four £1.70 stamps against a montage of the featured albums. A limited edition of just 5,000 individually numbered copies.
From Paul McCartney In the Studio Silver Medal Cover | Royal Mail – A limited edition souvenir celebrating the astonishing solo career of a UK music legend. The plectrum-shaped medal struck by The Royal Mint is the first of its kind and features a Höfner bass guitar on the front and Paul McCartney’s signature on the reverse. The medal is produced using .925 Ag Sterling Silver and specially polished dies to achieve a stunning mirrored and frosted finish to the design. The Miniature Sheet’s four stamps feature rare photographs of McCartney in the recording studio. The stamps are cancelled with a special edition postmark featuring a Höfner bass guitar and the location Campbeltown, which is close to McCartney’s home in Scotland. The richly illustrated pack explores the importance of McCartney’s DIY home studio recording sessions and his desire to push himself outside of his comfort zone in search of new sounds and styles. Individually numbered limited edition of only 1,000 covers.
From Paul McCartney In the Studio Silver Medal Cover | Royal Mail
From Paul McCartney Fan Sheet – RAM | Royal Mail – A Fan Sheet commemorating the 50th anniversary of McCartney’s second solo album, RAM. The gummed stamps are set against the cover of the album. A limited edition of just 5,000 individually numbered copies.

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