Classic Games Featured On UK Stamps
Written by Sue Gee   
Saturday, 11 January 2020

The UK's Royal Mail has designed a set of postage stamps  celebrating iconic video games from the 1980s and 90s which originated in the UK. 


In the past we've reported on special stamps commemorating the Colossus computer and Alan Turing. Now we have a dozen stamps - a set of eight based on the screen displays of some of the earliest popular video games and a set of four Tomb Raider Miniatures. The range also includes sets of postcards  - one for each of the classic games listed below - with its stamp affixed. Another way to buy these stamps is framed to be hung on a wall.  The entire range of collectible items will be available later this month and some of them can already be pre-ordered.

Game Date   Platform  Value
 Elite 1984  BBC Micro/Electron  2nd Class
 Dizzy 1987  ZX Spectrum £1.60
 Populous 1989  Commodore Amiga £1.60
 Lemmings  1991  Commodore Amiga 1st Class
 Micro Machines 1991  Sega Mega Drive    £1.55
 Sensible Soccer 1992  Commodore Amiga 1st Class 
 Wipeout 1995  Sony Playstation   £1.55
 Worms 1995  Commodore Amiga 2nd Class 


The smaller set of stamps is a tribute to Tomb Raider, the games from Core Design that led to three blockbuster movies. There's a stamp depicting heroine Lara Croft  for each of four games spanning 17 years, from 1996 to 2013, two First Class and two £1.55. The set of four, on its own sheet costs the same as "normal" postage stamps of the same face value - £4:50. Books of six 1st Class stamps including two Lara Croft stamps and four ordinary ones cost £4.20. 


So even if you are not a stamp collector you might want to impress your friends and customers by using these stamps to send letters - and if that seems like a retro idea then you probably weren't playing these games back in the 80s and 90s. 


More Information

Video Games on the Royal Mail Shop 

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