Australian Space Related Maxicards & Pre Stamped Envelopes


 

a) Maximum cards (Maxicards for short) were produced for each stamp issue from Christmas 1978 to Christmas 1986 by the NSW Stamp Council on instructions from the Australian Philatelic Federation. Since then the Council has occassionally issued maxicards for specific stamp issues. Australia Post licensed the Federation to produce these cards.
b) Since the 1986 America's Cup stamp issue, Australia Post has issued occassional series of maxicards.
c) Private and semi-official maxicards have been produced for some stamp issues, with the earliest known issue being for the 1927 Canberra stamp issue.

Space Related Maximum Cards

Reason For Issue

Date

Description of Postmark

World Communications Year 18/05/1983 The 27c NSW Stamp Promotion Council maxicard (ASPC 163) used the
GPO Sydney postmark
AUSSAT Stamps (2) 24/01/1986 The 33c maxicard (AMC 275) used the Frenchs Forest postmark
The 80c maxicard (AMC 276) used the Melbourne postmark
Halley's Comet Stamp (1) 09/04/1986 The 33c maxicard (AMC 285) used the Coonabarabran postmark
International Space Year (3) 19 /03/1992 All three maxicards used the special Siding Spring postmark
Space Week (6) 03/10/2000 All six maxicards used the National Space Week postmark 
Stamp Collecting Month (Space) 02/10/2007 All six maxicards used the National FDI postmark 
Globe & Southern Cross 23/09/2008 Maxicard used a Merrylands FDI postmark
Stargazing: The Southern Skies 25/08/2009 All three maxicards used the National FDI postmark
Our Solar System 22/09/2015 All eight maxicards used the National FDI postmark
WRESAT 50th Anniversary 12/09/2017 Maxicard used National FDI postmark

Space Related PSEs & Other Covers

Reason for Issue

Date

Description of PSE and related Postmark

12th International Conference on Cosmic Rays 16/08/1971
- 25/08/1971
Red cachet shows Copernicus view of the Sun, Earth & Moon's Orbits - Special Postmark
5th National Australian Convention of Amateur Astronomers - First Day 30/3/1972
- 4/4/1972
Large cover shows Victoria, Saturn & planetary orbits - Special Postmark
5th National Australian Convention of Amateur Astronomers - Last Day 30/3/1972
- 4/4/1972
Large cover shows Victoria, Saturn & planetary orbits - Special Postmark
5th National Australian Convention of Amateur Astronomers 30/3/1972 Large cover shows Telescope - Special Postmark
5th National Australian Convention of Amateur Astronomers 30/3/1972 Purple cachet shows drawing of the sun with Earth & Moon orbits - Special Postmark
500th Anniversary of Copernicus 16/4/1972 Early general postmark - Cover shows Copernicus
500th Anniversary of Copernicus 17/2/1973
- 21/2/1973
Cover (brown) for Polphil '73 shows ancient star globe - Special Postmark
500th Anniversary of Copernicus 17/2/1973
- 21/2/1973
Cover (brown) for Polphil '73 shows ancient star globe with an extra red cachet- Special Postmark
A version with an extra purple cachet also exists.
500th Anniversary of Copernicus 17/2/1973
- 21/2/1973
Postcard (blue) for Polphil '73 shows ancient star globe - Special Postmark
A black version also exists.
500th Anniversary of Copernicus 17/2/1973
- 21/2/1973
Cover (dull brown) from P.P.S. for 500th Copernicus Year with an extra red cachet - Special Postmark
500th Anniversary of Copernicus 17/2/1973
- 21/2/1973
Cover with a Bergen text cachet - Special Postmark
500th Anniversary of Copernicus1 17/2/1973
- 21/2/1973
Red cachet shows drawing of the sun with Earth & Moon orbits - Special Postmark
XV Assembly of the International Astronomical Union 20/08/1973 Green cachet shows drawing of the sun with Earth & Moon orbits - Special Postmark
Themex '74 3/1/1974
- 9/1/1974
Cover has a rocket like rubber stamp showing the lunar lander
Themex '74 3/1/1974
- 9/1/1974
Numbered card has a rocket like rubber stamp showing the lunar lander
Solar Eclipse 1976 23/10/1976 Covers shows drawing of the sun plus text
AustCeram 82 24/08/1982 PSE shows the Shuttle amongst other cermanic based objects
Solar World Congress Perth 1983

15/08/1983

PSE shows the Sun and Clouds - Special Postmark
Solar World Congress Perth 1983 15/08/1983 PSE shows the Sun and Clouds - Parkes Postmark
Solar World Congress Perth 1983

15/08/1983

Sterling Silk Cover shows the sun - Special Postmark
Halley's Comet -

Bathurst Stamp & Coin Club
9/04/1986 Australia Post FDC ovpt with Bathurst Stamp and Coin Club Logo - Numbered and signed by Astronomer
Tebbutt's Observatory 12/09/1988 Cover shows Tebbutt's Observatory - Windsor's Tebbutt's Observatory Postmark
Stamp Exhibition 1996 10/01/1996 'Beam Me Up Spotty' PSE shows various cartoon space characters - Special Postmark .
A second much rarer postmark was also used.
Stamp Exhibition 1996   Both postmarks appear on this non 'Beam Me Up Spotty' PSE.
Swan River Stamp Show 2007 20-21/10/2007 Both postmarks appear on this PSE
International Year of Astronomy 25/08/2009 PSE shows two people looking through a telescope at the Southern Sky
Solar Eclipse 2012 16/10/2012 PSE shows a Solar Eclipse over a Coastal Scene and Various States of the Eclipse - Special Postmark
50th Anniversary Launch WRESAT 1 29/11/2017 APO WRESAT FDC with a WRESAT stamp and special postmark for actual launch date
50th Anniversary Launch WRESAT 2 29/11/2017 Private FDC with a WRESAT stamp and special postmark for actual launch date

Space Related Stamp & Coin or Medallion Covers

Reason for Issue

Date

Description of PSE and related Postmark

Blast Off! Space Stamps 2/10/2007 The Cover contains 2 x 50c stamps plus a medallian - National FDI postmark 
Limited edition of 10,000
Stargazing: The Southern Skies 25/08/2009 Postal Numismatic Cover containing the 3 stamps and a $1 uncirculated base-metal coin - National FDI postmark
Our Solar System 22/09/2015 Medallion Cover contains three stamps and associated medallions: Mars, Jupiter & Saturn - National FDI Postmark
Our Solar System 22/09/2015 Prestige Medallion Cover contains the other five stamps and a unique medallion in which both the center and rim separately rotate through 360 degrees - only 2000 produced - National FDI Postmark
 
Space Related Cinderellas

Reason for Issue

Date

Description of PSE and related Postmark

Solar System Rocket Service 3/10/2000 The Cover is a FDC for Mars Colonisation stamps with the 4 stamp Solar System Rocket Service sheet added

Note 1: Dates are in day/month/year format
Note 2: Only items with a significant direct relation to Space are listed

Notes:
1) As seen on eBay 2018

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