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Canada Post Corporation, commonly known in English as Canada Post, is a crown corporation and Canada's mail operator which was founded in 1867. Its first official predecessor was established in 1775 by the British government. It is based in Ottawa, Ontario.

Star Trek releases Edit

Canada Post Star Trek mail vans

Canada Post mail vans with promotional Star Trek wraps

In 2016, it was announced in Vulcan, Alberta that commemorative postage stamps would be released which would feature imagery from Star Trek, including Spock, [1] Montgomery Scott, [2] Leonard McCoy, [3] James T. Kirk, and the USS Enterprise. [4] The Scotty stamp was announced in Toronto on 22 April 2016 with Christopher Doohan in attendance. [5] [6]

Following a "takeover" of Canada Post's Twitter and Instagram accounts by Klingons, two stamps featuring Commander Kor and a Klingon battle cruiser were released at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. [7] William Shatner was also presented with a framed copy of the Captain Kirk stamp. [8]

On 6 May 2016, Startrek.com reported that fans who donated $75 or more on the crowdfunding page for "COPD: Highly Illogical" would get a limited edition 12 × 16-inch print of the Spock stamp, autographed by Julie Nimoy. [9]

In 2017, five more stamps were released which depicted the franchise's primary starship captains and their greatest foes. Two more stamps featuring the shuttlecraft Galileo and a Borg cube were also retailed. [10]

2016Edit

Canada Post Star Trek catalog

2016 stamps and collectibles catalog

StampsEdit

On 5 May 2016, the following stamps were released in different denominations for the various Canadian postal rates:

  • Captain James T. Kirk – "P" (permanent domestic rate)
  • Commander Spock – "P", $2.50 (international letter rate)
  • Dr. Leonard McCoy – "P", $1.20 (U.S. letter rate)
  • Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott – "P", $1.80 (domestic non-standard/oversized letter rate)
  • Commander Kor – "P", $1.00 (domestic letter rate)
  • USS Enterprise – "P"
  • Klingon Battle Cruiser – "P"
  • Pane of five stamps consisting of James T. Kirk ("P"), Spock ($2.50), Leonard McCoy ($1.20), Montgomery Scott ($1.80), and Kor ($1.00) stamps. The pane consists of stamps issued in the various Canadian postal rates.
  • Booklet of ten stamps consisting of two James T. Kirk, Spock, Leonard McCoy, Montgomery Scott, and Kor stamps ("P" domestic rate)
  • Souvenir sheet of two stamps consisting of the USS Enterprise and the Klingon Battle Cruiser stamps.
  • Coil of fifty stamps consisting of twenty-five stamps of the USS Enterprise and Klingon Battle Cruiser in alternating order. The back of the coil contains famous quotes from the series.

CollectiblesEdit

The following collectibles were issued on 5 May 2016:

  • Limited Edition Framed Print signed by William Shatner. Print includes an enlargement of the Captain James T. Kirk commemorative stamp, an all-Kirk stamp souvenir sheet, and an Official First Day Cover of the USS Enterprise commemorative stamp (limited to 1,100 framed prints).
  • The Original Series Stamp Booklet contains exclusive stamp souvenir sheets of all but the lenticular stamps issued for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. The booklet uses actual images from the show and the CBS archives. Pages were designed around the key characters on the stamps. The bilingual booklet consists of 22 pages plus four souvenir stamp sheets.
  • Lenticular Stamps. Two lenticular stamps were issued in $5.00 denominations recreating the transporter effect as well as James T. Kirk and Spock jumping through the Guardian of Forever from "The City on the Edge of Forever". These stamps were available as a souvenir sheet with background information on the reverse side, a lenticular souvenir sheet enlargement (limited to 3,500 copies), and a lenticular uncut press sheet of twelve souvenir sheets (limited to 2,000 copies).
  • Official First Day Covers. Eight first day of issue special envelopes were issued for the seven domestic rate ("P") stamps and the lenticular souvenir stamp sheet.
  • Postcards. Five postcards were issued featuring scenes from five episodes ("A Piece of the Action", "Amok Time", "Mirror, Mirror", "The City on the Edge of Forever", and "The Trouble with Tribbles").
  • Uncut Press Sheet consists of six souvenir sheets featuring the James T. Kirk ("P"), Spock ($2.50), Leonard McCoy ($1.20), Montgomery Scott ($1.80), and Kor ($1.00) stamps (limited to 10,000 copies stored in a rolled tube).
  • Limited Edition Framed Print consists of the pane of five stamps issued in the various postal rates in Canada with an exclusive gold metallic cancel in the outline of the Galileo shuttlecraft from Vulcan, Alberta (limited to 1,701 copies).
  • Stamp dispenser appears in the shape of a miniature Canada Post mailbox with the USS Enterprise, the Klingon battle cruiser, and the Star Trek 50th Anniversary logo on the back of the dispenser. This dispenser can contain a full coil roll of the USS Enterprise and Klingon battle cruiser stamps.
  • A bilingual "Boldly Go" Star Trek 50th Anniversary stamps and collectibles catalog was published by Canada Post and lists all the items issued in 2016.

2017Edit

Canada Post 2017 Star Trek catalog

2017 stamps and collectibles catalog

StampsEdit

On 27 April 2017, the following stamps were released in different denominations for the various Canadian postal rates:

  • Admiral James T. Kirk vs. Khan Noonien Singh – "P" (permanent domestic rate)
  • Captain Jean-Luc Picard vs. Locutus of Borg – "P", $2.50 (international letter rate)
  • Captain Benjamin Sisko vs. Dukat – "P", $1.80 (domestic non-standard/oversized letter rate)
  • Captain Kathryn Janeway vs. the Borg Queen – "P", $1.20 (US letter rate)
  • Captain Jonathan Archer vs. Commander Dolim – "P", $1.00 (domestic letter rate)
  • Galileo Shuttlecraft – "P"
  • The Borg – $5.00 (appears in the shape of a Borg cube, this was only available in the prestige booklet and the official first day covers pack)
  • Pane of five stamps consisting of James T. Kirk ("P"), Jean-Luc Picard ($2.50), Benjamin Sisko ($1.80), Kathryn Janeway ($1.20), and Jonathan Archer ($1.00).
  • Booklet of ten stamps consisting of two James T. Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko, Kathryn Janeway, and Jonathan Archer permanent domestic rate stamps. Treated with red tagging ink, the words Star Trek glow under a black light.
  • Coil of fifty stamps of the Galileo shuttlecraft ("P"). The back of the coil contains famous quotes from the series. Also available are strips of four and ten stamps.

CollectiblesEdit

The following collectibles were issued on 27 April 2017:

  • Limited Edition Framed Print signed by William Shatner. Print includes an enlargement of the Admiral James T. Kirk vs. Khan Noonien Singh commemorative stamp, and the Official First Day Cover (both front and back) of the Admiral James T. Kirk vs. Khan Noonien Singh commemorative stamp (limited to six hundred framed prints).
  • Limited Edition Framed Print which includes an enlargement of the Captain Jean-Luc Picard vs. Locutus of Borg commemorative stamp, and the Official First Day Cover (both front and back) of the Captain Jean-Luc Picard vs. Locutus of Borg commemorative stamp (limited to six hundred framed prints).
  • The Prestige Star Trek Stamp Booklet contains four James T. Kirk ("P"), two Jean-Luc Picard ($2.50), two Benjamin Sisko ($1.80), two Kathryn Janeway ($1.20), two Jonathan Archer ($1.00), one Galileo shuttlecraft ("P" (permanent domestic rate)), and the uniquely-shaped $5.00 Borg cube stamp. The booklet uses actual images from the movies and five live action television series and the CBS archives and episode stills. Pages were designed around the key characters on the stamps. The bilingual booklet consists of 22 pages plus five souvenir stamp sheets, four exclusive to this booklet.
  • Official First Day Covers. Seven first day of issue special envelopes were issued for the six domestic rate ("P") stamps and the $5.00 Borg cube stamp.
  • Postcards. Five postcards were issued featuring scenes from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and a top episode from Star Trek: The Next Generation ("The Inner Light"), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ("In the Pale Moonlight"), Star Trek: Voyager ("Endgame"), and Star Trek: Enterprise ("Similitude") series.
  • Uncut Press Sheet consists of six souvenir sheets featuring the James T. Kirk ("P"), Jean-Luc Picard ($2.50), Benjamin Sisko ($1.80), Kathryn Janeway ($1.20), and Jonathan Archer ($1.00) stamps (limited to 5,000 copies stored in a rolled tube).
  • Limited Edition Framed Print consists of the pane of five stamps issued in the various postal rates in Canada (limited to 1,000 copies).
  • A bilingual "Fearless Leaders. Endless Adventures." Star Trek stamps and collectibles catalog was published by Canada Post and lists all the items issued in 2017.

Background infoEdit

In an 2016 interview with The Georgia Straight, William Shatner expressed his honor at being on one of the stamps:

"Confessing that he was floored by the honour, he says, 'I've just recently picked myself back up. Isn't it something?'
'I was collecting stamps when I was a kid – back with the founding fathers and Prime Minister Macdonald – but the possibility of collecting me never occurred to me.' He pauses, then laughs. 'I'm going to use that line again!'
" [11]

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