Britain’s Royal Mail has released images of 12 stamps issued as a tribute to a seemingly unlikely but legendary British rock band: Iron Maiden and their horribly illustrated mascot, Eddie the ‘Ide’. Check out the pictures below.
Such stamps have been issued in the past to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Queen and Pink Floyd, but the long-running heavy metal band represents a relatively new frontier in the field. As snail mail declines in relevance, such stamp series represent an imaginative way for national postal services to generate revenue.
The stamps are available in a wide series of packages, from moderately priced envelopes, postcards and standard stamp sheets to a limited edition gold stamp set (£149.99) and the most expensive item, the “Limited Edition Platinum AD Stamps” which are available in a custom size. . Flight case and list for £199.99. See the full offer here.
Eight of the 12 stamps will feature images of each member of the band during classic performance performances from 1983 to 2018, while another four will depict Eddie in his various iconic poses over the years.
Royal Mail collaborated closely with the band members and Phantom Music Management Limited on the stamp issue.
Iron Maiden co-founder and bassist Steve Harris (pictured above) said, “We were all absolutely blown away – in a good way! – were equally speechless when we first heard about the commemorative project, and when we saw the stamps for the first time. They look fantastic and I think they really capture the essence and energy of Maiden. We are all very proud that the Royal Mail has chosen to honor the band’s legacy in this way and we know our fans will feel the same,”
David Gould, Royal Mail’s Director of External Public Affairs and Policy, added, “Few bands in the history of rock music can be called true rock legends – but Iron Maiden are just that – and more. With legions of devoted fans of all ages and from every corner of the globe, they not only changed the way rock music was heard, they changed the way it looked. We fully expect their fans to love these stamps as much as we do.”
Stamps and other products are available to pre-order from today (January 5) at www.royalmail.com/ironmaiden. The stamps go on general sale from 12 January 2023 with all 12 stamps priced at £17.70 including a presentation pack.
The band, formed in London in 1977, will return to the road in 2023 with their “Future Past” tour.