Direct from the personal Secretariat Archives, we are proud to offer Big Red enthusiasts and stamp collectors a limited number of the long sold-out United States Postal Service official Secretariat stamp and accompanying original unveiling day envelope.
Released in conjunction with the appearance of the Meadow Stable team at the Oct. 16, 1999 national public unveiling of the Secretariat USPS stamp at Keeneland racecourse (home to the upcoming 2015 Breeders' Cup championships), the rare envelope marking the historical occasion was immediately snatched up as treasured mementos by those attending the event and is seldom seen on the secondary market.
This special offering begins with an individual, non-affixed pristine condition official 33 cent Secretariat stamp featuring the blinkered portrait of the champion. The popular stamp was selected by the public during nationwide balloting in Sept. 1998 as one of 15 commemorative stamps saluting the 1970s. Its design was based upon the famous Ken Regan photograph which appeared on the cover of TIME magazine just prior to the 1973 Belmont Stakes.
Each gold-foiled embossed unveiling day envelope features the distinctive Keeneland logo, racing imagery and date, as well as the affixed regulation American flag and generic horse racing postal stamps. As a further collectible bonus, a few very special envelopes contain the hand-signed autographs of Secretariat's Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte and owner Penny Chenery (who, in an unusual and very interesting twist, signed the envelopes on unveiling day as Penny Tweedy, believing her former married name would be more recognizable to Secretariat fans).
Like the long sold-out Secretariat stamp which continues to climb in value and is highly coveted in its own right, the scarcely seen unveiling day envelope continues to entice both stamp and sports memorabilia collectors alike. Take advantage of this special offering to purchase this special postal pairing, but only while our limited inventory lasts.