India on Thursday joined the club of countries issuing FIFA World Cup Commemorative stamp by coming out with the 2014 FIFA World Cup stamps.

The four FIFA commemorative stamps were formally released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. Issued by India Post, the stamps have reached the philatelic bureaux attached to the General Post Office in all the districts of the State.

Philately Bureaux in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kochi, and Kozhikode, when contacted, said many football fans and philatelists were arriving to purchase the stamps.

Two of the stamps are priced at Rs.25 each and two at Rs.5 each.

One of the Rs.5 stamp shows a player attempting a scissor cut, another Rs.5 stamp is a goal keeper in action. One of the Rs.25 stamp shows a free kick shot and the second Rs.25 stamp has an image of Fuleco the Armadillo, the official mascot of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The stamps can be purchased as a sheet containing the four stamps for Rs.60 or a sheet of two Rs.5 stamps for Rs.10 and a sheet of Rs.25 stamps for Rs.50.

The Rainbow Stamp Club, an association of stamp lovers dedicated to creating global philatelic fraternity has come out with a feature on its blog about the stamps, a brief history of the FIFA World Cup from 1930, and pictures of the World Cup commemorative stamps issued by various countries over the years.

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