With the FIFA U-17 World Cup only three days away, a ceremony was held to present a series of official stamps to commemorate the competition, Mexico’s fourth hosting of a FIFA event.
The unveiling, which took place at the Palacio de Correos de Mexico (Postal Palace of Mexico City) on 15 June, had a number of luminaries on hand. Among them were Justino Compean, President of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Yon de Luisa, director of the Mexico 2011 LOC and Pablo Reyes Pruneda, Director General of the Mexican Postal Service.
The three designs were chosen with the ideas of Guadalajara, Querétaro and the tall buildings of Mexico City.
“These stamps are collectables, and will help all to remember this World Cup for many years to come”, said Compean. Afterwards, Reyes Pruneda gave more details: “The three designs were chosen with the ideas of Guadalajara, Querétaro and the tall buildings of Mexico City. In total, 300,000 were printed, 100,000 of each design."
The stamps were presented to gathered guests and members of the media, with all of them featuring images emblematic of the host country and the concept of youth, heritage and competition. “We did something like this before with the national team prior South Africa 2010, and we sold the whole edition. I don’t see why we would not sell all of these too”, concluded Reyes Pruneda.