SingPost to issue stamp set of traditional board games popular during 70s and 80s

The traditional board games stamp set that SingPost will be launching on April 27, 2016.
The traditional board games stamp set that SingPost will be launching on April 27, 2016. PHOTO: SINGPOST

SINGAPORE - A traditional board games stamp set will be launched on Wednesday (April 27), Singapore Post Limited (SingPost) said in a press release.

The set will comprise five stamps, each featuring a free-hand drawing of a traditional board game that was popular in Singapore during the 70s and 80s.

The board games are Aeroplane Chess, Checkers, Chinese Chess, the Diamond Game, and Snakes and Ladders.

The stamp set comes in five denominations: 1st Local, 2nd Local, 50 cents, 70 cents and $1.30.

There is also a pre-cancelled first day cover at $4.10, that comes affixed with the complete set of stamps.

The 1st Local stamp features Chinese Chess, a strategy board game that represents a battle between two armies, with the objective of capturing the opponent's emperor.

The 2nd Local stamp features the Diamond Game. The objective of the game for two to six players, is to be the first to move all of one's game pieces into the opposite corner of a hexagram-shaped board.

On the 50¢ stamp is Aeroplane Chess, which is played by two to four players. The game begins with the players placing their game pieces in "hangers" located at the four corners of the board. The first person to reach the "airbase" at the centre of the board wins.

The 70¢ stamp depicts the popular Snakes and Ladders. The objective of the game is to move one's token, according to dice rolls, from "Start" to "Finish", either hastened by "ladders" or hindered by "snakes" along the way.

The $1.30 stamp features the game of Checkers, which is a strategy board game for two players.

It involves diagonal moves of game pieces and mandatory captures by jumping over opponent pieces.

A player wins the game when he captures all of the opponent's pieces or when the opponent cannot make another move.

SingPost said its last traditional games stamp issue was in 1997. That stamp set featured games such as shuttlecock, marbles, spinning top and five stones.

This new stamp issue will go on sale from Wednesday at all post offices and the Singapore Philatelic Museum.

They may also be purchased online at www.stampdelight.com.