Canada Post issues a stamp celebrating the Toronto Argos' first Grey Cup victory in eight years.
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Presses at the Lowe-Martin plant in Ottawa began rolling Monday to print the first Grey Cup Champions Stamp ever issued.
Canada Post spokesman John Caines said there will be 30,000 booklets of 10 letter-rate 61-cent stamps.
In front of more than 53,000 fans packing Rogers Centre, the Argos defeated the Calgary Stampeders 34-22 Sunday.
"It was good for Toronto to win, with fans packing the stadium," Caines said.
This year's 100th anniversary championship game had special meaning for fans, and interest was boosted by the Grey Cup 100 Train Tour.
The train contained photos of CFL players, historic images, plus a dressing room-style coach and a museum car. It stopped at more than 100 communities, including all eight CFL cities.
Caines said the 300,000 champ stamps will be made available at GTA postal outlets Wednesday.
They can be ordered via the National Philatelic Centre, 1-800-565-4362.
The booklet covers sport the text: "2012 Grey Cup Champions."
To have the winning design ready in time for the presses to roll on the morning after the victory, Caines said two computerized versions were prepared ahead of the game -- one featuring the Argos logo, the other with the Stamps.
The stamp is the last of 17 produced this year to honour the 100th Grey Cup game.
Images incorporated on previous stamps included players, historic photos of each of the eight CFL teams and team logos.