To survive, nay, welcome the “Group of Death” as Group D is known, teams are doing all they can to be prepared. Italy hit the saunas, England donned sweat jackets, Uruguay sent their star Suarez for a quickie of an operation and Costa Rica are hedging their bets on immortality.
What about Costa Rica, also called La Sele (the selection), you ask? Correos de Costa Rica, the company that runs the postal service of Costa Rica, has decided to issue commemorative stamps to mark the team’s odessey in Brazil, a local newspaper the Tico Times says.
The limited-edition stamps — they are printing only 30,000 — cost $1 and $1.3. The not-very-creatively named series, called FIFA World Cup 2014, has Costa Rica’s national team, the current World Cup trophy and the official mascot. Unfortunately for fans, the stamps are as yet only available at the company’s headquarters in San Jose, so a long trek is in order if you live anywhere else.
World Cup stamps, much like World Cup cards, have been treasued in the countries of their issue, often having no value in the international market unless something spectacular is associated with the team in question.
Costa Rica’s team will be thankful for their national postal company immortalising their foray into Brazil as not many expect them to escape the vicious clutches of the group they find themselves in. England, Italy and Uruguay should prove tough opponents to get past but Costa Rica already know their legacy has been secured on paper. Whether or not they make it out of the group, the selection or the select few, have already given themselves a shot at immortality.
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Jorge Luis Pinto