Once upon a time, before Alexander Graham Bell invented the phone, if we wanted to tell someone something, we’d get a writing instrument filled with ink and typically consisting of a metal nib or ball called a pen, and get a piece of thin sheet from the pulp of wood called paper and write on it. Then we’d fold it up, put it in an envelope and before walking to a post box, we’d affix a stamp on it. A week or so later, it would reach the address you scribbled on the front. If your handwriting was bad, the recipient wouldn’t be able to make any sense of it. Not the ideal way to get an important message across but ever since the advent of the internet, the art of letter writing is fading (as are phone manners…) and it’s almost at the stage where many of us don’t even remember which hand we write with anymore. We’re so used to hammering away at the keyboard with our fingertips but, these fabulous limited-edition stamps have given us a reason to go old school.

Created to commemorate the 2002’s 50th anniversary, the model line known as the 02 Series included the 1502, 1602, 1802. The 2002 which arrived in 1966 was a smaller, sportier, and less expensive version of the Neue Klasse saloon and it eventually lead to the 3 Series. It was one of BMW's earliest performance cars and very popular among enthusiasts back then and it was common to see them lighting-up racetracks. Unsurprisingly, the model was one of its biggest sales successes and even though the BMW 2002 Hommage concept commemorated the model’s birthday this year, we reckon these stamps are really cool too. Featuring artwork by French artist BOD, they show the classic 2002 rounding a corner (on two wheels!) on its way to the Nürburgring. The message underneath translates to "02 since 1966." We love it and if you are into collecting stamps and want one then you’d better be quick as just 2,002 will be printed. It sure makes us wish we had a pen pal…