Saturday, 21 October 2017

1105. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡จ Irrelevance And Silly Designs - It Must Be IGPC.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ More products from the Beijing and New York-based philatelic agency IGPC.
  Ghana - 8 August 2017 - Chinese new year - Year of The Dog - 2 miniature sheets. Rating:- 0.

  - 11 September 2017 - Whales - 2 miniature sheets. Interestingly, the depicted species have been recorded in Ghanaian waters. Rating:- *.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Grenada - 6 October 2017 - Art by Rodrigo Diego Velasquez - 1 miniature sheet. Rating:- 0.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡พ Guyana - 8 August 2017 - Chinese new year Year of The Dog - 2 miniature sheets. Rating:- 0.

  11 September 2017 - Sloths. While sloths are found in Guyana, bizarrely the species featured on these stamps are not! - 2 miniature sheets. Rating:- 0.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ธ Montserrat - Diana Princess Of Wales - 31 August 2017 - 2 miniature sheets. Rating:- **.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ณ Nevis - 28 September 2017 - The brown pelican, national bird of Nevis - 1 miniature sheet containing 6 different stamps. Rating:- ***.

  ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡จ St. Vincent And The Grenadines - 26 September 2017 - Death centenary of Ferdinand Graf Von Zeppelin - 2 miniature sheets. Rating:- 0.

  ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ In Blog 1098 I mentioned the 2 tรชte beche self-adhesive stamps released by Canada Post on 20 October 2017 on the subject of the History of Ice Hockey. An attractive gummed miniature sheet accompanied the 2 stamps. Rating:- *****.

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡น Bhutan Post issued a sheetlet of 8 different stamps and an accompanying miniature sheet on 9 October 2017 on the subject of the Blue Poppy, the national flower of Bhutan. Another attractive and interesting issue from that country. Rating:- ****.


  ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Sri Lanka Post issued a single stamp on 19 October 2017 which commemorated DB Dhanapala, a pioneering Sri Lankan journalist and author. Not the most exciting stamp design. Rating:- **

Friday, 20 October 2017

1104. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ And It's A Merry Christmas From Australia Post.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia Post has released details of its philatelic products associated with Christmas 2017. The "Australia" and "Australia Christmas Island" issues all have a proposed date of issue of 1 November 2017.

  1. A basic set of 5 stamps, cost $6.25c. Gummed. Designed by Andrew Hogg Design and Jo Murรฉ. Lithographed. I like the "Nativity" stamps but the "Secular" stamps are wholly uninteresting. Rating:- *.

  2. A gummed miniature sheet, cost $2.95c. Rating:- ***.

  3. 2 "Embellished" stamps (2 x 20c) sold in 2 sheetlets of 10 for a total cost of $13. Rating:- 0.

  4. 5 self-adhesive stamps sold in booklets or small "sheetlets":-  20 x 65c "Religious" ($13), 20 x 65c "Secular" ($13), 5 x $2 ($10) and 5 x $2.30c ($11.50c). These are also sold in "chequebooks" at a total cost of $950. Rating:- 0.

  5. 2 "stamp packs" each sold for $16:- "Merry Christmas" (Pixar characters) - 2 panes each of 10 "Parcels" stamps with attached labels; "Merry Christmas" (Mickey Mouse) - 2 panes each of 10 "Christmas tree" stamps with attached labels. Total cost:- $32. Rating:- 0.

  6. "Concession" stamp miniature sheet, only available in "2017 Collection of Australian Stamps" book, sold for $109.95c. Rating:- 0.

  There are also 3 "Souvenir stamp sheets" which commemorate Australian sporting prowess, which as we all know is as unrivalled as Australia Post's Philatelic output. Rating:- 0.
  (A) 2017 Brownlow Medallist, Dustin Martin, 8 stamps with attached labels, sold for $15.95c.
  (B) Richmond Australian Football League champions 2017, 8 stamps with attached labels, sold for $15.95c. 
  (C) 2017 NRL Grand Final, 8 stamps with attached labels, sold for $15.95c.

  Australia Post has also issued philatelic items with the inscription, "Australia Christmas Island". These represent further Christmas commemorative items from Australia Post cleverly disguised as special stamps of Christmas Island. The "issue" is made up of 2 basic gummed stamps, 1 gummed miniature sheet (total cost $4.30c), 1 "sheetlet" of 5 x $2 self-adhesive stamps (sold for $10) and 1 "embellished sheetlet" of 10 x 65c self-adhesive stamps (cost $6.50c). There is also a "chequebook" of 20 x 20 x $2 - sold for $200. A cheerful enough design but I can do without the self-adhesive stuff. Rating:- **.

  Completeists beware! According to my calculations, the total cost of the above amounts to $288.30c. For the Ultra Completeists who must have the "Chequebooks" (does any Collector really buy such stuff?) then the total cost would be $1478.30. Merry Christmas, Australia Post!

  ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong Post issued a set of 6 stamps, 2 miniature sheets, a "mini-pane" of 18 stamps and a HK$60 "Prestige booklet" on 17 October 2017 on the subject of Qipao (Chinese traditional dress for women). The issue was designed by Tony Ho from illustrations by Yolanda YC Law and Mel WL Chan of the Hong Kong Design Institute and lithographed by Enschede and perforated 13.5. Rating:- ****.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฒ In Blog 1079 I described the new Christmas issue of 12 stamps released by the Isle Of Man Post Office on 19 October 2017. The issue is available in gummed and self-adhesive format hence increasing the size of the set to 24 stamps and doubling the cost and, not content with that, the gummed stamps are also sold in a "Decorative sheetlet" contained in a folder thus making the overall cost of the basic 24 stamps and what amounts to a miniature sheet to be £16.92p plus, if you're a devoted 1 of everything collector of Manx philatelic products, a presentation pack, postcards and the first day cover. Rating:- *.
  Although this is an attractive issue none of it will find its way into my collection of Manx stamps.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

1103. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Duchess Of Cornwall To Be Featured On Malaysian Royal Visit Stamps.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Pos Malaysia will issue a pair of stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 3 November 2017 to commemorate the royal visit of The Prince Of Wales and The Duchess Of Cornwall to Malaysia which will mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between The United Kingdom and Malaysia. The designs are made up from 2 charming photographs of the Royal couple. What a pleasure it is to see the dignified Duchess depicted on stamps - her philatelic appearances thus far have been far too rare. Next year will mark the 70th birthday of The Prince of Wales and one hopes that that will be an opportunity for more philatelic appearances of the Royal couple and hopefully will give us a rest, if only for a while, from the unending flow of issues featuring The Prince's first wife, Diana Princess Of Wales. Rating:- *****.

  Pos Malaysia also issued a set of 3 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 17 October 2017 which is another part of its festival food series. The issue this time features Indian food to commemorate the festival of Deepavali. An attractive and colourful set to make your mouth water. Rating:- *****.

  ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ Pakistan Post has issued 2 stamps to commemorate the late Maulana Mufti Mahmoud (1919-1980), a notable Pakistani politician, and the Bicentenary of the Birth of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, a philosopher of the 19th century. To date I have no details of these issues except that the  Mahmoud issue was released on 14 October 2017 and the Sir Syed Ahmed Khan stamp was issued on 17 October 2017 along with a miniature sheet. Rating:- **.