Here, within this blog, I hope to provide my own catalogue of Commonwealth issues for 2011 by providing a list of stamp issues issued during the year which a reasonable observer (in this case, myself!) would describe as a postage stamp and which seems to have been issued for genuine postal usage (although other subsidiary reasons for issue such as commemoration of important anniversaries, events, people, culture, particularly of national interest - and international commemorations may have relevance to some countries). I will give all listed issues a number and if an "issue" does not appear in my list then it will mean that I do not view it as a genuine postage stamp according to my own definition - it may be a collectable with postal validity but not, in my opinion, an item worthy of inclusion in a catalogue of postage stamps.
I wonder how 2011 will turn out eventually. Will the greed for philatelic revenue that has gripped so many postal administrations and philatelic agencies in recent years finally kill the golden goose and terminally turn collectors of postage stamps away from new issue collecting? Will the growing chaos involved in obtaining new issues from some countries help to put the boot in too? In the last two or three months of 2010 two major British dealers of new issues called it a day and sought refuge in well-earned (semi-)retirements and they will be hard to replace for their sheer reliability and enthusiasm for obtaining items for their customers. And what of possible new countries to collect, Southern Sudan, for instance? 2011 should be a very interesting year, not so much for the stamps that will be issued as much as for what may happen to philately itself.