In Blog 698 I highlighted the Australia Post Adelaide 2016 "emergency" issue of 6 x 30c counter-printed stamps which were sold between 5 and 9 January 2016 to make up for a shortfall of the value which occurred with the massive hike in Australian postal rates from 70c to $1 which occurred at the beginning of the year.
The first of these rare strips of stamps has now been sold on an Internet auction website and after a week on sale and final frenzied bidding, the 6 stamps have been sold for A$1061.11c - yes, more than A$1000 (exactly £521.30p)! When I looked at the auction website to see the final price I was as jolted by the result of this auction as I was when the BBC revealed the exit poll results of last year's British general election which were completely different from the predicted outcome up till then and stunned the pundits.
This is a remarkable price for a new issue though of course the stamps of Australia remain a popular area for collectors. It will be interesting to see for how much future examples are sold and if the price has already peaked or indeed, if it's got further to go.
The Norvic Philatelics Blog reveals some interesting news about Royal Mail "Post and Go" issues - Kiosk M001 is to be installed at the British Forces Post Office (BFPO) Headquarters in RAF Northolt. The kiosk will not be available for use by the general public and will dispense stamps to personnel on the base only at first. "Weigh and Vend" scales and other equipment will be installed later as the trial progresses.
It will be interesting to see if this is the start of the provision of special stamps for the British Forces Post Office which I think is a very good idea - I would particularly like to see issues for the Sovereign Bases in Akrotiri and Dhekelia since they actually form a completely separate British Overseas Territory, albeit ruled by a military administration, and the only such territory not to have its own distinctive postage stamps.
The Norvic Philatelics Blog also reveals that IAR "Post and Go" kiosks A006 and A008 respectively will be installed in the RAF museums at RAF Hendon (as predicted in Blog 678) and RAF Cosford in Shropshire in March 2016. The kiosks will vend Machin Head and Union Jack labels with the added inscription "Royal Air Force".