🇦🇺 Australia Post will issue a single gummed stamp on 1 May 2018 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first Australian cricket tour by an Aboriginal XI in England. The stamp was designed by Phil Ellet of Creative Ethos and Jo Muré and lithographed by EGO and perforated 14 x 14.5. It is pleasing that Australia Post is issuing a stamp commemorating a genuinely locally relevant issue - Rating:- ***** - but unfortunately many other issues have been announced along with it for which there is very little reason in a very large new issue programme.
A set of 4 gummed stamps, 1 gummed miniature sheet and 4 self-adhesive stamps issued in 4 individual booklets of 10 x $1 will be released on 1 May 2018 on the subject of 'Cloudscapes'. An attractive issue but quite unnecessary at a time of so many issues being released by Australia Post. The issue was designed by Lisa Christensen of Three Branches Design and lithographed by RA Printing and perforated 14.5. Rating:- *.
A miniature sheet will be issued on 27 May 2018 to commemorate Australia Post's participation in the World Stamps Championships 2018 being held in Israel from 27 to 31 May 2018. Rating:- *.
A set of 4 gummed stamps, 1 miniature sheet and 4 self-adhesive stamps issued in 4 individual booklets each of 10 x $1 will be issued on 21 May 2018 on the subject of 'Silo art' (art applied to grain silos). This is an interesting and original subject but quite unnecessary when Australia Post is putting out so many new issues. The set was designed by Janet Boschen Design and lithographed by EGO and perforated 14 x 14.5. Rating:- 0.
On 5 June 2018 Australia Post will issue 3 more attractive stamps depicting Finches. The colourful and attractive set was designed by Kevin Stead and John White and lithographed by RA Printing and perforated 14 x 14.5. Needless to say there is also an accompanying miniature sheet. Rating:- **.
A set of 4 gummed stamps, 1 gummed miniature sheet and 4 self-adhesive stamps issued in 4 booklets each containing 10 x $1 stamps meaning that the total cost of the issue amounts to $48.will be released on 12 June 2018 on the subject of Art in Nature. The set was designed by Andrew Hogg Design and lithographed by EGO (RA Printing) and perforated 14.5 x 14. A colourful issue but what is the point of it in such a crowded new issue programme? Rating:- 0.
On 15 June 2018 a stamp pack on the subject of Sustainable Development Goals containing a pane of 20 Greetings stamps and a second pane of non-postally valid will be released and sold for $23.
Three $23 'stamp packs' containing 2 sheetlets each (both made up of 2 panes of 8 'Greetings' stamps with attached illustrated labels) will be released in May 2018 on the following subjects:- Jurassic World 2 Fallen Kingdom, Star Wars Han Solo and Disney Princess. Rating:- 0.