Monday 19 December 2016

881. More Overprints From Trinidad And Tobago.

  The Trinidad And Tobago postal service has released another set of commemorative stamps made up of previously issued items with overprints applied to them. This set has a total of 3 stamps and an accompanying miniature sheet and although I do not yet know the date of issue I suppose it must have been around the 10th to 12th October 2016 when the meeting took place in Trinidad And Tobago. The issue is uninspiring to say the least with the ugly overprints completely disfiguring the stamps themselves. Presumably the issue was intended to serve political ends rather than to appeal to stamp collectors. Rating:- *.

  Nam Post, the postal service of Namibia, issued a reprinted version of its 2009 set of 3 stamps featuring "Wild horses of Namibia" on 15 November 2016 with the imprint "2016" at the right hand side of the lower border. It may be a reprint but it is a lovely set and well worth adding to one's collection. Rating:- *****.

   Pakistan Post has issued a single stamp to commemorate the Pakistani philanthropist Dinshaw B Avari. The design of the stamp, by Advil Salahuddin, is rather unmemorable. The date of issue was 18 December 2016. Rating:- *.

  Singapore Post has issued 2 miniature sheets related to 2 philatelic exhibitions - Philataipei 2016, held from 21 to 26 October 2016 and Thailand 2016, held from 10 to 16 October 2016. Both miniature sheets are fun and colourful and I presume that the dates of issue were the respective days of opening of the exhibitions. Rating:- ****.

  The Tristan Da Cunha postal service released a second set on the subject of Biodiversity in the island on 30 November 2016. The attractive issue was designed by Andrew Robinson and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13.5. Rating:- *****.

  Guernsey Post's first issue of the new year will be released on 18 January 2016 and will be made up of 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet costing a total of £7.36p on a subject of no obvious relevance to the tiny Channel island  - Chinese new year, the Year of The Cock. The designs, rather like Guernsey Post's recent Christmas sets and First World War centenary set are anaemic, and tell the collector nothing about the island of Guernsey but a lot about how little marketing people understand stamp collectors. Rating:- 0.


  1. Discussion on Stampboards suggests more Trinidad surcharges in 2017 which I don't think you've covered: No pics yet

    1. Thank you, Ian. I have now added a Blog about these new Surcharges and a comment from eyeonwall reveals that there are even more of them than it first seemed.
      I still tend to think of them as 'real stamps' unlike most of what appears on the philatelic market now. Half the fun is tracking them down, I suppose.
      Best wishes, WK.