Friday, 15 December 2017

1141. πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡Ή New Trinidad And Tobago Surcharges.

  πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡Ή A commentator, Dorian, has published a comment on Stampboards that the postal service of Trinidad And Tobago has released some new surcharges as evidenced by sales currently to be found on E Bay. The new surcharges are mixed with others from previous years but I believe that there are 9 new stamps which have been released in T and T in recent months though I have not found any details about them.
  The new surcharges seem to have been produced to mainly provide $1 values though one of the new items is a $2 surcharge. Four of the stamps are previous Christmas stamps (2 from 2002, one from 2001 and one from 2000) - one may speculate that these have been produced to provide a set of Christmas stamps for 2017.
  Three of the surcharged stamps are part of the 4 stamp set issued in 2002 on the subject of local Butterflies and one is part of the 4 value Hummingbirds set also released in 2002. Another surcharged stamp is one of the 4 stamps issued in 2001 on the subject of the National Library.
  These stamps have clearly been issued primarily to meet postal needs. Rating:- *****.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

1140. πŸ‡¨πŸ‡°πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡΄ More Stuff From Philatelic Collector Inc.

  In Blogs 1120 and 1139 I detailed some of the most recent new issues from the US-based stamp producer Philatelic Collector Inc. In this Blog I list those new issues not mentioned so far.

  πŸ‡¨πŸ‡° Cook Islands - 28 August 2018 - 'Memories in Summer', Winning designs in a local photography competition - 3 stamps. These are excellent designs and give the collector more of a feel of life in The Cook Islands than any number of Chinese New Year stamps and all the other stuff that emerges from the office of Philatelic Collector. Rating:- *****.

  5 December 2017 - Christmas - 4 stamps. These have local themes but I don't find the style to be very attractive. Rating:- *.

  πŸ‡¨πŸ‡° Cook Islands Aitutaki - Christmas - 4 stamps. Rating:- *.

  - 8 December 2017 - Animals of the World, Butterflies - 4 stamps. Rating:- 0.

  πŸ‡¨πŸ‡° Cook Islands Penrhyn - 5 December 2017 - Christmas - 4 stamps. Rating:- *.

  πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡΄ Tonga - 4 December 2017 - 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps - 4 stamps. Rating:- ***.

  - 4 December 2017 - Elimination of lymphatic filariasis - 1 stamp. Rating:- ****.

  - 4 December 2017 - Christmas - 4 stamps. Rating:- *.

  πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡΄ Tonga Niuafo'ou - Christmas - 4 stamps. Rating:- *.

  πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡± More paraphilatelic items from Stamperija. This is another batch of 10 sheetlets, each containing 4 different 'stamps', and 10 miniature sheets with the name of Sierra Leone printed on them and said to have been 'issued' on 30 October 2017. The featured subjects are:- 45th anniversary of the VAZ 2103 vehicle, Commemoration of the Salvation Army, 2nd Birthday of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Polo, 55th anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe, Formula 1 motor racing, World Athletics Championships hosted by Athens, 2014 Winter Olympic Games held in Sochi, 30th Birthday of Lionel Messi (footballer) and Chess. There is little point in including any illustrations of this stuff in this Blog. Rating:- 0.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

1139. πŸ‡»πŸ‡Ί Has Vanuatu Sold Its Philatelic Soul?

  πŸ‡»πŸ‡Ί Some collectors of new issues may be alarmed to read that the postal service of Vanuatu appears to have taken on the services of the USA-based philatelic agency Philatelic Collector Inc. which is rather poorly regarded by some collectors of modern stamps. Among the latest issues listed on Philatelic Collector's website is a pair of stamps and 1 miniature sheet issued by the Vanuatu postal service to commemorate Chinese New Year.
  As shown below Philatelic Collector does not describe its relationship with Vanuatu as being "Vanuatu Philatelic Bureau" as it does for Tonga and Cook Islands but merely lists it as "Vanuatu - Year of the Dog" so there is nothing to yet say that the Vanuatu postal service has taken Philatelic Collector on as its continuing Philatelic agent. Perhaps that announcement is yet to come.
  The date of issue is given as 1 November 2017 and the designer is Sophia Zhang. To date, Vanuatu Post has had an excellent record as an issuer of new stamps. Let us hope that it has not sold its philatelic soul. The new stamps are twee and garish and will not find their way into my collection of the stamps of Vanuatu. Rating:- 0.

  πŸ‡¨πŸ‡° Similar Chinese New Year stamps have also been issued by Cook Islands and its philatelic appendages. The date of issue is given as 1 November 2017. The issue is made up of 6 stamps and 3 miniature sheets (inscribed "Cook Islands", "Aitutaki Cook Islands" or "Penrhyn Cook Islands".

  πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡΄ We also have the same from Tonga and Tonga Niuafo'ou (a total of 4 stamps and 2 miniature sheets). Again the date of issue is stated to have been 1 November 2017. Though the stamps do not appeal to me I have no doubt that other people will find them to be appealing. Rating:- 0.

  πŸ‡²πŸ‡Έ In Blog 1047 I mentioned a sheetlet of 6 stamps which was released by the Montserrat postal service on 12 July 2017 on the subject of the Soufriere volcanic eruption. It appears that a second sheetlet of 6 stamps was also issued which depicts buildings in Plymouth, the destroyed former capital of Montserrat, and these make an interesting portrayal of the pitiful way the island was afffected by the volcano. Rating:- ****.

  πŸ‡°πŸ‡³ The Beijing and New York-based philatelic agency, IGPC, has released 1 sheetlet containing 4 different stamps and 1 miniature sheet with the name of Nevis printed on them to commemorate the Platinum Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh. Rating:- *.

  πŸ‡¬πŸ‡¬ Guernsey Post will issue 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 1 February 2018 to commemorate a subject which has very little to do with the island - Chinese new year which will be the Year of the Dog. This is the fifth issue in this ongoing Lunar new year series which presumably means that we have another 7 years of such issues before the cycle is completed.
  Although I'm a great dog enthusiast I dislike this set and will not be adding it to my own collection of Guernsey stamps. The set was designed by Chrissy Lau and the designs feature stylised renderings of the Pekingese breed. Rating:- *.

  Guernsey Post then intends to release 1 miniature sheet on 14 February 2018 for issue at the Spring Stampex 2018 Philatelic Exhibition in London. To tie in with the exhibition's opening date, 14 February (St. Valentine's Day), the sheet which is inscribed "Alderney", contains 2 heart-shaped stamps and depicts "the view from The Lover's Chair", a clandestine meeting place for the 19th century local girl named Jacquine Le Mesurier and a Guernsey squire, which is an engraving by Paul Jacob Naftel, a Guernsey 19th century artist. An interesting enough issue, I suppose. Rating:- **.