Friday, 30 September 2016

Trading Card Size Stamps - Update

Category - Sight
Subcategory - Trading Card Size Stamps

Canada 2016 NHL Canadian Forwards 




Issue date 23 September 2016

Canada Post issued 6 trading card  sized stamps featuring the Great Canadian Forwards - Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Phil Esposito of the Boston Bruins, Mark Messier of the Edmonton Oilers, Guy LaFleur of the Montreal Canadiens, Darryl Sittler of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings.

On the front of each stamp features a action shot of the individual forwards with the player’s name and the logo of his main NHL team. Listed on the back, hockey card-style, are the player’s hometown and birthdate, NHL career history, statistics, and awards.

These stamps are issued in pack of 6 Stamps - One in 40 packs contains an exclusive autographed stamp souvenir sheet from Sidney Crosby, Phil Esposito, Mark Messier, Guy LaFleur, Darryl Sittler, or Steve Yzerman. Odds of getting an autographed stamp souvenir sheet are 1 in 40 based on the entire production run. following is one of the stamps collected with the signature and Canada post hologram 



Each stamp has a value of CAD 1.80 - the oversized mail rate (2016)

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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Stamps with Thermographic printing - Update

Category - Touch 
Subcategory - Stamps with Thermographic printing

Estonia 2016 Centenary of shale oil mining in Estonia    





Issue date 15 June 2016

Industrial mining of oil shale began on 15 June 1916 on the Estonian territory. To commemorate this milestone of 100 years, Eesti Post has issued a special miniature sheet  with thermography printing 


Some websites / philatelic chatrooms describe the stamps have been printed with rock dust from the shale rock but the postal website has no mention of the same..till confirmation I have categorised this under stamps with thermography printing (even though the postal webpage mentions offset printing). It does not mention anything of the rough surface found on the miniature sheet.

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Stamps with Thermographic printing

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

3D - Holographic Stamps - Update

Category - Sight
Subcategory - 3D Hologram   

Canada 2016 Haunted Canada 3 with 3D Hologram Image




Issue date 08 September 2016

Canada Post has issued the third edition in the Haunted Canada series in time for Halloween with a miniature sheet of 5 domestic permanent stamps printed with holographic foil finishing.

From left to right, the top row of stamps depict the Newfoundland and Labrador’s Bell Island Hag among the foggy marshes, New Brunswick’s Dungarvon Whooper,Toronto’s historic Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre's female apparition. Below, the left-hand stamp shows Quebec’s Lady in White of Montmorency Falls, and Phantom Bell Ringers of the Kirk of St. James in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.


Bell Island Hag -  The island, off the coast of the Avalon Peninsula, is home to a female spirit who haunts a local marsh, where it’s said she died. This shape-shifting succubus first appears as a beautiful woman wearing a white cloak, then transforms into an ugly, deformed creature who carries the overpowering stench of death. Her scent is so strong, it leaves her victims powerless and paralyzed.




Dungarvon Whooper - According to legend, the cook at a logging camp near the Dungarvon River kept all his earnings in a money belt. When the logging crew returned to camp one day, they found the cook dead and his money missing. The camp boss told the men the cook had died of a sudden illness. As a snowstorm raged that night, the lumberjacks buried the cook’s body in a shallow grave near Dungarvon Springs. Back at camp, the men were shocked to hear hideous screaming and whooping coming from the grave. To this day, the ghostly wails of the slain cook can still be heard in the Miramichi woods.




Winter Garden Theatre Centre's female apparition - Over the years, staff and patrons have witnessed all manner of apparitions inside the historic theatres, including a woman wearing the Edwardian clothing that was fashionable when the centre opened in 1913.


Lady in White of Montmorency Falls - Legend has it that the Lady in White is an 18th century woman from Île d'Orléans whose husband-to-be was killed in a battle with British troops. Upon learning the shocking news, she donned her wedding gown and jumped to her death from atop Montmorency Falls.



Phantom Bell Ringers of the Kirk of St. James in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island - In the early morning hours of October 7, 1853, a bell began ringing over Charlottetown. Presuming he was hearing a ship’s bell, a local sea captain walked down to the harbour, where the steamer Fairy Queen was anchored. Once there, however, he realized the sound was coming from town, specifically the Kirk of St. James. Seeing as it was too early for services, he set off in the direction of the church to investigate. As he arrived, the bell still ringing out above, he saw three women disappear through the door of the belfry while another looked down from the tower. The church sexton had also heard the noise, and rushed to get the church keys. The two men unlocked the door and climbed the tower, but were shocked to find the belfry empty, the bell still vibrating. At noon that day, the Fairy Queen departed for Pictou, Nova Scotia. Hours later, word arrived that the vessel had sunk in rough seas and seven passengers had been lost. The chilling twist? Four of the victims were women, three of whom were members of the St. James congregation.


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Cloth Stamps - Update

Category - Touch
Subcategory - Cloth Stamps 

Sierra Leone 2013 Year of the Horse Embroidery Stamp




Issue date 25 November 2013 

For Chinese Lunar New Year of the Horse, Sierra Leone Post has issued a special self adhesive embroidery stamp featuring white horse with a green background 

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Cloth Stamps


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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

3D - Motion Stamps - Update

Category - Sight
Subcategory - 3D - Motion Stamps   

Turkey 2012 World Environment Day Dinosaur Lenticular Stamp





Issue date 05 June 2012

Turkey Post has chosen to commemorate World Environment Day on 5 June 2012 with the issue of a special booklet with one special 3D Lenticular stamp of the T - Rex Dinosaur to show the importance of the Environment and how these creatures became extinct.

The special booklet also contained some Dinosaur post cards. 





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3D - Motion Stamps

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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Embossed Stamps - Update

Category - Touch
Subcategory - Embossed Stamps

Bhutan 1970 Flower Painting with embossing relief printing 




Issue Date 16 May 1970

Bhutan Post has issued 2 versions of 8 Stamps with two different postage values featuring the flower paintings of Van Gogh, Rubens, Kuroda, Renoir, Monet, La Tour and Oudot. The printing was done on hard card paper.

The above 16 stamps above are one set of the 2 versions of the same 8 stamps with different values

Stamp values
1st Row -  2CH, 3CH, 5CH, 10CH
2nd Row - 15CH, 75CH, 1.00NU, 1.40NU
3rd Row - 80CH, 90CH, 1.10NU, 1.40NU
4th Row - 1.60NU, 1.70NU, 3NU, 3.50NU

Finally could post this as the set is now complete. (Pure luck that 2 sets I purchased at 2 years apart had different values) 

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Embossed Stamps

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Metal Foil Stamps - Update

Category - Sight
Subcategory - Metal Foil Stamps - Tin foil 

Bolivia 1986  Equestrian event for 1988 Seoul Olympic Games on Tin Foil Miniature Sheet






Issue date 25 September 1986

To commemorate the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988, Bolivian Post issued a tin foiled miniature sheet with 2 stamps - one featuring the logo of the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988 and the other is a reissue of a stamp on stamp of an earlier 1974 issue on the Battle of Ayacucho.

The tin foil miniature sheet features Dr.Reiner Klimke of Germany, a 1984 Olympic Gold Medallist in training.

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Metal Foil Stamps

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Thursday, 8 September 2016

Stamps with Rock Dust - Update

Category - Touch
Subcategory - Stamps with matter affixed - Rock dust

South Africa 2010 Taxi Hand Signs


Issue date 29 January 2010

A set of postage stamps depicting taxi hand signals has been issued by the SA Post Office. The project was the brainchild of Susan Woolf, who is currently doing her PhD in Anthropology at Wits. Woolf's thesis is called 'Taxi hand signs and social spaces'

The stamps, released in a blind-friendly raised-relief set of 10 by the South African Post Office, highlights the unspoken language used to reach a desired destination: an upward index finger goes to Johannesburg’s inner city, a gun style-point is for Alexandra township, and a splayed hand will go to upmarket Rosebank.




South Africa is probably the only country in the world that has special hand signals that indicate to the taxi driver where his prospective client wants to go. Hand Signals depicted on the stamp shows hand signs for travelling to destinations from : 

Alexandria to Randburg
Randburg to Tembisa
Tembisa to Sebenza
Turffontein to Mulbarton
Gauteng to Johannesburg CBD
Germiston to Kathlehong
Johannesburg to Sandton
Johannesburg to Phola Park
Emdeni to Highgate
Local to the Area



Limestone has been used in the screen printing on the hand signs on the stamp. 




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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Scented Stamps - Update

Category - Smell 
Subcategory - Scented Stamps 

French Polynesia 2016 Sandalwood Scented Stamps


Issue date 17 June 2016

The Sandalwood trees of French Polynesia (Santalum insulare) is presently found in the archipelagoes of the Marquesas Islands (Nuku Hiva, Ua Pou, Hiva Oa, Tahuata and Fatu Hiva), Tahiti, Moorea and Raiatea and Southern parts of Raivavae and Rapa Islands.

Sandalwood is a tree particularly known and appreciated for the characteristic smell of its only wood. In French Polynesia, this wood is used in traditional medicine, in the small business sector (handicrafts) or the cosmetic industry as a perfume. 

A similar sandalwood scented stamp was issued earlier by India

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Monday, 5 September 2016

Stamps with Hidden image - Update

Category - Sight
Subcategory - Stamps with Hidden image  

USA 2004 U.S. Air Force Academy Stamp with Hidden Image



Issue date 01 April 2004

USPS to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the US Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, Colorado has issued a special stamp with hidden image which can viewed with a special Decoder Lens.




A coded image of a falcon below the denomination is visible when viewed through a U.S.P.S. Stamp Decoder lens at 90 degrees.

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Sunday, 4 September 2016

Stamps with Thermochromic Ink Printing - Update

Category -  Touch / Sight
Subcategory - Stamps with Thermochromic Ink Printing / Personalised Stamps 

UK 2007 Harry Potter Smilers Sheet with Thermochromic Ink printing




Issue Date 17 July 2007

Royal Mail has issued a Harry Potter Smiler Sheet to coincide with the publication of the Last Harry Potter book which would be released on 21 July 2007. The sheet contains 4 x5 1st Class stamps featuring the Hogwarts School of Magic Crest and the Crests of the the four school houses - Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Gryffindor. Smilers are Britain's Personalised Stamps

In the cold state shows the name of the spells (as seen in the above image) and in the warm state it shows what the spells are used for is revealed (image seen below).


Cold state

Warm State




Spoiler Alert for the Spells

Reparo - Used to repair objects
Serpensortia - conjures Snakes from a wand
Evanesco - makes things disappear
Wingardium Leviosa - Levitates objects
Alohomora - Opens locked objects


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Stamps with Thermochromic Ink Printing
Personalised Stamps

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