Archive for December, 2010

Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year stamps

December 31st, 2010

Hong Kong Post will be offering special collectors sheets apart from the normal special stamps for the Lunar New Year/Zodiac issue. The stamps and sheets will be released on 22 January.

Special stamps set of 4v

Souvenir sheet (perforated and imperforate)

Gold foil and silver foil sheetlet

The four lunar animals from the current series in one sheetet.

Special sheetlet with all twelve zodiac animals.

USPS 2011 Disney Pixar stamps

December 31st, 2010

Since 1986, Pixar films have stretched the boundaries of our imagination with stories about unlikely heroes who explore the bonds of friendship and family. Now some of those heroes are the subjects of colorful new Send a Hello stamps that encourage people to connect with loved ones through the mail.

The Send a Hello stamps, which go on sale Aug. 19,2011, are a natural outgrowth of the Art of Disney stamp series issued between 2004 and 2008. Originally intended as a series of three annual issuances depicting friendship, celebration, and romance, the Art of Disney stamps proved so popular that the Postal Service expanded the series to include issuances in 2007 and 2008 to celebrate imagination and magic.

This pane of 20 stamps includes five different designs featuring Pixar characters: Lightning McQueen and Mater from Cars (2006); Remy the rat and Linguini from Ratatouille (2007); Buzz Lightyear and two of the green, three-eyed aliens from Toy Story (1995); Carl Fredricksen and Dug from Up (2009); and the robot WALL*E from WALL*E (2008).

USPS Lunar New Year – Year of the Rabbit

December 31st, 2010

On Jan. 22, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the fourth of twelve stamps in its Celebrating Lunar New Year series, which began in 2008 with the Year of the Rat. The Year of the Rabbit begins on Feb. 3, 2011, and ends on Jan. 22, 2012.

The Lunar New Year is celebrated primarily by people of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tibetan, and Mongolian heritage in many parts of the world. In the United States as elsewhere, the occasion is marked in various ways across a diverse array of cultures. Parades, parties, and other special events are common.

Kumquats, such as those depicted in the stamp art, are given as gifts and eaten for luck at this time of renewed hope for the future.

China’s 1968 Whole Country is Red sold for £31,050

December 23rd, 2010

The market for Chinese stamps is still red hot. On 15 December 2010, in an auction held in London, Chinese stamps were keenly contested by room and phone bidders.

The top lot, the 1968 The Whole Country is Red 8f was sold for £31,050 (15% buyers commission added).

This is a hefty jump over its pre-sale estimate of £10,000-12,000 and despite it being described “a few tones, apparently repaired in places and offered on this basis, unused but regummed”.

A 1962 Mei Lan Fang miniature sheet with “a couple of tiny wrinkles and surface marks” sold for £12,650.

A general collection in three volumes from 1949 to mid 1980s was also sold for £20,700.

Canada’s Year of Rabbit stamps

December 19th, 2010

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Canada Post will issue a stamp and souvenir sheet on 7 January 2011 to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar Year of the Rabbit.

This will be the third release of a second 12-year Lunar New Year series, the new stamps include one domestic stamp and one international stamp.

Year of Rabbit stamps from New Zealand

December 10th, 2010

New Zealand Post will be issuing the Year of Rabbit stamps on 12 January 2011. Four stamps and a miniature sheet will be available.