Monday, July 15, 2013

Superman shown on Jersey Island New Issue

Jersey Post has produced a series of stamps and collectables to celebrate the release of the new Superman movie called Man of Steel starring Jerseyman Henry Cavill in the lead role.

 The set that was released on June 7th to co-inside with the release of this Warner Brothers film is unique in many respects and is the first to be issued in Jersey to coincide with the release of a major new movie.

 The set of 6 stamps feature a number of innovative print techniques, each paying tribute to the Man of Steel’s super powers and brought together for the first time in one issue. To support the release of the stamps, which went on sale June 7th, a dedicated sales website was developed, which also features information about the film, the stamps, Henry Cavill and Jersey Island .

Henry Cavill is a former Head Boy at St Michael’s Preparatory School where he first trod the boards and was bitten by the acting bug. He has appeared in a number of acclaimed television series, most notably The Tudors, and also the 2011 film ‘Immortals’. His father, Colin Cavill said: ‘Henry is very proud of his island roots and has been involved in the development of the stamps throughout. Jersey Post has gone to great lengths to provide such a beautiful and wonderfully creative set of treasures.’
 The set of six stamps feature a number of innovative production techniques, developed by Cartor Security Printing in France.  Each technique pays tribute to the Man of Steel’s super powers and are brought together for the first time in one issue.

The 45p   stamp shows a close up of Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel. Scanning the stamp with a smartphone triggers the Smartsy App and takes the user to the bonus material

 On the 55p  we see an image of Man of Steel in a dramatic mid air flying pose is set on a transparent stamp, to symbolise his x-ray vision

 The  60p which is printed on flat simili silver foiling,represents the Man of Steel’s incredible strength

A  68p stamp is printed with thermochromatic ink. When warmth is applied to the face of the stamp, for example by holding it with your fingertips, the Earth is revealed beneath the Man of Steel in flying pose

 Crushed granite taken from just one pebble at Beauport Bay shown on the 80p stamp, which is Henry Cavill’s favorite place in Jersey, has been applied to the face of each thermographic stamp to give its rough, tactile finish and once again acknowledging the Man of Steel’s strength

Finally the 88p stamp was printed with ‘glow-in-the-dark’ ink. This stamp reveals a hidden message from the Man of Steel’s father, which is visible only in darkness.

 A lenticular miniature sheet has also been produced which, when tilted, shows the Man of Steel flying across the face of the image. It has a face value of £3.

First Day covers of both the set of 6 stamps and the miniature sheet will also be available. The price for Stamp set FDC is £5.11 and the price of the miniature sheet FDC is  £4.15.

Stamp set FDC

In addition to First Day cover Presentation packs of the Stamps and miniature sheet were also produced at which sell for the same prices as the FDCs.

Stamps Presentation Pack

Finally a limited edition Collectors pack is available at a cost of  £60.00. The collectors pack is
bound in a specially commissioned steel-effect embossed cover. Inside there are a total of 16 pages in  full color plus exclusive images and information about Henry Cavill in his role as Man of Steel.
This  Limited Edition Collector’s Pack includes a sheet of each of the stamps (60 stamps in total) plus the Lenticular Miniature Sheet. Each sheet of 10 stamps is creatively presented within its own exclusively designed selvedge. It’s the best way to capture the unique print techniques in one highly collectible product. All the sheets are carefully secured in clear mounts, which are affixed to the pages, to ensure they stay in mint condition.

The Collectors Pack
My thanks to the Jersey Post office for help in completing this article. 

Technical details: Stamps, Miniature Sheet, First Day Covers, Presentation Packs and Collectors Pack created by True North. All photographs and related imagery copyright by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. MAN DF STEEL and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. Stamps printed by Cartor Security Printing France in four color process offset lithography and additional print techniques as described on above Stamp die sizes are 31.75mm x 31.75mm. Miniature Sheet size is 110mm x 75mm. Stamp products © Jersey Post Ltd. 2013.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Finland Announces most popular stamp of 2012

Stable Lantern is the most beautiful Finnish stamp of 2012

The Most Popular Stamp

Ther results are in and the Stable Lantern stamp, was voted as the most beautiful stamp of 2012. The stamp is filled with the peaceful wait for the holiday season. Designed by Nina Rintala, the holiday season stamp was released last November. The stamp was an absolute favorite among the voters: it received 2,470 votes, i.e. 12.2 % of the total 20,252 votes. The voting took place on Posti's website.

The second-most beautiful stamp was Miika Saksi's lantern-themed stamp from his Autumn Dreams stamp booklet released last September. The stamp got 1,582 votes, which corresponds to 7.8 % of all votes.

Teemu Ollikainen's nature-themed stamp The Bothnian Sea National Park was third with 1,543 votes, i.e. a small margin from second place. The votes account for 7.6 % of the total number of votes. The stamp, included in a stamp set of Finnish national parks, was released last May.

There was a total of 21 stamp releases in 2012, including a combined total of 72 stamps. Johannes Ekholm's Saimaa stamp came fourth in the vote. The stamp was released in the Europa: Visit Finland set and the theme is based on an old tourism poster. The fifth was a stamp from Satu Lusa's Pets stamp booklet. The stamp has a picture of a playing kitten.

Tommi Kantola, Product Manager of Itella Posti Oy, was not surprised by the results because natural and animal themes are something that Finns always enjoy. ”It was nice to see that HockeyBird, the distant cousin of the Angry Birds, was among the top ten. All four stamps compiled from the artwork of Helene Schjerfbeck, a highly appreciated Finnish painter, were successful," says Kantola.
My Thanks to the Finnish Post Office Corporation, Itella, for the above info.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Dual Exhibit to be held in Rochester, NY in May

For the first time two World Series of Philately events will be taking place at one time under one roof. The Rochester National Stamp Show (Ropex) and National Topical Stamp Show (NTSS) present ROPEX-NTSS 2013 on May 17-19 at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, N.Y. The shows are sponsored by the Rochester Philatelic Association and the American Topical Association.

Billed as “Two Shows in One,” each organization is running its own exhibit competition along with managing a portion of tables in a combined 50-dealer superbourse.

The Armory Site

NTSS is seeking thematic exhibits to enter into its competition. A prospectus and entry form can be found online at or by calling the ATA office at (618) 985-5100. ROPEX is accepting exhibits in any class, with its prospectus and entry form also online at or available by mail at RPA, PO Box 10206 Brighton Station, Rochester, NY 16410. While it is not possible to enter the same exhibit in both exhibitions, exhibitors are welcome to place separate exhibits in each. The grand award winner for each will be eligible for the 2013 APS Champion of Champions competition taking place in Milwaukee in August.

                                      Click here for ATA's show prospectus

A limited number of dealer tables remain for both groups. Table prices start at $275 for an 8-foot front and return. Check the internet links above for more details, or contact ATA’s Bob Mather at (262) 968-2392 or by email at; or RPA’s Dave Robinson at (585) 482-7712, email

                                           To go to the RPA Site Click here

Make plans now to attend this first-of-a-kind expanded stamp show. Put Ropex-NTSS, May 17-19 on your calendar!

My Thanks to the ATA  and the RPA for supplying this info.