Friday, November 21, 2008

Pre-personalized stamps

A lot of postal administrations all over the world now propose personalized stamps : stamp attached to a label that can be personalized on demand from the customer. Several countries also issue what I call pre-personalized stamps, meaning personalized stamps for which the label has been already personalized by the postal administration itself. A lot of people consider that this is only another way for them to get money from stamp collectors and that those types of stamps are really not needed. Of course I agree with this, since the pre-personalized stamps are always sold at a higher price than their face value.

Today I would like to share with you such an item. I received it from a contact in China. It was probably issued in 2005, the year of the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of HC.Andersen, the very famous fairy tales writer.

The stamp itself is a “phoenix” special usage stamp issued for the first time on the 1st of November 2004. The attached labels picture illustration of various fairy tales from Andersen :
- The little mermaid
- Thumbelina
- The emperor’s new clothes
- The little match-seller
- And probably The ugly duckling

You understand why my contact sent it to me ? Because of the frog pictured on the label illustrating Thumbelina !

This raises a question to my mind : is such pre-personalized item accepted in a topical collection ? I would rather answer no, because the subject is not pictured on the stamp itself, but on a label. On the other hand the sheet is issued like that by a postal administration, and does not correspond to the request of one single customer.
What is you opinion ?

And one additional question : is there any catalogue of such pre-personalized stamps ? I did not find any so far…

1 comment:

chickenstampy said...

Hi Eric,
Think that these "things" could be in a topical collection. Also like other items like postcards or so. Could make it compleet(more compleet).
There are no special catalogues for per-personalized or even "real" personalized stamps as far I know.
Maybe an item for our club at :