When Royal Mail launched the Smilers For Kids range in 2008 dealers and collectors alike were - it's not an overstatement to say - aghast. Our protests at the production of new stamps packaged for retail sales but significantly over face were heard, but the collectors editions were not the same as those in the retail pack, so 'completists' felt obliged to buy both types.
We knew from the packaging that the option was there to have multiple sets of these, and so it was no surprise when a further set was produced in 2009.
Royal Mail have now announced that all these will be taken off sale at the end of the year - 29.12.10. This applies to the retail packs and the generic sheets of 20, stock codes SK001-SK008 and SK011-SK018.
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