"With a foreword by five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave, the richly illustrated, informative and Official 2012 Compendium is tailor-made to keep every single Gold Medal Winners Miniature Sheet safe for posterity and makes a superb companion to the Games."Post Office customers in many areas received an envelope to keep their miniature sheets clean until they got them home. These advertised the compendium:
Sadly while medals were still being won, Royal Mail sold out of these on their website as the production run was apparently limited to 10,000. However, people who wanted one may be interested in this review received today:
"I just recieved my compendium through the post and have to say it is not as I expected it to be.
As described there are 14 printed inserts depicting leading medal contenders, which are inserted into the 14 see through sleeves which are described as - 'to keep your gold medal stamps in pristine condition.' To store the 29 gold stamp minisheets will require 15 doubled up so 1 will have to be loose as will all the contenders inserts.
I would value your opinion and that of others reading you blog and I am aware that Royal Mail see your blog so am hoping they will realise the issues in this rather expensive album.
Not impressed then!If people order the full set of mini sheets from Royal Mail are you aware if these will come supplied in sleeves or anything to slip into this album?"
I didn't order any as I thought it was an expensive addition to the probably large bill for the stamps themselves, so I don't know whether this is hardback - I'm told that it IS hardback.
As for how the mini-sheets are sent from Edinburgh, I expect they will be in the usual black carrier unless you ordered multiples of 4 in which case you will probably get the complete A4 sheet between boards in a large padded envelope.
UPDATE 25 August: Royal Mail's website now has a FAQ about the Olympic and Paralympic Gold Medal Winners Stamps. This includes a comment on the Compendium, and also announces an Album to hold all the Gold Medal Stamps. Whether this will be for single stamps or miniature sheets is not stated.
Q: Will there be an album produced to house the stamps?UPDATED 29 August (see comments) - New Olympics album available at RM's website.
A: Yes, there will be an album designed specifically for both Olympic and Paralympic Gold Medal Winner stamps and we will have this available in approximately four weeks.
Q: I have bought the Olympic Gold Medal stamps compendium. It has only 14 sleeves so how do I contain the GM stamps?
A: Customers can insert two Gold Medal miniature sheets in each sleeve, facing out. The sleeves are designed to contain up to five miniature sheets, and hence the 29th mini sheet could be inserted within a sleeve also.
Did you order the compendium? What do you think of it - leave a comment, or email me.
UPDATE 10 JULY 2013
We know of an alternative album for anybody who has still to house their Gold Medal stamps - visit Dauwalder's of Salisbury at this link. We have not seen their albums so cannot make a recommendation but we do know that they are a reputable company and their products are widely used.