Wednesday, 10 October 2012

A flock of Robin Post and Go Stamps available for Christmas

Royal Mail have been asked to provide a Christmas Faststamp for Post and Go Machines. Rather than issue a Post and Go variety of the Christmas stamps or issue a completely new Post and Go design they have decided to reintroduce the Robin Post & Go stamp from Birds 1 originally issued in 2010.


These will be available in selected machines from early November.  This represents a new collecting opportunity - 5 consecutive bird stamps of the same design.  And although multiple values are available even TWO x 1st would be sufficient to show that they came from the new printing.

NOTE: As this is a reissue of a stamp that was in Birds 1, it is not available from Royal Mail's bureau, only from the machines.


UPDATE 1 NOVEMBER.
This notice has been sent to PO Branches recently:


On 6 November the Post and Go version of the Robin Stamp is due to be re-introduduced.
Unfortunately, we are still waiting for a delivery of stock from our supplier.  We do have limited stock, which will be distributed to branches, but it is possible that you may not receive your stock until a later date.
We will make every endeavour to have stock sent out to all Post and Go branches in time for the Go Live date, but this may not be possible in every case.  We will distribute any outstanding stock as soon as we receive it.

15 comments:

  1. I presume this is the standard type of press release so no indication of which kiosks (only those that originally dispensed birds 1?)

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  2. I certainly don't think it will be restricted to original Bird 1 offices.

    My interpretation is that offices with more than one machine will have Christmas Robin in one and the other will be Machin/Flag/Cattle. Offices with only one machine may change Cattle to Robins, or may not.

    We'll be interested in reports from users!

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  3. Thanks for the confirmation Ian, doubt they will be available at Wealdstone though they have only recently started dispensing Birds 4 had been Birds 3 for ages !!!!!

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  4. I was only thinking the other day whether they would follow the Irish Post & issue Xmas labels! Do you think they will announce which offices have these or do we have to wait for them to turn up on Ebay??!!

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    1. You could be proactive and ask you nearest Post & Go office if they have them in stock yet.

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  5. Having visited a number of Post Offices with Post & Go Machines, including Trafalgar Square (Philatelic Counter). When enquiring about this stamp and its proposed issue date none of the Post Offices I have spoken to are aware of this issue, or have been sent any stock.

    It would be nice to have a number of confirmed sites that will have them, so that FDC's can be processed.

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    1. It would indeed. If only it were easier to telephone them. I've had enough telephoning PO Customer Services today - see the latest blogpost on non-availability of Poppy stamps. Have you asked about them in your wanderings??? (Please reply on that post, rather than this one!)

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  6. This was mooted as an obvious option in 2010 - straight after Birds 1 were inroduced - glad to see it being taken up - great design and neutral in appearance as a X(Christ)mas image....

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  7. Been advised today by staff at London Bridge Borough High Street branch that both kiosks will be dispensing these.

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  8. Derby Crown PO confirmed that it will be issuing the Robins from 9.30am on the 6th November

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  9. My local office in West Sussex received five rolls of Christmas Robin stamps today Monday ready for the Tuesday issue date and will be in both machines first thing in the morning.

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  10. I've got my fingers crossed that I will get the word to head off to Norwich tomorrow morning!

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    1. Robert
      Paignton has the Robin stamps for tomorrow

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  11. As an overseas collector of British stamps, I sympathize with your efforts to glean information from local post-offices and Royal Mail in general. I promise to be a little less agitated when searching for issues on various web-sites now I know how much effort goes into obtaining said issues! The Robins are on sale all over the place now but can anyone tell me if an FDC issue (all values) has been released?

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    1. Hi Sue, There isn't an official FDC as it isn't technically a new stamp, having been part of the Birds 1 series.

      I'll write to you privately about FDCs.

      Ian

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