These stamps are printed from Hytech Post and Go machines A3 and A4 (the ones used at Stampex were A1, A2, B1, B2) and both the Machin and the new Robin stamps have been used. This means that the Robin is in strips of 6 for the first time.
All the sales so far seen are for the benefit of Royal Mail's 2012 charity, Prostate Cancer UK.
We now have details from Postagelabelsuk:
In a new venture for Post Office and Royal Mail, a totally new type of Post Office (Similar to ‘Pop- Up Shops’ previously seen in shopping malls in the lead up to Christmas) opened last week in the very busy Camden Market, London NW1. This new branch is called ‘Camden Christmas Post Shop’.
This new outlet is offering selected items from the Royal Mail ‘Collectibles’ range , personalised Christmas 2012 Instant ‘Smilers’ and, more importantly from a Post and Go collectors point of view, it has given rise to the first outing of the brand new Royal Mail ‘Hytech’ Next-Generation machines No. ‘A3′ and ‘A4′.
This new branch offers full Post Office ‘Postal’ facilities where purchasers can post their gift items purchased from the shop or elsewhere worldwide.
It is worth noting that this is the first time Hytech units have been primarily positioned for Post Office customers- posting mail specifically Christmas cards and gifts– and not for stamp collectors purposes.
The Hytech Machin ‘Worldwide 40g’ stamps have not been previously issued - as when un-overprinted Hytech Machins previously appeared at Stampex, the WW40g had yet to be added to the range.
Additionally, this is the only outlet where ‘Hytech Christmas Robins’ (MA12), printed in strips of six, will be available. (These are not expected to appear at Spring Stampex 2013).
For Postmark Collectors the counter datestamps in use at the Post Office are ‘Equipment Team Temporary’ No. ’32′ and No. ’42′.
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Pictures of the two Collectors Strips available: