Winter Greenery Faststamps will have taken many collectors by surprise because there are only four designs instead of 6, and collectors who only have access to Wincor-Nixdorf machines will find that there are probably only 2! But this does make the collection cheaper, with a basic set of 4 now costing only £2.30 (although the bureau pack is £2.81), and a full set of 16 from NCR machines having a face value of £17.36.
The Bureau Pack contains 1st, 1st Large, 2nd and 2nd Large stamps.
From reports received so far it would seem that all offices, including the BPMA, received the new stamps. These are the NCR Collectors sets:
Of course they are also available with open values (used on first day).
These are the sets from Wincor-Nixdorf machines:
Farringdon Post Office loaded 2nd class into their Wincor-Nixdorf machine. Can we blame them for making this mistake? No, central stores should never have sent them to Wincor branches because they couldn't be used. I know that Farringdon wasn't the only office to receive 2nd class in error. Thanks to Dominic and Mike for pictures:
Incidentally, a detailed report on the developments at Farringdon suggests that individual collectors each bought one or a few sets, with nobody getting a bulk supply, mainly because most of them didn't realise the error in time. Sadly one of the buyers spilled the bins to the staff and the machine was taken out of service until the roll could be changed. Nothing yet on eBay, which tends to confirm the above accounts.
Balham Post Office was selling the 1st class type from their Wincor-Nixdorf machine a day early on 12th. Listed on eBay they close on 19 November). Update, per a comment from a reader: this error was Balham's swansong as the machine was removed today (14th).
The stamps were also in use at the BPMA, presumably replacing Poppies and the 2nd class Machin. Thanks to Chris for this:
Stamps - but not BPMA or Farringdon - will be in our webshop on Monday.
UPDATE 18 March 2015
I'm sorry not to have reported this at the time, but for the record the Winter Greenery stamps were available in Edinburgh's Princes Street Mall Post Office on 12th November, one day early.
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