This sheet is issued today, along with a miniature sheet and retail booklet.
Some collectors have got the impression from Tallents House that this is sold out and will not be replaced.
A Royal Mail spokesman has told me that the current stocks are indeed exhausted temporarily. It is inconceivable that they would not get more stocks of something that was unavailable for casual sale by phone and from the website shop on the day of issue. When I have more news I will add it here.
UPDATE 28 January. Apparently Royal Mail reduced the print run compared to normal Generic Sheets because of low levels of sales previously, to improve stock efficiency. However the stamp trade pre-sale orders were far more than is normal for this type of product.(1)
Also, I understand that stocks were sent to some Post Office Branches which did not normally get Generic Sheets.(2)
A collector at our club asked if I could supply one of these which was not supplied to him on his standing order. He showed me this page from Royal Mail's 'Featured' brochure, which was delivered on Saturday 24th.
(1) Because there will be space for these in some pre-printed albums, dealer demand would have been higher. Pre-printed albums tend not to have space for the single stamps from, for instance, each new Lunar New Year sheet stamps because the latest one is the same as the first - or at least uses the same basic stamp.
(2) I suspect the same reasoning may be behind increased distribution to POs. It is a totally new product and Royal Mail may well have increased the coverage for publicity purposes.
The miniature sheet is printed by International Security Printers (Cartor). John F has pointed out that all the publicity images, including the one that we have used and the one currently on Royal Mail's website shop show a mock-up of the sheet which seems to be printed by De La Rue, according to the FSC numbers on the margins. The bar-code and short-name are also different.
Publicity image, FSC code C020244
Scan of actual sheet FSC code C100572
Using library or design-studio images is fine up to a point. That point is reached when you start to sell the stamps, or offer them to others to sell. Of course dealers can scan their own, but when we are provided with 300 dpi images it ought to make sense to use those. Apparently not !
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