Monday, 25 June 2018

Hampton Court stamps 31 July 2018

As you know, we can't provide details of these stamps yet.  Cover producers can show them on their covers etc from 19 June - and hence you can see them on other blogs - but we can't show them or provide details until 12 July.   In the meantime we have received this note from a reader.
I have received a note from Tallents House saying that the cost of the Hampton Court Palace issue will be £19.39. My first response was this may include some NVCs, but I now suspect the amount for my particular order is made up as follows: Stamps 3 @ 67p, 3 & £1.55 = £6.66; Mini sheet 2 @ 67p, 2 @ £1.45 = £4.24; Retail Books 2 @ £4.02 = £8.04 Post & Packing 45p Total £19.39. So no Prestige Stamp Book. We wait to see what happens.
Hampton Court Palace is one of the best-known buildings in Britain and one of the grandest. Ranked among the top British historic attractions for almost two centuries, the palace is inextricably linked to the Tudor king Henry VIII, one of England’s most famous monarchs.

In 1838, the young Queen Victoria opened it to visitors and remains open to visitors to this day.

The issue forms part of the Royal Palaces series following Buckingham Palace in 2014 & Windsor Castle in 2017, and we can confirm that, unlike those earlier sets, there will be no PSB for Hamtpon Court.  The other details above are correct, and as before the set of 6 show external views and the miniature sheet shows internal views, as does the retail booklet. This wasn't mentioned to us in the original programme but has now been added.  We won't carry many of these because nobody will want the Machin's contained therein. See the designs here.

UPDATE 4 July. As we are producing maximum cards for this issue, I am now able to show them here, although without the postmarks as yet (click on the images for larger versons):

1st class: South Front, West Front and East Front.




£1.55 - Pond Garden, Maze, Great Fountain Garden




Miniature Sheet: 1st class - Great Hall and King's Great Bedchamber


Miniature sheet: £1.45 - Chapel Royal and King's Staircase


13 comments:

  1. No 2nd class, no £1.25, and no bridge for Europa, but too many £1.55 - what does a 99g letter C5 size no thicker than 0.5cm look like?

    As a stamp user, 1st, 2nd, £1.25 and £1.45 are the most useful values for me!

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    1. Hear, Hear, these are the ones I usually use too and it cheers up correspondence to use them for sorters who get bored looking at Machins all the time. Also it is silly that our favourite website is forbidden to show the Hampton Court stamps just a month before they come out. Every other firm reveals designs for products: cars; blouses; pens; telephones &c long in advance so that customers become interested in them and buy them later. Presumably next year's stamps will include Holyrood as that is the last Palace left. But then we probably shall not know 2019's commemorative stamp programme until December 30th!

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    2. As a stamp DEALER I use stock cards to hold the stamps I am sending, and either a postcard or board-backed envelope. Virtually nothing can be sent for < 20g so the 20-100g rate is absolutely right. The stamp that is less useful is the £1.45 because we can send hardly anything for this <20g Worlwide rate.

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  2. Surely there will only be one retail book and not two for this issue?

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    1. I'm guessing the writer has two copies.

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  3. Selling FDC into Europe, the £1.55 is very useful whereas 31.25 & £1.45 are no use

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  4. Just received my order advice note from TH for Hampton Court issue, £15.37 so only 1 retail book.

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  5. I really do like your use of the older cards for the Hampton Court stamp issue. Some of your old card do match up very well the actual photographs used for the stamps. I still do not understand why Royal Mail will not let you show the stamps yet but stick them on an old postcard and you can.

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    1. Thank you. I haven't had time to look for cards for myself this year; these and others will head off to America when completed, the collector having bought them on Delcampe from sellers in Britain and France.

      If these links work, you can see earlier cards on my Google (ex Picassa) storage and on Imgur:

      https://get.google.com/albumarchive/103991668878222707688?source=pwa
      https://imgur.com/a/0MPJN

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  6. Such a lovely presentation pack though I have 1 Booklet and MS as well with me now.

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  7. The flaw on the maze stamp and its reproduction on the PHQ certainly demonstrates Royal Mails interest and commitment .........

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    1. If you are referring to the white space towards the top left (far above the word 'Court') that is the sunlight on the path, the only piece of path that can be seen aside from the three parts in the foreground. Easy to see on the stamp with a magnifier and should be obvious on the PHQcard.

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    2. Probably right still looks bad!rather like Star Wars Sheet. A glass did find the the 2018 so thank you.

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