Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Impressions™ 2015: Solar System Collectables

While the Solar System issue received excellent feedback from collectors, the follow Impressions™ items may elicit a mixture of responses.

There are at least four different limited edition Solar System items available.

Solar System Miniature Sheet Collection (sold for $89.95)
Contains eight miniature sheets, each containing either two (Jupiter and Saturn) stamps, or four stamps (other planets). The Mercury and Mars sheets are the only source of these stamps in a strip or block of four.

Limited to: Unknown
Sheet size: 38 mm x 54 mm
Printer: Unknown
Printing Process: Likely to be digital due to the small print run The sheets appear to be lithographed
Paper: Ordinary gummed paper
Special features: Unlikely
Availability date: 26 October 2015

Solar System Imperforate Sheets
This year we have not one, but two imperforate press sheets. These will no doubt be very popular with space collectors, and I encourage collectors to get in early to secure their pair. The selling price of these is again very reasonable - $99 for the miniature sheet press sheet (face value of $73.50) and $119 for the 35c sheets (face value of $105). The two sheets can be purchased together for $195 (saving $23). If you have ordered the two sheets separately, Australia Post mail order should pick this up and refund you the $23. If they haven't please phone mail order.

Limited to: 250 of each sheet
Printer: As regular issue
Printing Process: As regular issue
Paper: Ordinary gummed paper
Special features: Imperforate
Availability date: 26 October 2015

Our Solar System Special Collection (sold for $69.95)
Contains one miniature and two covers. The miniature sheet is said to be imperforate and embellished. Whether there is any difference between the sheet in this collection and from the imperforate press sheets above remains to be seen.

Limited to: 250
Sheet size: Same as original issue
Printer: Unknown
Printing Process: Unknown
Paper: Ordinary gummed paper
Special features: Imperforate and embellished
Availability date: Unknown (likely to be 2 November 2015)

Update 1 (28 October 2015): Changed availability date for two items to 26 October 2015, reflecting the first day these went on sale. Noted discounted price for buying the two imperforate sheets together.

Update 2 (31 October 2015): The special medallion cover (not listed above) featuring three medallions and a (regular?) miniature sheet with a gold foiled postmark has been removed from the webshop. It is not yet known if this item will return or if it now only available via phoning up the Philatelic Bureau.

Update 3 (2 November 2015): The medallion cover has returned to the webshop from this date.

Update 4 (10 November 2015): Printing process added for the miniature sheet pack; information added about refunds to those collectors who purchased the two imperforate sheets separately.

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