It appeared that there are several variaties of the Smilers block "Occasions Entertaining Envelopes". This English block is interesting for us because there is an image of a postman on a motorcycle in the lower right corner.
On the normal block there are 20 self-adhesive "First" stamps with 5 different images, each with their own attached ornamental tab with a different text, to enliven the sent post.
The newly discovered blocks have been given the titles "Stick and Send"and "Home and Away".
On the first block the baby in diapers, duck face and letter-mouth stamps with on the tab a picture-puzzle.
Stick and Send block
The other block has the 2 remaining stamps with on the tab an igloo (such an Eskimo house) and a signpost.
Home and Away block
All three are issued by Royal Mail and thus semi-official.
Suddenly we are bombarded from different sides with stamps from Burundi.
In the previous Newsletter we already reported the sudden appearance of the countertop sheets of the Guinea Bissau issue from 2005, and now whole bunches of differently shaped blocks from Burundi suddenly appear in the various auctions. Of all blocks issued in 2012 blocks with one, two or even four of the same stamp(s) are now offered in different variants.
Thus in total 6 variants with the same motorcycle stamp.
Up to now they are all placed on the auction websites and shipped from Lithuania (probably by our friends from Stamperija). Fortunately at not too high prices, but with several hunting collectors / bidders and the shipping costs, they ultimately cost quite a bit.
Especially the Harley-Davidson blocks are sometimes sold at high prices.
The one-stamp blocks are especially appealing to the imagination because these kinds of things are often seen as test prints or epreuves.
Below are some more of the offered blocks.
The status of these blocks is still very unclear, but we have made more mistakes in the past with indicating issues official or not. And off course they are nice items to have in your collection.
But... it is important to
watch out. Ad therefore this warning.
Hans de Kloet
Harley-Davidson WLA Liberator:
Harley-Davidson VRSCB V-Rod:
Post scooter from the Spanish (!) Post:
Harley-Davidson FLTRX RoadGlide Custom:
Harley-Davidson CVO Fat Bob FXDFSE:
Harley-Davidson VRSCA V-Rod:
Elektrical police Segway:
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