Theme Birds on Stamps
by Kjell Scharning
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Several postal administrations let you create a stamp, valid for postage, with your own picture within a standard frame displaying country name and face value. I do not list this kind of personalised stamps.
It seems obvious that if I create one personalised bird stamp, it should not be included in any catalogue. But what if I make it available to the public? Or even better, mass produce it and make it available to the public? Personalised stamps are sold on eBay, and they have buyers.
One step further - what if I obtain an agreement with my country's postal administration to sell my personalised stamps from their outlets? Such arrangements exist. Examples are Austria, France and Netherlands. My stamps would then be valid and available to a large amount of people. But if I include such stamps in my listings, the consequences will be a growing number of personalised stamps to include. My decision is to not include personalised stamps at all.
Unfortunately, there are already personalised stamps in my listings. The Pets booklet and the Schoenbrunn booklet on my Austria page are examples of personalised stamps sold, among others, from Austria Post outlets. On my Netherlands page the 2008 Garden birds are personalised stamps. I shall remove these.
The "Collector Timbré" sheets/booklets (English: Personalised miniature sheets) on the French La Post web site are personalised stamps of the kind discussed here. I shall not list these stamps.
On the Netherlands postal administration web site (TNT Post) a new bird stamp series, starting 31. January, has been announced. These stamps are personalised stamps, and I shall not list them.
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