Norvic Philatelics

Greetings Booklet and Smilers Sheet - 17 October 2006

In time for users to get new personalised stamps in preparation for Christmas, Royal Mail is issuing these stamps to showcase the full and extended Smiler range and gain maximum awareness at this peak period.

Definitive-sized greetings stamps were first issued in October 2005 with the corresponding Generic Smilers Sheet issued in July this year. These new stamps are issued in a self-adhesive booklet of 6 stamps, and a Generic Smilers Sheet will be issued at the same time.

Great Britain greetings stamps from booklet, designed for personalisation in Smilers sheets 17 October 2006.
Great Britain booklet of greetings stamps including inside cover advertisement.

Smilers Sheet

The Smilers Sheet is shown below. As expected, it is a sheet of 20 stamps consisting of 3 sets of the 6 stamps plus two additional stamps. However, what we did not expect was that all 20 labels would be different, and this requires a rethink on FDCs. The borders also have more decoration than the 'Life's Special Moments' sheet issued in July this year. This is probably designed to stop customers of personalised sheets overprinting the border with commemorative messages.
Click on the sheet for a larger image.

Great Britain greetings Smilers sheet, designed for personalisation in Smilers sheets 17 October 2006.


Technical details.
The A4 (297 x 210mm) Smilers sheet is printed in litho by Cartor Security Print; the stamp booklet are printed by Walsall Security Print in gravure.
Stamp and postmark images are Copyright 2006 by Royal Mail.


Postmarks for use on the day of issue are shown below. All permanent postmarks could also be used.
Except for L10241* these postmarks cannot be obtained after 17 October; L10241 can be obtained until 25 October.

postmark depicting aeroplane and 'envelope' clouds. postmark depicting aeroplane and 'smile' clouds. postmark with text as below. postmark depicting cupid with heart. postmark depicting smiley face.
Ref FD645
Official Philatelic Bureau First Day Postmark
Ref FD646
Official Grinshill, Shrewsbury, FD Postmark
Ref FD646N
Non-pictorial Grinshill, Shrewsbury, First Day of Issue postmark
Ref M10235
Smilers, Love Lane, Birmingham
Ref M10236
Generic Smilers Sheets, Giggleswick, Settle
postmark depicting hot air balloon. postmark depicting champagne bottle and glasses. postmark depicting explosion. postmark depicting kitten. postmark depicting stork carrrying baby.
Ref S10237
Smilers Retail Book, Soar, Brecan
This should be Brecon; see below
Ref S10238
Smilers Retail Book, Glass, Huntly
Ref W10239
Smilers Retail Book, Bangor
Ref W10240
Smilers Retail Book, Kittywell, Braunton
Ref L10241*
Celebrations, Joydenswood, Dartford, Kent

Norvic Exclusive First Day Covers

We have produced limited edition first day covers for this issue as detailed below.
All these are digital mock-ups and the size and position of postmarks may vary.
(a) with the set of 6 booklet stamps - Price 5.50

Norvic Philatelics first day cover for set of 6 booklet Greetings stamps issued 17 October 2006.

(b) with the set of 6 booklet stamps and advertising label in booklet layout - Price 5.50

Norvic Philatelics first day cover for set of 6 booklet Greetings stamps issued 17 October 2006.

(c) with the set of 6 stamps and labels from the Smilers sheet - Price 6.50
(d) set of 4 FDCs each carrying 5 stamps and labels (1 vertical strip) from the Smilers sheet - Price 17.50

Norvic Philatelics first day cover for set of 6 Smilers Greetings stamps issued 17 October 2006.


 



Mint stamp booklet - 2.50
Set of 6 stamp cards (enlargements) - 2.75
Set of 6 stamp cards serviced with booklet stamps and 6 postmarks - 5.50
Presentation Pack - 3.10
Mint Smilers sheet - 8.25
Set of 6 single stamps from the sheet with labels - 3.00
Set of 6 stamp cards serviced with Smilers stamps and 6 postmarks - 7.00
This page updated 17 October 2006

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2006 stamp issues
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January
10
Animal Tales Joint issue with USA
Paddington Bear Smilers
February
7
British Journey - England
23 Bicentenary of Isambard Kingdom Brunel
March
1
Welsh Assembly MS
7 Fun Fruit 'n' Veg Smilers
21 Ice Age Animals
28 New definitives and country stamps
April
18
80th Birthday of HM The Queen
May
25
Smilers Sheet for Washington 2006 Stamp Expo
June
6
World Cup (Soccer) & Smilers Sheet
20 Modern Architecture
July
4
Generic Smilers Sheet - pictorial definitives
18 150th ann National Portrait Gallery
August
1 & 15
New PIP definitives for new postage rate structure
31 Miniature sheet: Year of the Three Kings 1936
September
12
New PIP definitives
21 Victoria Cross
October
3
Sounds of Britain (Europa)
17 Smilers Booklet and Generic sheet
November
7
Christmas
9 Lest We Forget
14 Belgica 2006 Smilers Sheet
30 St Andrew's Day

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