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Greetings retail stamp booklet - 28 February 2008

The latest Royal Mail greetings booklet contains the 6 most popular greetings stamps previously issued in two separate booklets in 2005 and 2006.

Royal Mail do not regard this as a new issue, so there will not be an official first day cover or First Day of Issue postmarks. But the stamps are very different. The basic and most obvious difference is that the earlier stamps had conventional perforations all round, but the latest booklet has stamps with an elliptical elongated perforation on the long side, similar to the Machin definitives. In the US the Scott catalogue refers to these as syncopated perforations.

In some ways it is unfortunate that the perforations are different, because there is still scope in these stamps for philatelic study, as can be seen in the enlarged images below.

booklet of 6 self-adhesive 1st class greetings stamps.

The three stamps on row 2 are the same as on row 2 of the second booklet, and are basically unchanged from the previous printing:

comparison of 2006 & 2008 greetings stamps.
comparison of 2006 & 2008 greetings stamps.
comparison of 2006 & 2008 greetings stamps.
I think that apparent differences on these three are caused by differences in depth of colour (rather than shade), and colour registration. The three stamps in row 1, however, came from rows 1 & 2 of the first booklet, and the images are actually larger than the originals. The Queen's head is also larger on the new stamps.
comparison of 2006 & 2008 greetings stamps.
More space between base of 'h' and foot of stamp.

comparison of 2006 & 2008 greetings stamps.
The difference is most noticeable in the petal at lower right and in the gap at the top edge.
Note that the 'reversed out' denomination is the same distance from the top edge.

comparison of 2006 & 2008 greetings stamps.
More of the flagstaff is showing at the foot of the stamp, and there is more of a gap between the flag and the value.

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2008 stamp issues
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Ian Fleming's James Bond
15 Definitive LOVE booklet
15 New Smilers stamps
Working Dogs
28 Kings and Queens I
28 Greetings retail booklet
Celebrating Northern Ireland MS and Glorious Northern Ireland Smiler Sheet
13 Mayday - Rescue at Sea
Rate change Machin & Country stamps
1 Territorial Army commemorative sheet
15 Endangered Species - Insects
13 Retail booklet - summer
Classic Films
Air Displays, powered flight
24 Olympics commemorative sheet
Olympics handover Joint issue
18 British Military Uniforms (II - Royal Air Force)
29 50th Anniv. regional stamps MS
29 Glorious UK Smilers sheet
Women of Distinction
Christmas (Pantomime)
6 Lest We Forget

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