Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks

Classic Album Covers Stamps - 7 January 2010

A note for newcomers - but experienced collectors can read it as well!

The Division Bell by Pink Floyd stamp to be issued 7 January 2010.

News that Royal Mail had decided to issue stamps depicting Classic Album Covers early in 2010 has been flashed around the world in newspapers, radio and television, as well as on the internet and this has brought many new visitors to our website. Many of you are not stamp collectors but fans, and you want these stamps and all or some of the other products that will be available.

So what do you know about stamps? - maybe nothing, apart from the fact that you sometimes put them on letters - if you send letters in these days of email and texting. So welcome to our website which, if you explore beyond this page, shows you some of the other stamps issued by Royal Mail in recent years.

So back to the stamps, and we'll explain some of the jargon used by collectors. 

The stamps are all 1st class stamps, self-adhesive, about 35mm square.   They have been printed in two sheets, which means there are two strips of 5 as shown on our main page.

The souvenir sheet is about 220 x 190mm, so a bit bigger than a 7" vinyl single, and contains all 10 stamps.  These are not self-adhesive, but conventionally gummed ('lick 'n' stick') and will only be sold in complete sheets.

Presentation Pack.  This is a fully illustrated folder which contains all ten Classic Album Covers Stamps. Inside Mojo Editor Phil Alexander speaks to long-time Pink Floyd sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson and takes a look at Album Cover design.

Stamp Cards are postcard-sized enlargements of the stamps, sold in complete sets only.

Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells stamp to be issued 7 January 2010. First Day Covers (FDC) are special envelopes with designs to compliment the stamps.  Normal FDCs are slightly over standard office or DL-size but the Royal Mail will produce a special envelope for the Souvenir Sheet which will obviously be bigger - in fact it is c4 size, and you can see an image through the links on the previous page.   FDCs are cancelled with special pictorial postmarks, of which there is usually a choice of about 10-15.  Only one postmark design can be used on each cover.  Serviced FDCs supplied by Royal Mail have all the stamps on, but we can prepare FDCs with just single stamps or any number.  

Prestige Stamp Books have been produced for many years and consist of pages of stamps interleaved with information about the subject.  They are sold by the post office for the face value of the stamps. In this book Mojo editor Phil Alexander looks at the development of the design of record sleeves over the past 50 years and talks to Sgt Pepper designer Sir Peter Blake, Roger Dean famed for his work with progressive rock bands like Yes and Peter Saville who is best known for his work with New Order and Joy Division, and whose work is featured here on the Power, Corruption and Lies stamp.  

Our telephone number for UK readers is 08450 09 09 39*, but email (see below) is the best way for us to capture your details and will save you leaving a message if we are out. You can also contact us through Skype (ID=ian.billings-norvic) by voice or instant messaging.   * We believe that this number is now available from outside the UK - +44 84 50 09 09 39


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