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AUSTRALIAN IMPRESSIONS 2005 – 2014 Australia Post’s “Limited Edition” Stamps

David Mallen Australian Stamp Variations


Australian Impressions 2005 – 2014 Australia Post’s “Limited Edition” Stamps

Introduction It all began in 2005. On 10th November that year Australia Post released a range of expensive “limited-edition” products. They called it their “Impressions” range and published a special catalogue showing all the “unique gifts and collectables” available. A lot of the products didn’t even contain stamps. One item, a replica Commonwealth Games baton, was priced at $1995! Selling sports memorabilia and coins is not really related to Australia Post’s core business of providing postal services. It is just intended to separate you from your money! Australia Post has been doing it ever since. November has become known as “Stamp Variations Month” because many of the “Impressions” items contain special formats or variations of previously-issued stamps. Often the product description did not list the stamps included. This forced collectors to buy the product. In some cases the stamps were no different from those issued earlier in the year thus causing the collector to waste money. On-line stamp forums, such as www.stampboards.com, and Stamp News were often the only source of detailed information about each product. The format of the variations has been quite innovative. It includes special sheets, stamps with special foiled or flocked images, gold foil stamps, stamps on coins and golf balls, different minisheets, fully- and semiimperforate stamps and reprints of decimal and pre-decimal stamps. (The influence of the ‘marketing department’ was also evident in the ‘psychological pricing’, as many ended in 95c!) The editor of one popular catalogue published in USA calls this stuff “spew” and said Australia Post leads the world in this regard! It is probably one of the main reasons “one of every Australian mint stamp” collectors have stopped collecting Australian decimal stamps1. Most stamp dealers do not stock these expensive special variations and they are quite scarce. I have summarised each year’s “Impressions” releases that contained new mint Australian stamp variations. A table showing costs is at the end of each year’s summary. The quantity and face value of the stamps are those of mint Australian stamps only. I have excluded the Annual Mint and CTO Collections, Souvenir Stamp Sheets, products containing postmarked stamps and products that do not contain a new stamp variation. The difference between the price of the product and the face value of the stamps, I call “the cost of packaging”. It is the cost of the books, picture frames, wooden boxes, coins and plastic sleeves, etc. that one puts in the rubbish bin after removing the stamps and putting them in one’s album. (Some stamps were not printed on paper, so it also includes the cost of the material on which they were printed.) Australia Post calls it “profit”. From a stamp collector’s point of view, I just call it a “rip-off”!

Collectable Stamps As a pre-cursor to the 2007 “Impressions” release, Australia Post updated their General Post Guide in October 2007. In this update they declared a new category of stamps: “Collectable Stamps”. These were special stamps that were deemed “not valid for postage”. Examples include:  An individual fully- or semi-imperforate stamp cut out from its surround.  A stamp with the integrated tab removed.  A stamp with a superseded country or state name.  A stamp with a superseded currency value. This immediately classified over 60 previously-issued “postage” stamps as Collectable Stamps. They were previously valid for postage. For example the imperforate 5c and 30c stamps cut out from Australia’s first ‘Captain Cook’ minisheet issued in April 1970 can no longer be used for postage. (Note that whole imperforate minisheets remain valid for postage.) From 2007 onwards there were many Collectable Stamps released, especially those made of silver and gold foil. 1


Statisticss Many y of the “Im mpressions” products arre not relateed to stamps at all. So ome productts listed in the t cataloguue had alread dy been issued during the year. A few prodducts were listed twicee in the sam me catalogu ue! Occasioonally produ ucts from prrevious yeaars were also o shown. T The most ex xpensive pro oduct contaaining a new w stamp varriation was the t 2013 $11000 Colonnial Heritage Collectionn. It contaained 4 min nisheets with th a face vaalue of $17.. The most expensive product waas the 2011 1 Year of tthe Rabbit gold prooff coin set ppriced at $3 3525 in thee 2010 “Imprressions” caatalogue. Juust what eveery stamp ccollector waants!

Australian Im mpressionss : 2005 – 2014 Yeear 20005 20006 20007 20008 20009 20010 20011 20012 20013 20014 Tottals

Prroducts with Sttamps 9 25 27 40 28 33 40 56 44 44 346

Products with N No Stampss 17 26 32 54 51 53 56 43 59 54 445

Total No. off Produccts 26 51 59 94 79 86 96 99 103 98 791

Total P Price of A All Prodducts $41 99 $86608 $57745 $143307 $229967 $151130 $165504 $137785 $108828 $141119 $1266192

Australiian Impreessions : N New Stam mp Variatiions : 20005 – 2014 Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Totals

No. of Productss* 1 0 5 8 9 12 8 15 13 24 96

No. oof Stamp ps 10 0 166 178 166 198 188 114 249 376 16455

Face Value V of Sta amps $5 50 $0 $132 $24 43 $129 $166 $136 $284 $280 $330 $17 750

Cost of “P Packaging” $100 $0 $280 $359 $1163 $1372 $977 $1583 $1913 $1754 $9501

Price $150 $0 $412 $602 $1292 $1538 $1113 $1867 $2193 $2084 $11251

Note: *Only produccts that contaiined new mintt Australian sttamp variation ns are listed. The mint andd CTO annual collections annd single SSSs have been excluded. The face valuue of pre-decim mal stamps haas been conveerted to decimaal currency.

To ob btain all thee stamp variiations for your y album from the fiirst 10 years of “Impreessions” pro oducts you would w have spent over $$11,000 to obtain o $175 50 face-valuue of stampss.

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Annual Collection Specials In 2000 and from 2004 Australia Post has included a special item with its Annual Collection of mint stamps. These and other annual collections are also listed in the “Impressions” catalogues.

Annual Collection Sheetlets / Minisheets Year 2000 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

2012

2013 2014

Face Value of Stamps

Item Australian Olympic Gold Medalists & Opening Ceremony sheetlet of 17 x 45c stamps. Australian Olympic Gold Medalists sheetlet of 17 x 50c stamps. Australian Parrots sheetlet of 5 x 50c stamps in an ‘X’ format with 4 tabs depicting feathers. The Queen’s 80th Birthday sheetlet of 4 x 50c stamps in a ‘+’ format with 5 tabs depicting the Portrait of Queen Elizabeth by Pietro Annigoni. Australian Botanic Gardens sheetlet of 5 x 50c stamps in an ‘X’ format with 4 tabs depicting a leaf. Australian Olympic Gold Medalists sheetlet of 14 x 50c stamps. Species at Risk (Joint Territories issue) sheetlet of 4 x 55c Norfolk Island ‘Green Parrot’ stamps with 5 tabs in a ‘+’ format depicting a close-up of the parrot. Fishes of the Reef sheetlet of 4 x 60c stamps. 2 stamps were in a se-tenant pair; the other 2 were singles. Flood Relief sheetlet of 5 x 60c ‘charity’ stamps. (This was the first release of these stamps as gummed perforated stamps.) Olympic Gold Medalists (7) / Paralympian of the Year (1) sheetlet of 8 x 60c stamps. Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre Appeal (1) / ANZUS (1) imperforate minisheet of 2 x 60c gummed stamps. (This was the first release of these 2 stamps as imperforate stamps.) A minisheet containing two 60c stamps of a design similar to the personalised stamps issued at the 2013 World Stamp Expo in May. ‘Concession Stamp 2014’ perforated minisheet. (This was the first release of these 2 stamps as a gummed se-tenant pair.)

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$7.65 $8.50 $2.50 $2.00 $2.50 $7.00 $2.20 $2.40 $3.00

$6.00

$1.20 $1.20


Annual Collection Sheetlets / Minisheets

2000

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

(Imperforate)

2012

2013

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2005 On Thhursday 10thh Novemberr 2005 Austtralia Post released its ffirst range of o “Impressions” produucts. The prroducts werre only availlable by pho one or mail order. Of the t 26 produucts releassed only onee contained a mint Ausstralian stam mp variationn.

Treassures from the Archivves framed imperforatte stamp sh heet: (Price = $149.95. F FV of stamps = $50) th

 OSD = 10 0 Novembber 2005.     

FDI of reemaining 4000 imperforaate sheets = 10th Januarry 2006 10 x $5 N NSW 20/- Specimen im mperforate sttamp sheet Individuaally numberred “xxx/ 50 00” Certificatte of authennticity Engravedd plaque Limited Edition = 100 1

Imp pressions 2005 2 Prod duct Treasures ffrom the Arrchives fram med imperforatte stamp sheeet Totals

No. of Stamps

Face Value of Stamp ps

C Cost of “Paackaging”

Price

10

$50 0.00

$99.95

$149.95

10

$50 0.00

$99.95

$149.955

2006 51 prodducts were included i in the 2006 “IImpressionss” range. M Many were products p thaat had been reeleased earlier in the yeear. Only th he Annual Mint M Collecttion contain ned a stamp variatioon. (See ‘A Annual Colleection Speccials’ above..) 2006 = “The calm before the storm”.

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2007 On Monday 5th November Australia Post released its 2007 range of “Impressions” products. Releasing variations of previously issued stamps had arrived! The products were only available by phone or mail order. To supplement this release they also issued a sheet of 48 imperforate Landmarks collectable stamps in minisheet format on 14th November. This sheet was only available by telephone lottery and was the final issue of the year. Most of the previously-issued stamps were microdated with the “2007” year code in the image. Two special prestige booklets were included in the range: ‘Behind the Stamp’ and ‘Cricket in Australia’. The details below are a summary of my article in January 2008 Stamp News. Behind the Stamp prestige booklet: (Price = $19.95. FV of stamps = $5.52) This prestige booklet presented “10 fascinating stories about Australian stamps”. It gave details of some stamp issuing highlights, such as the first stamp, the first miniature sheet, ‘instant’ stamps and Queen’s birthday stamps. Each story was illustrated by a stamp or minisheet on 8 pages of gummed stamps. These pages contained 9 postage stamps, 17 perf and imperforate collectable stamps and 2 imperforate collectable 4 x 3d minisheets = 34 stamps in total. A footer on specific pages indicated which stamps were Collectable Stamps but was missing from some pages of imperforate stamps by mistake. Every stamp was different from the original, particularly in perforation, image and size. All stamps were microdated with the “2007” year code in the image, except the 3d Kookaburra imperforate minisheet stamp. Some of the special variations were “firsts” for Australia Post: e.g. Decimal & pre-decimal se-tenant pairs, stamps from two different issues as an imperforate se-tenant pair. Behind The Stamp – Reprints (5th November 2007)

Stamp 1d Kangaroo & Map 3d Kookaburra 2/- Olympics 6d Yellow-tailed Thornbill 5c Yellow-tailed Thornbill 10c Australia Post 10c Telecom Australia 22c Queen Elizabeth 24c Christmas 1983 37c Living Together – Postal Services 41c Thinking of You 43c Thinking of You 45c Ian Thorpe

Original Issue Date

2nd January 1913 29th October 1928 1st December 1954 19th August 1964 14th February 1966 1st July 1975 1st July 1975 21st April 1980 14th September 1983 17th February 1988 7th February 1990 3rd September 1990 18th September 2000

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2007 (Contd.) Cricket in Australia prestige booklet: (Price = $14.95. FV of stamps = $9.77) Cricket was featured on 19 stamps from 10 issues between 1974 and 2007. This prestige booklet presented the stories behind each of these stamps and the stories were illustrated by gummed stamps from the 10 issues contained in 7 pages. These pages contained 14 postage stamps and 5 imperforate collectable stamps. Two unique pages contained both perforated and imperforate stamps on the same page. The face value of the 19 stamps was $9.77. Every stamp was different from the original. All stamps were microdated with the “2007” year code in the image.

Cricket in Australia – Reprints (5th November 2007)

Original Issue Date

Stamp 7c Non-Olympic Sports – Cricket 18c Test Cricket Centenary – Wicketkeeper 18c Test Cricket Centenary – Batsman 18c Test Cricket Centenary – Fieldsmen 18c Test Cricket Centenary – Non-strike Batsman 18c Test Cricket Centenary – Bowler 45c Test Cricket Centenary – Batsman’s end of pitch 35c Sporting Personalities – Victor Trumper $1 Australia’s Bicentenary – Joint Issue with the UK (Sport) 70c Sports (Series 1) – Cricket 45c Centenary of Sheffield Shield Cricket – Bowler $1.20 Centenary of Sheffield Shield Cricket – Batsman 45c Australian Legends (Sir Donald Bradman) – Portrait 45c Australian Legends (Sir Donald Bradman) – Cover Drive 45c Sir Donald Bradman Memorial Issue – Portrait 45c Sir Donald Bradman Memorial Issue – Cover Drive 50c Sports Treasures – Sir Donald Bradman’s Baggy Green 50c Australia Wins The Ashes 2006-07 $1.85 Australia Wins The Ashes 2006-07

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24th July 1974

9th March 1977

18th February 1981 21st June 1988 13th February 1989 15th October 1992 23rd January 1997 13th March 2001 8th March 2005 16th January 2007


2007 (Contd.) SAS folder: (Price = $79.95. FV of stamps = $5)  10 x 50c sheetlet of gold embossed stamps  Uncirculated $1 coin  Limited Edition = 2000

50 Years in Space: (Price = $99. FV of stamps = $5)    

Blast Off ! minisheet with the 5 x 50c & 1 x large $1 stamps Special 100 x 65mm numbered 50c Sputnik minisheet Lenticular $1 silver proof coin Limited Edition = 1000

Landmarks imperforate sheets: (Price = $99 per pane. FV of stamps per pane = $53.40)      

Released on 14th November via telephone lottery Left and right panes available – maximum = one of each per customer Twelve imperforate collectable minisheets per pane 4 stamps (50c, 50c, $1 & $2.45) per minisheet in the special 90 degree format Each half sheet numbered in silver Limited Edition = 2000 left panes + 2000 right panes

Impressions 2007 Product Behind the Stamp (Issue 1) prestige booklet Cricket in Australia prestige booklet SAS folder 50 Years in Space folder Landmarks imperforate sheets (2 panes) Totals

No. of Stamps

Face Value of Stamps

Cost of “Packaging”

Price

34

$5.52

$14.43

$19.95

19 10 7 96 166

$9.77 $5.00 $5.00 $106.80 $132.09

$5.18 $74.95 $94.00 $91.20 $279.76

$14.95 $79.95 $99.00 $198.00 $411.85

Note: The face value of pre-decimal stamps has been converted to decimal currency. 8


2008 This year’s products were released in mid- to late-November. The main feature was a second ‘Behind the Stamp’ prestige booklet. Only 8 products contained stamp variations. The details below are a summary of my article in February 2009 Stamp News.

Behind the Stamp (Issue 2) prestige booklet: (Price = $19.95. FV of stamps = $5.95) This was the second ‘Behind the Stamp’ booklet. It contained 6 pages of stamps – 3 with perforated stamps and 3 with imperforate copies of the same stamps – a total of 22 stamps. 10 stamps were reprints of pre-decimal issues. 12 stamps were reprints of decimal stamps. All were very different from the original issues. All 22 stamps contained a microdate ‘2008’ year code. The imperforate 45c Polly Woodside stamp had an integrated tab on the left. Behind The Stamp (Issue 2) – Reprints (14th November 2008)

Stamp 1d Australia Armed Forces 1½d Opening of Parliament House 5d Dame Nellie Melba 1/- Olympic Games, Melbourne 2/- Olympic Games, Melbourne 15c Christmas 1977 20c Aboriginal Art 36c First Fleet Departure – Convicts 45c Bradman – Portrait 45c Polly Woodside + tab $1 Sheep – Corriedale

Original Issue Date

15th July 1940 9th May 1927 20th September 1961 31st October1956 31st October 1956 31st October 1977 29th September 1971 13th May 1987 23rd January 1997 19th March 1999 27th February 1989

Aviation minisheet pack: (Price = $15.95. FV of stamps = $8) Minisheet containing 4 x $2 A380 stamps (perf 13.9 x 14.6) with gloss red embellishment  Limited Edition = 5000 

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2008 (Contd.) Baden Powell pack: (Price = $24.95. FV of stamps = $8)      

Papua New Guinea minisheet Uruguay minisheet Portugal minisheet and stamp Minisheet with 4 x $2 Scouting stamps (perf 13.9 x 14.6) Embroidered World Scout badge Limited Edition = 1000

Lest We Forget (WW1) folder: (Price = $99. FV of stamps = $4.50)  

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Released on 14th November Imperforate “90th Anniversary” minisheet with a se-tenant strip of 2 pairs of 50c Lest We Forget: ANZAC Day stamps. (It was previously issued with perforated stamps on 3rd November in the special ‘Australia and War’ commemorative pack.) Imperforate “Remembrance” minisheet with a se-tenant strip of five 50c Lest We Forget: ANZAC Day stamps Minisheets were numbered in gold Special $1 gold coin Limited Edition = 1000

Donald Bradman folder: (Price = $89.95. FV of stamps = $6.50) Released on 14th November Sheetlet of 10 x 45c Bradman Memorial stamps. (Same as the original 2001 issue.)  Numbered sheetlet of 4 x 50c Bradman’s Baggy Green stamps. (Originally issued in March 2005. No ‘2008’microdate.)  $5 Bradman coin  Limited Edition = 750  

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2008 (Contd.) Megafauna print frame: (Price = $139.95. FV of stamps = $4.40) Released on 19th November Imperforate minisheet containing 4 x 50c & 2 x $1.10 stamps  Large print of the original artwork  Limited Edition = 500  

Dinosaurs prestige booklet: (Price = $13.95. FV of stamps = $13.75) Released on 19th November Titled: “from small things big things grow” 4 pages containing previously released stamps: - 1993 Dinosaur Era: 4 x 45c, 75c & $1.05 - 1997 Prehistoric Animals: 5 x 45c - 2005 Creatures of the Slime: 5 x 50c & $1 - 2008 Megafauna: 4 x 55c & 2 x $1.10  The 1993, 1997 & 2005 stamps were microdated with the ‘2008’ year code   

Aviation imperforate sheet: (Price = $99 per pane. FV of stamps per pane = $96)  

Released on 25th November via telephone lottery 12 minisheets containing a block of 4 x $2 imperforate A380 gloss red stamps

Impressions 2008 Product Behind the Stamp (Issue 2) prestige booklet Aviation minisheet pack Baden Powell pack Lest We Forget (WW1) folder Donald Bradman folder Megafauna print frame Dinosaurs prestige booklet Aviation imperforate sheet (2 panes) Totals

No. of Stamps

Face Value of Stamps

Cost of “Packaging”

Price

22

$5.95

$14.00

$19.95

4 4 9 14 6 23 96 178

$8.00 $8.00 $4.50 $6.50 $4.40 $13.75 $192.00 $243.10

$7.95 $16.95 $94.50 $83.45 $135.55 $0.20 $6.00 $358.60

$15.95 $24.95 $99.00 $89.95 $139.95 $13.95 $198.00 $601.70

Note: The face value of pre-decimal stamps has been converted to decimal currency. 11


2009 The ‘Behind the Stamp’ prestige booklet continued this year with Issue 3. It again contained pre-decimal stamps and decimal stamps and minisheets with many variations from the original issues. The ‘Celebrating 200 Years’ Collection was the most expensive product costing $750. This year also saw the release of Australia’s first imperforate selfadhesive stamp. The details below are a summary of my articles in January and February 2010 Stamp News.

Behind the Stamp (Issue 3) prestige booklet: (Price = $19.95. FV of stamps = $8.71) The third booklet in the ‘Behind the Stamp’ series contained 8 pages of stamps – 4 with perforated stamps and 4 with imperforate copies of the same stamps – a total of 40 different stamps and minisheets. The pre-decimal stamps were quite different from the originals. The Dinosaur minisheets are slightly larger than the original. The 9c ‘overprint’ on the 8c Opal stamp was a ‘simulated’ overprint. All stamp images were microdated with the “2009” year code. The imperforate 41c Cycling stamp is Australia’s first full imperforate selfadhesive stamp! Behind The Stamp (Issue 3) – Reprints (23rd November 2009)

Stamp 1d red King George V 1d green Queen Elizabeth 2½d John Shortland 3½d Christmas 1957 4c 150 Years of Banking 7c Metric Conversion - Length 7c Gemstones – Agate 9c on 8c Gemstones - Opal 41c Sports Series - Cycling 4 x 45c, 75c & $1.05 Australia’s Dinosaur Era (minisheet)

Original Issue Date 8th December 1913 10th May 1937 8th September 1947 6th November 1957 5th April 1967 7th March 1973 11th July 1973 16th October 1974 16th May 1990 1st October 1993

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2009 (Contd.) Gold-foil Songbirds: (Price = $99.95. FV of stamps = $12.10) Released on 2nd November 4 paper stamps, identical to the original 9th September issue 4 gold-foil stamps. Simulated perforation (10.0 x 10.2) and no gum on the back. Etched image similar to the designs of the paper stamps  Limited Edition = 1000   

Classic Toys – Cyclops: (Price = $19.95. FV of stamps = $2.20)  

Released on 18th November A minisheet containing a block of 4 ‘Cyclops Pedal Car’ stamps. It was identical to the page in the prestige booklet issued on 25th September, without the page number.

Kookaburra folder: (Price = $99.95. FV of stamps = $3) Released on 23rd November Minisheet with 4 x 20c 1978 ‘Kookaburra’ National Stamp Week stamps, identical to the original 25th September 1978 issue.  Minisheet with 4 x 55c 2009 ‘6d Kookaburra’ Australia’s Favourite Stamps. It is identical to the page in the prestige booklet issued on 26th June 2009. The stamps in this new minisheet are identical to the original gummed sheet stamps, not the prestige booklet stamps.  Limited Edition = 750  

Stargazing imperforate sheet: (Price = $99. FV of stamps = $65.60)   

Released on 25th November via telephone lottery 16 minisheets containing a strip of three (55c, $1.45 & $2.10) imperforate stamps Limited Edition = 750

Celebrating 200 Years Collection: (Price = $750. FV of stamps = $23.10)       

Released on 27th November via telephone lottery Minisheet with 4 x 55c ‘£2 Kangaroo & Map’ intaglio-printed stamps. Minisheet with 5 x 55c (a pair and a strip of 3) ‘Australia’s Favourite Stamps’ Self-adhesive sheetlet of 13 x 55c ‘Australia’s Favourite Stamps’ Sheetlet of 10 x 55c ‘200 Years’ stamps Sheetlet of 10 x 55c ‘Everyday People’ stamps Limited Edition = 300

Legends of the Screen pack: (Price = $49.95. FV of stamps = $2.20)   

Released on 27th November Silver-foiled minisheet of the four 55c ‘portrait’ stamps Limited Edition = 500 13


2009 (Contd.) Classic Toys – Barbie: (Price = $139.95. FV of stamps = $5.50) Released on 27th November Silver-foiled sheetlet containing 10 x 55c ‘Barbie’ stamps with a silver image of Barbie’s head in the top right corner of each stamp. This was repeated in the top right and bottom left corners of the pink selvedge.  Limited Edition = 500  

Film-lovers minisheet pack: (Price = $12.95. FV of stamps = $6.60)  

Released on 3rd December Four special minisheets: - 4 x 55c portrait stamps (without the foil). - 4 x 55c Geoffrey Rush portrait stamps. - 2 x 55c “For Every Occasion – Map of Australia” stamps with tabs of Errol Flynn. - 2 x 55c “For Every Occasion – Map of Australia” stamps with tabs of Chips Rafferty.

Impressions 2009 Product Behind the Stamp (Issue 3) prestige booklet Gold-foil Songbirds Classic Toys - Cyclops Kookaburra folder Stargazing imperforate sheet Celebrating 200 Years Collection Legends of the Screen pack Classic Toys - Barbie Film Lovers minisheet pack Totals

No. of Stamps

Face Value of Stamps

30

$8.71

8 4 8 48 42 4 10 12 166

$12.10 $2.20 $3.00 $65.60 $23.10 $2.20 $5.50 $6.60 $129.01

Note: The face value of pre-decimal stamps has been converted to decimal currency.

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Cost of “Packaging” $11.24

Price $19.95

$87.85 $99.95 $17.75 $19.95 $96.95 $99.95 $33.40 $99.00 $726.90 $750.00 $47.75 $49.95 $134.45 $139.95 $6.35 $12.95 $1162.64 $1291.65


2010 12 “Impression” products contained mint stamp variations in 2010. They were released in both November and December. The most common price was $89.95 which bore little relationship to the stamp content. One product even included $20 “cash back”! The “Packaging” (pictured before it was dumped in the rubbish bin) cost $1309 – $20 = $1289. This year’s “new” variation was the Stamplet. It was a small minisheet containing a single stamp with a tab on the top! The details below are a summary of my article in February 2011 Stamp News. Melbourne Cup presentation folder: (Price = $395. FV of stamps = $17.79)   

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Released on 20th December and included a pair of white gloves! Sheetlet containing three 4 x 60c blocks of 4 of the same stamp Sheetlet containing a vertical strip of 4 gold-foiled 60c Cup stamps with large integrated tabs on the left. Semi-imperforate stamps with a small elliptical hole on the left side. Gold-numbered minisheet containing 60c Cup stamp and a se-tenant strip of 3 x 60c stamps Bart Cummings minisheet containing a se-tenant pair of 2 different 60c Bart Cummings stamps from the 2007 Australian Legends issue Americain minisheet containing a vertical pair of 60c Cup stamps 6 ‘previous winners’ stamps identical with the (original issue): 5d Archer (1960), 45c Rising Fast (2002), 45c Might and Power (2002), 50c Phar Lap (1978), 55c Peter Pan (1978) & $1 Phar Lap’s Racing Silks (2005) 60c silver ‘mint no gum’ Melbourne Cup stamp attached to an envelope. The stamp was not cancelled. 150th Melbourne Cup 50c coin An image of the painting ‘The Greatest Race Never Run’ Limited Edition = 500

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$1289 worth of “Packaging”


2010 (Contd.) Melbourne Cup First Day Covers: (Price = $179.90. FV of stamps = $1.20) 2 First Day Covers, one with a 60c silver and the other with a 60c gold ‘mint no gum’ Melbourne Cup stamp. The stamps were 2mm wider than the original paper versions and had a 12.9 x 12.7 perforation. They were not cancelled.  Limited Edition = 5000 (silver) and 500 (gold) 

Melbourne Cup & Commonwealth Coinage imperforate half sheets: (Price = $109.95 for 2 panes of each. FV of stamps = $54.60)

Released on 24th November via telephone lottery 9 large Melbourne Cup imperforate minisheets (165 x 90mm) containing 60c Cup stamp and a se-tenant strip of 3 x 60c stamps  10 large Commonwealth Coinage silver-foiled and embossed minisheets (109 x 73mm) containing 55c & $2.75 se-tenant pair  Limited Edition = 500 left panes + 500 right panes of each  

Commonwealth Coinage wallet: (Price = $89.95. FV of stamps = $3.30) Imperforate minisheet containing 55c & $2.75 se-tenant pair overprinted with the 1910 Coat of Arms in gold  Special $1 coin  Limited Edition = 500 

Darwin Defenders: (Price = $89.95. FV of stamps = $3)   

Large numbered minisheet (154 x 104mm) with 45c, 2 x 75c & $1.05 ‘Australians Under Fire’ stamps 2010 microdate on each stamp Limited Edition = 500

Kokoda Trail minisheet: (Price = $89.95. FV of stamps = $1.10) Small minisheet (77 x 63mm) containing a se-tenant pair of the 55c Wounded Soldiers and “Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels” & 55c Kokoda Veterans stamps  Limited Edition = 1000 

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2010 (Contd.) National Service stamplet pack: (Price = $15.95. FV of stamps = $6.60) 55 x 55mm ‘stamplet’ containing a single digital printed 60c stamp with a tab on the top and a small selvedge.  10 x 60c sheetlet of stamps. 

National Service presentation box: (Price = $129. FV of stamps = $6) 

10 x 60c sheetlet of stamps with a gold foil logo in the top right corner and a gold serial number in the bottom selvedge.

Aeronautical License wallet: (Price = $49.95. FV of stamps = $2.90) 

Pearl-embellished minisheet with 2 x $1.45 John Duigan stamps

Great Australian Railway Journeys gold foil set: (Price = $99. FV of stamps = $7.50)   

3 x 55c & $2.10 stamps 3 x 55c (perf 10.2 x 10) & $2.10 (perf 9.5 x 9.5) gold foil stamps Limited Edition = 750

Emergency Services gutter strip: (Price = $89.95. FV of stamps = $6) 10 x 60c stamps in ‘gutter strip’ format with 5 high gloss embellished stamps (the first, third and fifth stamps along the top and the second and fourth along the bottom) and 5 embellished logos in the gutter. The serial number of the accompanying $20 note was printed on the right selvedge.  2008 uncirculated $20 polymer note. 

Macquarie Bicentenary presentation pack: (Price = $89.95. FV of stamps = $2.20)  

4 x 55c huge minisheet (270 x 100mm) Special $1 coin

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2010 (Contd.)

Impressions 2010 Product Melbourne Cup presentation folder Melbourne Cup FDCs Melbourne Cup & Commonwealth Coinage imperforate half sheets (2 panes of each) Commonwealth Coinage wallet Darwin Defenders Kokoda Trail minisheet National Service stamplet pack National Service presentation box Aeronautical Licence Wallet Great Australian Railway Journeys gold foil set Emergency Services gutter strip + $20 polymer note Macquarie Bicentenary presentation product Totals

No. of Stamps 31 2

Face Value of Stamps $17.79 $1.20

Cost of “Packaging� $377.21 $178.70

$395.00 $179.90

112

$109.20

$110.70

$219.90

2 4 2 11 10 2

$3.30 $3.00 $1.10 $6.60 $6.00 $2.90

$86.65 $86.95 $88.85 $9.35 $123.00 $47.05

$89.95 $89.95 $89.95 $15.95 $129.00 $49.95

8

$7.50

$91.50

$99.00

10

$6.00

$83.95

$89.95

4

$2.20

$87.75

$89.95

198

18

$166.69

Price

$1371.76 $1538.45


2011 2011 saw a new way to collect the yearly issue of stamps – The Multisheet. This sent setenant block and pair collectors into panic but at least the single stamp collector can now wait until the end of the year to purchase the Commemoratives. The following list and details of each product were taken from a copy of the 2011 “Impressions” catalogue. I did not purchase and examine the content of these products. They were available from 1st November. Mythical Creatures imperforate half sheets: (Price = $85 per pane. FV of stamps per pane = $21.60)      

Released on 24th November Left and right ‘half sheet’ panes available Six 5 x 60c & $1.20 imperforate minisheets per pane One minisheet was 3D (3D glasses included) Each pane was numbered Limited Edition = 500 left panes + 500 right panes

100 Years of the Navy folder: (Price = $129. FV of stamps = $6)    

Released on 8th December Gold embellished 10 x 60c sheetlet of RAN stamps Perth Mint Navy coin Limited Edition = 300

Air Force Aviation folder: (Price = $129.95. FV of stamps = $12) Released on 6th December Four minisheets with a block of 4 stamps, 2 x 60c, $1.20 & $3. Each minisheet has a different single stamp perforated with 2 semi-imperforate stamps and 1 fully imperforate stamp. All stamps are embellished and the $3 is also embossed.  One minisheet with a block of 4 stamps, 2 x 60c, $1.20 & $3. All stamps perforated and embellished and the $3 is also embossed.  Limited Edition = 150

 

Remembrance Day presentation folder: (Price = $395. FV of Australian stamps, excluding Stamp medallion = $2) th

 Released on 18 December  Remembrance Day stamps from Australia, United Kingdom and New  

     

Zealand including individually numbered minisheets Minisheet with 2 x 50c ‘Playing The Last Post’ from Lest We Forget: Anzac Day issue (16th April 2008) Minisheet with 50c ‘War veteran & child’ & 50c ‘Veterans marching’ from Lest We Forget: Anzac Day issue (16th April 2008) Rare and moving letter facsimiles Sound Chip recording of The Last Post Remembrance poppy Stamp medallion Reproduction of Recruiting Posters Limited Edition = 350 19


2011 (Contd.) The President’s Cup souvenir stamp pack: (Price = $9.45. FV of stamps = $9)  15 x 60c sheetlet of embossed and embellished ‘The Presidents Cup’

Golf stamps  Silver foil text and graphics in the selvedge

Commemorative Stamps multisheets: (Price = $89.95. FV of stamps = $60)

Released on 15th December Two sheetlets of commemorative stamps – one with 38 portrait stamps and one with 27 landscape stamps  Many of the stamps differ from the originals  Limited Edition = 500

 

Bush Babies Postal and Numismatic set: (Price = $159.95. FV of stamps = $2.35)    

Released on 23rd November $2.35 Koala miniature sheet 5 PNCs with foiled postmarks Limited Edition = 300

Kingfisher stamp and coin set: (Price = $29.95. FV of stamps = $2.35) rd

 Released on 23 November  $1.20 Kingfisher imperforate miniature sheet.

(Stamp originally issued 26th October 2010)  Kingfisher coin  Limited Edition = 300

Impressions 2011 Product Mythical Creatures imperforate half sheets (2 panes) 100 Years of the Navy folder Air Force Aviation folder Remembrance Day presentation folder The President’s Cup souvenir stamp pack Commemorative Stamps multisheets Bush Babies Postal and Numismatic set Kingfisher stamp and coin set Totals

No. of Stamps

Face Value of Stamps

Cost of “Packaging”

Price

72

$43.20

$126.80

$170.00

10 20 4 15 65 1 1 188

$6.00 $12.00 $2.00 $9.00 $60.00 $2.35 $1.20 $135.75

$123.00 $117.95 $393.00 $0.45 $29.95 $157.60 $28.75 $977.50

$129.00 $129.95 $395.00 $9.45 $89.95 $159.95 $29.95 $1113.25

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2012 22 special minisheets were the main variation item in 2012. The Bathurst collection cost $499 just to get the two $1.20 minisheets. It was unusual to find a minisheet with a 37c stamp originally issued in 1987. The stamp was microdated “2012” so is different from the original. There was one exceptional item released in 2012: The Remembrance Day Coloured Coin PNC released on 16th November. The minisheet on the envelope was only available in this product. It contained a single 60c ‘Rising Sun Badge 1991-’ embossed stamp from the set issued on 17th April. The stamp was cancelled with an embellished cancellation. A separate mint embossed stamp or minisheet were not released. The following list and details of each product were taken from a copy of the “Impressions” 2012 Catalogue. I did not purchase and examine the content of these products. Diamond Jubilee imperforate stamp sheet: (Price = $110. FV of stamps = $103.25)  

35 x 60c & $2.35 imperforate non-embellished minisheets Limited Edition = 500

Inland Explorers special edition minisheet collection: (Price = $39.95. FV of stamps = $7.20)    

Two 2 x 60c & 2 x $1.20 imperforate minisheets One printed on gummed paper One printed on non-gummed paper made from rock Limited Edition = 500

Olympics Golden Heroes stamp set: (Price = $199. FV of stamps = $8.40. FV of gold stamps = $2.40)    

Gold versions of the June (60c Road to London) and July (60c, $1.60 & $2.35) 2012 Olympic stamps Beijing Olympics Gold Medalists combined sheetlet Folder with an Australia Post seal Golden Heroes 2008 book by Harry Gordon

Bathurst boxed set: (Price = $129.95. FV of stamps = $6)   

Gold embellished sheetlet of 10 x 60c stamps Medallion and grill badge Limited Edition = 250

Bathurst collection: (Price = $499. FV of stamps = $2.40)            

50 Years of Bathurst imperforate minisheet (60c Davison's Ford & 60c Ingall's Holden) King of the Mountain imperforate minisheet (2 x 60c Brock's Torana) History of Bathurst and map of the track V8 medallion in the cover Fastest lap ever - graphs and images King of the Mountain tribute Peter Brock Trophy Image Images & winner statistics Record of official magazine covers from each year Greatest Race Never Driven print fold out Bathurst Greatest Trading Cards Limited Edition = 200 21


2012 (Contd.) Bathurst stamp pack: (Price = $30.95. FV of stamps = $30)   

Two sheets 20 x 60c stamps with tabs One sheet 10 x 60c with tabs Cars from 1963 – 2012 on the tabs

State Bowling stamp and badge set: (Price = $129.95. FV of stamps = $1.80)     

Numbered and embellished minisheet First day cover Se-tenant pair of stamps (60c + $1.20) Badges - Bowls Australia and 2012 World Championships Limited Edition = 300

Waterbirds gold-foiled stamps: (Price = $99. FV of gold-foil stamps = $2.40. FV of stamps = $2.40)  

4 x 60c gold foiled stamps 4 x 60c stamps

Stamp and Coin sets: (Price = $139.80. FV of stamps = $3.17)       

$1.20 Major Mitchell’s Pink Cockatoo (1993) imperforate minisheet 50c Grey-headed Flying-fox (2007) imperforate minisheet 37c Crimson Rosella (1987) imperforate minisheet $1.10 Laughing Kookaburra (2005) imperforate minisheet Microdated stamps Coin illustrating each animal Limited Edition = 250

Australian Zoos minisheet collection: (Price = $129.95. FV of stamps = $19.80)     

One 7 x 60c minisheet with flocking effect on the surround Six 4 x 60c imperforate minisheets One 2 x 60c ‘Tiger’ imperforate minisheet Individually numbered folder Limited Edition = 500

Special Panda collection: (Price = $59.95. FV of stamps = $2.40)    

4 x 60c embellished imperforate minisheet Souvenir cover Medallion cover Limited Edition = 300

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2012 (Contd.) Australian Ballet stamp and coin folder: (Price = $99.95. FV of stamps = $6)     

10 x 60c silver foiled stamp sheetlet Sheetlets individually numbered Royal Australian Mint coin Ballet shoe charm Limited Edition = 300

Road Trip Australia special minisheets: (Price = $29.95. FV of stamps = $11.60)  

Two 3 x 60c, $1.65 & $2.35 imperforate minisheets (one plain, one foiled) Limited Edition = 500

Fred Hollows Stamp and Coin Folder: (Price = $79.95. FV of stamps = $1.05) 

 

Special minisheet - 60c Fred Hollows Medical Doctors stamp (2012) + 45c Fred Hollows Celebrating Medical Science stamp (1995 with 2012 microdate) Fred Hollows medallion Limited Edition = 200

Commemorative Stamps multisheets: (Price = $89.95. FV of stamps = $71.45) 

 

Two sheetlets of commemorative stamps – one with 39 portrait stamps and one with 49 landscape stamps Many of the stamps differ from the originals Limited Edition = 500

Impressions 2012 Product Diamond Jubilee imperforate stamp sheet Inland Explorers special edition minisheet collection Olympics Golden Heroes stamp set Bathurst boxed set Bathurst collection Bathurst stamp pack State Bowling stamp and badge set Waterbirds gold-foiled stamps Stamp and Coin sets Australian Zoos minisheet collection Special Panda collection Australian Ballet stamp and coin folder Road Trip Australia special minisheets Fred Hollows stamp and coin folder Commemorative Stamps multisheets Totals

No. of Stamps 70 4 18 10 4 50 4 8 4 33 4 10 10 2 88 114

* Some stamps printed on gold foil. 23

Face Value of Stamps $103.25

Cost of “Packaging” $6.75

$110.00

$7.20

$32.75

$39.95

$13.55 $6.00 $2.40 $30.00 $1.80 $4.80 $3.17 $19.80 $2.40 $6.00 $11.60 $1.05 $71.45 $284.47

Price

*$185.45 $199.00 $123.95 $129.95 $496.60 $499.00 $0.95 $30.95 $128.15 $129.95 *$94.20 $99.00 $136.63 $139.80 $110.15 $129.95 $57.55 $59.95 $93.95 $99.95 $18.35 $29.95 $78.90 $79.95 $18.50 $89.95 $1582.83 $1867.30


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2013 More special minisheets this yyear. 49 in all. Two ro ound ones an and two prin nted on goldd foil. The cosst to buy thee “Impressiions” variatiions rose ab bove $2000 this year. One O producct cost $1000 just j to get one o special m minisheet variation. v The folllowing list and details of each pro oduct was taaken from thhe 2013 “Im mpressions”” cataloggue. I did no ot purchasee and examin ne the conteent of these products.

nial Heritaage Intaglioo Collection n: (Price = $11000. FV of stamps s = $17) Colon Three 2 x $2 minisheeets One $5 m minisheet Single prrinting platee Colonial Heritage medallion m Order by telephone lottery l – one peer customerr  Limited Edition = 100 1     

Worlld Stamp E Expo minish heet collection: (Price = $149.95. FV V of stamps = $60)  6 x $10 d daily minishheets (mint)  6 x $10 d daily minishheets (foiled d postmark)  Limited Edition = 300 3

Bank knote minissheets: (Pricce = $159.95. FV of stampps = $9.60)    

$3.20 minnisheet (papper embosseed and foileed) 2 x $3.200 minisheetss (gold foil) Individuaally numberred Limited Edition = 250 2

Holey y Dollar an nd Dump presentation n set: (Price = $69.95. FV V of stamps = $3.60)  $3.60 num mbered andd embellisheed minisheeet with ‘dum mps’ removeed

creating 2 semi-impperforate staamps emorative medallions m  2 comme  Limited Edition = 250 2 Histo oric Buildin ngs minisheeet collectio on: (Price = $49.95. FV of o stamps = $1 12) 4 x 60c G Governmentt House, Tassmania minnisheet 4 x 60c G Governmentt House, Weestern Austrralia minish heet 4 x 60c Q Quorn Railw way Station,, South Ausstralia minissheet 4 x 60c M Maryborouggh Railway Station, Vicctoria minisheet Minisheeet with a se--tenant block of 4 of thee above 60cc stamps annd the wordds “Historic Buildings”” embossed  Each min nisheet num mbered  Limited Edition = 250 2     

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2013 (Contd.) Railway Stations collection folder: (Price = $69.95. FV of stamps = $2.40)    

4 x 60c numbered imperforate minisheet Souvenir cover and fridge magnet Souvenir cover and ticket Limited Edition = 300

Christmas Embellishment pack: (Price = $49.95. FV of stamps = $17)  

2 x 55c, 60c & $1.70 gummed sheet stamps Four blocks of 4 of these stamps (self-adhesive and embellished)

Bush Babies PNC collection – Series 1 & 2: (Price = $299. FV of stamps = $7)    

$2.35 minisheet (originally released in 2011 “Impressions”) $4.65 minisheet (numbered and gold foiled) 10 PNCs Limited Edition = 150

Dinosaurs minisheet collection: (Price = $89.95. FV of stamps = $19.20)     

$3.60 embossed perforated minisheet $3.60 embossed semi-imperforate minisheet Four $2.40 digitally printed imperforate minisheets Two $1.20 digitally printed imperforate minisheets Limited Edition = 200

Road Trip minisheet collection: (Price = $99.95. FV of stamps = $44) Series 1 (18 September 2012):  3 x 60c, $1.65 & $2.35 minisheet printed on foiled paper  Three 4 x 60c minisheets  4 x $1.65 minisheet  4 x $2.35 minisheet Series 2 (2 July 2013):  5 x 60c minisheet printed on foiled paper  Five 4 x 60c minisheets 

Limited Edition = 200

Road Trip wallet: (Price = $39.95. FV of stamps = $6)  

Five 2 x 60c imperforate minisheets Limited Edition = 300

Australian Legends of Music folder: (Price = $24.95. FV of stamps = $6) Two $3 numbered circular gummed imperforate minisheets with a varnish finish  Limited Edition = 300

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2013 (Contd.) Commemorative Stamps multisheets: (Price = $89.95. FV of stamps = $76) Three sheetlets of commemorative stamps – two with 27 portrait stamps each and one with 26 landscape stamps  Many of the stamps differ from the originals  Limited Edition = 500 

Impressions 2013 Product Colonial Heritage Intaglio Collection World Stamp Expo minisheet collection Banknote minisheets Holey Dollar and Dump Historic Buildings minisheet collection Railway Stations collection folder Christmas Embellishment pack Bush Babies (Series 1 & 2) Dinosaurs minisheet collection Road Trip minisheet collection Road Trip wallet Australian Legends of Music folder Commemorative Stamps multisheets Totals

No. of Stamps 7 6 6 2 20 4 20 2 32 50 10 10 80 249

* Some stamps printed on gold foil.

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Face Value of Stamps $17.00 $60.00 $9.60 $3.60 $12.00 $2.40 $17.00 $7.00 $19.20 $44.00 $6.00 $6.00 $76.00 $279.80

Cost of Price “Packaging” $983.00 $1000.00 $89.95 $149.95 *$150.35 $159.95 $66.35 $69.95 $37.95 $49.95 $67.55 $69.95 $32.95 $49.95 $292.00 $299.00 $70.75 $89.95 $55.95 $99.95 $33.95 $39.95 $18.95 $24.95 $13.95 $89.95 $1913.65 $2193.45


2014 This year’s “new look” catalogue was titled: “Celebrating the Moment & Preserving The Past”. Of the 98 products listed, 24 contained new mint Australian stamp variations at a cost of just over $2000. The prices of 19 of these products were “psychological prices” ending in 95c. The most expensive product was the WW1 Commemorative Album at a cost of $249.95 for just $19.60 worth of Australian stamps. The most expensive stamp was the imperforate 3c Corroboree Frog in a special minisheet costing $34.95.

WW1 Commemorative Album 1914 (Price = $249.95. FV of Australian stamps = $19.60) 

       

Five 2 x 70c digitally-printed numbered minisheets with vertical pairs of the ‘Centenary of WW1: 1914’ stamps Four 2 x 70c digitally-printed numbered minisheets with vertical pairs of the ‘Centenary of ADF’ stamps Sheetlet with 2 se-tenant strips of the five ‘Centenary of WW1: 1914’ stamps 70c & $3.50 Cocos (Keeling) Islands ‘HMAS Sydney’ minisheet Sheetlet of 10 New Zealand stamps 6 United Kingdom stamps Postage Paid envelope with foil-postmarked ‘Troops Departing’ stamp Book, photograph and posters Limited Edition = 250

The Centenary of ADF stamp and lapel pin set (Price = $99.95. FV of stamps = $5.60) 8 x 70c numbered sheetlet of 2 joined se-tenant strips of 4 stamps. (Red-foiled poppies on top strip. Gold-foiled crests overprinted on bottom strip.)  Hat badges and lapel pin  Limited Edition = 250 

Centenary of Military Aviation and Submarines pack (Price = $89.95. FV of stamps = $1.40)    

Released in December 2 x 70c embellished minisheet 3 blank First Day Covers Limited Edition = 100

100th Anniversary of First Air Mail flight re-enactment collection (Price = $159.95. FV of stamps = $6.60)    

70c & $2.60 gold foil minisheet 70c & $2.60 embellished minisheet Maxicards, PNC, postcard and airmail labels Limited Edition = 250

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2014 (Contd.) Kangaroo & Map and King George V stamp and coin set (Price = $199. FV of stamps = $10.70)  Released in December  Numbered minisheet with $10 Kangaroo & Map and red 70c King

George V se-tenant pair  1d red Kangaroo & Map stamp-coin  1d red King George V stamp-coin  Limited Edition = 150 Bush Ballads collection (Price = $129.95. FV of stamps = $8.40)     

Four 2 x 70c minisheets with a vertical pair of stamps One embellished minisheet with a block of 4 x 70c stamps 4 Banjo medallions A blank First Day Cover Limited Edition = 250

Open Gardens minisheet collection (Price = $99.95. FV of stamps = $17.50) Five minisheets with a block of 4 of the same 70c stamp One gold-numbered sheetlet of 5 x 70c imperforate stamps with a ‘laser-cut’ leaf design in the selvedge (pictured)  Limited Edition = 300  

Floral emblems prestige booklet (Price = $29.95. FV of full colour stamps = $26.50) 

Three pages each with a block of 4 stamps in full colour. Each page was followed by 4 (black, yellow, magenta & cyan) transparent plastic pages showing the print process colour separation of the stamps. 1. $3.50 ‘Sturt’s Desert Pea’ 2. $1.40 ‘Cooktown Orchid’ 3. 70c ‘Golden Wattle’  One page with a se-tenant block of 70c ‘Tasmanian Blue Gum’, 70c ‘Waratah, 70c ‘Common Heath’ & $2.10 ‘Kangaroo Paw’ in full colour  Limited Edition = 500

Kookaburra minisheet and gold coin set (Price = $89. FV of stamps = $0.36) Numbered minisheet with a 1986 36c Kookaburra “2014” microdated imperforate stamp  Gold medallion  Limited Edition = 100 

Kangaroo minisheet and gold coin set (Price = $89. FV of stamps = $0.36) Numbered minisheet with a 1986 36c Kangaroo “2014” microdated imperforate stamp  Gold medallion  Limited Edition = 100 

Koala minisheet and gold coin set (Price = $89. FV of stamps = $0.36) Numbered minisheet with a 1986 36c Koala “2014” microdated imperforate stamp  Gold medallion  Limited Edition = 100 

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2014 (Contd.) Things that Sting minisheet collection (Price = $89.95. FV of stamps = $25.20)    

Six minisheets with a block of 4 of the same 70c stamp Embossed minisheet with a se-tenant block of 6 x 70c stamps Original minisheet with a se-tenant block of 6 x 70c stamps Limited Edition = 300

Southern Lights exclusive minisheet pack (Price = $19.95. FV of stamps = $8.40) Circular minisheet with 2 x 70c & 2 x $1.40 se-tenant tête-bêche block of 4 stamps  Circular minisheet on silver holographic foil with 2 x 70c & 2 x $1.40 se-tenant tête-bêche block of 4 imperforate stamps  Unlimited Edition

Ulysses Butterfly minisheet and coin set (Price = $34.95. FV of stamps = $0.50) Numbered minisheet with a 2003 50c Butterfly “2014” microdated imperforate stamp  Multicoloured medallion  Limited Edition = 200 

Leichhardt’s Grasshopper minisheet and coin set (Price = $34.95. FV of stamps = $0.50) Numbered minisheet with a 2003 50c Grasshopper “2014” microdated imperforate stamp  Multicoloured medallion  Limited Edition = 200 

Corroboree Frog minisheet and coin set (Price = $34.95. FV of stamps = $0.03) Numbered minisheet with a 1982 3c Frog “2014” microdated imperforate stamp  Multicoloured medallion  Limited Edition = 150 

Orangutan minisheet and coin set (Price = $34.95. FV of stamps = $0.60) Numbered minisheet with a 2012 60c Orangutan “2014” microdated imperforate stamp  Multicoloured medallion  Limited Edition = 150 

Asian Elephant minisheet and coin set (Price = $34.95. FV of stamps = $1) Numbered minisheet with a 1994 $1 Elephant “2014” microdated imperforate stamp  Multicoloured medallion  Limited Edition = 150 

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2014 (Contd.) Sumatran Tiger minisheet and coin set (Price = $34.95. FV of stamps = $0.60) Numbered minisheet with a 2012 60c Tiger “2014” microdated imperforate stamp  Multicoloured medallion  Limited Edition = 150 

Royal miniature sheet collection (Price = $149.95. FV of stamps = $13)     

Original minisheet with a se-tenant pair of 60c & $2.60 Royal Christening stamps Original minisheet with a se-tenant pair of 70c & $2.60 Royal Visit stamps Gold foil minisheet with a se-tenant pair of 60c & $2.60 Royal Christening stamps Gold foil minisheet with a se-tenant pair of 70c & $2.60 Royal Visit stamps Limited Edition = 300

Special Occasions imperforate sheet (Price = $99. FV of stamps = $67.20) 24 imperforate minisheets with 4 x 70c ‘Pinwheel Fireworks’ stamps in a special 90° se-tenant layout  Limited Edition = 500 

Special Occasions pinwheel minisheet pack (Price = $49.95. FV of stamps = $11.20) 4 minisheets with 4 x 70c ‘Pinwheel Fireworks’ stamps in a special 90° se-tenant layout 1. Perforated stamps 2. Embossed perforated stamps 3. Imperforate stamps printed on foiled paper 4. Semi-imperforate stamps (outside perforations only – pictured)  Limited Edition = 250 

This pack was also supplied in error with two perforated and two semi-imperforate minisheets instead of the 4 different ones. Christmas foiled sheetlet pack (Price = $49.95. FV of stamps = $18.50) 4 sheetlets with a block of 4 perforated foiled stamps 1. 65c ‘Tree’ 2. 65c ‘Parcel’ 3. 70c ‘Dove’ 4. $1.70 ‘Bell’  Sheetlet with a se-tenant block of 4 of 65c, 65c, 70c & $1.70 imperforate foiled self-adhesive stamps  Limited Edition = 500 

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2014 (Contd.) 2014 multisheet set (Price = $89.95. FV of stamps = $85.50) Sheets A & B with 23 & 22 ‘Commemorative Portrait’ stamps ($28.85 & $22.05 face value) Sheet C with 28 ‘Commemorative Landscape’ stamps ($21.70 face value) Sheet D with 13 ‘Square’ stamps ($12.90 face value) Each sheet had a sheet number insert (e.g. “Sheet A No. ___ of 500”) in the bottom right corner and a pseudo gutter with text: “Australian Stamps 2014” and the title  Many of the stamps differ from the originals  Limited Edition = 500    

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2014 (Contd.)

Impressions 2014 Product WW1 Commemorative Album 1914 The Centenary of ADF stamp and lapel pin set Centenary of Military Aviation and Submarines pack 100th Anniversary of First Air Mail flight re-enactment collection Kangaroo & Map and King George V stamp and coin set Bush Ballads collection Open Gardens minisheet collection Floral emblems prestige booklet* Kookaburra minisheet and gold coin set Kangaroo minisheet and gold coin set Koala minisheet and gold coin set Things that Sting minisheet collection Southern Lights exclusive minisheet pack Ulysses Butterfly minisheet and coin set Leichhardt’s Grasshopper minisheet and coin set Corroboree Frog minisheet and coin set Orangutan minisheet and coin set Asian Elephant minisheet and coin set Sumatran Tiger minisheet and coin set Royal miniature sheet collection Special Occasions imperforate sheet Special Occasions pinwheel minisheet pack Christmas foiled sheetlet pack 2014 multisheet set Totals

No. of Stamps 28 8

Face Value Cost of of Stamps “Packaging” $19.60 $230.35 $5.60 $94.35

Price $249.95 $99.95

2

$1.40

$88.55

$89.95

4

$6.60

$153.35

$159.95

2

$10.70

$188.30

$199.00

12 25 16 1 1 1 36 8 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 96 16 20 86 376

$8.40 $17.50 $26.50 $0.36 $0.36 $0.36 $25.20 $8.40 $0.50 $0.50 $0.03 $0.60 $1.00 $0.60 $13.00 $67.20 $11.20 $18.50 $85.50 $329.61

$121.55 $129.95 $82.45 $99.95 $3.45 $29.95 $88.64 $89.00 $88.64 $89.00 $88.64 $89.00 $64.75 $89.95 $11.55 $19.95 $34.45 $34.95 $34.45 $34.95 $34.92 $34.95 $34.35 $34.95 $33.95 $34.95 $34.35 $34.95 $136.95 $149.95 $31.80 $99.00 $38.75 $49.95 $31.45 $49.95 $4.45 $89.95 $1754.44 $2084.05

* Floral Emblems ‘4-colour separation’ transparent plastic stamps not included = 16 x $3.50 + 16 x $1.40 + 16 x 70c

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Information Notes: CTO = Cancelled To Order = A gummed stamp that has been postmarked either by hand or printer. FDI = First Day of Issue. FV = Face Value. Microdate = The year of release in tiny numbers within the reprinted stamp’s image. (The stamp may also have a Year Code corresponding to the year of the original issue.) OSD = On-Sale Date = The date of release of variations such as reprints. This is usually after the FDI. PNC = Postal Numismatic Cover = Stamps with a printed postmark on an envelope containing a coin. SSS = Souvenir Stamp Sheet. Year Code = The year of issue in numbers within the stamp’s image. All stamps in the above products are gummed and perforated unless shown otherwise. Summary Table Headings: “No. of Stamps” = The quantity of Australian mint stamps in the product. “Face Value of Stamps” = FV of mint stamps only. “Cost of Packaging” = Price of the product less the FV of the mint stamps. Acknowledgements: All stamp images in this publication are copyright and have been reproduced with written permission from Australia Post. © Australian Postal Corporation http://shop.auspost.com.au/stamp-coin-collectables/impressions Thank you to Australia Post, stamp collectors and www.stampboards.com members for supplying product details and images – particularly for years 2011, 2012 and 2013 – and for reviewing the article before publication. Footnotes: 1. I also stopped collecting stamps at the end of 2010 mainly due to the cost of buying the “Impressions” stamp variations. Throwing over $1000 “packaging” in the rubbish bin every year became uneconomical. 2. For more details on Collectable Stamps go to my website or issuu.com. 3. This article summarises and updates my articles published in the following issues of Stamp News Australasia: January 2008, February 2009, January & February 2010 and January & February 2011. These articles give full details of the 2007 – 2010 “Impressions” variations. www.asv.net.au/archive.htm

http://issuu.com/asvcat

4. As I have not purchased or viewed all of the “Impressions” products and variations listed above, if you have any corrections to the information please let me know. Also if you have any images of the variations that are not pictured or nor clear please send them to me and I may include them in future updates. David Mallen

The Australian Stamp Variations Catalogue (Decimal: 1966 – 2010) lists the above variations prior to 2011. It is still available and is regularly updated. www.asv.net.au/catalogue.htm

Australian Stamp Variations Melbourne, Australia david@asv.net.au www.asv.net.au V8 : February 2016

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Australian Stamp Variations Melbourne Australia www.asv.net.au issuu.com/asvcat

Australian Impressions 2005 - 2014  

Australia Post’s “Limited Edition” Stamps (Updated February 2016)

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