This newsletter is once again filled with great information, which we believe will be very interesting for you to read.
We start out by presenting you with a wide range of offers from our partner, Nordfrim. They have come up with some quite spectacular offers, as shown below.
We then move to a story, which is not exactly new, but which is still very interesting - The New Zealand Teddy Bear Error, which is one of the more prominent stamp errors of modern times.
We also want to remind you, that our Facebook sweepstake is still running, and we encourage you to participate.
And lastly we will be telling a little more about the next steps ahead for Stampworld.
So sit back and enjoy.
Nordfrim - Selected great offers!
This week we have an offer for accessories from our partner Nordfrim as well as a selection of their special duplicate lots. These lots are essentially stamp packets containing unsorted material from dealer stocks and typically include some level of duplicates. The lots are in popular demand and often available in limited quantities so do not hesitate to order if you find something you like. As always, Nordfrim provides their full satisfaction guarantee with full right of return.
Format: A4 (230x305 mm). Stockbook from Lighthouse / Leuchtturm with metal protection corners. Cover in *crocodile*. 64 pages, doubled cover with double glassine interleaves. Delivered in assorted colors.
There are many other great offers available directly through Nordfrims web shop, and we encourage you to check them out yourself. And don't forget that Nordfrim offers free shipping on all orders above EUR 175.
The New Zealand Teddy Error
In 1996, New Zealand Post produced a stamp issue in relation to Children's Health. The issue was supposed to be a standard surcharged issue, with a denomination of 40c and a surcharge of 5c.
The issue was focused on the safety of children, and the stamps, designed by Helen Casey, and printed by the Dutch security printer Enschede, shows a child in a child restraint, and a teddy bear accompanying it, wearing a seatbelt.
From the stamp it is clear that the child and the Teddy bear are sitting in the back seat, and are facing the driving direction. This is in violation of the laws of New Zealand, where children must be facing the opposite direction in a car, as a security measure.
This resulted in a last minute withdrawal of the original stamp, and the stamp was then redesigned, so the Teddy bear was no longer part of the stamp. All the copies of the original stamps were recalled by the New Zealand Post, and the error was not supposed to be publicized.
The stamp was also printed as self-adhesive coil stamps in New Zealand, and a small number of these stamps were distributed and sold over the counter in Rotorua and Auckland before it was recalled. It is believed that about 1000 of these incorrect stamps were sold.
The Health sheetlets were printed by the Dutch security printer Johan Enschede and they also had printed sheetlets with CAPEX overprint, which were meant for the CAPEX exhibition in Canada. It was believed that all the sheetlets with the erroneous stamps were destroyed after they arrived in New Zealand and both sheetlets were printed and issued without Teddy Bear on the stamps.
However, about one year later one set of these sheetlets, which contained the recalled stamps, showed up at an auction in Amsterdam. An investigation, on behalf of the NZ post, revealed that the Dutch security printer Enschede had unknowingly taken out a few copies of the original sheetlets, and included them in Christmas presents for the employees of the company.
It is not known how many of these sheetlets survived Christmas, but they surely became one of the rarest New Zealand philatelic items: the withdrawn self-adhesive stamp is valued now at about 1.600 Euro, the "non-issued" sheetlets however are valued at 12.000 Euro each in the latest Michel catalogue.
You can find the actual issued stamp in the Stampworld catalogue here. One of the top sellers on Stampworld is currently offering a set of these sheets, so If you are interested in owning one of these rarities, you are very welcome to contact us, and we will be happy to facilitate communication.
In the previous newsletter, we started a sweepstake on our Facebook profile. The sweepstake is still running, and will end on July 3rd, so the winners will be announced in the newsletter that goes out on 4th of July.
The prices of the sweepstake are sponsored by Qensio, in order to celebrate the introduction of their new mascot, Qensio-man. More information about participation can be found on Facebook.
We encourage you to join, for your chance to win!
What is next at Stampworld?
We are always working to improve at Stampworld, and we are working on a whole range of great updates to the site, which we will be introducing in the near future. We are using the summer to get Stampworld in perfect shape, so we will be able to give you an even better experience on the site.
We will be working hard on getting the forum up and running, as demand for this keeps increasing. There is still a bit of work to be done, but we hope to have it ready in the Fall.
At Stampworld, we do our best to serve you the content that we believe you would appreciate the most. The best way for us to do that, is by knowing your specific areas of interests in relation to stamp collection. When we know what countries you are primarily interested in and what themes you prefer, we can provide you with content, news and great offers that relate to these areas. If you wish to fill in your interests, you can do it right here, or by going to your profile at Stampworld.com.
If you have a collection that you wish to sell, but do not want to go through the trouble of selling the items individually, here is some great news: At Stampworld, we are currently updating our collection section, so very soon the browsing and buying of collections, will be as simple and easy as browsing the regular catalogue. We are improving the search options, which will make it easier to find specific items. We are also making it much easier to get an overview of the selection, by improving the filtering options. If you are interested in selling on Stampworld, or interested in supporting the future development of Stampworld, you can upgrade your account to either a VIP or a Sellers account. Information about this can be found here.
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