Today marks the launch of the International Definitive Stamp.
The launch was held in Dewan Sri Pos on Level 3 of the Pos Malaysia HQ in Dayabumi Complex.
Queue numbers were given out at about 08:30 am in the Philatelic Bureau, which is very much appreciated. It allowed those outside to be able to come in and wait comfortably inside the Philatelic Bureau. The area was already organised for the event.
The sale only commenced after 09:30 am. At about the same time the Group Chief Executive Officer launched the stamp on Level 3. Here is the media interview session. Holding the microphone is Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh, Group Chief Executive Officer. On the right of the photo, in batik, is the President of the Philatelic Society of Malaysia, Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Anuar Bashah.
Stamp Week 2016
Today also marks the first day of the Stamp Week 2016. It runs from 01 – 07 October 2016. The turnout was high for collectors. To top it up, there were bus loads of students. The students were spread out all over Level 2, General Post Office area, colouring!
The first dealer to arrive was T&Y. Soon, T&Y was joined by Dreaminder, Union Philatelic and the ever present Govin’s stall were bustling with customers. PSM commanded the direct view coming out from the elevator.
Back to the Philatelic Bureau….the crowd was very much larger than usual. Even the high values did not deter many buyers who came from outside of Selangor. The largest crowd was at the old stamps counter. This time, there were many blasts from the past…..except that you need to pay the 6 % GST on top of the face value for these old stamps.
A special Setemku (personalized stamp) was released for this event.
For the first time, the Setemku is cheaper than the regular stamps!!! I can get the whole set of images on a nice sheetlet at RM 21.20 (with GST)!
Did you notice the gap between ST and AMP is quite big! I only realised this when I got back home.
A light hearted cartoon postcard set of 2 was also released! As there was no notice that postcards were issued. We got wind of it from the conversation amongst the crowd.
I thought that the breakaway from the traditional formal postcards was cool. I like the design though the elder collectots think it is cartoonish. I think we are trying to appeal to the younger group. This design is suitable. The pair of postcards retails at RM 2.12 (including GST).
The stamp designer, Mr KY Lim arrive around 01:45 pm to autograph the covers, posters and whatever the customers deemed fit. I got him to autograph the Setemku cover this time as he designed the images.
Some managed to get the Group CEO, Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh, to autograph as well.
The normal sheets of 100 were NOT sold in the Philatelic Bureau. They are sold in our regular post offices. Being the first Saturday, the post offices are closed. However there are a few full service post offices that remain open for short duration on the first Saturday. That was quite a bit of homework before the sheets of 100s were located.
This is a sample of how a sheet of 100 looks like. I have mentioned in my previous posting that there are no “year” printed on the selvedge.
The normal stamps are a bit pale compared to the philatelic sheets of 10s. The easiest to identify is the International Stamp red background. The philatelic stamp is a sharp dark red. The normal stamp is pale red. My camera is not sharp enough but this is as close a comparison that I can provide. The back is the philatelic stamp and the from is the normal stamp.
Here is a full set of normal stamps:
Wait, there is more!
The 4th Malaysia Postcrossing Meetup on Level 3 inside Dewan Sri Pos. This is the first time that I attend such an event. The participants prepared very creative postcards. Some brought huge postcards to accommodate the over 46 attendees, the largest so far in Malaysia. Everyone was busy introducing themselves and swapping postcards to autograph. I learned one important thing. Do not sign too near into the address side! I also made sure my autograph is small enough so that others have more space. I conclude that it is lots of fun. There were cover collectors coming over to get the special Postcrossing cachet. The great idea of the cachet was credited to the President of PSM.
Here is the group photo which has probably gone viral amongst the Postcrossers. They are showing 4 to signify that this is the 4th meetup. No, I am taking the picture. But I did manage to sign some postcards! Drop me a note if you receive it from your friend.
What would you do if you are Pos Malaysia at the Postcrossing event?????
Why………………….open a booth and sell postcards! The 7 Wonders of Malaysia’s Flora & Fauna and today’s postcards were snapped up rather quickly.
The Stamp Week continued until 05:30 pm. I guess some need to be dragged out or else they will still be chopping away (pardon the local slang but we do what we do…chop stamps!).
Here is my autographed FDC with the now scarce Postcrossing cachet!
The event still runs for the next 6 days. Here are things you should check out:
1. The old stocks book in the Philatelic Bureau – lots of gems to unearth.
2. The dealers’ treasure trove.
3. Setemku! Most affordable way to get all 8 images in one go! Limited too!
6. Offers and freebies
7. Philatelic Talks
8. 50 sen inverted watermark (no I do not have it, but the watermark collectors have found it)
Or just visit old friends and meet new ones. Though the price is high, I think the turnout is high too.
The Philatelic Bureau will be open as usual from 09:30 am to 05:30 pm on 02 and 03 October 2016.
Our friends in Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Johor will be experiencing the same excitement x 2 on 03 October as they will get to buy both sheets of 10s and 100s at the same time unlike us who cannot buy at the same venue.
On 04 October, the rest of Malaysia’s collectors will be able to join in the fun! The Stamp Week ends on 07 October. From 04 – 07 October, the venue closes at 07:30 pm, suitable for us working folks.
Happy Stamp Week!