Make Mine Marvel!

Make Mine Marvel!

Hello there from the Bullpen Bulletin!

I guess the excitement of ordering the Pos Malaysia – Marvel – The Walt Disney Company “Marvel 80 Years” is all time high this morning. There has been a relentless request for information and checks on Pos Malaysia’s eziemall. This is probably the easiest way to buy the issue as it can be pre-ordered online and no queues! It takes a bit of patience to wait for the items to arrive but hey, all good things need time to prepare!

Which other countries issued Marvel stamps this year? That would be United Kingdom via Royal Mail on 14 March 2019. The trick in buying UK stamps is to wait for the bundle offer or sales, which is going on now! https://shop.royalmail.com/special-stamp-issues/marvel

With the continued drop on the Pound (GBP) and the discount, it is really a better offer than buying on the release date.

Hmmmm, maybe Royal Mail will see a spike in their sale of leftover stocks of Marvel after you read this!

There are plenty of decorative stamps from dubious nations on Marvel. I usually skip these. They are more cinderella than anything else. No worthy!

Another worthy issue is from United States back in 2007 on superheroes.

Right, so for the die hard fans! Whatever it takes!

Keep a look out for more tie-in news in the future!

Meanwhile for foreign readers, the item is only available for local orders. If you would like to order via myfdc, just drop a note at: sky52200myfdc@gmail.com

For the details of the Pos Malaysia launch / media preview of the “Marvel 80 Years” folder set: https://myfdc.me/2019/07/03/media-preview-of-the-marvel-80-years-folder-set/

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04 July 2019: Marvel 80 Years pre-order opened in Pos Malaysia eziemall

04 July 2019: Marvel 80 Years pre-order opened in Pos Malaysia eziemall

News flash:

Marvel 80 Years folder set has just been released in Pos Malaysia’s eziemall at: https://www.eziemall.com/limited-edition-80-years-marvel-stamp

Be quick! There is a limit of 5 sets per order.

Post script: For foreign readers, the item is only available for local orders. If you would like to order via myfdc, just drop a note at: sky52200myfdc@gmail.com

 

If you are interested in the launch news and media preview, check out: https://myfdc.me/2019/07/03/media-preview-of-the-marvel-80-years-folder-set/

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Updated 18 July 2019: Media Preview of the Marvel 80 Years Folder Set

Updated 18 July 2019: Media Preview of the Marvel 80 Years Folder Set

Today was the media preview and launch of the “Marvel 80 Years” folder set.

Marvel first started as Timely Comics back in 1939. The first comic “Marvel Comics” came out in October of the same year! One of the endearing superheroes that lasted until today is Namor, the Sub-Mariner. Timely Comics will evolve into Marvel and thus this year marks the 80th Anniversary! Here is the official 80 Years webpage from Marvel. It will be almost impossible for anyone not to have been touched by the characters that this company created.

So that brings us to today. Pos Malaysia collaborated with Marvel Studios via The Walt Disney Company to produce the “Marvel 80 Years” folder set. This is a Setem Ku (Personalised Stamps) series. Pos Malaysia first collaborated with Walt Disney Company last year to produce the sold out “Mickey Mouse Celebrating 90 Years of Magic” folder set.

This time the foyer of the Kuala Lumpur General Post Office was decked up like a Movie Premier with popcorn stands, cotton candy stands and a photo booth where anyone can get their photo taken with their favourite hero’s prop.

Hmmmm, let me try the hammer…. I am worthy! Now, where is the shield?

As Malaysia’s Mightiest Press gather themselves together against a common launch… the Marvel 80 Years Folder set was unveiled!

Here is Tan Wee (Head, Retail and Licensing for Malaysia and Singapore from The Walt Disney Company) (left of the photo) and Schrene Goh (Vice President, Marketing, Pos Malaysia) (right of the photo) during the unveiling of the products:

The folder set includes:

1. 2 PRE-PRINTED souvenir covers. Cover collectors, please take note: This is similar to the Mickey Souvenir Cover where the stamps are PRINTED along with the cancellation (PRINTED). On 18 July 2019, the first peek of the covers revealed that the covers were made with setenant stamps of 5 stuck on covers and NOT pre-printed. There are 2 designs: Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Thanos, Hulk on Cover 1 and Spider-Man, Loki, Black Widow, Black Panther and Dr Strange on Cover 2.

2. 2 perforated Setem Ku sheetlets

3. 1 imperforate sheet

4. 2 postcards WITHOUT any pre-printed stamp (Design 1 is Iron Man and Design 2 is Spider-Man)

5. 1 die-cut folder

Here is the opened up folder:

Here is the back of the pre-printed souvenir covers and postcards:

Here is the line-up:

The items are available in a folder set. There will NOT be any loose items for sale. The folder set is available for pre-order at RM 120.00 at Pos Malaysia Main Post Offices (including the Kuala Lumpur Philatelic Bureau HQ) and also through http://www.eziemall.com

There will NOT be any counter sales. The folder sets are expected to be delivered after 23 July 2019.

The good news is the first 300 pre-orders at the Kuala Lumpur General Post Office will receive a free miniature poster of the Imperforate Sheetlet:

And here are the unsung heroes behind all the hardwork and design:

From the left: Jackllin Foo ((Manager Hardlines, Disney), Xiu Wen (THE Designer), Haidan (Head of the Philatelic Bureau), Faizah (Pos Malaysia, Head of Marketing Unit) and Tay Chin Yaw (Lead Creative Manager, Disney).

Xiu Wen was also the designer of last year’s Mickey Mouse folder set!

Remember to be an early bird for this series. There are only 10,000 sets! Last year’s Mickey Mouse sold out in a matter of hours at the counter and online in a day. With the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a second highest grossing film in their belt, I believe there will be more than enough fans to snap it up quickly. It makes sense if you can shop in online platforms, you should be able to shop at: https://www.eziemall.com/limited-edition-80-years-marvel-stamp

There is a limit of 5 sets per order in eziemall.

Note: For foreign readers, the item is only available for local orders. If you would like to order via myfdc, just drop a note at: sky52200myfdc@gmail.com

Watch for the item tomorrow (04 July 2019).

You can also head over to your nearest General Post Office to place and pre-order and pay up front.

The folder sets will be ready after 23 July 2019. Please take not that this is a Pos Malaysia PRE-ORDER.

‘Nuff Said!

Excelsior!

Updated 18 July 2019:

Pos Malaysia was busy processing the Marvel 80 Years FDC since morning in the Philatelic Bureau. This time the stamps are stuck onto the cover (unlike Mickey’s pre-printed cover). The stamps comes in setenant strips of 5. This is a different format than the stamp sheetlets inside the folder.

Orders should start to be delivered after 23 July 2019.

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11 May 2019 A Philatelic Pilgrimage 2: (Homecoming) Return to Penang

11 May 2019 A Philatelic Pilgrimage 2: (Homecoming) Return to Penang

10 May 2019:

Here is the situation:

1. Date of sale moved to 11 May 2019.

2. Half a day for the pilgrimage.

This presented a new challenge of half day. How do we plan out the logistics? Where do we start?

We need help!

Let’s Assemble the old team.

Conference calls time! Frantic Friday calls to various parties. Are we good to go?

11 May 2019:

05:00 am – Thermos – check, Air Sandwich – check, lots of drinking water – check, petrol tank – full! , Touch & Go – check, vehicle – check.

06:00 am – Load up! Good to go! Beep: incoming message, Southern Team nearing rendezvous point.

The drive was dark. Traffic was light. It felt like 21 November 2016 again! We will end up in Pitt Street, Penang again!

Ah finally here!

Rendezvous complete!

It was a quick stop – chop – go!

Why not visit the temple since we are here?

Hasty discussion ensued with the locals in the post office, Waze and Google Map. Where is the temple? I might as well toss a coin…. In myfdc I trust, let’s go!

The road led into off road plantation area. Once we alighted the architecture is awesome!

Beep… message from Central Team… designer is Mr Gan.

Time to leave to the next point: Reverand R.S. Hutchings’ legacy. He left behind 3. Can you name them?

11:00 am – Penang GPO was packed. All waiting to chop – chop – chop!

Better go to Plan B.

A quick drive around the corner to my secret spot where usually there is a spot or two put me within the middle of both location. Ooops… no more stock of the “scratch and win” parking coupons. A good samaritan sold me enough for an hour! I wish we have an easier parking method, e.g. the “slot machines” that eat up your coins. It will be easier than carrying a stack of cards and sometimes only to be used once in a while in the now famous philatelic tours!

11:30 am – Picked up the items from St George’s Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre sold a set of concordant postcards which were very quickly sold out. I hope there are more stocks. In fact the cinderella was taken from an old print of the church.

Thanks Helenn! I really appreciate the assistance!

With the official private folders and covers in hand, it was a brisk walk back to the Penang General Post Office for the final touches! Enroute, stop at 7-11 for more “scratch and win” parking coupons! I really think they are “scratch or fine”!

12:30 pm – done stage 1!

Here is a comparison of the St George’s Souvenir Cover and mine (using the Pos Malaysia Cover) with the concordant Pulau Pinang cancellation (chop). Sure wished the St George’s Folder set was cancelled using the Pulau Pinang cancellation to be more meaningful (similar to the Penang Free School Bicentenary Folder set).

The St George’s folder set also includes a full sheet of St George’s stamps (with many saying it is a different shade, I think so too if you look at the above photos of the 80 sen stamp!), a mint cinderella and another Souvenir Cover with a single stamp.

It is time to take a break and head to the next stage! Beep…in coming message from someone who guided me a lot from the Central Team …. “the stamps have 1/5, 2/5, 3/5, 4/5, 5/5″…. really? I was pasting according to the Price List and e-Poster! Now this is a great move as I know know we have 5 stamps in a set and I will not stick the wrong stamp. As to the order… hmm… I might not be able to follow everytime in order to be concordant!

I heard in many post offices will be still selling and cancelling on Monday. You can check it out. Certainly your second chance to get things done! Penangites might want to visit the St George’s Heritage Centre: stgeopg@yahoo.com (or buy in person).

Many thanks to various logistics team.

04:30 pm – first drop off for Stage 2.

06:30 pm – second drop off for Stage 2.

Concordanists Assemble!

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ps: Philatelic Pilgrimage 1 can be relieved at: https://myfdc.me/2016/11/22/21-november-2016-a-philatelic-pilgrimage/

 

07 May 2019 Latest updated Malaysia Stamp Issue Programme Schedule

07 May 2019 Latest updated Malaysia Stamp Issue Programme Schedule

Here is the latest Malaysia Stamp Issue Programme Schedule dated 07 May 2019. Do remember to update your calendar. Information is always confirmed nearer the date of issue.

Relax and just open a SODA account. Most collectors are non-concordanist, thus there is very little planning required other than to know when to show up if you prefer to do your own, OR open a Standing Order Deposit Account (SODA) which is an easier way not to miss a single issue.

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