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Here in the Smilers News section you will find a current update to our catalogue and listings, providing all the latest Smilers related information, news snippets and anything else we think you might be interested in relating to Smilers and associated label sheets issued by Royal Mail and others!  Full details of all new issues will appear under the New Issues menu option.

Earlier News Reports are provided in Adobe Acrobat pdf file format and are generally available during the first couple of weeks following the preceding period. Click on this link News Archive to go to the Smilers News Archive page.

 

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News - 2024

  • Spice Up Your Life!   

    Royal Mail are celebrating the biggest girl group of all time – the Spice Girls – on their 30th anniversary of their formation in 1994. Music Giants IX is the first stamp issue for 2024 due out on 11th January. The stamp issue comprises 10 x 1st class stamps, a mini sheet, comprising a further 5 x 1st class stamp designs and a plethora of other collectibles too large for me to do them justice in this column. Of specific interest are two new collector sheets, the first includes all 10 x 1st class stamps from the Music Giants IX issue, set against a colourful background and attached to themed labels with further images of this successful girl band. The second includes two sets of the 5 x 1st class stamps featured in the mini sheet we are calling it the "the pink sheet"!!   

     

    GS-161

    GS-162

    As has been the practice of Royal Mail in similar media based issues, the first of the two collector sheets is printed in Litho on self adhesive and thus the only source of the self adhesive format stamps. The second sheet features self adhesive stamps printed in Litho similar to those featured on the mini sheet.  The sheet stamps are issued in se-tenant strips of 5 and on gummed paper.  The above collector sheets are now available to order through our eBay store, if interested please click on the images above to order. (06/01)

  • Royal Mail Stamp Programme 2024   

    Royal Mail have announced details of their proposed 2024 stamp issue programme as follows. 

    Stamp Issue

    Date of Issue

    Music Giants IX: Spice Girls 11-Jan-2024
    Weather 01-Feb-2024
    Vikings 20-Feb-2024
    Dinosaurs 12-Mar-2024 
    Centenary of Commemorative Stamps 16-Apr-2024
    Peppa Pig 16-May-2024
    Dogs 06-Jun-2024
    Red Arrows 60th Anniversary 20-Jun-2024
    Dungeons & Dragons 25-Jul-2024 
    Tower of London 13-Aug-2024
    Porridge 03-Sep-2024
    Spiders 26-Sep-2024 
    Music Giants X -The Who 17-Oct-2024 
    Christmas 2024 05-Nov-2024 
    Winston Churchill 30-Nov-2024

    The issues highlighted in red are those with potential interest for Smilers Sheet Collectors.  No further details exist so we shall all have to wait and see what 2024 brings! (06/01)

  • 2023 News Archive    

    I have now archived the 2023 Smilers News and you may now download this in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format by clicking on the above link. Keep Smiling in 2023! 

    I have also updated  details of all generic, collector, themed and business customised stamp sheets issued during 2023 and hopefully have not made too many mistakes!  You can find these updated listed under the New Issues menu item at top left.  (04/01)

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                                    Last updated: February 11, 2024