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December 22, 2008

The 2008 Forever stamp from Sennett was issued in booklet form on October 25. The year-date on this new variety is smaller than the year-date on the convertible booklet variety from Sennett issued earlier this year.

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The microprinting is also different. You can see both at the right.

from the
convertible booklet

from the
vending booklet


October 28, 2008

Stamps.com has issued 8 new netstamp sets of 4 this year. These are similar to the photonetstamps. However they cannot be customized, as one can do with the photonetstamps. In other words, you can only purchase the images offered by stamps.com. In each sheet of 24 there are 6 of each stamp. These are on offer at the following link.
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October 23, 2008

A new variety of the $1 Wisdom stamp has shown up. This new variety has the "2008" year-date and was first reported in Linn's. It has the plate number P111111 and is printed by Ashton-Potter, as was the original 2003 issue.

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September 13, 2008

A new variety of the 5¢ seacoast coil stamp was issued on September 5. This new variety has the "2008" year-date. The clouds at the right are shaped differently as well.

2 previously issued gummed varieties exist, namely Scott #s 3775 "2003" and 3864 "2004".
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September 13, 2008

A new variety of the 10¢ clock coil stamp has appeared. This new variety is tagged (prephosphored paper) and has a "2008" year-date. The eagle is "dead" under long-wave UV.

The original 10¢ clock issue #3762 is untagged and has a "2006" year-date. The eagle glows orange under long-wave UV.
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September 13, 2008

The USPS has issued 2 more new varieties of the Forever convertible booklet from Avery and Ashton Potter. These new varieties have the year-date "2008." The first-day-of-issue was August 22, 2008.

Avery issue

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Ashton Potter-
issue
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September 6, 2008

A new variety of the 5¢ Toleware sheet stamp has appeared. The original issue #3756 from Sennett was die cut 11 1/4 : 11 3/4 and showed a year-date of "2004." The new variety also from Sennett is die cut 11 1/4 : 10.9 and shows a year-date of "2007."
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The 4th of July, 2008

Stan Duczeminskyj in a letter to the editor of Linn's Stamp News pointed out that this stamp shows not 13 stripes but rather 14 stripes. Perhaps the folks in Washington DC who approved this design got to thinking that they were one of the original colonies that founded this great country. Thankfully, they were not, despite the 14th white stripe showing at the bottom of this stamp.

Oftentimes I think assigning the title of "District" (of Columbia) to the folks in the federal government who try to run our lives is too generous. Perhaps they should be relegated to being the mere "Possession" (of Columbia), a possession of the rest of us Americans, and return the power to the folks who gave the politicians in Washington DC the power to govern the rest of us in the first place.
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July 4, 2008

A new variety of the Forever ATM sheetlet of 18 came out last December. Previously this issue had plate V11 on the reverse side of the sheetlet. The new variety has the plate number V22222 on the front. Collectors found this change to be odd. What was overlooked however was the fact that the back-side of the original printing was normally tagged. With the reissue from plate V22222 the back-side is untagged, as is normally the case for convertible booklets. It is interesting also that a portion of the printing with plate V11 on the back had a back-side which was untagged.

You may click here to see the original printing with plate V11 on the back and here to see the re-issue with plate V22222. The difference in the back-tagging cannot be seen in the scans, unfortunately.
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June 11, 2008

An interesting variety of the 17¢ Bighorn Sheep stamp has shown up. On the original printing, the paper is quite dark under long-wave UV, and the tagging glows green under short-wave UV. On the reprinting, the stamp glows under long-wave UV, and the tagging glows bluish-white under short-wave UV. The stamps themselves are virtually identical under normal light, as you can see from the scans.
Original Printing
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New Printing
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June 7, 2008

The USPS has issued a new variety of the 1¢ Tiffany Lamp coil stamp. This new variety has the "2008" year-date in the corner. The first day of issue was June 7, 2008.
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May 12, 2008

The USPS has issued a new variety of the Forever convertible booklet from Sennett. This new variety shows the "2008" in the corner. David Sieroty in a letter to the editor of Linn's Stamp News observed that the microprinting next to the Libery Bell can easily be read, because the wood has been reversed out. Previously, the microprinting characters were so thick that the area where the microprinting was appeared to be black or dark brown. The first day of issue was May 12, 2008.

You may see click here to see the whole convertible booklet.
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March 15, 2008

A new variety of the Avery-Banner stamp has turned up. This new variety is printed on a paper which glows brightly under both short-wave and long-wave UV. Insofar as this is the case, it is different from a normal Hi-Brite, which only glows under long-wave UV.
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March 7, 2008

The USPS has issued a new variety of the 1¢ Tiffany Lamp sheet stamp. This new variety has the "2008" year-date in the corner. The first day of issue was March 7, 2008.
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February 9, 2008

A new tagging variety of the 41¢ Flag stamp from Avery (Scott #4188) has appeared. Gregg Greenwald, a collector from Wisconsin, pointed out that the re-issue from pl. V2222 appears to be on a pre-phosphored paper. The original issue from plate V1111 was printed on normal paper, upon which overall tagging was applied.
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