Personalised Stamps of India “My Stamp” – Updated Status till 27th Feb 2016

This post is going to delve into the “personalized stamp” issues that were started by India Post keeping in the global trend for “personalization” of services.

I plan to put a pictorial guide of Indian personalized stamps called as “My Stamps” in this post and update it as and when new issues come out. The starting point for this post (like a few others in past) has been the wonderful and scholastic work by Mr. Ashok Kumar Bayanwala in form of an article on indianphilately.net. To set the story in perspective please read the excellent article referenced via the following link: Personalised Stamps of India >>

Though the “P” stamps issued in Kolkata were the first personalized issues, the subsequent issues were significantly different in the fact that 2011 onward the stamps used on the My Stamp sheets were reproductions of older designs used over the decades but were distinctly different in terms of denomination and typography used on them. This in turn not just created different sheetlets, but also new postage stamps wherever a My Stamp issue was taken out.

During Indipex-2011, 17 different sheetlets were issued. Each sheetlet contains 12 postage stamps in denomination of Rs. 5/- each along with 12 blank spaces. These sheetlets are illustrated below:

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15th February 2016 – New Series of 3 new ‘My Stamp’ designs on ‘Ellora Caves, Victoria Memorial and Ghats of Varanasi’:

Read more: indianphilately.net >>

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6th February, 2016 – International Fleet Review Special Issues. Commemorative stamp on international fleet review was released by president of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Visakhapatnam together with other philatelic products that included a My Stamp sheet.

Interestingly, there is a difference in design of the issued commemorative stamp and the My Stamp sheet, this implies that two different commemorative stamps have been issued in different format for a single event – I guess a first in Indian philately!

Official India Post issue and the My Stamp sheet:

IFR 2016 My Stamp Image Courtesy >> IP(A)SP ANDHRA

 

/////Update – 16th March 2016/////

Now this is absolutely insane!

The region specific My Stamp issues have started to get issued like hot cakes. The sad part is that the availability of these hot cakes is again shrouded in delays, lack of information and most importantly, in single points of sale that leave availability to pure chance.

Anyway, here is the update on the recent My Stamp issues scheduled in Feb/March 2016.

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29th Feb 2016, My Stamp on Mahabodhi Temple Bodhgaya, Gateway of India Mumbai, and Sun Temple Konark

Images are illustrated below and have been taken from the tenaciously updated site www.stampsofindia.com by Madhukar and Savita Jhingan

Also, in the issue number #592 of the Stamps of India Collectors Companion‏ it is mentioned that

“India Post released 8th issue of MyStamp that was available at New Delhi on February 29, 2016. There are three stamps in three sheeetlets depicting Mahabodhi Temple Bodhgaya, Gateway of India Mumbai, and Sun Temple Konark. The Sheetlets of 12 stamps are being sold for Rs 300 each.
MyStamp Sheetlet issued till 2015 were printed by India Security Press Nashik and were individually numbered while those issued in 2016 are printed by Security Printing Press Hyderabad and are not individually numbered.”  

Courtesy >> Stamps of India Collectors Companion‏ #592- Mar 3, 2016

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13th March 2016, Commemorative stamps and special My Stamp sheet released on Allahabad High Court 

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Allahabad High Court 2016 My Stamp Image Courtesy >> Rahul Ganguli, indianphilately.net 

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21st March 2016, My Stamp on Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to be released

According to Mr. Prashant Pandya from indianphilately.net This would be first ever customized my stamp sheet with pre-printed image on left side of My Stamp with matching theme.

 

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