Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games Philatelic Products

This month, three notable Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games philatelic products from Singapore Post have caught the attention of collectors worldwide.

This colourful illustration book brings you through the journey, from Singapore winning the bid for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games to the launching of the event. This commemorative book includes the stamps since Singapore won the bid and is an excellent souvenir. Price: $59.90 (US$44)

If you missed the sale for the first day covers in 2008 and 2009, here’s another chance. This attractive First Day Cover Pack houses the three different covers (2008, 2009 and 2010) issued to commemorate the Youth Olympic Games in a specially designed folder. Price: $19.90

This A5-sized MyStamp sheet comes with the latest Singapore 2010 stamps, with the mascots Lyo and Merly and the official Singapore 2010 emblem. For an additional fee, personalise this stamp sheet with your own photographs, perhaps at the Youth Olympic Games. Price: $15.50

Note: The prices shown above are inclusive of GST for purchases within Singapore. Images by Singapore Post.

Stamps from Canada and the Netherlands

Not long ago, I received a few colourful Canadian and Netherlands stamps, some of which are related to my stamp collecting theme of sports and nature. These stamps certainly show the heritage of the countries. Of course, many thanks to Alicia for the stamps and scan.

Postage Prepaid Envelope: Starfish

On 7 July 2010, Singapore Post issued the Seashore – Starfish postage prepaid envelope. These envelopes can be purchased at post offices and use them to send letters of up to 20 g to local addresses. These prepaid envelopes can be purchased either in a bundle of 10 for S$3.50 or for 40 cents each, a la carte. Designed by Leo Teck Chong, these envelopes provide consumers with added convenience, especially by saving time on affixing a postage stamp.

This is a continuation of the Seashore theme, where a postage prepaid envelope from the same series on Seashells was issued previously. Some time ago, we also featured the Gardens of Singapore prepaid envelope (1994) which is available in two different sizes, DL and C6. It would definitely be great if postage prepaid envelopes were still sold in different dimensions to cater to different needs.

Singapore Food Festival 2010

It’s the time of the year for the annual Singapore Food Festival held at Clarke Quay. Singapore Post will be setting up a booth there for the third year running. Although there is no stamp issue to commemorate the Festival, there are two different cachets offered, one for each weekend: 16 to 18 July and 23 to 25 July. A number of philatelic products will be sold there, including presentation packs and gifts.

Youth Olympic Games Cancellation

The boring wavy lines that print themselves on envelopes will take a short break. From 19 July 2010 to 30 September 2010, both dates inclusive, Singapore Post will be replacing these wavy lines with Youth Olympic Games slogan messages. This would apply to CFC machines C1 to C3 and FC machine C4.

Sorting mail into these four machines would be a totally random process, so it would require lots of luck. To make it more challenging, machines C1 to C3 will have two different slogans each, intensifying the randomness, making it harder to obtain a complete collection.

As far as I am aware, a manual replacement of the slogan die is needed to switch between the two designs. So, here’s a tip: Drop your envelopes into the post box on different dates, in different locations, to maximise your chances.

That does not mean that there are seven designs in total. The only slogan design for C4 is the same as one of the designs for C1. With the implementation of the five-day week mail collection, you can safely drop your envelope into the post box from this evening!