Great Britain SG #DX20 1998 The Definitive Portrait Booklet Containing Reproductions of the Wilding Definitives


A pristine example of the 1998 "The Definitive Portrait" premium Prestige booklet, containing the Wilding reproduction defintives.  The stamps are arranged in 4 panes:

  • 1 pane of 9 26p brown, like the 5d original.
  • 1 pane of 6 20p emerald, like the 7d original.
  • 1 pane of 9 contaning the 26p brown, 20p emerald and 37p magenta.
  • 1 pane of 6 of the 26p brown and 37p magenta.

The Gibbons numbers for the contents are: 2031b/c and 2032a/b.

Gibbons lists this booklet for 11 pounds = approximately $22.  The booklet offered here grades VF-80 as follows:

 Cover freshness: 10/10

Centering of the panes: 50/70 

Condition of cover edges: 5/5

Freshness of the panes: 5/5

Absence of visible cover flaws or stains: 5/5 

Condition of interleaving and contents: 5/5


A Note About The Prestige Booklets

These booklets were issued by Royal Mail for face value, in the case of those with DX numbers and for a premium over face for those with DY numbers. The booklets generally follow a theme and contain many information pages about the theme and then, they contain pages containing the booklet panes themselves. For most prestige booklets the stamps will be a combination of commemorative issues related to the theme, as well as the most commonly used Machin head definitives, and in some cases regional issues. 

 I haven't generally included a scan of the contents as these booklets cannot be opened out flat without creasing the pages along the spine. If time permits I will take some pictures of the contents with my phone and will upload them. I will also include descriptions of which stamps are included and the pane layouts. 

My general feeling is that these are going to become highly collectible in the future, because they are well made, they are more expensive, and so fewer of them will have been produced, especially those in the more modern period since the 1990's. Many will have been broken up to get the stamps inside, and so I think that intact booklets will eventually become a premium item, just as the first Wedgewood booklet has become. 


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