Great Britain SG#DX32 2004 Letters by Night Prestige Booklet Containing Commemorative Stamps, Plus Machins and Scottish Regionals


A pristine example of the 2004 Letters by Night prestige booklet, containing the commemorative stamps, Scottish regionals and Machin definitives. The stamps are arranged in 4 panes:

  • 1 pane of 6 containing 68p and 2nd class new design Scottish regionals.
  • 1 pane of 3 commemorative stamps.
  • 1 pane of 4 "the station" commemorative stamps.
  • 1 pane of 9 containing 37p black and 1st gold Machins.

Gibbons numbers for the contents are: 1668o, 2392a, 2418a and S109l.

Gibbons lists this booklet for 15 pounds = approximately $30.  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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