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Prestige Stamp Books
Introduction and Index

The first Prestige Stamp Book (PSB) appeared in December 1969 with the »Stamps for Cooks« book, sponsored by the Milk Marketing Board. The PSBs contain text and illustrations on labels attached to the stamp panes and on interleaving pages. Initially they were just occasional issues - one or two a year - but now three or four issues seems to have become the norm to line the pockets of Royal Mail. For collectors the PSBs are often the source of new postage stamps not issued elsewhere. Some of the PSBs, especially from the 1980s, have a stamp exhibition overprint on the front cover of the booklet. Such scarced and high-priced variations are hard to find.
The earlier PSBs solely contained Machin and/or Regional definitive stamps. Starting in February 1992 (DX12) the PSBs contain a combination of definitive stamps and special stamps on the subject of the book. All PSBs were sold by Royal Mail at the total face value of the stamps contained in the book until 2011. Beginning with the issue of the »Morris & Co.« stamp book, Royal Mail introduced an additional cost, over and above the face value of the stamps contained within these booklets. The surcharge averages 95p. The booklets are seperately numbered in a new series, commencing DY1.
At the end of 2018 a complete collection of 79 PSBs (excluding ZP1a [stapled] and overprints, but including DX1 [good perfs] and DX50a [type 2 paper clips]) had an average market value of 1,436 £/1.652 €.

Prestige Stamp Books

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Stampbooks (1969, 1972, 1980 - 1989)
ZP1 Stamps for Cooks (PSB »prototype«)
DX1 The Story of Wedgwood (Volume I) DX2 The Story Wedgwood (Volume II)
DX3 The Story of Stanley Gibbons DX4 The Story of the Royal Mint
DX5 The Story of our Christian Heritage DX6 The Story of »The Times«
DX7 The Story of British Rail DX8 The Story of »P&O«
DX9 The Story of the »Financial Times« DX10 The Scots Connection
Stampbooks (1990 - 1999)
DX11 London Life
»Stamp World London 90«
DX12 Alias Agatha Christie
DX13 Wales DX14 Birth Centenary of J. R. R. Tolkien
DX15 The Story of Beatrix Potter DX16 Northern Ireland
DX17 The National Trust DX18 European Football Championship
DX19 Celebrating 75 Years of BBC DX20 The Wilding Definitives
»London Stamp Show 2000«
(Volume I)
DX21 Breaking Barriers
British Speed Record Holders
DX22 Profile on Print
»London Stamp Show 2000«
(Volume II)
DX23 World Changers  
Stampbooks (2000 - 2009)
DX24 Special by Design
»London Stamp Show 2000«
(Volume III)
DX25 The Queen Mother's 100th Birthday
DX26 A Treasury of Trees DX27 Unseen and Unheard - Centenary of
Royal Navy Submarine Service
DX28 A Gracious Accession
Golden Jubilee of QE II (Volume I)
DX29 Across the Universe
A Guide to Outer Space
DX31 A Perfect Coronation
Golden Jubilee of QE II (Volume II)
DX30 Microcosmos
A Guide to Inner Space
DX32 Letters by Night
A Tribute to the Travelling PO
DX33 The Glory of the Garden
Bicentennial of Royal Horticultural Society
DX34 The Brontë Sisters
150th Anniversary of Charlotte Brontë's Death
DX35 Bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar and the Death of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson
DX36 100th Birthday of Isambard Brunel DX37 150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross
DX38 World of Invention DX39 The Making of a Masterpiece
The Machin Definitives
»Festival of Stamps London 2010«
(Volume I)
DX40 British Army Uniforms DX41 James Bond
DX42 Royal Air Force (RAF) Uniforms DX43 50th Anniversary of Regional Definitives
DX44 Design Classics DX45 200th Birth Anniversary of Charles Darwin
DX46 Treasures of the Archive - Postboxes
»Festival of Stamps London 2010«
(Volume II)
DX47 Royal Navy Uniforms
Stampbooks (2010 - 2019)
DX48 Classic Album Covers DX49 The Royal Society
DX50 King George V - The King's Stamps
»Festival of Stamps London 2010«
(Volume III)
DX51 Britain Alone - World War II
DX52 WWF - For a Living Planet
DY1 Morris & Co.
A Definitive Claim to Beauty
DY2 Centennial of First UK Aerial Post
DY3 Roald Dahl DY4 The Queen's Diamond Jubilee
DY5 Keeping the Flame Alive
British Achievment of the
Olympic and Paralympic Games
DY6 Classic TV - 50 Years of Doctor Who
DY7 Football Hereos DY8 Merchant Navy
DY9 Classic Locomotives of the UK DY10 The Buckingham Palace
DY11 The Great War - 1914 (World War I)
(First in a series of five)
DY12 Inventive Britain
DY13 The Great War - 1915 (World War I)
(Second in a series of five)
DY14 Bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo
DY15 Star Wars (Volume I of II) DY16 500 Years of Royal Mail
DY17 HM The Queen's 90th Birthday[*] DY18 The Great War - 1916 (World War I)
(Third in a series of five)
DY19 Beatrix Potter[*] DY20 Windsor Castle
DY21 The Machin Definitives -
50th Anniversary[*]
DY22 The Great War - 1917 (World War I)
(Fourth in a series of five)
DY23 Star Wars (Volume II of II)[*] DY24 Game of Thrones[*]
DY25 R.A.F. Centenary[*] DY26 The Great War - 1918 (World War I)
(Fifth in a series of five)
DY27 Harry Potter[*] DY28 Leonardo da Vinci
DY29 Marvel comics[*] DY30 Queen Victoria Bicentennary
DY31 Star Wars (Volume III of III)[*]    
[*] In addition to the regular PSBs, Royal Mail has published high-priced limited editions. There is absolutely no postal or philatelic necessity for such issues. The only purpose for such a line of action is, that Royal Mail wants to squeeze money out of the stamp collectors as much as possible on an outrageous way!

Prestige Stamp Books

Explanation of Abbreviations:
RM Royal Mail Group Ltd. TH Tallents House, Edinburgh
SG# Stanley Gibbons catalogue number AMV Average Market Value
FV Face Value FDC First Day Cover
PSB Prestige Stamp Book FDI First Day of Issue
MD Machin Definitives MAD Machin Anniversary Definitives (Double Head)
MRD Machin Regional Definitives CD Country Definitives
WD Wilding Definitives SD Special Definitives
SS Special Stamps NVI Non Value Indicator
PO Post Office E W S N England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
POP Post Office Sales Pprice ++ Display PSB's back cover


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