StampNews.com continues to strike the balance of the year 2008.
Here is a very special rating. Hope our little philatelists will appreciate it.
'Mr. Men and Little Miss' Stamps
In May 2008, Guernsey issued six stamps honoring the characters in the "Mr. Men and Little Miss" children's books and television series.
Christmas stamp from Finland
This touching stamp was issued in November 2008. Designed by Julia Vuori.
Slovenia: Europa 2008 - The Letter
In May 2008, Slovenia issued its Europa postage stamps following PostEurop's chosen theme for 2008 - 'The Letter'.
#4. Olympic Stamps from Uruguay
This set of stamps, inspired by the Beijing Olympic mascot Fu Wa, displays the lasting combination between stamps and sports as embodying the notions of peace, harmony and development that are cherished by all nations.
These stamps with the theme Swedish Comic Strips were issued in September 2008.
#6. Garfield the cat stamps
This ten-stamp booklet depicting Garfield the cat was released last October in France.
#7. Cartoon Animation Postage Stamps - 'Finding Nemo'
In April 2008, Taiwan Post released two souvenir sheets featuring Disney characters from animated movie "Finding Nemo" to stimulate interest in philately among youths.
#8. 'Little Polar Bear' stamp from Switzerland
The Little Polar Bear Lars has had a loyal following for more than twenty years. The picture-book character created by Hans de Beer inspired eight books and two films, and the animated cartoon series ran for years on television.
#9. Ireland: Greetings 2008
Over the years, An Post has used some of Ireland's most talented illustrators and artists to design the Greetings stamps. Steve Simpson illustrated the 2008 series. The stamps feature a funky fabric elephant and a patchwork frog.
#10. Holiday Stamps from Iceland
In 2008 Iceland Post held a competition among primary school children for the designs of two Christmas stamps. Two 2nd grade schoolboys of Nesskoli in Neskaupsstadur won the contest. The motifs consist of the Yule Goblin Stiff-Legs and the Christmas Cat.
Our Special Nomination Awards go to:
Hungary (for its PHILAVILLAGE series)...
...Ireland (for its 'Europa - Letter Writing' stamps)
... and Ukraine (for its Zodiac series)