The news portal StampNews.com announces its newest rating categories to evaluate the best stamps in the world issued in the year 2012. Year 2012 has been rich in philatelic events and many countries have issued a great number of excellent stamps.
We decided to present 5 rating categories to describe the best stamps of the year. The categories are the most extraordinary, the most important, the most touching, the most interesting sports-themed, and the most stamp collecting contributing countries.
Top countries contributing to stamp collecting (April 8, 2013), which is awarded to countries that have the highest numbers of newly released stamps and the activities related to this. Also, we will take into account how user-friendly we think the Post Office websites and online shops are for philatelists and its website traffic. This award goes to the country that contributed the most to stamp collecting in 2012.
This rating category demonstrates which countries have active Postal authorities and shows that stamp-collecting prospers despite the pessimistic forecast of some philatelic experts that the philately is slowly dying out.
The most extraordinary stamps (April 29, 2013) category is awarded to originally designed stamps. Generally, we give this award to stamps and stamp series that have amazed us. This may include extraordinary forms of stamps, special materials, or unique print methods used.
The most important stamps (May 13, 2013) category is awarded to stamps dedicated to the socially-significant events have been issued during the year.
The most touching stamps (June 3, 2013) category is awarded to stamps with a funny design. These can be stamps dedicated to cartoon or comic-strip characters. This rating focuses on children. However, there is no doubt that they will also gladden the eye of adult philatelists.
The most interesting sport-themed stamps (June 24, 2013) category is awarded to stamps issued for celebrating some sporting events or achievements. To participate in the ratings you should send the following information via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- name of the rating you would like to participate in;
- brief description of the stamp or of a series of stamps;
- illustration of the stamp (or a series of stamps);
- date of issue;
- contact information;
- your additional questions, notes and suggestions.