|These first-ever personalized
sheets were printed when Philpost agreed to let Pinoy Stamps, Inc. offer
personalized stamp sheets during the 23rd SEA Games.
The 3,000 sets of 2 sheets
with blank labels were sold to Pinoy Stamps, Inc. at P90 plus 10% value-added-tax
(VAT). The higher price was partly due to the need to print the sheets
on special-cut A-4 sized security paper in order to allow their machines
to print images on the blank labels.
Pinoy Stamps, Inc. sells
the personalized sheets by printing photos, either from on site shooting
during the duration of the games, or from submitted photos. The processing
and sale of these personalized sheets are allowed until all stocks are
sold out. The personalized sheets are placed inside a plastic-covered cardboard
with sleeve that has "I was at the Games" and the SEA Games logo printed
on these. These are sold for P350 per package.
To allow collectors who want
to include these sheets that contain many new stamps but do not want personalized
labels in their collections, "generic" sheets with officially printed labels
are also offered by the Philatelic Service. On each sheet, a single Philippine
flag is printed on the left column. On the right, each of the 5 labels
features the flags of 2 participating countries (in alphabetical order).
The generic sheets and the
sheets for personalization are identical except for the text on the bottom
margins of the sheets. The generic sheets have "Philpost" and its logo
at the middle of each sheet. The sheets for personalization have the additional
text "Philippine Personalized Stamps Inaugural Issue" and below this are
"Pinoy Stamps, Inc." and "PHILPOST" plus its logo on the right.