What is a Sheetlet,Miniature Sheet,Souvenir Sheet and Souvenir Card

Sheetlet – this is a format that is now issued regularly by postal administrations . Instead of issuing stamps in large sheets of 40, 100 or even 200 stamps, smaller sheetlets with 16 or 20 stamps are issued with a large selvage area which may incorporate part of the stamp design or theme.\"\"

Miniature Sheet – is very similar to a souvenir sheet, being in a sheetlet with a single or a number of stamps embedded in it.\"\"

Souvenir Sheets – the many postal services sometimes release stamps in a format that look like a sheet with a big picture. Various parts of the picture can be torn out and used as postage stamps. Souvenir sheets should be distinguished from souvenir cards, which are souvenirs of a philatelic meeting or exhibition but are not valid for postage.\"\"

Souvenir Card\"\"

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12 Responses to What is a Sheetlet,Miniature Sheet,Souvenir Sheet and Souvenir Card

  1. sudhir Jain says:

    Good writeup. In the details of Souvenir Sheets, it is mentioned that Various parts of the picture can be torn out and used as postage stamps. As per my knowledge, any part of the Souvenir Sheet of Indian telegraph Centenary was not used as postage stamp. Readers may correct if I am wrong.

  2. Sandeep says:

    Sir,
    Some questions on definition of the issue ‘form’. Kindly provide your expert advice:
    – A sheet of 40 stamps (say 5 rows x 8 columns) with part of stamp design or theme on the borders. Can we call this a ‘sheetlet’?
    – A sheet of 12 stamps (6 rows x 2 columns) with no special design on the borders. Can we classify this as a sheetlet?
    – A sheet with 4 stamps of ‘similar type’ embedded separately inside it (i.e. perforation lines do not touch that of adjacent stamp). Does this qualify for a miniature sheet?

    Thanks in advance.

  3. anil kr pujara says:

    1 A sheetlet should not have more than 20 stamps. But two exceptions are like Endemic Butterflies n Postal Heitage Buildings.
    2 No , this can not be called a Sheetlet. It should have design or writing on the Border.
    3. This can not be called a Miniature sheet . It can be called only mini sheethe subject.
    Though I am not an expert or authority on the subject but based on the knowledge that I have , I have only tried to answer the querry. I hope I have been able to do the justice.

  4. anil kr pujara says:

    1 A sheetlet should not have more than 20 stamps. But two exceptions are like Endemic Butterflies n Postal Heitage Buildings.
    2 No , this can not be called a Sheetlet. It should have design or writing on the Border.
    3. This can not be called a Miniature sheet . It can be called only mini sheet subject.
    Though I am not an expert or authority on the subject but based on the knowledge that I have , I have only tried to answer the querry. I hope I have been able to do the justice.

    • Sandeep says:

      Dear Pujara Ji,
      Thanks for your reply. From your views, should I conclude that:
      A ‘Sheetlet’ should essentially
      – consist of less than or equal to 24 stamps inside it.
      – have some kind of special design or writing related to the ‘subject’ of the issue.
      – have all stamps in ‘se-tenant’ position. In case of a ‘non se-tenant’ position, it should be called a ‘Mini Sheet’?
      Thanks again.

  5. SUNIL KUMAR GARG says:

    I personally find sheetlets,sheets & even miniature sheets rather
    clumsy to handle . Can somebody out there help me with their handling aspect! Still I love and enjoy my se tenents of 2 a lot.

  6. anil kr pujara says:

    Pl elaborate the difficulties that you experience n how u find it clumsy to handle the sheetlets, miniature sheets n sheets. To me personally, it is like saying, I can handle the mother(Philately) but I find handling children is difficult. Pl do not mind as I have no intention to offend my senior n respected Philatelic brother Like Mr Garg.

  7. SUNIL KUMAR GARG says:

    When I flip thru my little stock album (Prinz Royal) holding what
    I got in my Pre-Independence collection-the experience is fine.
    But when I pick my collection of Miniature Sheets held in two
    Large Prinz Royal (Code 2080) albums seeing M/Ss half flying & some
    even flying out of the books is much less satisfying. Now, when
    we do not hinge our mints anymore how to keep them firmly
    stuck at one place at a time?

  8. anil kr pujara says:

    Dear Sandeep Ji, Your first two conclusions are right but as regards 3rd conclusion, I find your are mixing up.

    • Sandeep says:

      Dear Pujara Ji,
      Thanks for your reply and clarification.
      But can you please further elaborate on your views on ‘miniature sheet’?
      I think we need a concrete definition here too.
      Regards.

  9. dr pradeep jain says:

    Very good and informative article on basics of philately.For keeping miniature sheets and sheetlets nice and safe albums are issued by philaindia and other private publications from Delhi, they are very attractive and informative.What the problem is we spent a lot for material but not for accessories offcourse their availability is also one of the important factor.

  10. anil kr pujara says:

    Dear Mr Garg, Pl purchase albums specially prepared for storing ms n sheetlets. So many varities are available in the market with different range of price where you can keep/preserve ur collection n it will not be clumsy also to handle.

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