I love reading what people think about each particular new issue because it shows me just how different we all are as collectors. At some of the stamps some of you guffawed at (I like the Year of the Ox issue! I started with the rat last year and loved the gold design!) I almost felt defensive! But then there were ones which some of you liked (The Japanese soldier intaglio print, I don't particularly like or care for stamps which honor war or its components) which I couldn't agree with. I love talking about stamps I'm so glad I can read all of your responses!
Just to share my own take on the new issues:
Year of the Ox: Beautiful and purchased
Chien-Shiung Wu: Who?
Garden: Makes me think of a hallmark card you give to your mother in a hospital
Mystery Message: If they didn't say what it says in the description, I'd have absolutely no idea. Who came up with this?
Colorado Hairstreak: I mean, ok?
Barns: Well, they sure are barns.
Backyard games: Hideos
Day of the dead: Why not but also why?
Brush Rabbit: Actually adorable, makes me want a Durer stamp. I actually might get some of these.
Heritage Breeds: I love animal stamps and these pictures are quite cute
Raven: I can appreciate its beauty but I wouldn't buy.
Japanese American Soldiers: If intaglio I'd just like to run my fingers along it, but I hate how it looks graphically in terms of text placement.
Western Wear: Hank Hill would buy these and no one else. I didn't even know these existed
Lighthouses: I feel like with every denomination there has been some lighthouse issue and I'm tired of it. Who here has actually seen a lighthouse in real life? Apparently there was one for sale recently with a starting price of 300,000$, but its on an island off the coast, not on the mainland.
Missouri: Roll tide? Is that Missouri?
Message Monsters: Eh.
Espresso: I agree with the sentiment that flag stamp buyers might use these instead and for that I'm grateful.
Happy Birthday: HIDEOUS makes me feel like I'm looking at Word Art in MS Office or something.
I'll drop the 10+$ for a stamp if it's cute or makes me think of childhood. I recently purchased (my local post offices apparently have lots of back issues) the Scooby Doo stamps, the Sesame Street stamps, the Moon Landing, the Ox, and was lucky enough to come across a Transcontinental RR which I had never seen before and which MESMERIZE me.
Stamps stamps stamps. Also I've decided to apply my own local post stamps to anything I sell on eBay
that is stamp related. Excited about that, hopefully someone doesn't give me a negative review complaining about bad designs and whatnot