The release of a set of Tom of Finland stamps by the Finnish Post Service has sparked international interest. When Itella Posti opened its shop for pre-ordering on Thursday, 23rd of April 2014, the demand was so high making Posti’s online shop crash. Meanwhile, UK based leather organisation LeatherWest has opened pre-ordering.

International press has been reporting about the Tom of Finland stamps which will be released by the Finnish Post Service in September. Amid many positive announcements in both the lgbt and mainstream press also came the news of a petition against the release of the homoerotic stamps. Despite the protest, Finnish Post Services will continue to release the stamps by the 8th of September 2014. 

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The interest for the stamps turned out to be too big for Itella Posti’s webshop last Thursday. At this moment, the shop is up and running again and those interested are able to pre-order the stamps again. In this regard, UK based non-profit organisation LeatherWest is also taking pre-orders at a very favorable rate through its webshop.

[quote cite=””] LeatherWest are pleased to offer as a pre-order these highly sought after stamps. At present we are the only UK outlet. We are confident the price of £5.50 (and equivalent local currency) is the best you will find, cheaper than even ordering direct from Finland yourself!

The price of £5.50 per item ordered is a flat rate price and we post to any UK, EU, US and global address anywhere in the world. If you are in Uzbekistan, Angola, Vanuatu or Bolivia, we will post to you! The price you see is the price you pay. No hidden charges. No extra postage. No extra packing charges.

The stamps are issued on September 8th and LeatherWest will take delivery from Finland Post within a week after. We will dispatch all orders during the month of September 2014.

As we have been able to obtain a block set of the stamps from Finland Post, we know that stamp dealers are already set to sell these iconic Tom of Finland stamps for several times more than the face value come September. As soon as the stamps are issued we expect the value to exceed £10 plus postage a set!

If you are looking to buy a set of Tom of Finland stamps, you can find all information on pre-ordering via LeatherWest here. 

Picture credits: Tom of Finland Foundation, Itella Posti

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