Interesting to see how the USPS's sheets without die cuts have injected some life into the hobby for end of year excitement. As dealers trumpet availability of the Baseball All-Star, Purple Heart, and the War of 1812 stamps -- low in quantity and very high in interest to those who collect U.S., imperfs of the world, or topicals -- this may be just the thing to add some spice to sales at the fall's major stamp shows.
Will these be a good investment? Well, it might be instructive to look at the Farley special printings of the 30's. While the imperf varieties of the National Parks series, the Byrd Antarctic commemorative and others sell for a substantial premium over the normal version of those stamps, they are certainly not rarities, or even investment material. This is not to say that the current varieties will not increase in value over the years, but the Farleys have been around for three quarters of a century, so the current crop may still have a long way to go before they create real excitement.