Friday, August 11, 2017

Russia 2017 Overprint:

Overprint for "55 year of First Human Flight".
2017 year:

 G. Titov (2010) 

and U. Gagarin (2009) issue.

It is well know part of history (First Flight), and Russia Postal Administration know well how to celebrate it. This time, they just overprinted this two issues, and, made it "celebrity" in Philatelic Community and Philatelist well!

This two samples of overprint come in 2017 year, under Michel catalog number 2341 klb (G. Titov), and 2301 klb (U. Gagarin), with very "nice" catalog of 250.00 and 70.00 euros per sample.

I don't see U. Gagarin in Scott catalog update, just G. Titov overprint I see (Scott #7754), and G. Titov, single stamp with overprint, have also one good level (17.50 $ per single), U. Gagarin will be (probably) less valued, as quantity printed are much bigger, but, as this topic are very-very popular in Philatelic community, so some nice surprise can be (in catalog value).

Market? As usually, it is very difficult to say "stable" price, but somewhere between few hundred US$ per "superior" pack format, to 20-30.00 US$ per single (G. Titov), and some 40-50.00 US$ per souvenir pack, or 5-8.00 US$ per single stamp (U. Ggarin).

So, all depend of quantity printed around, but I think, that this issues will have "nice" future on the market!

Take it now, as smile in the future!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Italian Occupation - FIUME-KUPA 1942:

Here we have one great history of this very important place on Adriatic Sea.
Shortly just to inform about FIUME - Free State of, even that most of collectors have this knowledge, but "new generation" hardly know even where it is!

FIUME have an name on map long time back. In 1917 this territory first have an autonomy, at the time of Roman Empire, as free port. With a time go, this territory was under Hungarian Empire, than to Croatian "ban", than back and forth, till it come to the hands of Kingdom of Yugoslavia and so on.

In WWI it was under Italian Occupation, and as usually postage stamps was made.
This time, it was just postage stamps, which was available in Kingdom of Yugoslavia, King Peter II (Yugoslavia, 1939 issue) overprinted in Italian language ZONA/OCCUPATA/FIUMANO/KUPA, and so on with other text as O. N. M. I. or this one for "Maternity and Childhood" - Pro Maternita e Infanzia".

FIUME-KUPA "lived" very short period, from 1941 to 1943, and have just few postage stamps issued, all come of this Yugoslavia King Peter Ii issue, all together just four sets made, with first overprint come on May 16, 1941, set of 14 values. Next was in Jun 1941 with three value in set, than another overprint with overprint MEMENTO AVDERE SEMPER and one shown, which come on 1942 year, set of three value.

First set of 14 values, have an really great catalog value (Michel catalog number 1/14) of 13 000.00 euro for mnh condition.
Second set (Michel catalog number 15/17), with 15.00 euro for mnh condition.
Third single with two overprint variation (in black or violet color, Michel number 18a/b), have one good catalog price of 35.00 or 150.00 euro per sample.
last one (shown), is set of three value (Michel catalog number 19/21), with affordable 36.00 euro per set in mnh condition.

Little bit strange, but I don't see this catalog mark ("Falsh") near any of this issues, mean there is not known fake on market, but, for sure, I will suggest to everyone, if will go and purchase this issues, to go and buy it from really trusted dealer, or to have it with certificate, You know well that certificate is worth price!

Now, what You will find on market or internet offerings?
Little, better say almost nothing offered!
And that I see, is valued from full catalog, to even 300% up to catalog prices.
So, good luck! 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Travel & Philately:

Travel & Philately

Two great passions, which make our life more interesting, better, and in the end, live some "traces" to future generation.

Even that I'm not fun of visiting Antarctic, or other "untouched" part of our planet, I like when 
people, that visit far end of the world, bring back home memory in the form of post card or letter, properly canceled.

From this kind of artifact, our future generation, can learn a lot, as properly canceled post card or letter, give us some great information about place we visited.
Recently, I received this post card (as a gift), so I was happy to research little bit, about place 
someone visited.

As I read from cancel, it is Port Lockroy Post Office, which produced this clear cancel on British Antarctic Territory (BAT as better known in "Philatelic" language), postage stamp.

Happy to see, that cancel is actually applied on stamp, so we (collectors) have this nice feeling to know that, YEAH, there are humans there! Personally, I hate "industry" made tourist items, in form of post card with imprinted cancel on it.

On same side of post card, near post office cancel, are another cancel, with penguin as central figure, and with coordinates of same Port Lockroy, than third cancel for Antarctic Heritage Trust.
Stamp used for postage come from 2014 year set of 5 stamps, for Airmail Postcard
(65 p face value). Stamp is produced in small format, so you will need lenses to see the beauty of design.

Stamp used on this post card, actually don't have "great" market value (around 1.50 US$ in mint or used condition), but full set of five stamps, can reach near 8.00 US$, on some online sites, and as on 
eBay, I see that people are offering it for near 12.00 US$ plus postage.

Will this item(s) have any market value in the future?
Hardly. I'm sure that BAT produced enough quantity to fill dealers need, so market will have it in offer for near or far future, and as tourist visit this places more and more frequently, that say, there will be lot of this kind post card around. But, who know what future will bring to us!
So, go, travel, spend on it, bring back home memory in form of PHILATELIC item(s), which will keep "traces" of You, to the future.
In the end, our next generations will have nice memory of us, probably, this way, we will keep 

Again, great THANK go to Assaf Ben-Ary
(אסף בן ארי)
father, for this post card.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Serbia - new issue 2016:

23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies - Belgrade 2016:

What to say, just "wow", and great!
This come to the market well on Aug. 22, 2016, to promote "23rd International Congress of Byzantine Study", which was held in Belgrade, Serbia this (2016) year.

Set of eight stamps, with very affordable face value, and with really great design by two artist (MA Marina Kalezich, MA Nadezhda Skochajich), this made it great!

We have (image on stamps) shown:
Grachanica Monastery, The Sarcophagus of  St. Stephan Dechansky, 
The Initial "V" (from manuscript of Isaak Sirin), Mother of God (from the Annunciation, 
Emperor Urosh and King Vukashin, Kalenich Monastery,
Archibishop Sava, Mother of God of Sokolica.

Why I say "great" for this issue?
Because in very "short" way, it is explained early period of Serbian history, with significance for education of future generation and whole world population, about Serbia and Serbian people.
Clearly, here we don't see any "modern" political intention, and it is "pure" scientific "show" of fact and proof that Serbian people have one history in written document, dated back to 1200+ year!

I'm just happy to see that Serbia and Serbian Post made this issue, because not every country in our small planet, still care about own peoples history. And not many made it by postage stamps as mean to show it! It is forever, it is written and it is effort worth to celebrate!

Glad to see, that responsible people in Serbian Post, also care about relatively low face value of this set, as face value come close to  3.40 US$, which will be affordable by any level collector that collect topical as: Religion, Churches, Archaeology, Manuscripts, Sculpture.... and some more.
How much will dealer ask? I think, that dealer will not go bellow 6.00 to 8.00 US$ per booklet, for near period. Probability that price will go down depend on availability of same issue, but, if Serbian Post decide to supply it in big quantities, that hope for "better" price exist.

 (See this article also on my another blog page:

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Serbia: Classic period

This is one country (Serbia) with very interesting history!
 From great battle on Kosovo territory against Great Turkish Empire, till today's time!
How it affect Philately are very visible on, when someone wish to make complete collection, which can be almost impossible task.
In this small world, I know probably just one or two person that have it completed, and next 15 to 20 who reach one serious level.
We know that Serbia made first postage stamp on 1866 (May), with Coat of Arms design, and following it, come next issue (July) with Prince Mihailo Obrenovic III portrait on stamp.

(1967 issue, folded on middle)

When talking about completing this country in postage stamp collection, we must to understand, that stamps from this period, because time period, printing quality, and history, are mostly impossible to find in perfect, or even "good" condition. Most of material will be without glue, and with heavy hinges on back, if You will find samples without "rust", You can say "Hallelujah"!
There will be, as usually "missing" corner, or folded (as shown on photo), otherwise, if someone will offer You this period material in "perfect" or "very good" condition, be very suspicious, as it can be some kind of fake. There is NO samples of in perfect condition.

(1869 issue, missing "corner")

As You see from this issue from 1869 year (Prince Milan Obrenovic), there is "normal" quality You will (very hard) find on free market.
Another obstacle come with perforation varieties that are registered in Michel catalog, and there is many of it!

(1869 issue, perforation varieties)

So, what is reason that I say "Stamp Must Have"?
With all this quality in question, I still say, You MUST have it if You wish to make one serious collection, that will have market value, and that when "we" pass away, our children/s or grand-children/s will have something about what to talk, something that have VALUE!

I try to search market and collectors who offer this material on web or on direct sales, and result are very "grave"!
See in Michel catalog, and from first line You can read, that mentioned prices are for HINGED, to very hinged quality! Mean, that in good quality, You will pay premium over full catalog value, if You have luck to find it at all!
For items, that have high catalog value, obviously, You will need certificate, as price ranged from few $ to few thousand $ per sample!

That mean, if You go for "hunting" this material, do it just from personal dealer, or take risk (which can cost You lot)!
Good luck and "Mazal Tov" (מזל טוב) to any good purchase!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Yugoslavia - CETINJE issue 1945

...this come on end of WWII (1945), as fresh made Yugoslavia, overprint on Montenegro issue (under Italy occupation), set of 11 values, 

and additional PORTO issue of two values.

As technology at the time was not so advanced (according today's standard), there are some errors in typing, probably in printing plant, there are some missing latter so worker use "similar" letter in composing this overprint.

Here You can see one error on "A" letter (instead, used "D").

Michel catalog value it well, two sets and one value with error, can reach on market more than 700.00 euros, as this issue are very hard to find on market, reason are 7000/10 000 sets printed.

So keep an eye on this issue, and if You can afford, buy it!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Slovakia 2015 "Mucha" Art issue:

Must to admit, that this issue will be under "hard to ignore" status!
Something that "run" over mind for any serious collection, as it is great made, again and again "Mucha" (, art are shown on postage stamp!

Here it is shown on FDC (engraved by: Frantisek Horniak), and showing us single stamp, which was Mucha work from painting that are placed on entrance door of restaurant in the Lux Hotel Thermia palace in Pies'tan city.

On FDC You can not see detail of stamp alone, as You will need to have it on front of Your eye, but on this sheet of 4, it is well visible:

...such great elements involved in painting, element as young woman, fruit, composition of color, all this will bring us one perfect picture to see and remember! What better way as to have it in album?
There is another one option, made by Posta Slovenska (Slovakian Post), which made it without perforation, and two line over value (as to prevent postage use of it):

...what give us the "feeling" of value, are actually, technique in producing this stamp. Engraved way of it, make us "feel" color and composition, it come deep to person eye and stay in memory for long time to come!

What to say about value of same?
As it is just new issue, recently released from post, it will be easy available in short time to the future and You can obtain it with simple walk to the post office, but as quantity are not so great, stamp alone are printed in 80 000 quantity, which will give us 20 000 sheets of 4 stamp. As we know that lot of people collect topic as "Art", also there is lot of people that specialized just in "Mucha" work on postage stamps, so 20 000 of small sheets are well under need for all!
Than it come this imperforated option, which are printed even in less quantity, so try to find it on free market.
Probability that it will be available, in short term, for face value are slim, but little bit over it, in next half year, it will be available. Even on "exchange" base, You will be able to have it in next half year, but after that You will need some extra money!
Single stamp are 1.20 euro, and it is offered on web for around 2.00 US$ + postage, which will actually be some double face value, but I don't see it offered in sheet of 4 option and no perforation option are also out of offering.
So, You will need to contact Your personal supplier, if he/she can supply it but cost will go up, probably somewhere between 14.00 to 16.00 US$ per sample. 

I will suggest to all, to find it now, so avoid paying much more in future, because this "ART" will be in demand!