Friday, August 3, 2018

Yugoslavia (classic period)

YUGOSLAVIA:


...not just classic, but specialized classic material, which is very hard to find on open market. Than come next one point, it is in mint, never hinged condition, that is valued in catalog almost twice the catalog price.

Here are Michel numbers, which, if You will check in Your collection, is probably missing:
A 19/20 I, 30/32, 139/44, 164 A+B, 320 C, 348/49 F, 348 E, 356 B, 430 A, 439/40 A and great 439 I (with engraver "S" mark).

Go after it, as catalog prices are constantly going up for this kind of material, and scarcity on open market are very visible, even on eBay You will not find it!












Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Stamp Fair: Israel - Jerusalem 2018:

It (Fair) is happening right now, May 2018, and I can not say, that it is very important for valuable collection, but as all around globe, in all Exhibition that come under "World Class", organizers made some "special" issues, with different perforation, overprints, special printing.


Israel Fair is not different, so here come one really nice issue, under name:

"The Menorah - from the Temple to the symbol of the State of Israel"




On this scan (picture), is not so visible, but effect of quality and design is just fascinating!
Dimension are very balanced, so it "struck Your eye" directly, something that will give very big impression on memory and feeling!
It is very balanced color composition, (more visible on regular, perforated mini sheet), than elements on picture are just GREAT for "Archeology" topical collectors, than also topical as "Coat of Arms" for sure, but also as just "Menorah" topical.

This issue, come in special folder, mean "Special", because inside, You will find three mini sheets with certificate for originality and numbering of 1 to 1999.
I really don't know why 1999 (2000 less one), exactly, but, probably one sample go to very important people, or archive, really don't know.

If You will obtain one of this folder, so keep in mind, that  mini sheet printed in gold, will have (down right corner), numerals (as shown one), 625/1999, and mini sheet without perforation will have imprinted number 0625, so, this two mini sheet, inside folder, must match each other, as to be sure, that no manipulation was involved.

Yes, there in folder MUST be also "Certificate of Authenticity", signed by Elhanan Shapira, Director of Israel Philatelic Service.

Why I think, that this NEW ISSUE, must be in every serious collection?
Just simple fact, that it is PERFECT design of!
Something that will "struck" Your "taste" of collecting, and because it is REAL gem, which will be just valued over time, no matter how future time will be economically.

At the moment, and as it is printed just in 1999 quantity, Special Folder is price tagged on sale, for 350.00 Israel Shekel, translate it as 100.00 US$ in cash. 

My prediction, that in very near future, same folder will be offered for 200.00 or even as high as 300.00 US$, than over time, price will stabilized around 150.00 to 200.00 US$ per sample in best quality. But, with time, let's say in next 20-30 year forward, this items will reach price tag of 450.00 to 500.00 US$ for sure!

Let's live and see - Amen!


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!

Suggestion?
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 
PHILATELY FOREVER!

p.s.
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: http://serbiastamp.blogspot.com)


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!