Friday, June 29, 2012

Bosnia - Republic Serpska Titanic issue 2012

You know, I saw lot of issues this year with "Titanic" topic. Start with National Geographic celebrating 100 year of  "Titanic", to many countries around globe, "jumping on train" and making some kind of "celebration" in this occasion.

All of  what I saw, come to, or near to "junk" status by my opinion. I don't see any need to make postage stamp, with some "personal" expression of artist, who will craft some pictures, and on it, You need really all Your imagination to recognize same ship about You are "talking" on picture.

Probably someone like it - in the way of, name "fly" on sky over ship, someone can like other "new way" of art, but when we, or better, if we want to give some respect to constructor, people that are gone with this ship, crew members and other - we need to made one clear design, that will reflect "soul" of same ship and give some kind of historic mark to the future generation, that will see, on postage stamp, really near original picture of tragedy ship that happened in past.

Republica Serpska also made one issue, and I can say just: Respect! To effort, to artist, to printer and to all involved in making this issue to be "flagship" of Post of Republica Srpska!

This issue, set of 2 stamp, come out on April 23, 2012, Fist Day cancel of Banja Luka.
Official site say that issue come out on April 10, but it happened (First Day Cancel) April 23, and printing quantity will give just 20 000 sets, and 300 FDC's.

Face value of combined, 3.00 KnM, (1.00 USD = 1.54 KnM), if we go to search little bit, You will find many different prices on market for this set. Somewhere on 3.00 euro to 10.00 $ per set, and I don't see lot of it offered on web shops.

On this page, because of size image, hardly that You can "feel" the beauty of this design, You will need stamp in Your hands, some "zoom" lens if You wish to "feel and see" all detail of this issue!

To mark this (Titanic) tragedy, Posta Srpske made this set with two stamp, Titanic and Hindenburg - that will make "life hard" for collectors, because both topic are very popular with collectors!

In the end, I can say just - try to obtain it, prices are still affordable!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Bosnia and Herzegovina early period

Michel have it under number 10 (Austro-Hungaria pages), and Scott under number 11:

It was nice surprise, when I come across this item on web auction, and for starting price of few cent, that in the end go for very affordable price for this material. Normally, I "jump on train" and go for it! 

Simple, if You can not have some early material in Your "global" collection, try to have at least, one sample from each country, of each early period. And when You have it - try to have something exceptional, not so rare, but something that is worth investment.

Sample that I purchased (shown here) are "not so nice" quality, but if it will be in 'perfect" condition, I will be suspicious that it is fake!

Here we talk about Bosnia and Herzegovina, better say Austro-Hungaria, issue for Bosnia and Herzegovina (little bit history: Bosnia and Herzegovina, after that SERBIA "broke" Turkish Empire, was "avarded" to Austro-Hungaria, like compensation for war effort, and SERBIAN are left empty hands) that was made in 1900 yr. 

It is second set in row (first set was in Kr [krone] face value, and second start with H [haler] face value), and difference between first and second are in face value number, that come up, and down (in second set). If we search around, this issue at complete set are not so expensive like ordinary human can think. first set in "basic" option can reach around 60.00 euro in used condition, and second set can go even less than 60.00 euro. because I didn't have wish to "run" after so many "option" in this sets, and keep it in my stock, I decided to obtain one like this shown in PROOF-Print option, that well satisfy any serious collection, and will have price stable in near and far future.

How much to prepare for one like this? Really all depend of timing, quality, specific catalog number - but between 50-500 $ will be need to have one "nice" sample!